“Don’t do it!” A tiny voice seemed to shout as I succumbed to the curiosity that has been bubbling just below the surface. For months I watched friends, family members, and total strangers alike all falling victim to a ruthless, swift-acting addiction – Pinterest. I brushed the voice aside.
“I’m stronger than that. It won’t suck me in… I just want a peek at what all the fuss is about.”
Upon entering the site, a wall of color greeted me. Hairstyles, shoes, crafts – clicking, clicking, clicking… each item seemed even cuter than the last and I felt the force of Pinterest sucking me further and further down the rabbit-hole as I followed link after link.
But then it happened. I stumbled upon an item infinitely more cute than all the rest and I was helpless. It was an entire outfit, laid out just like they used to do (still do?) in the Seventeen and Cosmo magazines. It was SO cute! With a rabid irrationality I thought to myself, I have to have every item in this collection! Thankfully, that moment passed and I was able to collect myself enough to further explore who had put this perfect outfit together.
I scrolled through the gushing comments and somehow found that the collection had been put together on a site called Polyvore.
And thus began my addiction that would surpass that of any of my Pinterst-obsessed friends.
I’ve got to warn you, don’t click on any links here unless you’ve got some time on your hands. The time-sucking power of this site is not to be underestimated. That is, unless of course, you’re a guy. In that case you’re safe. But then, you probably won’t be clicking the link anyway. ;) I didn’t do much exploring but it didn’t look to me like they have any guy clothes anyway. Moving right along…!
These are the outfits I put together on my first trip to Polyvore!
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love spending money. But strangely enough, sometimes clothing shopping can be downright painful for me. I’ve always had self-professed plain taste. I like my outfits simple, monochromatic, and comfortable. I’m not sure if it’s the latest trends or the fact that I’m edging out of the age group that actually understands the latest trends, but I’ve been having an increasingly difficult time finding clothes at the mall that I really love.
When you click “explore,” you’re given a blank white space where you can drag clothing items from actual retailers online. That’s right, ladies, you get to play dress up with real clothing. What’s even better, the website allows for sorting. You can type in keywords like “sweater”, “dolman”, “necklace”, “red”, “leather” and even more exciting, you can sort by price as well. Just find an item that you love, drag it into the white space, and voila! In minutes you can put together an entire accessorized outfit with prices and links to all of the actual items you used.
You can even add text and arrows if you’d really like that Cosmopolitan feel to your collage.
As for me, I would always turn on the “Under $50″ filter and go nuts! Most of the items that make up my outfits up there are very moderately priced. Those cute black flats in the first picture are only $11! Now, the bracelet in that same collection? It’s upwards of $250!? If I had seen that during all my clicking and dragging, it certainly wouldn’t have made it into the collection in the first place. But I suppose it can stay for now. :)
If you’re somehow still here, now’s the time that I release you to your own devices. Follow the link below to my personal Polyvore page! There, you can click on any of the items in my collection to be directed to the retailer where you can purchase it if you like. Or, you can click on the “Create” link on the top of the Polyvore page to start creating your own outfit. You can create something cute even if you don’t have an account, too!
When the site sucks you in like the merciless Succubus that it truly is and you’ve created your own account, please “follow” me on Polyvore. I’m rikkirogers. I’d love to follow you back. Goodness knows I’ll be spending enough time there in the foreseeable future!
Happy creating. ;)