A Note on Designer Clothes

I hope you all don't mind a bit of a change of pace.  This is not going to be my usual fashion type post. I want to talk about something that I don't think is talked about enough on social media and especially in the fashion blogger world.  

I feel so much pressure to buy and wear designer clothes.  And don't get me wrong, I love doing so!  But my bank account has a slightly different opinion...

I hate seeing Instagram posts that say things like "You have to check out this sale - everything is under $100!"  Okay well that may be a "sale", but I don't think $100 (or slightly less) for a single item is a good deal.

I also always see this one "My top is a steal - it's under $50!"  Again, maybe that is a good deal for that top or that designer, but the girls I know and love on social media can't afford (or maybe shouldn't afford) a closet full of $50 tops.

You all know that Lilly Pulitzer is life - but it definitely comes at a price.  I get most all of my Lilly second hand, highly discounted.  And even with that it is still expensive.  

I used to be a big bargain hunter, like 90% off everything I owned.  But somehow getting into the blogging world and Instagram has changed me into thinking 20% off is a good deal.  What?!  What happened to my frugality?

I want to start shopping for super steals again.  And thinking that those clothes are just as cute as I used to!  I know I have found so many amazing outfits at amazing prices and haven't been as proud to wear them as say a Lilly shift, but that is crazy!

I feel like every time I post an outfit on Instagram that isn't Lilly, doesn't include Kendra Scott jewelry, Kate Spade bag or Jack Rogers I don't get as many likes or as many blog views.  Now why is that?  I want to change that. 

Of course I'm not going to throw out all my designer stuff - I love it! - not to mention I paid good money for it! (and I just got some new Kendra from the Nordstrom sale... but I used a gift card! ;))  But I'm going to tone down the spending a LOT.  Especially now that I have to 'adult' and pay bills and think about saving for a house, new car, retirement, etc.  Saving money is more important than ever.  
I hope that you all, my followers, will continue to read my blog and like my Instagrams, I will still be fashionable, write posts in the same way, and share my finds with you all.  The difference will be that maybe you can see that non 'designer' clothing can be just as amazing and save a little $$$ too!

Anyways, this is my mid-week rant and I hope you're with me!  Comment below if you feel pressure to buy/wear/post about designers only too or if I am just crazy :P

For a sneak peek of what's to come, check out this entire outfit I just scored for under $10!

Now that's what I'm talkin' about!  Can NOT wait to get this and post about it!  Get yours here.

Love you all!
Don't forget to Sparkle!
XO ~ Katie

All photos from Pinterest, find them here


  1. Too true, the pressure is there and boy, can it be ON! Sometimes it feels like if you can't tag a company that you shouldn't even post it! Here's to working to changing that perception!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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