This should be welcome news: You can save a lot of your follow-the-trends, shopping dollars and reduce your overall clothing budget this season. How? By simply reaching into your closet and pulling out the clothes and shoes from last season.
No fear of looking dated because some of those styles, including shoes in metallic-patent leather, have made an encore appearance.
The Season’s Best Non-New Fashion Trends
Been Around the Block
One might have thought that by now–and this is at least the third season–fashionistas and the designers have tired of color block clothing, what with its in-your-face pattern.
Au contraire. Michael Kors has come out with a stunning, color block skirt in leather. Yes, we know. At four-figures, it’s way too expensive for us Budget Fashionistas. But we’ve found a much, much cheaper version of the skirt, in mini-style, at GoJane.com.
The Color Orange
Of course you remember the “orange is the new-black” mantra (no, it wasn’t about the Netflix show due back next year). Well, maybe orange didn’t exactly replace black, but it’s getting a second chance now.
We say, just like black-on-black is a fashion uniform, why not try orange-on-orange. We know of 50 shades of gray, well there must be at least 5o shades of orange in the universe. But there’s only one black. We don’t recommend you wear orange with black, especially this time of year because you might look like you were in Halloween attire. (Sandra Bullock was recently mildly mocked for wearing a black top and orange skirt on the Jay Leno show.)
Also brown and green paired with orange may resemble a pumpkin-or fall leaf-look. As long you use two very different shades of orange and add a hint of another color (just like with all-black), you can have a dynamic look. Etsy.com has many shades and textures of orange scarves that could an orange dress or sweater. Many are under $20.
The Chained Danglers
Multi-chain, dangling earrings are still popular — worn during the day and at night. They seem to be more prominent on the streets now than the chandelier earrings. The dangling chains or strands of metal earrings are a streamlined version of chandelier earrings, which usually have stones that are arranged in multi-tiers in various shapes like diamonds or triangles.
Tiptoeing Through Another Season
Shoes with the gold medal tip are still hot from last year.
Gold or silver capped toe shoes walk out again this season in styles including xxx ballet or pointed pumps. ASOS.com sells the pair below for $32.00. The capped toe-style shoe can be traced to Coco Chanel, whose toes were capped in leather when they first debuted.
The Tux Look
Blouses with black trim around the neck of the shirt and down the middle, covering the line of buttons are repeats from last season. Some of them also are trimmed on the cuffs, but all have the formality of a tuxedo. They usually are in sheer-light fabric and are white, though beige or tan colors are also on the racks.
A few new colors have been added to the mix of metallic patent leather high-heels, but no one has gone overboard, so the shoes shine for another season. If you thought shoes were going to be a flashy, one-season wonder, think again. The big-name shoe designers have them in the stores. No, we can’t afford them, but it is nice to know these highly glossed, metallic walkers aren’t considered to be tacky flash.
Did we miss any fashion trends from last season that are still hot right now? Let us know in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.