What’s your “FFA Made Me Do It”?

What’s your “FFA Made Me Do It”?

I was putting on my shoes today and realized that I definitely got [these shoes](https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/sam-edelman-lucien-embroidered-pearl-stud-ankle-strap-pumps-100-exclusive?ID=2628305) based on a FFA comment (I have forgotten who it was, but they are fabulous – let me know if it was you!).

So what’s your “FFA made me do it”? It could be an item, style, outfit, material, etc.

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  1. 9tails9
    May 30, 2018 at 12:15 am

    FFA made me try Uniqlo. Some misses but much more hits. Overall happy to have discovered the brand!

  2. pygoscelis
    May 30, 2018 at 12:36 am

    ASOS farleigh mom jean. Wide-leg pants. Secondhand shopping. Using wardrobe tracking apps. Tailoring. The Curated Closet. LL Bean and Eileen Fisher. My glasses. Basically most of my wardrobe and my shopping habits. I am one with the hivemind but I think I’m mostly ok with that.

  3. SucksAtDriving
    May 30, 2018 at 12:52 am

    A user mentioned that learning that her feet were wide completely changed her heel shopping (for the better). I was having such a horrible time finding pumps that fit me, then I measured my feet and discovered I had wide feet! Bought some Rockports in W and had my cinderella moment.

  4. OrigamiKoi
    May 30, 2018 at 12:59 am

    FFA made me try Madewell. I’m pretty happy with it so far!

  5. suigenius
    May 30, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Treating myself to a nice [Madewell](https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/BAGS/crossbodybags/PRDOVR~G8078/G8078.jsp?color_name=english-saddle) purse. I’m not one to spend a ton of money on one item, but everyone kept raving about them and it seemed like a good investment. Haven’t even had the bag in my possession for a week and I’m in love.

    The other “major” suggestion I’ve purchased per this subreddit was Gap underwear. After witnessing Aerie’s quality go down hill first hand, [these](https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1094221&pcid=1015387&vid=1&pid=260230322) are my new go-to. Very comfortable/soft, zero signs of wear thus far, and slightly more expensive than Aerie yet worth it.

  6. hamalily
    May 30, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Some time in high school I began KonMari rolling my white and gray T-shirts from Everlane and Uniqlo. That was probably the beginning.

  7. redreplicant
    May 30, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Nisolo smoking loafers. I like them but I wish I had waited until they started carrying 9.5.

  8. myselfinvisible
    May 30, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Madewell. I got a T-shirt dress and I love it.

  9. ChuushaHime
    May 30, 2018 at 1:28 am

    wide-leg pants and paperbag waist pieces. I don’t really drink the FFA koolaid for most of the preferred brands/styles but these clicked with me, and I probably wouldn’t have gravitated toward them otherwise.

  10. georgieminx
    May 30, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Tassel earrings via Etsy and they are fabulous, A+ no regrets.

    Also, better use of Pinterest and making multiple clothing and accessories lists on my phone (different lists for different seasons; my “thrift list”; list for basics + replacing existing things; the aspirational wishlist; list that’s just shoes).

  11. SmugCrow
    May 30, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Uniqlo pajama bottoms. They have pockets! I have five or six pairs.

    I also bought Everlane t-shirts which ran a bit small.

  12. augustrem
    May 30, 2018 at 2:26 am

    omg like so many things. This sub will be the death of my wallet.

    – The Lotus from Opelle Creative (my favorite purchase)
    – A pair or boots from Bed Stu
    – A blouse from Mango Violeta (someone here swore by them and I bought a bunch if stuff, and returned everything but one blouse. The blouse is in shambles so I won’t be making another purchase from them)
    – A pair of jeans from The Jean Shop, just this weekend
    – A fast fashion haul from Rue 21
    – A shirt from Diyanu (in response to me specifically asking about african prints) 1 it’s being shipped now

    And I have a ton of things bookmarked from FFA too – shoes from Barker and Scarosso, bags from Mismo and Kara, clothes from notperfectlinen, etc

  13. LadyMizura
    May 30, 2018 at 2:49 am

    FFA made me think about fit and proportion. Literally my whole life changed when I was told that good fit is key. It actually is.

    High-rise jeans. I literally only wear mid-rise or high-rise jeans now. They make a 100% of a difference.

  14. binbincrackers
    May 30, 2018 at 3:01 am

    FFA made me get the Banana Republic Sloan pants. I’m sold, they’re fantastic and they’re all I wear for work.

  15. tropjeune
    May 30, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I’m currently courting Everlane, Uniqlo, and (gasp!) The Gap for my first pair of boyfriend jeans when I get my next paycheck. I used to be so intimidated by anything other than skinny jeans and I’ve never bought anything from any of those stores!

  16. loopteeloopteeloop
    May 30, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Mostly FFA has made me discover new brands that are so much better for my size than a lot of more mainstream ones in the US/mall brands. Now I have two items from NotPerfectLinen(plan on ordering even more!). Also Everlane and Sezane are ones I love but hadn’t heard of before.

    The actual item that I bought off seeing it on FFA is [this amazing fancy night out/event dress. ](https://www.amazon.com/French-Connection-Womens-Orabelle-Dress/dp/B0754Q1CFV?th=1&psc=1) Here it is [on me. ](https://imgur.com/a/NMEXgIJ) I had saw it off an FFA instagram but it wasn’t available in the US, then saw a Recent Purchases comment about it being available and it was an instant buy.

  17. northstar599
    May 30, 2018 at 3:08 am

    SO MANY SALES. also my first frye boots (see also sales) and first Nice Leather Bag.

    Both developing awareness of my personal style and trying things outside my norm in general, though… thanks FFA!

  18. ughcrymore
    May 30, 2018 at 3:09 am

    I bought wide legged high rise white jeans today. Cannot wait to wear them. What have y’all done to me.

  19. Emeralds92
    May 30, 2018 at 3:15 am

    I learned about Aritzia from FFA. And my wallet is crying cause I love everything.

  20. miss_me_puddin
    May 30, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Lotta from stockholm clogs, I love them!

  21. Bubblegum-N-Orgasms
    May 30, 2018 at 3:36 am

    I had ever heard of Uniqlo before FFA and I’m really happy with all the basics in my wardrobe from them. I’ve only had two items that didn’t fit from ordering online, which surprised me. And I never have to shop at H & M again now!

  22. cuppycakes514
    May 30, 2018 at 4:09 am

    I would say FAA made me more excited about fashion in general. The community here is great and I get a ton of fashion inspiration from everyone posting.

    And yes, FAA has made me buy soooo many things, like getting crop pants even though I was self conscious of short pants after my middle school growth spurt.

  23. theycallmestace
    May 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

    *will make me do it in about a month, but Uniqlo. I’m visiting Toronto next month, so I’ll definitely be checking it out. The last time I was in Toronto was actually when the store in Eaton Centre opened and I just remember seeing a huge crowd and walking past it to get to Chipotle lol.

  24. whatsabrooin
    May 30, 2018 at 5:09 am


    Also, have not actually bought any Eileen Fisher yet, but I’ve been browsing the website thinking “I could be an Eileen Fisher gal…”

  25. Kittytub
    May 30, 2018 at 5:14 am

    * being way more conscientious about the environment and fast fashion and its impact on factory workers etc.

    * the ability to identify nice fabrics (still working on IDing good construction and sewing)

    * wide leg pants n tight shirts

    * the innate ability for everyone to agree i’m a hipster for dressing weirdly but fashionably

  26. retroverted_uterus
    May 30, 2018 at 5:18 am

    All the cardigans.

    Summer evening function? Cardigan.

    Formal occasion? Cardigan.

    Getting stoned on the couch alone? CARDIGAN.

  27. Swimmingindiamonds
    May 30, 2018 at 5:22 am

    I definitely got [this Aritzia dress](https://www.aritzia.com/us/en/product/charamillon-dress/64553.html) and [Tieks flats](https://tieks.com) based on FFA recs. I liked both items so much, I have both of them in two different colors.

    Not me, but I’m always singing the praise of James Perse tees here and someone actually messaged me thanking me for recommending them.

  28. BrokenLemonade
    May 30, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Asked a few weeks ago, FFA convinced me that white converse were better for summer than black converse. They really do make the whole outfit look more fresh!

  29. MacTaker
    May 30, 2018 at 6:25 am

    – Acne Jensen, Acne Pistols (love both and have been wearing them a lot)
    – Asos Farleigh – got it right on the 3rd pair, but great jeans
    – Jockey skimmies – perfect under skirts in the summer
    – Macabre Gadget [huge marble tiger ring](https://store-macabregadgets.com/products/white-panther-ring) – I usually am quite a tiny silver jewellery person but this ring makes me feel all powerful – hear me roar!
    – Anatomical heart [necklace ](https://bjorgjewellery.com/products/anatomic-heart-small) – exemple of aforementioned small silver jewellery, I love it, it’s tiny, discreet and circumvent clichés of a heart necklace by not being too ‘sappy’ – not that I have anything against sappy, believe me!
    – Arket – I just got my white unicorn black pencil skirt, just below the knee, doesn’t ride up, doesn’t turn, doesn’t wrinkle, doesn’t muffin-tops. It had a slit that was a tad too high so I took inspiration from FFA crafters, took me 10 min to sew it up. Perfection.

    All of the above have been good FFA recs. I always do a ton of research when ‘committing’ but I am starting to be happy with my wardrobe- I got to the ‘quality over quantity’ point that is often mentioned here, even if I feel like I might be veering to the ‘I want a large quantity of quality items’, but that is my problem and am working on it ( dive bombed into 2nd hand, basically all clothing mentioned here is from there, I developed excellent stalking skills!).

    My only sort of ‘meh’ was a pair of Rag&Bone [Simone pants](https://www.rag-bone.com/womens/bottoms/simone-pant-W2557223A.html) . They are fine but I much prefer the LK Bennett [Aden ](https://www.lkbennett.com/product/TRADENVISCOSEMIXBlackBlack~Aden-Skinny-Leg-Trousers-Black) – much thicker material, fall better, never pill. I think I was just disappointed as I had to get the Rag and Bones from the US and my expectations were high, just to realise that I already had ‘better’ in my wardrobe.

    An other good thing I got from FFA is that there seems to be a good amount of us unashamed to feel like stripe tops are always fair game!

  30. coffee_for_dinner
    May 30, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Stylebook (tracking app), tons of brands and designers like Rick Owens, Margiela, Acne Studios, AllSaints, Uniqlo, Elizabeth Suzann, Margaret Howell (via MFA, actually), Patagonia, Mansur Gavriel, A.P.C. (again from MFA), COS, Birkenstock… Man the list goes on and on. I’ve also purchased individual pieces of clothing that people in WAYWTs were wearing, and I formed a weird habit of taking a photo of my outfit every day.

    I’d say the daily WAYWT photo taking was probably the single biggest help in improving my style. It got me over my body image issues, got me to analyse clothing, fabric and fit objectively and just made me more confident about my fashion choices. (It did help that you guys are so flipping nice and always encourage me with my fashion experiments – thank you!! <3 [This was my first WAYWT photo in Spring 2016 after just buying the first new clothes for my purged wardrobe, a Zara denim jacket and Adidas Stan Smiths haha](https://i.imgur.com/xQ8QxI5.jpg)) I’ve changed so much as a person in these past couple of years that it feels a bit unreal, and FFA has been a big influence in it.

  31. OppositeFeature
    May 30, 2018 at 8:47 am

    FFA has definitely made me branch out of my comfort zone. Sadly most brands are very US oriented or out of my price range but since browsing here I’ve become so aware of the different ways to dress and flatter my figure as well as how to dress for work whilst still feeling comfortable as myself!

    Purchases of mom jeans, white sneakers, wide leg culottes and Uniqlo linen pants were definitely the result of me browsing in this sub.

  32. lizzzzzzbeth
    May 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Eileen Fisher, Everlane, Clarks, Paige Denim, Rag & Bone, J Brand, Theory, Vince, Loft, and Old Navy (lol).

    Silk, cashmere, linen. Wide leg pants. Marc Fisher Yale booties.

    And on my wishlist because of this sub: Allbirds, Doc Martens Flora boots, Madewell jeans, SmartWool socks, an AllSaints leather jacket, and items TBD from NotPerfectLinen and Aritzia.

  33. Geetuss
    May 30, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Well, I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but Not Perfect Linen. Would anyone be willing to share pics of what they purchased?

  34. micromermaid
    May 30, 2018 at 11:49 am

    There was a thread here a while ago that asked that we pay attention to the outfits we see throughout the day and report back with the best ones. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to do this before, but it is now one of my all time favorite people-watching prompts. It has made me very aware of what is trendy, how these trends can be well or poorly executed, and how some people can truly own what it is they wear.

    The other day I sat across from a retirement-aged woman on the bus. Nothing about her outfit was something eye-catching or anywhere near my style, but when I looked closely, I noticed that her outfit was actually on point. Everything fit her well, the colors complemented one another and her hair and skintone, the materials were all high quality and well cared-for. The subtle brass-colored hardwear on her bag even matched the metal of her earrings. I realized that even though nothing about her really stood out, her outfit was deliberate. This woman knows what looks good on her and I suddenly had a ton of respect for her without even speaking to her.

    Thought of y’all 🙂

  35. SoanaIRL
    May 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    One of the sidebar links introduced me to limited palettes, I made one for my closet and now all my tops go with all my bottoms, it’s amazing. I haven’t had a “what do I wear today” moment since.

  36. orangefleshmelon
    May 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    I now shop almost exclusively at thrift shops because of tips from FFA. saving SO much money by not buying brands, and gettin’ real creative with all the treasures I find! thanks fam <3

  37. Chazzyphant
    May 30, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    No brands per se, but really evaluate my overall look. I’m a print loving maximalist, in the extreme minority here on this sub, although my Pinterest has plenty of subdued neutral looks in addition to my 70s botanical embroidery lovin’ Cali girl vibe. My goal is to work the prints into sophisticated, cohesive outfits.

    I realized I was focusing on color and vibe and prints rather than fit/overall cohesion and I’m now on my third 10 x 10 and I feel like I look so much better than my first round!

    [Round 1](https://imgur.com/a/Pm3NkeL) These are fine. But the proportions are off and I’m not loving the fit on many pieces.

    [Round 2](https://imgur.com/97a7pss) Still maxing it out a bit at times (I love a good print mix) but I see improvements

    [Round 3](https://imgur.com/a/BildWti) Only a couple days in but I feel like I can see the difference: the outfits look polished and cohesive and the pieces fit well.

    Also: the half tuck! I knew about it but haven’t tried it and now I love it! 😉

  38. arguewithatree
    May 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I keep trying to perfect my half tuck and side knots to much frustration and my fiance is like that’s not a thing is it? and i’m like FFA TOLD ME TO DO IT. one day i’ll nail it and feel like an instagram goddess.

  39. emphaticduck
    May 30, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Rollie shoes. A comment about comfy shoes made me look at this brand, and I felt like skipping the first time I wore my pair – they were light and heavenly. Thank you to the person who turned me on to them!

  40. bickingbackbeinbool
    May 30, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I bought that big ugly boxy skargorn white tee everyone was raving about a few years ago

    It was so ugly omg

  41. bhrose6490
    May 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I love this question!

    FFA has made me think more critically about the fabrics I select in my clothing and as a result I’ve moved towards a quality vs quantity mindset in my wardrobe. I’m incorporating more cashmere and silk into my wardrobe as a result of FFA.

    I also have a better idea of how to style my outfits by adding accessories such as jewelry, a scarf, or a hat!

  42. midnight_merlot
    May 30, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Not a specific item, but FFA made me aware of so many different and amazing styles (particularly through the WAYWT and inspiration posts). This broadened my own fashion horizons and inspired me to try out new styles, fits and combinations and generally things I would have never considered in the past. Breaking out of my fashion rut and exploring new styles made me more in touch with myself, and that’s such a liberating feeling.

  43. jixie007
    May 30, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    General: FFA has helped me with color combinations. Over the years I’ve gotten better and bolder with my color and patterns choices, but I still struggle. Recently put together a muted blue-gray striped shirt + warm yellow pants + olive green shoes* (“split-analogous color scheme”)… and… it’s a great look! I’d never have considered trying it before, thanks FFA!

    I’m still pretty new to this sub, so far for specific recs, just Old Navy Pixie pants and a clothing steamer (a life saver for the ironing-aversive!).

    *So, so happy “autumn” colors are in right now. Summer wardrobe in warm muted colors? Awww yeah.

  44. Flippingkittens
    May 30, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Uniqlo underwear. I recently replaced 80% of my underwear drawer with Uniqlo Airsm underwear.

  45. pm_me_badgirlbutts
    May 30, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Loose-loose silhouettes! I became obsessed with FFA right around the time I was in weight loss freefall and didn’t know if or when it’d stabilize, and didn’t want to buy new things. Started working with what I already had, weight stabilized but I still like to wear my flowy, loose, previously-form-fitting clothes.

  46. mokoroko
    May 30, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I tucked an oversized sweater into high-waisted jeans, bloused it out, and realized “holy shit that was 100% an FFA move.” It was a good outfit, I wore it twice before the weather changed 🙂

    I also owe my ankle bootie ownership to FFA. Vast improvement to my non-sandal footwear selection.

  47. xtracarameldrizzle
    May 31, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Hey! We’re shoe twins! So glad you liked them, I find they really make a plain outfit pop.

  48. Paula_Polestark
    May 31, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Thanks to you good people I accepted goddess style, and the pre-Raphaelite inspiration album gave me some good material for my RPG-reject Pinterest album, which I had previously just treated as a nice idea and nothing more.

  49. lurkeat
    May 31, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Got a pair of cigarette trousers this week. It’s all your fault ffa (thank you)

  50. Rayotap
    May 31, 2018 at 5:05 am

    This is more relatable when done with r/SkincareAddiction for me. Peoples outfits on here inspire me to the point where I’ll hunt for specific styles and colors rather than items.

    But users on SA are soul-less bitches because they know damn well the second I see someone write a glowing review of something I’ve wanted for a bit, I’m placing that damn Sephora order. Same with r/Fragrance. I did a blind buy of Le Labo Santal 33 and I don’t even like the damn fragrance. thankfully my sister became obsessed with it so I just gifted it to her.

  51. quartzite_
    May 31, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I tried on a wide leg linen jumpsuit. LOL. No.

    But I tried it on.

  52. soft_distortion
    May 31, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    After reading through the comments on [this thread](https://www.reddit.com/r/femalefashionadvice/comments/8n2xzs/is_it_considered_a_fashion_faux_pas_in_your_area/) from Tuesday about bras/bra straps showing, yesterday I wore a sheer yellow spaghetti strap with a black lacey bra. 😎 I liked it and want to get more pretty bralettes to show through my sheer shirts.

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