Ever since I started Fashion Blogging, I have tried to find quirky eye catching pieces to really boost my looks, but in truth because I am not too inhibited about what I wear, I have always found the balance between cool and stylish and weird and freakish quite hard to strike. Indeed, I have always been the person who like a magpie, goes into a store and will immediately gravitate towards the fluorescent jump suits, patchwork jackets and bright pink glitter shoes. I can remember my friend Naomi going through my clothes when we lived together and laughing as she pulled out the strangest of things: a fish net camouflage top, a Union Jacket cut off t-shirt, clogs, a frilly skirt, my old cut up school uniform skirt…Why did I buy these she asked? Because I thought they were cool… But had I ever worn them? Ermm…erm…I tried my hardest to think of a time apart from Halloween when I had…but No, I hadn’t…
So how to overcome my “Glittery Eye” Syndrome and not fall into the shop’s marketing temptations?
1. My first technique to avoid suffering from Glittery Eye Syndrome, is, if I can help it, I DO NOT SHOP ON MY OWN! I always try to go shopping with someone who’s judgement I trust, someone who is better at stocking their wardrobes up on staples (plain but pretty tops, blouses, jeans), someone who isn’t afraid to tell me their honest opinion and someone who perhaps has a more conservative style than me. So either my boyfriend or my best friends – But NOT my parents because they are abstract artists and are even more “out there” and alternative in their clothes and come to think of it, they are probably where “Glittery Eye” Syndrome stems from in the first place. I won’t necessarily listen to everything they say or even change my style, but they may make me think harder and put me back on track if I start eye-eing up a bright yellow coat that makes me look like Big Bird from Sesame Street.
2. Before buying I ask myself a few questions:
- If I am alone, I try to play devil’s advocate with my shopping self. Yes, I like the item, but would it go with anything else in my wardrobe? My advice is to try to gradually, over time, build up a wardrobe with lots of nice pieces that you can wear often and combine together. If your new item wouldn’t go with anything you already have then unless you buy some more clothes to match it with and “link” to your existing clothes, then your purchase could very likely end up being a waste of money.
- I also like to think how often I would wear something. The brighter and more eye-catching the piece, the more attention it will get, but the harder it will be to wear often as each time you wear it people will recognize it and mentally think that you wearing the same thing all the time. A great purchase is one that adds weight to an outfit but that you can wear again and often without it being too overpowering and overbearing. This will mean that you will get great comments but will be able to wear it more than 3 times. Also it is important to think how practical something will be, so high floral wooden wedges may look very beautiful, but they are hard to combine with my other clothes, difficult to walk in and only practical for the summer as I would have to wear them without socks and don’t go well with jeans (and I should know, because I bought them… :/)
3. Now if I can’t hold off any longer, despite fashion blogger’s black, white and camel Instagram feeds, I can invariably go crazy and buy all the wacky things that everyone else has missed but that I “know” will look amazingly cool… So then, what I do, is I force myself to channel all my creativity into accessories. Different, funky accessories can really liven up any outfit and its a technique that loads of fashionistas use: from fluorescent beanies, fast food I-phone cases, glitter slippers, Mickey Mouse eared hat, leopard print shoes, to green Chanel bags, fluffy pink clutch purses and reflector sunglasses…apparently going nuts on a small scale is surprisingly effective. One of my favorite styles that I will feature soon is wearing my orange Homies Cap with my orange Hermes bracelet and then just wear plain jeans, top and sneakers. Best of all I can re-wear the accessories lots and lots of times before they ever get old! Perfect 🙂
So at the moment I am really into colorful and original clutches. Some of my favorites are New Look’s vintage Lemon Wedge purse, Charlotte Simone Bon-Bon shearling shoulder bag, Top Shop’s Faux Fur Roll Top Purse, Sophia Webster’s Banana Clutch/ Wild Thing Clutch, Shoulder Bags by Castellano Ethnic Origins, Benedetta Bruzziches Magic Mirror Clutch,Charlotte Olimpia Watermelon Clutch, Charlotte Olimpic Tequila Clutch, Black & White Kate Spade Clutch, Simone Camille Bag, Olympia Le Tan Fairy Tale Book Clutch.
In this outfit I have made my Lulu Guinness Clutch purse the center of my look. I really love it because it is so fun and the shape is original, feminine, different and bold. I didn’t quite stick to my rule of having one signature piece as I am wearing pink/peach colored silk trousers as well, but I thought that the two pink items went well together! The good thing about clutches and this pale pink lips clutch in particular is that I could wear it with almost any outfit, like plain jeans or a black coat and immediately make a fashion statement!
Let me know what you think!
Pink and Peach Silk Trousers – TED BAKER
New York Boutique Top – RIVER ISLAND
Creep Platform Lo Metal Sneakers- SCHUH