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3 Areas to Focus on When Finding Your Look

Everywhere you look, you see social media and ads aimed at telling you how you should look, what you should be doing, and how to become more popular. From the latest selfie trend to the newest makeup look, it is impossible to keep up with all the changes that are constantly happening. Your teen and young adult years are a great time to work on finding yourself and your look, but what areas should be focusing on?

Fab Haircut and Color

Your hair can have a dramatic impact on how you look, both in cut and color. If you have had one hairstyle for a long time, it might be time to change it up. A transformation cut can instantly give your style new life and open up new opportunities for you to experiment with new looks. If you want to go longer instead of shorter, you can also try hair extensions. These faux hair pieces can add length, volume, or a shock of color to your hair.

You can also experiment with a new hair color. Before you go crazy with the color, make sure that there aren’t any restrictions on what color hair you can have at work or school. You don’t want to try something new and have to undo it immediately. If you aren’t sure about a color, but you want to try it anyway, consider just doing a chunk of your hair or using a temporary hair dye.

Whiter, Straighter Teeth

Your smile is one of the first features people are drawn to, and keeping your teeth white and straight can help you seem more attractive. If you struggle with crooked or yellow teeth, it is time to fix that. You can find any number of teeth whitening products that fit your needs. If you don’t want to deal with all the metal and annoyances that come with braces, look into some alternatives. Plastic aligners allow you to keep your smile metal free while fixing your dental problems fairly quickly.

Change Your Wardrobe

One of the best ways to find a new style is to experiment with different clothing styles. You never know what looks good on you until you try it, and you don’t have to break the bank to find attractive clothes. Start by going through your closet and getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the last year. You will be surprised by how much you can clear out. Then bargain shop! Thrift stores can be a goldmine of cheap clothes that you can supplement your style with.

These areas are a great place to start when trying to invent a new look for yourself. Don’t be afraid to go against the flow and find what fits well with you. What is most important is that you feel comfortable.

Fashion-Forward But Budget Friendly: How to Save on Outfits

When your birthday money from grandma is burning a hole in your pocket, you may get the urge to update your wardrobe with some new threads. You do not have to spend a lot of cash to update your look on a dime. Here are some fashion-forward and budget-friendly places to pick up some new, or new-to-you, trendy pieces.

 

Consignment/Thrift Stores

Shopping for new-to-you pieces at thrift and consignment stores is an affordable and fun way to update your wardrobe. Bring along some friends and try on one-of-a-kind clothes that have been gently worn. Consignment stores hand pick the brands and items they carry, so you will easily find lots of top brand names and trendy pieces. Consignment stores may be priced a little higher than thrift shops, but all of the merchandise has been thoroughly inspected, and you will not have to spend hours sifting through the racks to find unique pieces and top brands.

Thrift stores are all about the thrill of the hunt. If you have a few hours to kill with friends, pop in to a thrift shop and let your imaginations run wild. Thrift stores have affordable prices, but you have to prepare to so some digging and sifting through the racks to find cool new pieces.

 

Online Discount Boutiques

image credit: GroopDealz Discount Boutique Clothing

Online discount boutiques and fashion apps are a fun way to shop for fashion. You order from a curated collection of hand-selected pieces, and the companies send your new duds right to your home. You can try them on in the comfort and convenience of your home and send back any pieces that you do not like for a refund. It offers a risk-free and affordable way to update your wardrobe.

 

Fast-Fashion Mall Shops

Fast-fashion stores offer a plethora of options for updating your wardrobe. From basics to lounge apparel, career attire and casual wear, fast-fashion stores in the mall showcase a wide range of styles and sizes in clothing from floor to ceiling. You will be inspired, and probably even a little overwhelmed, by the abundance of options. These stores have a fast turnover rate, marking down clothing often, so apparel is priced to sell fast.

 

Even if you are low on cash, you can still put together some fun new outfits that your friends will want to borrow. From online to thrift to fast-fashion stores, there are a plethora of inspiring places to shop to add new life to your closet.

How Can I Put a Great Wardrobe Together on a Budget?

You want to look good, you want to wear what’s in fashion, but your budget is stretched about as far as it can go. What’s a girl to do? Check out some unexpected sources of high-fashion finds that won’t have you breaking the piggy bank to get new clothes.

Local Treasures

If you’re tired of the prices at your local mall or the online stores, take a look around your own city and your own neighborhood. Chances are there shops near you that offer on-trend, unique items you won’t find anywhere else. You can get personalized service, and you’ll also be the first to get in on sales and clearance events.

If there’s a town near you that caters to tourists, hit those stores up during the off-season when you can often get steep discounts. When you shop boutiques for sales, you’ll get one-of-a-kind items that will give your wardrobe an instant upgrade while saving you money.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are where you can find rock-bottom prices, but if you’re looking for really fashionable items, you have to wade through a lot of regular stuff to find that one jewel in the junk pile. Thrift stores are a good place to find shoes, boots, and handbags, often from well-known brands. They’re especially great for Halloween costumes and basics like tee shirts, sweatshirts or jeans.

Consignment Shops

Consignment stores are thrift stores that specialize in high-end fashion items. While the prices are higher than a regular thrift store, the selection tends to be better, and the prices are still less than what the items would cost if they were new. Some consignment shops specialize in particular types of clothing, like baby clothes or plus-size fashions.

Discount Stores

If you hit them at the right time, discount and dollar stores can be a surprising source of cheap fashion finds. Most of them sell socks, handbags, tote bags, flip-flops, sandals, hats of all kinds, gloves, and scarves. You can also find slippers, headbands and clutch purses. The downside is that their selection changes every week, and the good stuff sells out fast. If you can spot them when they get in, be sure to stock up.

The best way to discover low-priced, high-fashion finds is to get out of the mall. You can find some good things there, and it can be fun to go, but you are probably going to spend more money than you want, and there is a high chance that someone else will have the same outfit. Instead, venture out to new places and look for great deals.

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5 Boho Fashion Trends Making the Rounds in 2017

If Bohemian looks are your style, keep reading to find out which “Boho Trends” are becoming the most popular in 2017.

Kimono Style Cardigan with Tassels

Made from incredibly comfy and light fabrics, this is a fashion that was originally worn in Japan, but is very quickly making quite a comeback in 2017. The wide variety of patterns and colorful designs make it easy to show off your unique individuality, and as a plus, they tend to be fairly inexpensive. They are available in most hippie stores, but can also be found on Amazon and eBay. If they have intricate prints on them, they tend to go best with solid colored shirts and skirts. They are very popular in beach settings, too.

High Waisted Palazzo Pants

These are cheap, adorable, and unbelievably comfortable. They come in thousands of different styles and designs. The prints are excellent for expressing one’s own personal lifestyle. It adds color and texture to your life and your wardrobe. They are usually made from Jersey knit fabric and/or polyester, and are found in just about any store in your local mall. They also go great with crop tops!

Elephant Printed Maxi Skirts

Also made from stretchy fabric, these fashionable skirts are also culturally expressive. They tend to go well with darker solid colors and crop tops. These aren’t generally found in stores, but they carry a large following in thousands of online stores and are wallet friendly.

Sheepskin Slippers

These are best for worn in colder weather and cost a little more in comparison with other boho trends, but the comfort is definitely worth every penny. They last for years, if taken care of properly. Because it is made of sheepskin, most hippie stores do not consider this particular trend to be “boho.” However, they are easy to find and make excellent Christmas presents for around the holidays. Most footwear made of sheepskin usually have rubber soles to maximum comfort for your feet.

Bohemian Extended Scarf

Trends aren’t just about clothes. Accessorizing with scarves can make all the difference to whatever Bohemian outfit you’re wearing. Boho scarves are longer than your average scarf, so it can be used for other types of clothes, such as dresses and hair wraps. You can find these scarves anywhere for literally pennies. To top it off, don’t assume they’re best for cold weather just because of the “scarf” idea. These are made from several different types of material that range from heavy to almost see-through. They come in all different lengths, patterns, and colors. You can mix and match them with any style or outfit of your choosing.

Whether you want to stand out, express who you are with your wardrobe, or just look cute, these trends are some of the most popular in 2017 and you will be sure to turn heads with any Bohemian outfit you pick. They work for many different types of people, even fashion gurus. You do not need any particular lifestyle or ask anyone for permission to feel like a free spirit this year.