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Welcome to Brunette with a Budget.
A style, runway & wellness blog created by Chicago-based fashion journalist Amanda Kaplan.

BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE | MIXING POPULAR STYLES

BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE | MIXING POPULAR STYLES

The start of a new school year is the perfect time to reinvent not only yourself, but as well as your personal style. Though styles such as preppy, street-style, grunge, and bohemian are in, mixing these particular styles is the perfect way to stand out in a crowd of single-styled girls.
 

Preppy + Street-Style

A UNIQUE COMBO. BY PAIRING A TANK TOP WITH A MINIMALISTIC CUT, IT ALLOWS A PREPPY MIDI SKIRT TO FLOW BETTER. YOU'RE ABLE TO WEAR THIS OUTFIT NOT ONLY AT A HORSE SHOW, BUT OUT ON THE TOWN.

BEING DIFFERENT: SINCE YOU'RE STRAYING AWAY FROM THE CLASSIC V-NECK, YOU SWITCH UP THE OUTFIT BY COMBINING TWO DIFFERENT STYLES THAT WORK SO WELL TOGETHER.

\\ SKIRT (J.Crew Collection Floral Skirt -  THE BWAB ALTERNATIVE) //
\\ TANK ( Zara Printed Top - THE BWAB ALTERNATIVE) //

Street-Style + Grunge 

A CASUAL EQUILIBRIUM BETWEEN GRUNGE AND STREET-STYLE. BY PAIRING A SIMPLE TEE SHIRT WITH A MORE DISTRESSED PAIR OF PANTS, IT ALLOWS THE OUTFIT TO REMAIN CLASSY AND COOL.

BEING DIFFERENT: BECAUSE THE RIPS IN THE PANTS ARE NOT DOWN THE ENTIRE JEAN, IT STILL ALLOWS FOR A GRUNGE LOOK WITHOUT BEING OVERLY TRASHY.

\\ JEANS ( Nasty Gal Hole New Game - The BWAB Alternative) //
\\ TANK ( Zara Double Layer Silk Top - The BWAB Alternative) //
\\ NECKLACE ( Brandy Melville Gold V Necklace) //

Bohemian + Preppy

A BOHEMIAN PLAY ON YOUR CLASSIC PRINTED CHINOS. BY ADDING A CROCHETED FLOWY TANK TOP, THE OUTFIT ALLOWS FOR A MORE CASUAL SETTING THAT IS STILL STYLISH YET COMFORTABLE.

BEING DIFFERENT: THOUGH MOST PEOPLE WANT TO GO "ALL OUT" WHEN WEARING BOHEMIAN PIECES, IT IS GOOD TO SIMPLIFY THE OUTFIT WITH SIMPLE PREPPY PIECES SO YOU ARE STILL ABLE TO INCORPORATE YOUR BOHEMIAN STYLE FOR OCCASIONS OTHER THAN THE BEACH.

\\ PANTS ( J.Crew Apiece Apart Skinny - The BWAB Alternative) //
\\ TANK ( Free People Patchwork Tunic - The BWAB Alternative) //

Bohemian + Street-Style

A FLIRTY TWIST ON YOUR CLASSIC LEATHER LEGGINGS. BY ADDING A BOHEMIAN PIECE SUCH AS A SLIP DRESS, YOU CREATE AN AIRY AND CASUAL VIBE. BY STAYING WITHIN A MINIMALIST COLOR PALETTE (SUCH AS BLACK AND WHITE) YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT STREET-STYLE VIBE BUT ADD A TOUCH A BOHEMIAN.

BEING DIFFERENT: SINCE MOST PEOPLE STICK TO PASTEL NEUTRALS WHEN DRESSING BOHEMIAN, ADDING A BIT OF BLACK TO YOUR OUTFIT ALLOWS YOURSELF TO STAND OUT WHILE ACCOMPLISHING A STREET-STYLE OUTFIT THAT IS PERFECT FOR SCHOOL AS WELL AS A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN.

\\ SLIP DRESS (Free People Tattered Up Slip) //
\\ LEGGINGS (Nasty Gal Leggings - The BWAB Alternative) //

Grunge + Preppy

A SIMPLISTIC ALTERNATIVE TO YOUR EVERYDAY PLAID MINI SKIRT. BY ADDING PIECES SUCH AS A SIMPLE WHITE TEE SHIRT AND A METAL STATEMENT NECKLACE, IT ADDS A PREPPY FEEL WITHOUT LOOSING YOUR MAIN GRUNGE PIECE: A PLAID SKIRT.

BEING DIFFERENT: WHEN WEARING A PIECE SUCH AS A SHORT SKIRT WITH A BOLD PATTERN, IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY CLASSY AND SIMPLE. MAKE SURE TO STAY AWAY FROM TIGHT TANKS ON TOP OF MINI SKIRTS BECAUSE THEN IT SENDS A MESSAGE THAT YOU DO NOT WANT BEING SENT.

\\ SKIRT (Nasty Gal Grunge Right In - The BWAB Alternative) //
\\ SHIRT (Forever 21 Short Sleeve Knit) //
\\ NECKLACE (J.Crew Alloy Necklace - The BWAB Alternative) //

Total Savings

ORIGINAL TOTAL: $1,249.78
THE BWAB TOTAL: $297.59
SAVINGS: $952.19

The Bottom Line

Though singular style can be easy and traditional, it can also become static. By mixing styles, it allows for unique outfit combinations that will allow you to stand out from the average girl in school. Mixing styles enables you to reinvent yourself and your style without straying from in-style styles.

XOXO, Amanda

* "The BWAB (Brunette with a Budget) Alternative" are more affordable alternatives to those shown in the picture. With theses alternatives, you still accomplish the same outfit and style within a more reasonable budget *

BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE | WARDROBE TRANSFORMATION

BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE | WARDROBE TRANSFORMATION

FASHION WRITER GOES DESIGNER

FASHION WRITER GOES DESIGNER