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Staying Trendy on a Budget!

Hello loves! I think the number one question Maria and I get asked is how do we stay up to date on fashion trends and keep our wardrobes current, without breaking the bank?! Stay tuned folks, because this post is all about staying trendy on a budget!

This is definitely something that we are mindful of because we always want to bring you guys the latest trends, but we are also both working hard and we’ve got bills to pay!

So how do we stay fabulous each season and update our wardrobes according to whatever fast fashion items are hot right now? AKA Stay ballin’ on a budget?

The trick is to shop for those key trendy pieces that you may only wear for a season or two at places that have amazingly low prices and allow you to look like a million bucks but for wayyyy less! For this post we’ve teamed up with our friends at Tobi to share some hot fire trends we’re currently obsessing over, for great affordable prices!

Off The Shoulder Tops

The off-the-shoulder trend (or in the world of hashtags the #OTS trend) is one of our absolute favorites! We love the comfort of still having a bit of a sleeve, mixed with the sexiness of showing off that décolletage!

Maria and I both loved this OTS top from Tobi (so obviously we both got one), because who could resist the adorable bow detailing on the shoulder?! Did I mention you can score this exact top for $21 bucks right now? This is a perfect example of a trend that comes and goes throughout the years, so it makes sense to snag tops like this at cheaper prices.

Tobi has an abundance of cute OTS options at prices so good you can get more than just one!

One Piece Wonders

We both love the ease of having a single article of clothing that covers your whole body. So a jumpsuit or shift dress that we can pair with just about anything is a no brainer for us. Tobi has SO many jumpsuits, rompers and dresses that you literally could wear to any occasion.

Maria knew that a shift dress like this would go with so many staples she already owned, and that she would be able to dress it up or down according to what her plans were. The long vest she put over it looked effortless, and this dress is so versatile she’ll be able to throw it on with sandals and a beach hat for vacation too!

I knew I had to have this Coulotte jumpsuit from the moment I saw it! It’s just so easy with any top under it. I have been able to style it like this with long sleeves (because Mother Nature has been sort of rude to us in the Windy City this Spring haha), but it’s just as cute with a crop top or bralette underneath for summertime.

Usually I worry about how jumpsuits and rompers will fit since my torso is a little longer than most, but this actually fit great! I went with a large but could have probably sized down to a medium with this one, so I’d maybe recommend one size down, especially since the crepe material has some good stretch to it.

Cold Shoulder Tops & Hot White Blazers

I can’t get enough of the cold-shoulder trend. These tops show just the right amount of skin and this one from Tobi also has bell sleeves which I am equally obsessed with! It has cute little cut-out detailing too which is an added bonus and means I get to wear a pretty lace bralette underneath of it instead of a strapless bra (because “I love strapless bras” said no woman ever).

Maria had a “love at first sight” moment (sorry Rhys!) with this bright white blazer when she saw it on Tobi.com. I love how she paired it with shorts and wedges for a chic daytime look. Even better though, she was pleasantly surprised to find that it was even more structured than she had thought, which meant she’d be able to wear it to the office too! Because this post is about getting the MOST for your money, and this jacket definitely fits the bill.

So there you have it! We definitely recommend Tobi to satisfy your “save vs. splurge” needs. They have so many cute fast fashion items and I can’t stress enough how good their prices are! So go ahead, splurge on that YSL or Chloe bag you can wear with every outfit, and save on trendy pieces like these at Tobi!


PS Right now you can use code BT50 to get 50% off their entire site today!

(offer ends 11:59PM PST)

xox Stacy & Maria

*Photography by Rachel Bires*

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  1. Lanae Bond wrote:

    Excellent tips how to stay on budget! A lot of times people think it is difficult to find trendy pieces and stay on a budget but it really is not hard. Places like Target and H&M have a lot of trendy items but at a reasonable price.

    Published 6.13.17
  2. Ana wrote:

    You girls are killing it! I love your style and the tips are great! I also try to score trendy pieces for affordable prices. That culotte jumpsuit is so pretty too!

    Ana – http://www.myordinarybliss.com

    Published 7.13.17
    • hashtagsandhangsbags wrote:

      Thank you Ana! We had such a great time styling these Tobi looks! 🙂

      Published 7.13.17
  3. Brittnee wrote:

    Love your tips. I have yet to shop at Tobi so I’m going to have to take the plunge and buy something.

    Published 7.13.17
  4. Claire wrote:

    You are both gorgeous, love your smiles! I love the off the shoulder tops and one-piece dresses. Super comfy and cute! Perfect for summer too!

    Published 7.13.17
  5. Mayuri wrote:

    Great tips! I loved your style. Save vs Splurge decision is one of the most wise decision when it comes to fashion. 🙂

    Published 7.14.17
  6. Joscelyn wrote:

    Such a trendy look. Thank you for the ideas. I’ll have to check Tobi out. Thank you for sharing!

    Published 7.14.17