1. Repeat Offender
There's a certain unspoken pressure for people who post outfits on Instagram to share new outfits. Only and always. That's really...not my favorite things about posting outfits there. When I'm happy with the way an outfit comes together I want to re-wear it, not discard it like a used tissue. And I do. Sometimes I make only the slightest change to make it "different." For example, I shared this outfit last week:
Express / Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Forever 21 (Similar) / Bag: Amazon / Watch: Fossil / Bracelet: Purple Peridot / Ring: Kendra Scott (c/o)
It's almost an exact replica of other outfits I've worn previously with just slightly different accessories. Each one has a different sleeve length, although it's hard to tell from this point of view, but you'll see it in the front view below:
Express / Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Forever 21 (Similar) / Bag: Amazon / Bracelet: Express (Similar)
Old Navy / Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Forever 21 (Similar) Bracelet: Stella & Dot "Jacinthe" (Similar) / Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"
And let's not forget the time I made it oh-so-different by adding a blazer and wedge pumps:
Express / Blazer: Express / Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar) / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) / Bag: Forever 21 (Similar) / Bracelet: Express (Similar) / Nails: Essie "Bahama Mama"
Front view of all four:
What can I say? I guess I'm a fan of the "if it ain't broke..." mantra.
2. Shopping Regrets
I read a quote by Jamie Chung in this month's People Style Watch (page 130) that really clicked with me and id something I'm always working on. She gave three "Style Secrets" and her third one was my favorite: "Be Strategic. I tend to shop online because when I go into stores, I walk out with a bunch of stuff I don't need. Everything in my closet has a purpose."
I love that philosophy and really try to implement it in my shopping. I think I'm pretty good about making thoughtful purchases, yet I still make mistakes. I have two recent ones that came to mind when I read that quote since they were in-store impulse buys.
First, this bracelet:
I bought it in store on impulse. So pretty. So sparkly. So I was sure I would wear it on my next night out. Two months later and it remains unworn. It's not a major regret but obviously I didn't need it right then and there. I'm sure I'll wear it eventually, but in the meantime I think the money could have been better spent elsewhere.
Second, this skirt:
Old Navy / Necklace: Express / Skirt: Old Navy / Bag: Jessica Simpson (Similar) / Shoes: Sole Society (Similar) / Watch: Fossil / Bracelet: Loft / Ring: Express / Nails: Essie "Romper Room"
After seeing a lot of people rock the olive version of this skirt, I picked up the navy version (since olive was sold out)...on impulse. I thought navy would be a good neutral option too, but I've worn it exactly once. I've tried it on with several other tops and haven't found any others that worked, so it hasn't turned out to be the versatile piece I hoped it would. I can wear my white t-shirt with a dozen other pieces in my closet so I'm pretty sure I didn't "need" this skirt like I thought I did.
Most days, I post my outfits on Instagram between 6-6:30 AM Pacific Time. If you've wondered how I get up and dressed and have a picture taken, edited, and ready to post so early (especially when it was still dark at that hour prior to the time change), the answer is that I don't. Typically my "outfit of the day" is what I wore the day prior. Normally I like to take my pictures while my kids are at school (so I can selfie in peace), then I edit them to be post-worthy (all the details about that in this post) later in the evening or early the next morning.
Express / Cami: Express / Necklace: CCO (Similar) / Jeans: Express / Sandals:
Forever 21 (Similar) / Watch: Fossil / Bracelet: Purple Peridot
I feel slightly dishonest using #OOTD when it's actually my outfit of yesterday (#OOY?). And is it deceptive to quote, "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink," when I post my pink outfit on Wednesday knowing full well that I wore it on a Tuesday? And sometimes there's an issue of a weather change and the locals will chime in with questions like, "Why are you wearing open shoes in the rain?" Answer: Because it wasn't raining when I took this yesterday! Yet it's redundant to explain the actual time I wore an outfit in every single post. I don't do it this way to deceive people, it's just for the sake of working around my own schedule plus the best time of day for natural light vs. the best times to post pictures for engagement (because you know we all fear posting a picture and only getting two "likes!") These are my real clothes and my real outfits, they just don't get shared in real time.
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