I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the capsule wardrobe challenge series so far! We’ve talked about doing a wardrobe edit, then laying out your lifestyle to understand what activities you need to plan outfits for. In this post we’ll be talking about style inspiration – who/what inspires you, and where to find style inspiration, and use these to give you ideas on what items to include in your own capsule wardrobe.
You may already whose style inspires you – celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo, Angelina Jolie or Blake Lively; street style stars like Anna Dello Russo, Giovanna Battaglia or Miroslava Duma; and/or style bloggers like Aimee Song, Julie Sarinana, or Chiara Ferragni. It may not be a person, but a word or combination of words, such as ladylike, boho, eclectic, classy, girly, modern, minimalist.
You may not even subscribe to any of these, but simply have your own individual style that is a mix of the above.
If you’re after some inspiration in what your style is (or simply just want more style ideas), try some of the suggestions below.
I absolutely love Pinterest. It’s an online version of those corkboards that you would pin images, words or articles that interested you (hence the name). Once you’ve signed up with an account, there is a plethora of things you could pin. For example, you might want to search for what other women have worn for a particular season:
You could also search by lifestyle activity:
Or you could search by your celebrity inspiration:
You can then start “pinning” your favourite images and looks onto an online board – it could be just be a general “My Style” board with all the images you liked, or you could be specific and organise them by lifestyle activity, item of clothing, style – it’s up to you. You can check out my own Pinterest boards to see how I’ve organised outfit and style ideas.
The great thing about using Pinterest in this way is that you can then identify any possible outfit combinations based on what you searched, and then use these images to choose what items of clothing you’ll select for your capsule wardrobe. It also makes for great reference if you ever get stuck for an outfit to wear. Also, when reading the captions of the images you may find other style words that you may not have considered in Step One of the capsule wardrobe planning process. You can then do further searches using a newly found style words.
2. Instagram (app)
Those little squares of pictures can also be excellent source of style and outfit inspiration (as well as an addictive way to spend your spare time!). You can follow your favourite style stars (some suggestions here), discover new ones using the “Explore” tab in the app, or check out style-related hashtags to see what pictures have been tagged as such (eg. #minimalstyle #everydaystyle #ootd #dailyoutfit #wiw #styleoftheday). You can like them, follow others whose style you particularly like, and check out their personal style blogs (if they have one) for more ideas.
3. Personal style blogs
Personal style blogs are a nice way to not only get style inspiration but get a bigger picture of the person behind the image. You’ll get an understanding of who they are and what drives their style, and maybe some tips and tricks on how to translate what they wear into your own wardrobe and lifestyle. You may even be inspired to wear something or adopt a style you hadn’t considered before. You would have heard of huge Australian style bloggers such as Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl, Zanita Whittington, and Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three, but do a Google search of other bloggers based on some of the style words you’ve identified so far to find some other great examples.
Lookbook is dedicated to style from the everyday person. Pictures are uploaded by users and you can search these using style keywords (or use the Explore tab), then further refine by location, item of clothing, brand etc. If you prefer seeing outfits that aren’t heavily styled then this is the website for you.
If you’re interested in seeing who and what inspires my style click through to my blog!
Have these suggestions helped you in finding more about your style? Do you use other sources of inspiration to help define your style? Let me know – leave a comment below!