The Instagram Effect- FOMO for Clothes

Topshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mules

We’ve all seen those items which EVERY blogger has. That Zara basket bag or the little black (and white or red) a-line dress from Urban Outfitters which is currently doing the rounds. I find it’s so hard not to jump on the bandwagon, especially being a blogger myself. We all want to have what everyone else has, it’s like FOMO for clothes and accessories. I fell for it with the Zara basket bag (no regrets) but there are some things which you buy, purely because everyone has it and you don’t want to miss out. You end up wearing it once or twice, featuring it on the ‘gram so everyone knows you too have the IT item and then you never wear again because, as much as you love it, it doesn’t really fit into your lifestyle.

I’m guilty of doing this and I think it’s so easy to fall into the trap, it becomes hard to know if you actually want it because you love it and will ‘wear it all the time’ or because everyone has it. I am currently resisting the urge to buy the Urban Outfitters dress in white. I’m sure it will be as flattering as everyone says and the perfect wardrobe staple, but will I actually get any wear out of it in rainy Britain?! Probably not.

Topshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mulesTopshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mules

Topshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mulesTopshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mules

It’s the effect of social media. If you’re looking on Instagram 5 times a day or 50 no-ones judging hereand every time you see at least 5 people with that bag, then you’re essentially being brainwashed into thinking you need it. No-one wants to be the last one to have it so it doesn’t matter if it’s nearly the end of the month and payday is a distant memory, it has to be purchased, and it has to be purchased now.

I’m attempting to leave behind this feeling of FOMO, somehow I managed to overcome FOMO when it comes to social events (or tell myself I have) and no longer need to attend everything (just most of them) so it should be possible… After all, when I have resisted the urge to buy those IT items and its moment has passed, nothing bad has happened (except the nightmares) and that bag that was so amazing? It’s old news!

Have you ever bought anything because Instagram made you?!

Topshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mules

Topshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mules

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Jeans – Topshop

Top – Topshop

Bag and mules – Zara (old)

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Sunglasses– Jeepers Peepers @ ASOS (out of stock)


Topshop floral ruched crop top with straight leg jeans and Zara burgundy mules

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12 Comments

  1. Lauren
    August 7, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    This is a really good post babe! I guess from a brands point of view too, they try and get their items on as many bloggers as possible because it makes everyone think they need that item!

    Omg yeah I’ve wanted a Gucci belt for ages because they look so good in photos I mean basic but 🤷🏻‍♀️Lauren xxxx

    • Kirsty Elizabeth
      August 7, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Yeah such good marketing tactics, just a nightmare for my bank balance haha! Ohh I love the Gucci belts xxx

  2. August 7, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    This is a great post lovely and so true. Yeah definitely, THAT Givenchy bag? THAT Chloe bag? (Not actually bought yet but saving for 🙊) I do also want that grey Zara jacket that everyone’s got, but do I need it? I already have a beaut grey blazer…

    • Kirsty Elizabeth
      August 7, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Emma! Haha exactly! I actually do need a grey blazer though because I’ve seen it on everyone – including you! Ahh the struggle is real! x

  3. August 8, 2017 / 9:40 am

    This is such a great post Kirsty! I think as bloggers we’ve all experienced this temptation before and often given in! I think it’s understandable though because the fashion industry is all about what’s trending and finding that IT piece, so many trends these days are decided on Instagram!! What I try and do is stick to what you say as well and think about whether I’d wear it and whether I’d actually need it – I was going to buy this basket bag but then realised I’d only really use it on holiday and I don’t use small bags much here! Xxx

    • Kirsty Elizabeth
      August 9, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Thanks Nina, exactly so true you just have to really think about if you’ll wear it and actually need it! – Can be hard though as I’m such an impulse buyer! xx

  4. August 8, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Such a good post Kirsty! I’m beyond guilty of this. There are so many things that I buy/ tell myself that I love, then soon realise that it’s just not me. The Cult Gala bag is my weakness at the minute – I need it but realistically, will I use it? Probably not but it’s just so damn BEAUT! xx

    • August 8, 2017 / 11:07 am

      FFS damn you spell check – obvs meant Cult Gaia haha! xx

    • Kirsty Elizabeth
      August 9, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Thanks Chlesea! Haha exactly! Ah I know I love it so much too but I’m the same probably wouldn’t use it!! xx

  5. August 9, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Such a good post Kirsty! Insta gives me some serious clothes lust which is great, but mainly I can’t afford it 🙃 Who doesn’t want THAT Gucci belt? 🤷🏼‍♀️

  6. August 13, 2017 / 1:50 am

    This post is so relatable. I realized I was going down that dangerous road and then I woke up to my values which include saving money and I turned back. It’s all only a hype of the moment that ends after 3 months and then there’s a new hype. I realized that following every hype would get me broke, with a closet full of trash and with no money for experiences which is what matters in life. I then decided to re-evaluate my shopping habits and quit buying trends for good. It’s hard but I’m doing well so far and I feel free. No fomo whatsoever. 🙂

    Lovely outfit and your blog is beautiful ! Amazing design!

    Look, the same things you said apply for make up too! Recent post:
    Recent: How to buy less makeup

    • Kirsty Elizabeth
      August 20, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Yara that’s amazing! It is a dangerous road and sounds like you’ve done so well to get over the fomo!
      Ah thanks so much, will take a look! 🙂 x

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