So this dress is a bit outside my normal style aesthetic but when I saw it on online, I knew that I immediately needed to have it. The mix of colors and patterns were just fun, the cut of the dress seemed like it would be super-flattering and it's jersey knit! I love that stuff! Stretchy knit clothes are like cheating when it comes to getting dressed because they're so comfy. It seemed perfect for easy weekend wear.
And when I donned this dress, I just felt like it would be the right thing to pair it with more Anthropologie - probably the most pieces from the retailer that I've worn together in a while. Because though Anthro is one of my fave retailers, I've really cut back on my purchases there. Partly because I think my tastes have changed - and partly because I think I'm a bit more wise about succumbing to outside influences.
I admittedly got caught up in the Anthro-specific style blog heyday of mid-2011 (wow, was it that long ago?!). When for a period in the style blogging community the brand was the thing, and we fans went seriously gaga over new releases, stayed up late or woke up extra early for sale days, bent over backwards and promised first-born children for highly-coveted pieces (scalloped dots skirt, winding ruffles boots, stormy seas necklace, mompos dress - remember the hysteria over those pieces?).
I ended up buying things that were popular or hard to find, so I could be " just like the Joneses" or "the First!" I ended up with stuff that was quirky and cute as heck, but honestly didn't fit into my lifestyle or would have been something I picked out on my own. I learned my lesson about succumbing to the hype via my wallet. Now I still look at the Anthro site often, but I'm smarter about the items I buy - I listen to myself more. So though I snatched this dress up as soon as I saw it, this dress (and the boots and the bag) are all me.
Have you been influenced by outside forces before to buy stuff that you may not have chosen on your own? What items have you tried because of the "hype?" What's actually worked out and what hasn't?
Dress: Pinkerton via Anthropologie fables print (sold out online, check stores - sim, sim, sim, floral)
Necklace: Emerson Fry (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Bracelets: Glitterbox Jewelry via Etsy (sim), Betsey Johnson (sim), Asos, ON (sim, sim)
Ring: c/o INPINK turquoise polished (worn here - sim, sim, real deal)
Bag: Holding Horses via Anthropologie tasseled leather (worn here - sim, clutch, more brown)
Boots: Schuler & Sons via Anthropologie studded strap (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)