Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.
The Oscar gowns this week really inspired me, so I thought I’d post some of my faves, then show you the Etsy “red carpet” equivalents. We saw some really cool trends this year I would love to explore. But if you, like me, don’t have tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars for Christian Dior Couture or Elie Saab or Marchesa, you’ve got to work a little harder to find your fashion. Etsy to the rescue! (Sort of.) There are some truly stunning, red-carpet-worthy gowns out there, and some of these designers deserve to share the spotlight with the better-known designers. But then again, a few Etsy makers have a somewhat inflated sense of the glamour and taste level of their own wares.
Slight change in format this week. I’m going to put up a few actual Oscar outfits, then show you Etsy alternatives, some good, some not-so-good.
For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts!