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A college student's access to the hottest trends without breaking the bank!

Neon Animal Print-Wear it! April 22, 2010

Filed under: College Trends — pennypinchfashion @ 3:32 pm

I was flipping through Cosmo the other day and a short blurb about some of the new trends for Spring immediately caught my attention. The one that stood out most was “neon animal print.”  This sounds silly and unnatural-it reminds me of my Lisa Frank folders, pencils, and notebooks from elementary school and while Lisa Frank items totally have the idea, they may be just a little too bright to make anyone look good.

Bring back memories to anyone?

Instead, think of animal prints like zebra and cheetah in a palette of bright colors but not too many that it hurts the eyes.  And definitely don’t over do it.  Pick one accessory or item of clothing and make it pop by adding it with a solid neutral color.  I personally have only seen one person on campus rocking this trend with a neon cheetah tote, but what do you think? Will you invest in a neon animal print item?

OC star, Rachel Bilson, stands out in the crowd wearing this dress!These shoes could start a conversation....

This bag is great for beginners.

Chic Spending out there,

Rosettes April 21, 2010

Filed under: College Trends — pennypinchfashion @ 1:33 pm

Fabric Rosettes are becoming the hottest trend on dresses, purses, shoes, shirts, and hair accessories. A rosette, as pictured below, is a flower or rose made out of material. They can vary in shape and sizes and can be made out of almost any kind of material. It’s a great way to add a girly touch to any type of outfit. Some of my favorite rosette items which I own include a formal pink dress with three small rosettes in the upper front waist and a headband with three silver rosettes on the side.

This shirt could be casual or dressy.

Cute little rosette handbag to add color to any outfit.

Very similar to my own headband-great way to add a rosette to any outfit!

Fun spring dress with rosettes.

I know these are D&G, but it's a great example of a rosette on a shoe!

To try the rosette trend start at one of these stores to find decent prices: Charlotte Russe and Forever 21.

And for something a little more fancy try: Macys

If you own rosettes already, where did you get them and where do you wear them to?

Chic Spending out there,



Scarves should be worn all year round! April 19, 2010

Filed under: College Trends — pennypinchfashion @ 4:30 pm

I know what you are thinking…really? Isn’t a scarf made to keep you warm in blizzards and from bitter cold weather? Well, yes they are, BUT they also make a great accessory any time of the year! There is indeed such a thing as a summer scarf and they are wonderful! They can be worn casual or dressy and come is all kinds of patterns and colors. When out shopping look in the accessory area for light weight scarves usually made out of a material called viscose.

Some great places to look for scarves include: H&M, Forever 21, New York & Company, Gap, and Old Navy. Some places will charge around $30 for a scarf but others only charge around $8 so keep your eyes peeled for sales!

Look how the scarves on these celebs add something extra to their tanks and tees!

And men, scarves are out there for you too!

Men look good in scarves too!

Chic Spending out there,



Shirt Extender April 18, 2010

Filed under: College Trends — pennypinchfashion @ 9:45 pm

I was in my school’s union today and I saw something I had never seen before. A twenty something lady was sitting at the table next to me and when she stood up I saw she was wearing a regular fitted t-shirt with a pair of jeans. As she got up to leave, her bag was pulling up her shirt and I noticed her fitted tee was being “extended” by a small elastic band with about two inches of material hanging down from the band and then a hemline. The material was the same color as her shirt but her shirt was just a plain white tee. I was confused on if this was a new thing so I did some research and it turns out there is such a thing as a shirt extender. They are mostly used by pregnant woman but they are also available for women of all sizes.

Check out JAKs online for pricing and sizes

JAKs Shirt Extender

So what do you think fellow followers? Is a t-shirt extender worth it? Or should someone just buy a long t-shirt to begin with?

Chic Spending out there,



Hot Sale April 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — pennypinchfashion @ 6:19 pm

It’s the weekend and with the weekend comes shopping!

Here are a few places having great sales this weekend:

Chic Spending out there,



Metrosexual Comics April 15, 2010

Filed under: Humor — pennypinchfashion @ 4:12 pm


How metro is too metro? April 12, 2010

Filed under: Opinions — pennypinchfashion @ 12:51 pm

According to Urban the word “metro” means: “A metro or metrosexual is a male that cares about his appearance and hygiene but is a heterosexual.”

So guys, where do you draw the line?

I have male friends who think wearing fitted jeans and a button down shirt is too metro and friends who think a button down shirt, fitted jeans and maybe even a cardigan is normal.

Ladies, do you mind straight guys who dress metro?

Are these celebs too metro?

Chic Spending out there,