I used to work at Red robin, (I know, stop laughing k?) I actually worked there for two years before my current job as a barista. Let me tell you, I hated working there… Absolutely nothing against the company itself, we all love their fries, but being a server is SO HARD. For all of you out there who have served people before, I know you know what I’m talking about. Before you exit this post, I’m not going to talk about my struggles of handing out burgers all day, all I wanted to say of my dirty bird days, was a simple comment that was made to me one day. So I was standing at the bar waiting for a drink to to be made, and was getting my garnish ready (super classy) and another fellow sever was staring at me and I tried not to notice, you know the whole… I’m going to pretend they aren’t looking thing. Anyway, she leaned over to me and said “You do know you look exactly like a porcelain doll right”?
All of that to say. This outfit was inspired by me looking like a doll, and we won’t even touch base on the fact that my skin is that exact color too. Lets just all that ignore that and move on.
This Pinafore dress from Related Apparel was such a score. I found this brand through one of my favorite bloggers, Margo and Me, and died when I entered their site (I revived myself quickly though so I could buy something). Everything was so frilly, and feminine and was just my style. There was really no better way to swing this dress than to add more frill and lace. I mean, what did I have to lose really? Quickly after adding this blouse from Zara underneath my dress, I instantly was reminded of my doll heritage and just rolled with it.
I haven’t had a lot of funds lately to splurge on accessories, so wearing the same purse over and over AND over has been SUPER fun (sarcasm). Because of this fun little dilemma I have learned to find the art in using other items as accessories. Flowers have been a go to for me lately and have been a nice addition to my shoots. I often make so many excuses when it comes to photos of my outfits. Like, “I don’t have anything new to wear though”, or “I have worn these shoes SO many times, people will notice”. Well believe it or not, I have learned that my followers love to see the same thing worn time and time again because they relate to it. Go figure. Not everyone has a closet full of designer pieces and rows and rows of shoes. I’m just like you! Shocker right? Because of this I have been really tested in coming up with new and creative ways to showcase the items I DO have right now. That is why I find my favorite flowers to carry around and then have them in my house after, win/win! Maybe even add a scarf onto a purse to shake things up, or use my wallet as a clutch to add a lot of versatility and less stress in my wardrobe.
ANYWAY! Along with finding some new tricks to spice up my wardrobe, pairing new pieces together to make whole new ensembles are SO key in my daily life. I know I’m not alone when it comes to not being able to get a new outfit every day (goals though) and have to renew, reuse, recycle. I’m am Oregonian, what can I say? I have had this top, dress, and shoes for about a year now, actually. Though, I obviously love staying with current trends and getting the latest and greatest item, sometimes the bank account doesn’t allow for it. Not only that, but there are pieces that WILL last for a long time and still be timeless and beautiful. One thing I love about this high neck lace top from Zara is the versatility of it, especially paired with this Pinafore. Seriously, I am OBSESSED with these dresses lately, and love the ability to layer with them. These are the pieces I invest in, it’s like three outfits in one. It saves time, money, and allows for creativity within my wardrobe.
To be honest, I was a little nervous for this outfit. It may not seem different for me, but for some reason it felt like it was. I was SO annoyed that I didn’t have anything new to wear, or had the ability to get all new pieces for spring. I know this is not the essence of life, but in my world it seems like it is. Wearing the same cute shoes repeatedly definitely doesn’t make them any less cute, but it’s hard to think that people may start to notice it. It may seem like an exaggeration, but I seriously do think like that! I suppose the only reason I felt vulnerable in this outfit was the sheer fact that I have worn all of these pieces at separate times quite a bit before, and never paired them together like this. But what’s the point of a fashion blog unless i’m relating with others. Almost anyone with a lot of money and time can grab the newest and cutest items, but the real test of being “fashionable” is in the struggle.
To be honest, I’ve never really thought of this until just now writing this post. Funny how that works isn’t it? Instead of getting frustrated or annoyed that I can’t have something new (I sound so spoiled) I should look at it as a test, a challenge, and some game to win! Let’s call it the “how many ways can I piece these items together” game. So even if you are sitting there saving your pennies for your next article of clothing, don’t hesitate to wear what you have now, and mix and match to your hearts content. Clothes are meant to be worn over and over again, and most are made to still look as chic and fabulous as they did the day you got them. There may be a couple decade limit on that though (shrugging emoji) or not, whatever floats your boat. Anyway, if you have made it to the end of this extremely random and rambled on blog post, thank you. And for those of you that need some inspiration on versatile pieces, I’ve linked some great options below. Always invest in an item that you know you will wear again, and never hesitate to go out of your comfort zone. Even if you do end up looking like doll.