Animal Instinct

Updated on Nov 10, 2010
This is an entry to Impress for Less sponsored by Crossroads Trading Co..
off white reworked Secondhand shirt - black mary janes Jessica Simpson shoes
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Chomy 's Thoughts:

I bought this skirt secondhand to turn it into a dress. it was XL with a weird slit in the back. velvet and warm and Leopard print? how could i not. it is just as fantasitc as a dress. I love the challenge of transforming fuglyness into awesomeness…that’s really what it is about. it is not so much about the individual pieces as it is about the coordination….all the rules about not buying the same sort of things time and time again is BS….just buy the things you like, forget about fit and size,,,,with a little creativity and imagination you can turn that reject into a hero.

although the shirt looks ‘white’ it really isn’t. well it was originally but after i threw it in the washer with a red, it came out with a slight blush pink tone. the things that happen when you don’t overthink it. instead of ‘fixing’ it, i let it be. throwing things all in the mix is how my style works. by having a bit of everything , i have managed to have a somewhat comprehensive wardrobe to never fill like i have to have something. i know the ‘rule’ is to constantly rid your wardrobe of ‘old things’ but these old things do come in handy, you never know when they will come into play. i guess the moral here is that a little hoarding never hurt anybody :)
My Jessica Simpson wedges are over two years old bought on sale and i couldn’t love it more. my one rule that works for me? Never pay full price for anything when there are alternatives. one personal style principle that i will never forgo.

sometimes the inspiration you need is lurking in your own mind….forget all the shopping rules and advice about discarding things you don’t wear. if you have a space to store it do so…who is to say you won’t find the right piece to go with that ‘ugly’ grandma shirt. people get so rigid about following all these fashion rules and it sucks the FUN out of the whole process of getting dressed .

Give your self some credit. Sometimes the best inspiration is yourself. this generation is all about hoarding inspiration and that is ok but the preoccupation with all these style tips is exhausting and ridiculous. it takes away from discovery! why should someone else be doing all the work ….contribute something to your own style. take time out to find out the things you like , what works for you, disregard all the tips in your fav magazine, be honest with your own sensibilities,

if you don’t know what you like, you will Fall for every trend.
if you don’t take out time to hone your own style you will spend a long time following every one

find your own style voice. OWN IT . with a liberal douse of sheer confidence you can pull of anything. it is better to feel ‘chic’ in your own skin than live your life trying to fit into a standard you will never be. it is never too late to start, but in this era of approval points, it can be easy to loose yourself in the shuffle.

get to knowing thy own style.

Comments (74)

Mimi_Walker
Mimi_Walker on March 25
Love the blouse! +1
fromhatstoheels
fromhatstoheels on July 13
lovely outfit this iss!
JillPineda
JillPineda on July 01
Super cute!
Venishadoll
Venishadoll on March 20
I think this is the best outfit combo i've seen all day . Love it !
neonnothing
neonnothing on January 31
Fab skirt!
RQRISTYLE
RQRISTYLE on December 18
nice skirt
piyoneer
piyoneer on December 17
Love your style
AcuteObsession
AcuteObsession on December 13
Lovely! I like the leopard with navy!
TynaNguyen
TynaNguyen on December 13
very nice
rachelbeau
rachelbeau on December 10
I love this skirt!
AcidChocolateNeon
AcidChocolateNeon on December 09
this is an instant favorite!
SilverTombs
SilverTombs on December 01
Love this so much!!! And the JS shoes are cute. I never really looked at her stuff before
whosthatgirl5
whosthatgirl5 on November 24
Very creative, I like. I have those exact shoes, bought them on sale too! I love your fashion philosophies. So true... we need creativity and uniqueness and individuality.
jennsu
jennsu on November 22
wow! this is inspiring! i love it!!
loveonthebackseat
loveonthebackseat on November 21
Cute outfit!
FashionIsMy_Passion
FashionIsMy_Passion on November 21
love this look (:
aminta
aminta on November 14
AWESOME! Great mix... The bracelets and the nail color its a nice plus.
DeliciouslyWierd
DeliciouslyWierd on November 13
Lovely
mahirahme
mahirahme on November 12
very lovely outfit again =)
opfiend
opfiend on November 12
Love the skirt! It looks more giraffe print to me though. Great outfit!
CMincksRun
CMincksRun on November 12
Ooh, amazing!
_nonchalant
_nonchalant on November 12
good read and i love your skirt!
formemageditor
formemageditor on November 11
super chic
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on November 11
love the skirt!!!
SonjaG
SonjaG on November 11
this is so fun! you look gorgeous!
KaileeBroadway
KaileeBroadway on November 11
nice outfit
taylorjonas
taylorjonas on November 11
nice
philbabe
philbabe on November 11
love the bright coloured bracelets contrasting with the outfit. great ensemble.
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on November 11
woah this is so fab! I love the colourful bracelets with the leopard and darkblue!
WeMoveVintage
WeMoveVintage on November 11
love love love your skirt! you look amazing!
GlossyCheshireCat
GlossyCheshireCat on November 11
love the combination of just everything *-* <3
chanelgirl
chanelgirl on November 11
love the skirt
springfiry
springfiry on November 11
Loved how you reworked the skirt! It looks so fab!
rainbowsandfairydust
rainbowsandfairydust on November 11
fabulous skirt x
FindRewindVintage
FindRewindVintage on November 11
Great combo!
aicakes283
aicakes283 on November 11
chic voted....
LA_blog
LA_blog on November 11
HOT! +1
vernenciso
vernenciso on November 11
love hte skirt so much! :-)
gdolceamore
gdolceamore on November 11
this look is so chic! i love that skirt.
plastikneon
plastikneon on November 11
I love this, amazing skirt!
BlueOrengi
BlueOrengi on November 11
Chic!
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON on November 11
I adore this whole look!!
KellyJoy
KellyJoy on November 11
what a beauty! i love this head to toe!:)
Annebeth
Annebeth on November 11
amaaaazing outfit, love the styling of the leopard skirt, very unexpected!
modgeisha
modgeisha on November 11
Love the navy coat. Love the top. Love the preppy animalistic look!
PSYCHO4FUNK
PSYCHO4FUNK on November 11
too kool for school
sazzychiq
sazzychiq on November 11
great shoes
ezramei
ezramei on November 11
this is sucha a ridiculously lush outfiit! XD
Annachiara
Annachiara on November 11
AWESOME!!!!!
takemetotokyo
takemetotokyo on November 11
Awesome!
piyoneer
piyoneer on November 11
Cool
ChiccaStyle
ChiccaStyle on November 11
love your coat!
Ettlerish84
Ettlerish84 on November 11
Very nice look you have here
mandigarcia
mandigarcia on November 11
awesome look!!!
mayrpamintuan
mayrpamintuan on November 11
I adore. +1
Twig
Twig on November 10
hawwwwwt
Ramona_C
Ramona_C on November 10
This is stunnning look! You look amazing! Dear, faving!
slicari
slicari on November 10
really cool. somehow the jacket and the skirt don't associate, but in putting them together they make a cool new baby.
somewhereovertherain
somewhereovertherain on November 10
great look
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on November 10
love the skirt!!!
miaamos
miaamos on November 10
so chic-love this!!!!!!!!!!!
BbyFaB
BbyFaB on November 10
excelent outfit
kiki_sandoval
kiki_sandoval on November 10
cute skirt
Redchyna
Redchyna on November 10
Another great post, your words are very encouraging. I love that you wear what like and make it your own.
mare_santos
mare_santos on November 10
chic chic chic !!!
trinalovetrina
trinalovetrina on November 10
wowsome skirt!!!
meggstatus
meggstatus on November 10
This is so amazing.
commonsenseandstilet
commonsenseandstilet on November 10
classy and chic :)
coliessoule
coliessoule on November 10
That leopard skirt hit me! I totally love it!!!
Marisa_Marisa
Marisa_Marisa on November 10
Amazing style!
MitziBlitz
MitziBlitz on November 10
this is a truly amazing look!
cvillefashion
cvillefashion on November 10
I absolutely love this outfit, and the description you wrote. You're an inspiration!
noreese
noreese on November 10
love the way you styled it.
SarahJaneR
SarahJaneR on November 10
Amazing skirt and top, great coat as well! I love your reworked pieces!
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