F.A.B. Report - Winter 2016 Trends for less than $30

Transparency is everything! This trend has made it's way over from Spring 2015 all the way into Winter 2016, and I can't get enough! I snagged this jewel for only $3.99 at the ARC. I mean who could pass up an opportunity to go sheer and victorian all in one? This shirt is definitely one of my FAVES! It’s 2016 and we live in Denver. So, 9 times out of 10, whether or not you’re a native or a transplant,

Transparency is everything! This trend has made it's way over from Spring 2015 all the way into Winter 2016, and I can't get enough! I snagged this jewel for only $3.99 at the ARC. I mean who could pass up an opportunity to go sheer and victorian all in one? This shirt is definitely one of my FAVES!

you’re probably looking for a break; a break in traffic during the morning commute, a break on your rent that has skyrocketed over the last couple years, maybe a break at your job that still drug screens (I mean, Colorado is 420 friendly now). However, a break in a rapidly growing city is like an affordable tattered sweatshirt from the Kanye Collection, nearly non-existent.

I get you. And like you, I fell in love with a city that doesn’t always afford me the luxury to be good to me. My assumption is, like me, You love to indulge in the finer things, especially when it comes to fashion and beauty, hence, why you’re reading this blog.

I was able to find this gem at the Goodwill for only $3.99! The plunging neckline was found in numerous lines during fashion weeks across the globe. This neckline screams Sex and Sophistication. I paired it with black pants and wine red pumps.

So, I feel it is my duty to share with you, my fabulous “break-seeking” friends and foes, my major secrets to shopping and style success. The F.A.B. (Fashion on A Budget) Report is my gift to you. These are hacks on how to keep your closet in season and credit accounts in good standing. I want to help you keep your fashion and financial resolutions this year!


With the new year in full swing, I want to make sure my F.A.B. friends and foes are well equipped to take part in this smorgasbord of trendy heaven that Winter 2016 is. Fashion Weeks from New York to Milan, which unveiled this season’s hottest trends, brought so many different styles to the runway it was difficult to keep up with. From the more conservative “layered crop top” look to the undeniably more risqué transparent mania that carried over from spring and summer, Fashion Week was full of surprises with new and old trends.

In addition to the latest looks the color scheme for Winter 2016 is to die for. Think Olive Green, Wine Red, Crisp White, and Mustard Yellow, sounds like a vacation in Italy, doesn’t it? Almost, but not quite. This season’s color palette seems limitless and it is so far reaching. I can guarantee you with this color wheel, there are no skin tones left behind.


 

This beautiful wine red pencil skirt with geometric cut outs cost me $4.99 at Goodwill. This color is not only one of the hottest colors of the season, it also compliments my skin tone. I can't wait to debut this skirt at a Girl's Night Out!

But let’s be honest here, though we all love to ogle at the latest designs, most of us aren’t able to shop high end designers like Balmain, Balenciaga, St. Laurant, Chanel and the countless others. Moreover, despite the fact that many of their pieces flowed beautifully down the runway they aren’t always the most practical designs to wear in our everyday lives.

Do not fret however, there is a silver lining, and you don’t need more than thirty dollars to cash in on this THRIFTY breakthrough! Yes, if you are balling on a budget Thrift Stores and Consignment shops are your best friend, and Denver is crawling with hot spots. Here are five tips on how I was able to recreate some of my favorite Fashion Week looks in a practical way on a $30 budget.

  1. Set Your Budget – This is the first and most important tip! Retail therapy can only be that if you are shopping smart and within your means. Otherwise it would be called “Retail – Oh my god will I be able to pay rent this month?”, and that isn’t a very fun game.
  2. Research Before You GO – Not knowing what you’re looking for can often times become a price trap, because you walk out with “trendy” things that looked cool but not necessarily what you need. It is best to go into Thrift and Consignment Shops with a plan.

    No need to freeze this winter tights are totally in! I coupled my paisley patterned tights and black boots with this long sleeve A - Symmetrical dress to create a hip everyday look. I found this dress at Savers for only $7.99. Such a steal!

  3. I Spy Coupons - Always, always, always look for the discounted tickets. Most thrift stores offer 50% off of a specific color each day, sometimes you can get even more savings, if possible, shop for discounted color! You'll save big!
  4. Less Money, More Time – I said it was POSSIBLE to stay stylish on a budget, but I didn't say it would be easy. Make sure you allot enough time to properly treasure hunt! I spent over six hours pushing through racks and racks of clothing at several different Thrift Stores to find my prized pieces.
  5. Stay True to You! – Not all trends are for all people. When choosing your thrifty pieces take into account your body type, your skin tone, your individual flare, and most importantly WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL AND CONFIDENT!

 

Once you’ve done those things you are ready. Let the F.A.B. be with you my friends! Make sure you check out the Winter 2016 looks I was able to unearth this during my Thrift Store Shopping Haul.

P.S. - My total for these F.A.B. pieces was only $22.64!