STYLE: To Trend Or Not To Trend

When I shop, I try to invest my money in items I know will last from year to year. Examples of my favorite investment pieces are my Chanel bag, my AYR work pants, my driving shoes and my Goyard wallet (purchased used). If I choose to buy something trendy, I make sure not to invest a lot of money into it.

After seeing many a friend and blogger (Damsel in Dior, my ALL TIME FAVE) rocking a good camel winter coat, year after year, I decided it was time to invest in my own. I picked my camel winter coat up at Gap two years ago and have been wearing it ever since. It is such a staple in my closet! This camel winter coat goes with everything. From workwear to Jeans Day. EVERYONE needs a camel winter coat in their life. There are so many great options on sale right now! I love this one, this one and this one!

Below, I paired my camel winter coat with my new jeans!! I cannot say enough good things about them! When I heard that Reformation was launching a denim line, I IMMEDIATELY ordered a pair. They are exactly what I expect from Reformation; great quality and construction, a real eye for the female form and a fair price point. While these jeans are not inexpensive, they are also not over priced. You are purchasing a well-made pair of denim. An investment piece, per se. I love the frayed edges and how well they accentuate my curves. Classic denim never goes out of style and I know I will be wearing these for years to come!

This velvet mustard top is the perfect example of trend shopping. Velvet is in right now, but who is to say that it will have staying power. I purchased the top on sale at Loft (one of my favorite places to shop the latest trends), and it is so fun. I love the feminine bow detailing on the back.

My shoes are also another example of smart trend shopping. While I would have loved to buy a pair of Gucci loafers, I just couldn’t justify the expense. Instead, I picked up these dupes and no one is the wiser. I can’t wait to rock them at NYFW in a few weeks!

I hope this post provides a little insight into how I shop. If you have any questions or are looking for some additional inspiration comment below! Also, if you are interested in try-on sessions when I am out shopping via Instagram Stories, leave a comment letting me know!

GAP camel winter coat by popular New Jersey fashion blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

Coat (old, similar HERE), Top, Jeans, Shoes, Clutch (ON SALE FOR $44!!), Necklace

GAP camel winter coat by popular New Jersey fashion blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

GAP camel winter coat by popular New Jersey fashion blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

GAP camel winter coat by popular New Jersey fashion blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

GAP camel winter coat by popular New Jersey fashion blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

GAP camel winter coat by popular New Jersey fashion blogger What's For Dinner Esq.

Photography by Laurel Creative



  1. January 24, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    You look lovely and I completely agree with the camel coat. Due to the cold temperatures we do have to invest in a good wool coat but it’s worth it if you are going to wear it year after year. You are rocking your new jeans. Great advice in the post today, staple pieces=$$$ and trendy=$ .

  2. Anna English
    January 24, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Bags are always my favorite items to invest in, because I know they will withstand time. Shoes are hard for me though because they get destroyed so easily!

  3. January 24, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I love camel coats, they are classic and chic. Cute outfit!


  4. January 24, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    My camel coat and loafers are also dupes, so I don’t feel bad about buying them either. Velvet is a trend that I haven’t gotten into just yet. Looking cute here!

  5. Emily Wilkinson
    January 24, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    I always prefer to “save” when it comes to a trend unless I decide I’ll get a lot of wear per cost of an item!

  6. January 24, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Bags are the best for investing! And love that velvet top!

  7. Maggie
    January 25, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I totally agree with you! Investment pieces are so worth it! I always love to buy my bags used, too!

  8. Stephanie
    January 25, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    I have a coat that’s nearly identical to this one. I never thought to layer it with similar color tones but that velvet top is lovely!

  9. January 26, 2018 / 12:06 am

    Very cute combo! A camel coat is surely a closet classic, and I hope the velvet trend has serious staying power as I luurrrve it.

  10. January 26, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    I’ve had the M. Gemi loafers on my wish list for months!! You’re making me want to pull the trigger! Also, I’m going to NYFW in a few weeks too and so excited to wear some new stuff!

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  11. January 28, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Camel colored winter coats are so classic!

  12. January 29, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    We share the same philosophy when it comes to investment pieces! From a young age I’d invest in a well made handbag will resell valie and eventually let go of it sometimes even at a higher price (if the bag was one of a kind and no longer available to buy in stores). I love this coat, esp the color! Thanks for sharing x

  13. February 2, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Love the velvet top on you! Also I am a big fan of camel coats too- so classic!
    xoxo, Jenna