Even if there weren’t a million memes splashed all over the Internet, I know everyone can relate to the feeling of pining for things that your bank account isn’t on board with.
You’ve seen your favourite travel blogger holidaying in The Maldives (there goes this year’s mortgage repayments), you’ve jumped on ASOS and stumbled across the most amazing shoes EVER (but who’s going to pay the electricity bill?) and you made the mistake of popping home via the shops the other afternoon and saw one thing you can’t live without, and now you’ve been struck with inspiration and your ENTIRE wardrobe needs a complete overhaul, STAT (who needs to eat this week anyway?).
I’m no different, and the worst part is, it seems to come in waves. Earlier this year, boots started hitting shelves everywhere, and we saw a whole lot of super-stylish grunge. There were hightop black leather lace-ups, metal detailing galore and embellishments aplenty. Some of my favourite styles are here, here and here.
Dress, Sass & Bide (skirt version here), Boots, Forever New (similar here), Harness, Wittner, Bag, Zara (similar here), Bangles, Mimco, Earrings, Karen Walker, Goldmark (similar here) and Ear Cuff, Samantha Wills (similar here)
Two years ago I wouldn’t have even given such shoes a second glance, but now I can appreciate how cool they can make an outfit look (thank you, Instagram). I also can’t bring myself to shell out next to $300 for shoes that are definitely more of a want than a need, and so the internal struggle began. Should I wait until they went on sale? But then there’d be none left in my size. Maybe I could lay-by them? Maybe I could just not buy anything else for the next several months?
One night while looking online for more price-friendly alternatives, I stumbled upon these studded harnesses. The were an instant style update at a fraction of the price.
It’s given me a new found appreciation for belts, brooches and other decorative paraphernalia. Try it the next time you need a style reboot, your wallet will thank me for it!