What’s Trending: How to Keep Up With Trends as a College Student

There’s nothing better than the start of a new season. Fall is my favorite since the weather is cooling off and there are always tons of new trends to try. As a college student, it can be hard to keep up with the newest trends every season and drop tons of money on an entire new wardrobe. That’s why I like to pick up one or two items every year that are a little trendy but interpreted in a classic way so I can wear them for a long time. Today, one of the season’s biggest trends is plaid, and I wanted to share how an item can be worn in and out of the season to make it the most versatile.

Kate and I are linking up today talking about trends and how to dress for trends as a college student with a limited budget. Whether that’s picking one trend and getting one or two fast fashion items or opting for inexpensive accessories to supplement pieces you already have, there are so many ways to make trends work for your budget.

I bought this plaid skirt from Urban Outfitters and while it can be described as trendy, I wanted to make sure I was get the most bang for my buck. If I’m going to spend money on a new trend, I might as well make it practical, right?!

This skirt can be worn all four seasons, as shown below. I wore it in September in New York City when I was desperately wishing for fall but it was still 80 degrees out. Recently, I wore it with a leather jacket, tights and boots since it’s finally fall! See how I styled it for both seasons below.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIMG_1040IMG_1041IMG_1043So, my biggest advice for shopping the trends as a college student is buy things that are versatile and you know you will wear even if it’s not *the* it item of the season next year. I know my plaid skirt will definitely be a wardrobe staple for a few years, even if there is a newer, trendier item on the market.

If you’re a college student, how do you stay on trend without breaking the bank? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out Kate’s post, too!

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