My Favorite Way to Use Pinterest to Build Outfits

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valery-brennan-6716As a self-proclaimed shopping addict, there’s one phrase that hits WAY too close to home every time I hear it….And it’s seriously true. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s great to avoid an impulse buy, but it’s always sad when you go back and you see the dreaded “Out of Stock” when you click back on the item you wanted. Or, ya know, if you shop the old fashioned way – the racks are empty!

nothing-haunts-us-like-the-things-we-didnt-buyThat’s exactly what happened to me with this gorgeous comic book inspired sweatshirt from the Phillip Lim X Target collection. I fell in love with it, hesitated (because the price on the Target designer collections are a tad more expensive than the normal Target price point) and before I knew it…poof! Gone! This was THREE years ago and it still haunts me.

valery-brennan-6664 valery-brennan-6650Then a few weeks ago, I was perusing thredUP – mostly looking for summer clothes (I had very few short sleeve or tank tops until recently) and there she was. In my size and totally affordable – the Phillip Lim sweater of my dreams. I quickly added it to my cart (best part about thredUP? you can add stuff to your cart and it holds them for 30 mins!) When it came time to narrow down my purchases, even though my Phillip Lim sweater was almost out of season and one of the more expensive items in my cart…it had to stay. I wasn’t going to let her slip through my fingers again.

valery-brennan-6675valery-brennan-6729My thredUP package arrived and it was perfect – I had to make sure I wore this fun sweater a few times before the 90 degree temperatures rolled in! The day we took these photos it was SUPER windy, but the perfect temp for my sweatshirt. When I was picking out my outfit, jeans just felt too casual, so I decided to head to Pinterest for inspiration. That’s one of my favorite ways to use Pinterest – as a search engine.


I typed in “Phillip lim Target sweater outfit” and sure enough, this gorgeous photo of Jessica Alba popped up. Who am I to argue with Alba’s stylist? There’s a reason that person is getting paid. So I copied the outfit. No shame in my game.

Okay so I changed the colors a bit, had to make it work with what I already had. I have red heels but they’re round toe and I wanted something sleeker so I opted for the navy pointed toe heels I have (on clearance at Target but only available in 5.5). I also wore black pants instead of navy because, again, that’s what I already had.

Shop this look!

Shirt: Phillip Lim X Target via thredUP ($11; can’t find ANYTHING similar but there are some available on Poshmark!) | Pants: Target (old; similar linked below) | Shoes: Target ($25; similar pairs linked below) | Lips: ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips in Marshmallow ($6; exact here) | Bag: TJ Maxx ($29; similar linked below) | Photos by Stephanie Drenka

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valery-brennan-6683 valery-brennan-6629When you get outfit inspiration from a blog, Pinterest, Instagram, whatever – don’t feel like you have to copy the outfit exactly. Draw inspiration and then work with what you have. Sure, you might have to fill in a few gaps here and there and buy a few things but never forget to shop your closet first!

Do you ever search for specific outfits on Pinterest? What’s your favorite outfit you’ve copied from Pinterest! Time to dish 🙂



PS Are you following me on Pinterest? Let’s pin together!

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2 thoughts on “My Favorite Way to Use Pinterest to Build Outfits

  1. I use pinterest quite a bit to style my outfits, but I think its time I revisit it since I’ve cleaned so many clothes out of my closet. I am so glad you got that sweater, its perfect for you.

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