I think it’s happened to all of us- you walk into a store, see an outfit on the mannequin and want EVERYTHING that makes up the look…head to toe! In today’s age of social media, we also have the perfect outfit images on Pinterest, Instagram, and our favorite bloggers to entice us to recreate an outfit on ourselves.
Personally, it happens to me every time I look at images from Intermix. It’s no longer, “oh that’s a cute sweater.” It’s “I want the sweater, but I also need the perfect jeans, shoes, earrings, and bag to go with it!” It’s a dangerous trap my friends.
Recently this happened to me when I saw one of Intermix’s Summer catalog looks. I loved the jumpsuit, the shoes, the entire spirit captured by the outfit. Well, at the time – the jumpsuit had a bit of a hefty pricetag, and don’t get me started on the shoes. So here was my plan of attack: I sprung for the shoes. I felt like those were the piece that were the most special and would be hard to copy. I’m glad I bought them! They’re the most gorgeous shade of marigold yellow, a luxe velvet that can be worn in the transition from Summer to Fall, and they’re comfortable to boot! Next, I kept my eye out for jumpsuits at a more reasonable price! I was able to find the one pictured at a fraction of the cost at my local Dillards! To finish of my “look for less” I bought a vintage Levi’s jacket on ebay for $25!
So while my look isn’t exactly the picture-perfect style from Intermix, I was able to make the outfit my own and save quite a bit of cash in the process! My advice to those of you looking to imitate the fashion images we’re bombarded with – start with the piece you can’t live without (or that you can’t replicate), and then look for some other options to evoke the same feeling, but that won’t break the bank. Plus, (and this is something I have to remind myself of) there’s ALWAYS another outfit, always another piece you’re going to want. So, splurge on the have to haves and save on the imitable. Your wallet AND closet will thank you!