In America, the average family spends over $1,700 on clothes every single year.
But, who said fashion needed to be so expensive? With the right styling, you can not only save yourself some money, but you can look chic every time you leave the house.
No matter your age, everyone could use some fashion 101 advice! But what if you're a young girl or even a teen? Here are 5 style tips to know.
1. Develop One Consistent Style
No matter how old you are, it's extremely important to develop your own personal style.
This will help ensure that you like your clothes for longer as they should truly express who you are (it will also help you reject what magazines tell you that you should buy!).
In order to do this, write down in the notes on your phone just five words that you want to channel through your wardrobe.
Don't buy anything without first checking it against your criteria (make sure to get your friend's help on this too!)
2. Create a Capsule Wardrobe
When you've curated your style, work on creating a capsule wardrobe. This involves reducing how many items you have meanwhile making sure they all look great together.
You may only have a few t-shirts, shirts, dresses, and jeans (instead of hundreds!) But, if you truly have a capsule wardrobe, you'll feel like you ALWAYS have something to wear.
No more wasted time staring into your closet trying to figure out what works well together.
There are hundreds of YouTubers with great capsule wardrobe advice. Make sure to find someone who has a similar style to yours for some useful tips!
3. Buy Timeless Pieces
Whether you want to buy a new coat or a piece of jewelry, the best thing you can possibly do is to save up and buy quality.
This doesn't necessarily mean that it is a designer brand. It can be easy to waste money on expensive designer pieces. Instead, aim for somewhere in the middle.
Research the quality of a product before you buy it. Does the company have a reputation for creating long-lasting products?
The aim is to ensure your clothes look great for years to come and don't need replacing within just a few short months (adding to the world's landfill problem!)
4. Never Underestimate the LBD
If you're going out with friends and have only just got back from a long day out, the best thing you can do is throw on a little black dress.
Girls dresses don't have to be frilly and cutesy. No matter how old you are, choose something simple and classy. You won't regret it!
Pair your LBD with some cute jewelry and you're good to go!
5. Now's the Time to Get Piercings...
So your parents hate piercings? Maybe ask them one more time. As a teen, it's important to live your best life.
When you're working 9 to 5 and have to look "responsible" and "grown-up", you'll look back on the time you had a belly button piercing and know you lived.
Again, apply these principles of buying quality (so nothing gets infected) and choose the right piercing professional. Then, take your friends along with you for a fun yet crazy afternoon!
Fashion 101 - Do What Works for YOU
The best fashion 101 tip anyone can give you is to be yourself! It's corny, but it's the best advice. Choose clothes that you love, not those your friends do.
Once you've got your wardrobe down, start figuring out how you can make your beauty routine work for you. Check out our dedicated section for more ideas.