The thing about fashion is that it is always changing and evolving, which is particularly baffling to the uninitiated. Most people wouldn’t even be caught dead wearing what was considered fashionable ten years ago. However, as the fashion icon Coco Chanel had once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same,” and I couldn’t agree more. I believe that it all comes down to a few ideas and secrets that not only help you keep up-to-date with the current trends, but also save you a few bucks.

There was an era when fashion was dictated by a handful of fashion design boutiques or celebrity tycoons. With the Internet available at your fingertips, everyone today is a fashion designer. But, the question is, are you a ‘pro fashion designer’? Do know how to look chic within your budget? If you can't imagine wearing anything well outside of your cheerleading uniform, better read this article to revaluate your fashion sense for cheer events when you leave the uniform at home. These seven secrets will not only blow your mind, but definitely will change the way you think about getting fashionable these days! So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty secrets of fashion.

1. You wear the clothes, and not the other way around.
Never let your clothes overpower your sense of style and your look. Just because a particular trend is popular, it does not mean you have to wear it–especially, if you think it does not look good on you! That is why it is essential that you figure out your style statement and to do that; you have to go out and experiment with different styles to see which ones look good on you.

2. Take care of your body.
At the end of the day, clothes and trends will come and go, but it is your body which will remain with you in the long run. You need to be friends with it, make peace with it. If you do not like the way your body looks, no amount of expensive clothing is going to make you feel beautiful and comfortable. This means eat healthy, moisturize your skin, and stop using a ton of chemical products because they are the latest fad.

3. When unsure, go with black.
There is a reason why black is the most popular color on the spectrum. It suits every skin complexion, is appropriate for almost every event, and has a slimming effect on the wearer’s silhouette. Perhaps that is the reason why Ms. Chanel said that the ‘Little Black Dress’ is a must-have in every woman’s closet. Keep an emergency black item in your closet, because you never know when you may need it.

4. Get a good tailor. Sizes are a tricky thing, which is why not every dress and piece that you love is going to fit you like a glove. But, then again, a good dress is completely wasted if it is ill-fitted. So, unless you learn how to sew your own dresses, we suggest that you find a cheap tailor that can alter your clothes to best suit your frame. Trust me, it’ll make quite the change to your entire wardrobe.

5. Know a few inexpensive, yet magical shops. Not all of us can afford high-end designer clothes. That is where little boutiques and online shops come in. You will be amazed to find how many online stores sell ‘as worn on’ clothes priced at discount. Take a few hours from your week to look around your neighborhood for cute little shops and handloom pop-ups. They are so underrated, and offer great saving deals! Honestly, all I’m saying is that looking good does not need to break your bank. Still you don’t believe me? Here’s one of the many online shopping hacks that can practically save your bank balance: buy any fashion product and add it to your cart. Keep this product in the cart for a few days. Now, if your social media account is linked to the shopping site, then you will start to see remarketing ads all over your social media. Click on these ads, but don’t buy the product. After few days, you might see the price of this product dropped, or a few discounts on the similar items.

6. Learn to walk in heels. At one point, you will have to wear heels, whether it is on a date or at work, and trust me, the first time is always painful. It’s fine if you aren’t comfortable with stilettos; that is why I suggest that you get yourself a pair of wedges or even kitten heels, and learn to carry those off. Not only will it give your posture a boost, but you can always level up from them if you decide that heels are actually your thing.

7. Make your very own look book. This may sound a little exhausting, but trust me on this, it will save you tons of time and hassle, especially if you have to leave for work early in the morning. A look book makes sure that not only you are up-to-date as to what is inside your closet, but that you take time to plan your outfits. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Lay down your clothes on your bed, snap pictures and see which ones look good with which. Add in accessories, and voila–you have multiple looks waiting for you in your closet! So, the next time you go out, you do not have to wrack your brains about what to wear.

With social media shopping sprees on the rise and an increasing budget for fashion, the industry is evolving very fast and you won’t know when your favorite fashion piece will get out-dated. Luckily, these seven secrets will always be fresh and help you stay up-to-date.

What style secrets do you swear by? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Stacey Connor is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips. She divides her time between travel and lifestyle.