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.
It’s the effect of social media. If you’re looking on Instagram 5 times a day – or 50 no-ones judging here – and 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?!