Think like a designer – Have a vision! Find your inspiration!
One of my favorite sources for inspiration (despite most items being out-of-budget) is Instyle.com and their “Look of the Day.” It is a daily email link where they feature celebrities and looks their stylists have created. It shows not only current trends but a glimpse into the future for fashion to come. Use this not literally but as an inspiration for a look. Can you use items you already own to interpret the look? Or pick a look you love and go shopping for similar pieces to create your own budget-friendly version of the look.
The same can be done by flipping through any fashion magazine. One of my go-to resources is People Style Watch magazine because most of the content features affordable items which are in-stock at stores in most major malls. Their discount code section also helps.
Even if you don't love the entire look, pick the piece that speaks to you and just add that element to one of your go-to basics....i.e. an armful of bangles with a black dress might be all the trend you need.
Rocket science, no. But it is surprising how much easier shopping and style can be if you know what you are looking for and already have something in mind.
InStyle "Look of the Day"
People Style Watch