There is a common misconception that to have nice clothes and accessories you have to break the bank. This could not be further from the truth! If you work from a sustainable standpoint, in many cases, they can be rather cheap.

1. Understand what your style is.

Often, people get caught in the trap of buying expensive things because they do not know their style. The link between style and expense is not talked about.

In many cases, when a person knows their style, they are able to coordinate outfits not based on brand or cost but what fits their style. This changed how I look at fashion. I love oversized and shapeless clothing. By knowing my style, I am able to use avenues like thrifting to not have to break the bank and find styles that I really like. Thus ask yourself three questions:

•What clothes do you gravitate to in your closet?
•What clothes interest you?
•What do you feel powerful/attractive in?

2. Unpack what trends you like.

After you figure out your style, unpack the trends you like. I am not a trendy person yet, there are trendy styles I can appreciate. Thus, while I will not buy styles from fast-fashion retailers, I will utilize spaces like Goodwill to put my spin on trendy perspectives.

Furthermore, this allows me to be mindful of what I am spending and where. This makes creating outfits fun and allows me to be creative and add my voice to my outfits/fashion. This for some can be a bit overwhelming to do. Therefore, ask yourself two questions to get started:

•What story do you want to tell with your clothing?
•Is there anyone who is inspiring your look?

Fashion can be fun and cheap! Do not allow yourself to get caught up in the game of buying expensive things just because a trend says so. So, find and create looks that work for you!

About our fabulous guest blogger:

Xavier (Zay) is a fashion educator who teaches people how to Slay Responsibly when it comes to handbags, fashion, pre-loved items, and brands. He helps people realize they have more power when it comes to handbags and luxury than they think. Zay lives in the Washington, DC area, is a P.h.D student studying strategic communication, identifies as nonbinary, and is self-proclaimed baghead!