When I saw this J.Crew Tipped Boy Shirt online, I was immediately enamored by it. Somehow I managed to resist purchasing it…that is, until I saw it on Tam and she immediately pushed me over the edge. Unfortunately, when I decided I wanted to purchase it, it was sold out in my size. A week later, it popped back up online and I wasted no time, not even waiting for an extra 30% off discount code. And do I regret it? Not for a second. I am a huge fan of black/white blouses whether it be in the details or the print, due to their versatility. All black/white tops in my closet are workhorses and I use them for both work and play. I do wish I could spend my money on more “fun” work pieces, items with more unstructured shapes or classic pieces with somewhat trendy details, but at this point, as I’m still trying to build my career wardrobe with good quality, classic, and tailored basics, I don’t have a whole lot of money left over for such fun things as much I’d love to add them to my closet. I’d love to get to a point (hopefully soon!) where I only have to add a few pieces each season to keep it fresh so as to not get bored and uninspired and be done with it.
I know many women keep up with the trends buy adding inexpensive items from places that make their business in “fast fashion” (for example, H&M, Forever21, and Asos), but I have a strange idiosyncrasy when it comes to buying clothing of poor quality even if it’s just a short-lived trend. I just don’t like to spend money on clothes that won’t hold up after only a few wears.
How do you balance building a classic work wardrobe with more trendy pieces to keep it fresh and fun each season?