I’m a big believer that in order to find your style you have to:
a) Spend a little time
b) Know where to look for inspiration
It’s not always easy but if you find a look that lights you up inside it can feel really good AND save you money.
How you say?
Well, when you have a visual touch point for the looks you are drawn to you can easily make a shopping list for the things you want and stop wasting money on impulse purchases that fill you closet with nonsense.
How to Create a Shopping List
Here are my 3 favourite places to look for whole outfit ideas:
Pinterest is definitely multi-purpose. You can pin anything from recipes, interior design and crafting ideas to beautiful photos of places, animals and celebrities. Of course, it’s also a great place to capture and organize all of your beauty, hair and style inspiration. Here are some of the things that have sparked for me on the site:
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I really love this site. It’s an excellent place to store photos of you own clothes, of yourself in favourite or daily outfits, and peruse the enormous variety of looks that other people post. The only “down-side” if you see it as one, is that you have to join the site and become a member to access the looks. Here are some my latest favourites:
3) Style Blogs
There’s nothing like great, down-to-earth style blogger to translate the latest styles into budget friendly, interesting looks. Here’s a list of my go-to blogs:
Kendi is probably one of the best known style bloggers out there and people follow her because she posts um…”everyday” (obviously) which keeps the inspiration coming. She’s got a talent for throwing together looks that range from casual to fancy in classic & elegant pieces that are super easy to mimic.
What’s great about “Putting Me Together” is that Audrey shops at lower range places like Target and shows you exactly where to find the pieces (or pieces like) the ones she’s wearing. She’s also provide amazing instruction pieces like “1 piece – 3 ways” that really show you how to get mileage out of your wardrobe and rework all the pieces you have.
A lesson I’ve learned from Audrey? Coloured bottoms increase your wardrobe options exponentially.
J’s blog is fantastic because she shows you exactly how to translate photos that inspire you into a look straight from your closet.
My one lesson from J? Inspiration photos are exactly that – inspiration. You don’t have to translate the look exactly.
I love this blog because I just love San Francisco (used to live there for many years) and Julia always pushes the boundaries of style. She’s also not a stick model so she makes cool looks feel really accessible, no matter your size. Bold colours and unique touches keep me coming back.
Another lesson from Julia? The best way to make a whole look seem expensive is to invest expensive pieces in the following places: shoes, bags and sunglasses.
This is a great blog because Emerald has such a unique sense of style. She’s got a bit of that edge I like and inspires me to hold onto that piece of myself, even in the workplace. The only downside is that you can’t follow her by email or Facebook, which are my favourites.
Loving these looks. So many ideas… so little time! I hope you find your inspiration too!
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