Do you ever see an outfit and just kind of get obsessed with it? Like, you see a picture of an ensemble, and it’s all you can think about. You look at it and can almost feel how amazing it would feel on your body. What? No that never happens to me! JUST KIDDING! (Insert string of laughing till their crying emojis here).
This happens to me…more than I care to admit. Sometimes we will be out shopping and my son will see a toy, and literally talk about it for days, and almost nothing else. While it’s easy to find this annoying and all as a parent, I completely understand how he feels! It’s like this part of your brain that sees something, and triggers this reaction where you think: “if I just got that one THING my life would be complete…” (Again, insert hilarious laughter emojis because we know how untrue this feeling is!) So yeah, I get how he feels. I’m an adult, (I think?) so I know logically now that stuff obviously doesn’t make me happy per say, and that there will always be another “thing/outfit” that makes me feel this same level of obsession. All that to say, instead of obsessing like crazy and then spending obscene amounts of money just to have something I need, I’ve started a list.
Now, when I see something that triggers that “I need” part of my brain, I’ve started a little list of things that I’m watching out for. Then, what happens is after a few days of looking, I either sort of forget or change my mind about whatever it is I’m hunting for, I decide to invest a decent amount of money on it because I’ve realized it will be worth it, OR I decide to hold out till I find it for a steal. This has become a good system for me because it helps out my tendencies towards an obsessive brain!
I was reading through my daily news (all style related of course!) and I came across this outfit on Who What Wear.
Let’s be honest. There’s Gucci in it, which of course makes me want it. But the principle of the outfit is simple. Slip dress, graphic tee, slides. I have done stuff like this before, but something about this combo is like just enough vintage, just enough Los Angeles cool, and just enough easy to make me need it. So, I started shopping for a leopard slip dress. If you look at the actual links to this outfit, you will see that it costs quite a pretty penny. I’m not opposed to that. However, besides the Gucci, nothing in this outfit is…not repeatable. I found a slip on Poshmark for $4 you guys. So…just saying, sometimes feeding your item/outfit obsession isn’t that bad!
See what I did there? I took a vintage graphic tee, a second hand leopard slip (these are rather plentiful you guys), and a pair of slides (not Gucci, but I WILL GET THERE!), and done. I done copied this outfit, y’all. I could have spent $200 on a leopard slip dress. That would have been fine. But the difference is, the dress I got for $4 is basically the same thing as this one. This is different than, obsessing over a Gucci bag. (which I am, can you tell?) There may be no substitute for that one item, so you gotta shell out the big bucks. But it pays to know the difference right?
Go forth, and copy. It is, after all, the highest form of flattery!