So, I was preparing my looks for this week (which, btw, I thought there would be some great holiday outfits, but I think everyone was on vacay), and I happened across this post from Refinery29.com, and I.just.stopped. Some of the things discussed in this piece have given me some major pause recently, especially the gifting of items to bloggers. Trust me, I am all about free swag. But, as the piece states, if 50% of your outfit was a gift from a designer, does that really make it your style? If you can get free things, then I say more power to you, but I have a greater and deeper respect for those fashionistas that cull through their own personal closets to put together their perfect outfit. I recognize that budget has a lot to do with how one dresses – I myself would kill to have the bankroll of Jane from Sea of Shoes – but, again, by being gifted multiple pieces, are you really showing off your true, personal style? If you had to hunt and dig and pine for that amazing sequin jacket (see K’s previous posting on this here), doesn’t that make the piece a little more special, and doesn’t that piece speak a little more to your personal style than something that was sent to you from a PR person who now wants you to act as a walking advertisement? Sorry for the philosophical slant, but this was a literal day of meetings, so my mind has had nothing to do but wander!
On to the looks – which, again, abbreviated numbers since my usual slew of girls were just not bringing it this week!
1. Five Inches and Up
This is my absolute favorite look of the week. She always looks like she is just having so much fun, and she never looks too polished (which is funny, because I have seen her do some ad campaigns, so you would think that she would be more polished than regular every day people). But this is just so fun, and goofy, and I would LOVE to see someone wear this down the street in real life! both via
2. Fast Food and Fast Fashion
Again!! A look I would love to see as I was walking to get my morning coffee! What is even better about this, is that she was actually looking at buying a skirt from Ann Taylor which was very similar (but around $300), and she thought that if she could pull this skirt off, then she could afford to splurge on the AT skirt. I like that test driving in fashion – I wish I did that more with my big purchases. Alas, I am so much more of a “buy now, weep over the credit card bill later” type of gal. via
3. Cheetah is the New Black
All of my boyfriends have been too big for me to ever pull this off, so I am envious from afar on her look. However, if I did date men who did not tower over me and look like linebackers (many of them were), then this is exactly how I would style the shirts that I stole from them. ESPECIALLY with those shoes! via
4. Kendi Everyday
This is just so perfect and sweet. Exactly what I need after a long hot day at the office. via
5. Pink Peonies
Again, fantasy world. This would be completely filthy in 30 minutes if I was wearing it. However, she looks so clean and crisp and cool that I really wish I could pull this off. Very jealous right now!!! via
– S (back to Monday links next week!!!)