Purchase Pressure Online

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CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW RICH WE’D ALL BE WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?!

Actually, do I want to think about that?! The reality is, I’m a huge sucker for online purchase pressure. And as someone who’s part of a spendy-enabling community, I get that talking about this is kind of hypocritical. I won’t lie – it’s good for me when people click my affiliate links, and it’s even better when one of you has a little spending spree as a result of that. Here and there, it helps pay for a gas bill or a new lipstick. Buuut, I do feel like it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the newness that’s thrust upon us. It’s something I recognise as a blogger and as a consumer – today, we go on Instagram and we’re bombarded with fancy new trends, cute accessories and must have beauty faves – wham, bam, thank ya mam, you’ve spent ยฃ50 in a matter of minutes.

Without Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – I’d have a healthier bank balance. Instagram is my killer at the minute – I buy so much based on snaps from influencers! I’m actually thinking I should challenge myself to go on a spending ban… It’s so difficult when I’m constantly on social media for work and blog stuff. Okay, I’ve also got no self control!

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STICK WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT

The bodysuit I’m wearing is one I always get asked about on Instagram, but it’s actually about 8 years old. It was long before Primark really upped their game on the lingerie front, more a random find that I’ve never gone off. To this day, I still wear it loads. I always feel bad having to tell people that it’s unlikely you’ll be able to find the exact one, but I do try to include links to similar styles where I can (there are a few of my favourites below). The thing is, there usually is an almost identical version out there… If I’m wearing a black t-shirt, it’s a black t-shirt. I’ve probably bought it because it was cheap, rather than it being something I (or you!) desperately need to add to the wardrobe.

So yeah, I’ll nudge in the direction, but if like me you’ve got something similar that does the job, then why buy for the sake of it?! Should I feel like I need to buy another version just so it’s up to date and I can share the direct link?! It seems unnecessary, which is where I’ll probably draw the line as a blogger. I’m always going to be wearing old faithfuls.

SHOP THE POST

Sunglasses – H&M / Bodysuit – Primark / Belt – Primark / Bag – H&M / Jeans – Miss Selfridge / Heels – Topshop
Lydia xo

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8 Comments

  1. 16th August 2017 / 9:22 pm

    This is so true! In the fashion industry, styles are forever changing and it’s sooo much pressure to keep up! I have pieces that are years and years old, and they still get a similar response to the new pieces I wear too! Sometimes it’s more about how you style something than the date you bought it! xxx

  2. 17th August 2017 / 5:43 pm

    An insightful post! I have previously felt the pressure to follow trends and my fave bloggers. However the way my body and bank balance is set up……lol!

    I think what killed it for me was when in 2012/2013 EVERYONE had a particular tote bag from Zara or an imitation of it; the following season no one had and it just baffled me that people had spent ยฃ40/ยฃ45 for a bag that would not even last a whole season. I’m not against spending money on fashion (after all I am a woman), but I would rather invest in quality pieces that will see me through at least 2 years. Even when it comes to trends there are usually many variations so it is possible to buy a piece that will see you through at least 1 year before discarding.

    Just my 2 pennies worth!

    http://www.lifeofchi.co.uk

  3. 3rd September 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I love your outfit is very sexy but still basic and beautiful and you’re totally right. I always recycle and try to stick with what I got whilst still buying trending pieces that I can match with other pieces from my wardrobe.

  4. 5th September 2017 / 1:35 pm

    This is soo true, Missguided get me every time its becoming a joke! I buy things and then im like, why did i just buy that. I’m especially bad when my friends say ‘just do it’ and i will! Oops

  5. 5th September 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Absolutely agree with what you’ve said! It’s tough to draw the line as a fashion blogger because I always tend to categorise clothes as “work related” if I can create content around them and potentially grow my channels from them… then again I also categorise every YouTube video as “research” when it’s just procrastination! x

    The Chic Pursuit

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