I share my style with you because I like to.
I share my style with you to inspire you. But I do not want you to run to the store and buy exactly what I'm wearing. Most likely, you already have something similar in your closet that you can use to replicate the look and you won't have to buy anything. Or, maybe you just need to buy one piece; like a long cardigan. That's what I usually do when I see a look I like!
And finally, I share my style with you because I like to show you how I can wear the same pieces over and over again in different ways so I get a lot of use out of them. I always link back to previous posts when I show my older clothes.
Now why did I share all this information? Because somewhere along the line style blogging has drifted from sharing our individual style to making money through links. I was just stunned reading another blog post the other day. The blogger was all upset because she purchased a top at a brick and mortar store without making sure it was available on-line first. Then she considered herself a bad fashion blogger because she couldn't provide a link. I thought, "Really? One is a bad fashion blogger if they are not wearing something new all the time? I mean, when is enough enough? How many clothes do we need anyway?"
In the three years I have been reading fashion blogs, I think I've only made two exact purchases because I saw someone else wearing it. I usually just get inspired by a picture, and find something in my own closet to create my own look, or find a similar item at a store in my price range. If I am wearing something new and provide a link, it is only out of courtesy for the reader, because some readers want to know where I got it. That's it.
That being said, here are the details of what I'm wearing today. This is the outfit I wore to meet my husband for lunch and shopping. Except, I never ended up wearing the sweater but kept it in my car because it was seventy eight degrees that day.
The hat is a brown felt hat with a cute braided trim. I picked it up on clearance at Forever 21. The long cardigan was bought last year from JCP. I previously wore HERE, HERE, and HERE.
The dress I picked up on clearance at Charming Charlie's. I previously styled it for spring HERE, but the dress is meant for fall, so I was excited to style it for the fall season this week.
I styled it for fall by adding the sweater and all brown accessories.
I know I've been showing you these same pair of booties for weeks now, but until the snow flies or the weather gets colder, this is the shoe for me! They look fall, yet because of the open weave design, they are more comfortable to wear in these warmer temps than the traditional closed bootie.
For jewelry, I chose a brown glass bead long necklace and a brown beaded bracelet. My brown tote is from JCP and is starting to get a little worn as you can tell by the handle, so I will have to keep a lookout for a replacement soon.
I kept the brown accessory theme going by wearing glass brown bead drop earrings.
I was in the grocery store shopping when a complete stranger said to me "You look nice today!" I thought that was so sweet to receive such a nice compliment from a stranger. I tell people I don't know that I like their outfit or an item in their outfit all the time, but it's nice to get compliments in return too.
And if hats aren't your thing, here is what the outfit looks like without the hat.
So what about you? If you share your style on social media, what are your motives? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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