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9 Things You Should Be Buying at Fast Fashion Retailers

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
September 10, 2016 · 2.7k Views

Fast fashion retailers like H&M and Forever 21 have made it possible for the common folks (ahem, us) to dress like today’s fashion icons for awesome and affordable prices. These stores offer fashion forward clothing inspired directly by the season’s biggest trends. These are not items you’ll keep forever. Rather, by wearing these items, you let the world know that you are on the pulse of cutting-edge contemporary fashion. The key though is to not over do it by wearing every trend at once. Another great thing about shopping fast fashion – you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look glamorous. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you need a style pick-me-up and want to stay on budget.

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  1. Jewelry


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    A sparkly statement necklace can take your uniform of jeans and white t-shirt to the next level. There is nothing wrong with investing in a nice piece of jewelry. There is also nothing wrong buying a cheap, luxe-looking piece to wear for fun. Check out this Faux Gem Floral Bib Necklace from Forever 21.
  2. Sunglasses


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    We have Jackie Kennedy Onassis to thank for making this practical item a must-have fashion accessory. Designer sunglasses are insanely expensive, so why not just pick up a few pair in chic frames that look best on you. Check out these aviator-style sunglasses from H&M.
  3. Scarves


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    You can never have too many scarves. Not only stylish, they are practical and keep you warm. The deals are so good you won’t feel bad about stocking your wardrobe with different patterns and styles. We like this purple and grey scarf from Target.
  4. Solid colors


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    A good rule is to reserve bold patterns for accessories like scarves, and buy clothing items in solid colors. You’ll get more wear out of them this way – It’s much easier to sport a black or white shift in multiple styles than one with a crazy print. Check out this button-front skirt from H&M.
  5. Keep it simple


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    You want to stay far away from clothing with heavy embellishments like jewel and sequin details. They scream knock-off and just look cheap. Save the glitter and flash for your jewelry. When shopping for clothing, look for pieces that are simple with subtle detail. This way, you can indulge in contemporary trends, but not go overboard. The sleeve-like ties give this dress from Forever 21 a very modern, fresh vibe.
  6. Shop for real leather

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    We all know fake leather doesn’t always work when trying to pull off the looks in the pages of Vogue. But some retailers offer items made of real leather and suede. Brit + Co points out that you can get an affordable leather jacket for much less than the cost of a designer one. We love this ultimate leather biker jacket from ASOS for just $162!
  7. Shoes


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    Shoes are one of the most important items you’ll find in a fashion blogger’s closet. They are also one of the most expensive. The great thing is that variations of the styles that we saw strut down the runway are now available for very affordable prices. And many are made from quality materials like leather and suede. Check out these fringe leather sandals from Mango that are on sale only $59.99!
  8. Bags, purses, and wallets


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    The handbag is one of fashion’s most celebrated items. They fascinate us, and drive women to shell out incredible amounts of money – the best example to bring up here is the iconic Birkin bag. Ok, back to reality. You can pick up a stylish bag for just about any occasion. We love the detailing on this leather whip stitch shopper bag from Topshop, which fits everything you’ll need to get through the day.
  9. Athleisure


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    Wearing athletic clothes during the day is becoming more acceptable as of late. With top designers introducing their own athletic lines, we are seeing photos of celebrities sporting leggings and sneakers as a casual look for both day and night. Just throw on a denim jacket and your ready for happy hour. Check out these cool knit jogger pants from Target.

Remember, it’s always a balancing act when shopping at stores that sell contemporary fashion’s current trends fresh off the runway. You want to come out looking modern and stylish, while not seeming like a fashion victim who didn’t know when to stop.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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