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4 Stages of Outfit Envy

I love clothes, I love fashion and I most definitely love to shop! For the past couple of days I’ve been using my spare time to scour the web in search of a top that I saw a lady wearing at playgroup. So far my search has been fruitless but it has got me thinking about the dreaded feeling of outfit envy which I find myself coming down with far more frequently than I’d like. I’ll run you through the 4 stages I experience during a bout of outfit envy.

  1.  Admiration – That moment you spy a garment from across the room being modelled perfectly by someone other than you. It starts with admiration; for the clothing and for the person wearing it for styling the look.  Well done to them on finding such a gem. You may even vocalise the admiration by giving the wearer a compliment, after all, a compliment can always act as a mood lifter.
  2. Resentment – Unfortunately it doesn’t take long before the admiration fades and resentment, albeit irrational, starts to set in. You go from thinking the other person is a  bit of style icon for finding such a beautiful piece, to being a bit peeved that you didn’t snap it up first, especially considering the amount of time you put in to browsing potential purchases. I mean; why do they have to have such amazing clothes when I have ‘NOTHING TO WEAR’!
  3. Investigation – How do you get over the resentment? Go on a full scale hunt for the item: sit down, get comfortable & make Google your best friend. Use every search term you can think of, utilise specific shopping search sites and visit retailers you think would carry the piece in their collection. In this stage motivation is key in leaving no stone unturned and keeping the faith that you too can achieve #OutfitGoals!
  4. Compromise – All that optimism you had in the investigation stage has started to disappear and you’re now worried that you have lost this particular battle of style wars. Do you now admit defeat? Of course not, you start thinking about a compromise. You could find a similar garment to the one you originally wanted or you could reward your efforts by spending a few pounds on a piece you’ve been lusting over for a while. Which ever way you decide to compromise; you will find that your mood is substantially higher now you have reached the final stage and outfit envy is over. 

Do you ever find yourself suffering from outfit envy? Is there a fine line between admiring someone else’s style and being jealous that it isn’t you rocking that look? Or am I just living in an irrational, and slightly self-obsessed, bubble. Let me know in the comments section.

Restyling Shirts for Summer

IMG_20170503_203807Any style lover will know that the harsh reality of fashion is that the garments you might love don’t always love you back! That’s the relationship I have with shirts so as a general rule of thumb I stay away from them. To be fair to shirts, it’s not them that have the issue with me, those pesky buttons are the ones that prevent me from incorporating shirts in to my not so capsule wardrobe. However, I can always be swayed when it comes to clothing and occasionally I see a pattern or print which calls my name until I give in to buying.

So what do you do when you have an unrequited love with a piece of clothing? You think of a way to restyle it and make it work for you. If I find a shirt that I really like I keep it safe in my wardrobe until the summer months and re-purpose it as a cover-up; something I can use in place of a cardigan over a basic colourful vest or slightly buttoned over a dress to make it look like an outfit of separates.

Is there a type of clothing you would love to wear but don’t get on with or do you put a twist on things to make them work for you? Share your experiences in the comments section.