Editorial Inspiration and Serendipitous Shopping Generates a Look For Less.

Do you find yourself flipping through the pages of fashion magazines lusting after a particular editorial that inspires your inner fashion Macgyver? With so many designs, trends, tastemakers, and shops at the ready it can be overwhelming to choose what you want to spend your hard earned cash on.  You also have to decide what is within your resources and budget. Do you want to pull off a straight up look for less outfit or make a trend your own by getting inventive with what you already have? Maybe you want to settle on a few pieces you’ve been coveting, get spendy and they end up being your go to pieces for the season. I fluctuate between all of these things. Sometimes I go out looking for things and sometimes they have a way of finding me.

Last week, I made the mood board pictured above.  A few days later I strolled into h&m and saw a blast of beautiful muted green much the same color as a top on said board.  After walking over to explore the apparel grouping  I found a single blouse in my size that essentially led me to writing this post. I purchased the blouse and returned home to study the picture. Then it occurred to me, “I have a dress that reminds me of that skirt and with a tomato red bag I could totally recreate the vibe of mood board outfit.”  I had been drawn into the colors and textures but the price tags, not so much. The inspiration blouse was over $600. My h&m blouse cost $35.  I frequently get inspired by imagery and then mimic what I’ve see in a personal way. Sometimes the look I come up with is so close to the original that it really ends up being a ‘Look for Less’, but often it’s the overall feel that I re-imagine and you may or may not make that connection between the inspiration and the result. Below is the outfit that produced a look for less as a result of what I stumbled upon, sought out then combined with what I already owned.* I hope you like it and have fun coming up with your own editorial inspired outfits!

Editorial inspiration courtesy of Vogue magazine.

*Note that this skirt is a sale item from h&m. The dress pictured is MYNE by Ashley Ann that I purchased at Anthropologie a few years ago. You could check ebay or Poshmark.

A second skirt option from ZARA

The second red bag option is stylistically different from the editorial and has a darker blue tone to it but I just liked this bag better so it’s the one I kept.


Thankful for: When things I don’t even know I want appear in my life.

Wanting: To have a good balance of inspiration from current trends while embracing my own personal style.

I’ve learned: I love the creativity of couture designers and respect their work but mostly I can’t afford it so I have to get creative.

 

 

 

 

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Phillip Lim for Target. The latest in designer collaborations

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Phillip Lim for Target launching 9/15/13…AKA tomorrow.

Don’t worry.  This is not going to be a post about strategy for shopping the collection, nor will it be a review or rave about any specific item from the collection. At this point, you either already know that stuff or don’t care about it.  I just wanted to reflect a little on my feelings about these designer collaborations in general. I’m not a huge fan of Phillip Lim’s designs. They are lovely. They are wearable. They are sophisticated, chic, cool, whatever but they don’t make my heart skip a beat. Yet,  I find myself counting down to Target store opening tomorrow so I can go and be a part of the craziness. I’m not in NYC anymore where you pretty much have to camp out to have any hopes of getting anything before the ebay horders descend. Things are a little more low key here in Minneapolis but I still think this one will have a large draw.  There are a couple of pieces that I do like and for $40 or so I will probably buy them, if I can. At the same time,  I don’t really want to be traipsing around town (OK going to the playground and girl scout meetings) wearing very distinguishable designer collaboration rags. Reverse snobbery?  You be the judge. I’m a bit conflicted about the whole concept. I prefer to buy clothes because I like the way they look and feel regardless of price point. I like styling clothes in my own personal way. Mixing high and low and expressing myself in how I put my outfits together on any given day. Designer collabs, logo heavy designer duds and super publicized fashion “must haves” just take the fun out of that.  I want to like buy something  because I am naturally drawn to it not because it’s in my face every time I open a magazine or read a fashion blog. Target will make their money, the ebayers will rack in some dough and we will all be talking about it or sporting the goods until we a countdown to the next big launch.
Which BTW is Isabel Marant for H & M on Nov. 14. and at the risk of contradicting everything you just read… I’m pretty pumped for this one!

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