I don’t know about you, but it’s two weeks into the new year and I’ve already stopped following my New Year’s resolutions. The only thing I’m sticking to is trying to stay trendy on a budget. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: just because something is expensive does not mean it looks good, and the reverse is true. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to stay trendy! They’ll put that on my tombstone. Here are three trends that will be the talk of 2019 AND will keep you on-budget so you can keep paying for that gym membership we know you stopped using.
I’m not kidding—2019 is all about neon, neon, neon everything! I wasn’t on board with this trend until I saw Kendall Jenner wearing literally all things neon, and now I’m hooked. Tbh, she could wear a paper bag and I would run to the store to get my own.
The key to this trend is to have one thing in your outfit that stands out. Don’t go out in head-to-toe neon unless you want to be a traffic hazard, because that’s just dangerous for everyone. I found a great neon top from PrettyLittleThing. It’s perfectly on trend and can be worn in multiple different ways. Pair this with a black skinny pant, black leather pants, or even black jogger sweatpants for a full Hailey Bieber vibe.
PrettyLittleThing Neon Lime Snape Printed Scoop Neck Crop Top
If a top is too bold for you, try a neon shoe. It’s more subtle, but still lets everyone know that you’re trendy. Jeans, a T-shirt, and a neon heel is so 2019.
PrettyLittleThing Neon Yellow Clear Extreme Point Toe Mule
2. Hair Accessories
Another big trend for 2019 is hair accessories. I feel like I see every blogger rocking embellished headbands, and they look super cool. I’ve tried wearing headbands, and they make me feel like I should narrate the Gossip Girl reboot. XOXO, headbands are back.
ASOS Johnny Loves Rosie White Rhinestone Headband
Hair clips and hair bows are also very on-trend for 2019. Rhinestone hair clips are a great way to keep your dry-shampooed hair looking fresh.
ASOS Steve Madden Stone Hair Slides
Hair bows are perfect if you want to class up your Friday work outfit so your hangover is a little less noticeable.
Forever 21 Crinkle Bow Hair Tie
3. Top Handle Bags
I’m so happy top handle bags are in style because honestly, I’m sick of having a fanny pack around my body. It’s not comfortable and I’m tired of pretending it is! These bags are pretty and feminine, and they also help me limit the amount of makeup I feel is necessary to bring out.
Images: deborah kardenas / Unsplash; @kendalljenner, @Jenatkinhair, @carodaur / Instagram(3); PrettyLittleThing (2); ASOS (2); Forever 21; Zara
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As you all know, going to work is the actual worst. Like, I have to wake up hours before my body naturally wants me to, all so I can go to a job just so I don’t die of starvation. Life is hard. It’s not just getting out of bed that ruins my day, but the fact that I have to put myself together enough to look like a functioning human. I wish we could all just give up the pretenses and allow sweatpants in the office. Personally, I think it would make everyone happier, and happy employees just don’t
shoot their husbands do crappy work, right? Right. Like, I’m not even washing my hair on most days (thank you, dry shampoo) and I don’t think there’s been a Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday) that I haven’t showed up super hungover. Obviously, I reserve all my effort for looking good when I actually have the chance to see people I care about—Linda from HR, you do not count. So, here are some office looks for less that’ll make you look like you actually tried for once. Employee of the month over here.
Some of these office looks for less are inspired by my favorite era, and some are just inspired by the stuff I happen to have in my closet at the time. In any case, none of these outfits will cost your entire paycheck, so you can thank me for that. And, obviously, you’ll still look super cute in case you need to impress the cute guy in sales or whoever. And for more advice on what (not) to wear to work, buy our third book, When’s Happy Hour?