We’ve all done it. You head over to T.J Maxx, the local vintage shop or a major department store and go directly for the big name brands like Kendall + Kylie, BCBG or Karl Lagerfeld. Why not? You already know the price range and quality, right? Actually, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
Next time you’re out shopping, try to avoid looking at the brands and just go for what you like. The only way you can truly develop your style is by trying new things. That way, you discover what you like or more importantly, what you don’t. You may even find your new favorite designer, or the next big trend.
There’s also one more, cost savvy reason to keep in mind. When you go for a variety of brands, you open yourself up to items that may have a lower price tag and can go on clearance more quickly. This extended range doesn’t have to mean a difference in quality, either.
While at T.J. Maxx today, I found an incredibly cute, leather, mini crossbody from Alberta di Canio (shown above.) Made in Italy with a crisp design, it reminds me of a bag by Zac Posen (without the front flap) and comes at a much lower price point of $80. (Here’s an example of the latter from Saks Off Fifth that goes for $250.) Both are incredibly stylish and on-trend. But, if you don’t want to wait for the more expensive option to go on sale, this purse by di Canio may be a good fit.
Just keep in mind that style isn’t contingent on having all big name brands in your closet. It’s more about how you put things together and represent your personality.
Happy Monday, everyone!
If you have a favorite brand or designer that’s more under-the-radar, let me know in the comments below! I may even cover it in my next “up-and-coming” piece.