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Dress Like an Instagram Star Without Spending Money

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On Monday, I wrote this post about using Instagram and social media for fashion inspiration instead of envy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy, I am guilty of lamenting my lack of textured, personality-infused, and seemingly effortless pieces that invade the wardrobes of my favourites; Olivia Palermo, Blake Lively and Emmanuelle Alt. But as promised dear readers, here’s my example of pulling inspiration from a whole look and how it was put together vs. simply going bananas over each piece that creates that look. Ya feel me? Here’s an ensemble that I stumbled upon and loved, brought to us by the inimitable Olivia Palermo:

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I had never thought of pairing my faux-fur vest with a simple white shirt. This is ludicrous because I wear my white button downs with literally EVERYTHING (including sweatpants), but I loved that this inspired me to put it together instead of run out and buy another white shirt or fuzzy vest. My pants aren’t leather, my boots aren’t as edgy, but I liked how the ensemble was polished enough for the corporate world and think a simple black pant and bootie achieve this look.

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Top: EXPRESS / Pants: Club Monaco (Old – great update here) / Faux Fur Vest: Club Monaco (old – lovely update here) / Booties: Club Monaco / Purse: Naked Vice (last season but FAB alternative here) via schad / Sunnies: Kate Spade via Merivale Vision Care 

What do you think? Would this type of thing make you more frustrated that your outfit isn’t the same, or would you be satisfied that you were able to pull something together with your own spin on it? Or maybe you’ll realize you’re missing a staple button down … I’d love to know your thoughts!

As always, thanks for reading xo

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7 comments

  1. Also love this post! I wish I had a faux fur vest casually kicking around, but alas I thought it was a passing trend and didn’t get one when they were still centre-stage in every shop. Maybe I’ll look for one after all! More than anything, I now realize the importance of a great white button-down and I know that goes against what you’re talking about (it’s not necessary to buy new things), but I love what a staple piece it is! Anyway, great outfit and great post as always 🙂

    1. So cool – thanks a lot for reading! Aahhaha there are still a few faux fur vests hanging around … or you can find a vintage fur coat and turn it into a vest …. I’ve had an old vintage one for about 8 years and still get compliments on it a lot … And omg I’m totally not against buying staples – or putting stuff on your shopping list!! 🙂 HUGE huge thanks for reading – really means a lot xo

    1. Whhaaaaaaat that’s amazing and some of the best things I could ever hear. Also – you have leather pants!?! Been searching for a great pair for years!

  2. Hey Alyssa! I bought mine at Danier. Sadly, they stopped making all leather pants about 2 years before they closed. Mine are lambskin in the front and fabric in the back. I’m always hunting for leather pants, but they are so expensive, I never pull the trigger. Sigh. J. Crew had some for $460…but you know, their pants fit a bit strange….

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