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!
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.