27 August 2012
Falling into the Bandwagon
I was pretty successful at staying away from the J.Crew bubble necklace for several years, since the original had a heart-stopping price point, the size is nearly too-darn-big, and there are copycats all over the place. I didn't know whether I love or hated the piece since it seemed pretty popular in blogdom, but I relented and fell for the trend a few weeks back when I bought one off Ebay for cheap - obviously not the real deal J.Crew original, but for $12, I didn't think it would hurt to try it out.
I wore these outfits over the weekend when BF and I went to visit some fam. The weight of the necklace felt a bit heavy on after some extended wear, but the quality of the copy I got seemed similar to the real deal (granted I don't own the real version of the necklace and have only ever handled it in-store) and it sure was a no-brainer way to make a statement on an otherwise basic outfit. Was I glad I bought this necklace? Absolutely, I definitely think I'll get my money's worth and I had a hoot to telling anyone who asked that I scored this necklace off Ebay for $12 because I do think it looks more expensive.
Will I get another one? Honestly I am seriously tempted since the rainbow hues are gorgeous and I was pleasantly surprised at how wearable this pretty big necklace was. But I don't know if I will. Because this is obviously a knockoff of a real deal necklace that is selling for a lot more (though I personally feel that the original is way overpriced for what it is) and it is a distinctive-looking piece that seems to be everywhere on everyone. So I fell for a trend - but I don't want to look like everyone else. Except I do. But it's pretty. And a tag overdone. But I like it.
What do you think about the J.Crew bubble necklace? When a particular item becomes highly sought-after and popular, does it make you want the item even more, or does it turn you off from the item? If you want the item and can't get your hands on the original, do you keep seeking or opt to get your hands on a copycat?
Top: Gap boyfriend popover (sim other prints, sim, pricey)
Necklace: J.Crew bubble via Ebay (real deal, options via Ebay, via Etsy)
Shorts: J.Crew chino (worn here - sim)
Shoes: Indigo by Clarks joli (worn here - sim, sim, plain, edgy)
Top: LEC boyfriend (worn here - sim, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew pin-stripe (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: LifeStride utopia (on sale - worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: Zara (worn here - sim, pricey, canvas)
Hat: Christy's & Co (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)