Can we talk about Pinterest for a minute. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with everyone’s favorite time suck. I love discovering and pinning new, inspiring stuff-mostly home decor and style [since the food stuff isn't really for me any more] but after I pin something it goes away. Out of sight, out of mind. So, this week I decided to find something pinned on my style board and attempt to recreate it-I enjoyed it so much that I think this may become a more regular thing-the makers of Pinterest are rejoicing somewhere, I’m sure.
The pin I chose is one from Atlantic-Pacific. If you don’t already know Blair, go check her out, but be prepared for leggy, stylish, blonde perfection. The problem with following fashion bloggers built like models with access to all the best brands, is that it’s easy to get discouraged. I certainly look at some of the outfits I love from Blair and just “know” that they’d never work on me.
I just love this look, but layers rarely turn out that well on me. Still, each of the individual pieces felt like something that could/should be in my wardrobe. In fact, I think every woman’s wardrobe could benefit from brown leather booties, black cigarette pants, a chambray top, bold graphic sweater and lightweight khaki jacket. Somehow, though, my closet contained none of these [at least none that fit any more]
So I did some shopping-at Goodwill! I find that I have the best luck at Goodwill when I go in with time to pick through everything and a mission! I found several sweaters, a jacket and a pair of booties. I then ran over to Target for the pants and chambray top-I didn’t want to spend too much on this adventure, and I felt confident Target would have these last two essentials. Here’s my three interpretations.
This one is the truest to the original. The sweater is pretty funky-the white part is super fuzzy-but the sleeves were definitely bulky, which made it a little uncomfortable. Also, my face looked weird so I chopped it off-it’s bad enough that I’m putting my pictures in a post where you’ve already seen Blair’s, but whatevs, let it go, right? I like the way this turned out, but I probably wouldn’t wear all the layers together.
For this second iteration, I omitted the chambray-mostly because I didn’t like the blues layered together-but I could totally see this paired with a plaid button up top or even just a plain white one…guess I may be heading back to Target…I do love how the sweater keeps it from being too boring; the pants are more polished than just jeans; the jacket is sporty and casual; and the booties add a little bit of cool. I would totally wear this as is-or even with a funky necklace on top.
Finally, the loosest, but perhaps my favorite interpretation. I found this fabulous sweater that will definitely be seeing some wear outside of the 4th of July and Veteran’s and Memorial Day. Pairing it with everything else gives me a super funky, unique look-that admittedly isn’t for everyone-which I LOVE! This will be worn out sometime this week-I guarantee it. So, what do you think? Did I succeed in recreating the pin? Are you feeling inspired? What I loved about this endeavor was seeing how a little inspiration manifested in several pieces that have now given me so many more outfit choices. Shopping with some boundaries really helped me focus in on the racks and find some really fun pieces that will be permanent additions to my wardrobe. Like I said, I enjoyed this so much I will be doing it again-maybe on a monthly basis? Go check out my boards and let me know if there’s anything you see [whether it's style, food, home or other] that you think deserves to be recreated.