Ballin’ on a Budget

By: Ashley Emerson

So far, 2018 entails eccentric, yet intriguing trends. From outfits that are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), to bright and flashy colors, 2018 appears to be the year of unrestrained and extroverted fashion.

According to Vogue, in women’s fashion the new ‘classy’ yet retro trend are blazers. Made popular in the 80’s, they are now repurposed for 2018. They can be found in simple and neutral colors such as brown or black but for more of a flair, they can be flamboyant colors and patterns such as checkered, floral, or even leopard print. Blazers are traditionally worn for more professional occasions such as at a workplace or at a job interview, however, you can dress it down with a cute top and denim jeans.

Fashionable prints are not just seen on blazers.  Floral is most popular on rompers or dresses while checkered is seen more on trousers. Leopard print is versatile and seen on most articles of clothing. Popular combinations you can rock are a solid color top with checkered pants or a leopard print blazer and a solid color shirt.

Fringe also appears to be making a comeback this year. Fringe was popular in the ‘60s during the hippie movement and is yet another trend that has been repurposed for 2018. Fringe is usually on the sleeves of jackets, on boots, or on purses. For a more bohemian vibe, pair a fringe jacket with a lace top and light-washed denim shorts.  

Raincoats are now not only water resistant, but fashion-forward as well. PVC, a material traditionally used for plumbing, is now being incorporated into fashion. Though most think of white tubing, the PVC used for fashion is actually clear.  Raincoats and heels made of PVC are considered high fashion in 2018. If you want to stay with the trends, you can wear both of these with bodycon dresses (skin-tight dresses).

Although these styles are worn by top models on the hottest runways, you too can rock the looks and you do not have to break the bank.  Thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army have most of the styles already hanging on their racks.

The Salvation Army in Perris (24201 Orange Ave, Perris, CA 92570) has a vast variety of styles of clothing. Among all the funky clothing, there are treasures. I visited over the weekend (Jan. 27) and found multiple pairs of checkered trousers/pants among the sea of denim. One pair  which was even Tommy Hilfiger, a high-end brand.

Floral and leopard print shirts seemed endless on the rack. Though some may seem circa ‘06, with determination, you too can rock these trendy looks.

Of course wanting to stay up with today’s trends can be quite costly. At stores like Pacsun and Tilly’s, a single shirt alone can cost over $20.  The best way to stay trendy and not break the bank is by thrifting.  Thrifting is highly popular and for good reason. At the thrift store, you can get four items for less than that one shirt. Now, whenever the trends change, your pocketbook won’t be empty.