I have collected looks from magazines since middle school. I started off by taping them to the back of my bedroom door and then in my closet when I ran out of space. These days I keep a look Book, which is basically a sketch book that contains looks from magazines I like. Currently I’m out of town and without my Look Book so I’ll leave elaboration to a later date.
Last summer, I saw this look in Elle and decided to replicate it using pieces I already had. I was at the lowest point financially I had ever been in my life (it was a TRUE awakening), so I was not willing to run out and buy something new. I was attracted to this outfit due to it’s Bohemian/summery feel. I was in Columbia, South Carolina, and, if you have ever been there, IT IS HOT! Finding outfits to look cute in AND feel comfortable is a constant battle.
My Take on This Outfit
I hope you can see the point I was trying to make earlier–you can see something in a magazine, be inspired by it, take it and make it yours. There’s absolutely no need to copy the exact outfit you see (although, it’s great if you can or want to if it’s “you”). There’s no need to stretch your clothing budget farther than what’s already in your closet.
And if you don’t have what you want? Let patience win out and shop around. When you find the item you want for the price you’re willing to pay–buy it! Here’s one example of how I did that:I purchased the skirt I’m wearing above for $36 at American Apparel in 2008. It’s actually a dress you can wear 15 different ways. I did the math–that’s $2.40 per way. I absolutely love this dress and rave about it to whoever will listen. Shortly after I purchased this dress, the price rose to $43, which was just too much.
I loved this dress so much and really wanted another one, but couldn’t justify the price. So I waited. And waited. AND waited. Two years to be exact. Finally, American Apparel had a secret sale that included the dress and I was able to snag it. For $21. That’s right.