I purchased this dress recently during one of J.Crew’s sale-plus-additional-%-off deals. Being a stripe freak, I can turn no stripe down, and have admired this piece from afar all summer. Afar because I didn’t want to spend full price on it, but had seen numerous bloggers rock this number so well.
Now I am first the admit that style blogging has changed my way of getting dressed and my shopping. Because I have a blog, I not only think about how wearable an outfit is for work, play, etc., but also if it is blog-able, so I do have a tendency to make a bolder - but still appropriate - choice for my outfits. As a gal who loves fashion and putting together an outfit, my intent is to stand out a bit, but hopefully because I’ve put together an interesting ensemble, and not because I resemble Rainbow Brite’s adopted asian sister!
As a blog reader, I love taking inspiration from the rest of you ladies, because you’re in similar situations – creating something really interesting that is workable for the everyday. If it is a piece I already own, it is great to see interesting new ways of putting something together. If it is not something I have but like, I can add it to my wishlist or think of something similar I can pull from my closet.
And speaking of wishlists, I have noticed that in the last two years of style blog immersion, my shopping habits have changed. I do look at trends more, I buy more pattern and color, I have accessories. I no longer shop like the sensible all-black-suit-with-black-shoes gal. I have been influenced by other blogs to try a style I may not have considered before, to buy a certain blouse because I saw so-and-so wear it so well. I have shopped more because of blogging.
And yes, there was a period spanning a few months where I probably was too influenced by other blogs. I remember a time where I was really into Anthropologie everything – knew the names and release season of items, woke up early on sale days, did purchase certain items because they were the "hot thing" in the Anthro community. But for me thankfully it was short-lived – I don’t think I ever had full-blown call-every-store-in-the-country-to-find-an-item Anthrophelia, but I remember staring at my Anthro conquests in my closet and loving the idea of them, but not wearing them. They weren’t my style and didn’t work for me. I wore a lot of those things maybe once. So I returned unworn items. I sold stuff I rarely glanced at.
Sure, I still love Anthropologie (amongst other brands) more than most. I still know the names of a lot of items. But I am not sacrificing life-things so I can have a certain pair of shoes. I’d rather sleep in that go hit a sale. If an item is out online and at my local store, I stop the search though if I find it later one for a steal on Ebay or any of the community trade markets and still have that heart tug, all bets are off because it was obviously meant to be. As much as I still buy things based on color, pattern, and not necessarily how it works into my existing wardrobe, I am no longer buying specific pieces just because they are popular. Though I am also not choosing to not buy something because it’s already been done in the community.
How much has style blogging influenced your purchases?
Dress: J.Crew maritime (sim luxe w/print here)
Jacket: J.Crew tweed khaki (worn here - sim all tweed here, -ish solid here)
Belt: J.Crew embossed (worn here - sim here)
Tights: Ann Klein (sim here)
Boots: Vince Camuto bronco (worn here - sim luxe here, here, low here)
Necklace: Old Navy ethnic statement (worn here - sim-ish here, here)
Earrings: Target filigree (sim here, pricy here)