Before you read this, there are a few things you need to remember:
#1 What you wear is only a small fraction of who you are
#2 The power of who you are is stronger than anything you will ever wear
#3 However, wearing things that make you feel great can be just what you need to help you move forward
#4 Dress for yourself and no one else. No one is living your life except you
If you want to be ahead of the trend, you've got to do your research 3+ months before the season starts. A lot of people don't realize that what's on the runways in F/W (ex: NYFW in September) is a showcase and prediction of what will be worn that following Spring and Summer. And, what you see designed for S/S 18 shows, is an indication of what people will be wearing that coming Fall and Winter season. That gives you about 5 or 6 months to build a vision for your wardrobe for the upcoming season. You can decide if you’ll be following that season's trends and which ones in particular. You can also prepare a budget to buy the pieces you want in increments so it doesn't feel like your wallet is being murdered.
During my time in college and in the years after, I was able to develop a trend shopping system for myself that helped me get my closet ready for upcoming season trends while not breaking the bank.
I want to share that system with you guys today in hopes that it will help you all, too!