We’re all young, fun girls about town. We’ve got style, a closet full of clothes to be thankful for, and we’re living life to the fullest while we can. The only minor inconvinience raining on our sartorial parade? Running out of outfit inspiration.
Don’t worry, this is a fairly common problem — at least, for me it is! To kick this new year off right, I’ve compiled a list of quick go-to’s for fresh fashion inspiration. Also, I’ve included a few tips on how to keep track of your great ideas so you never feel like you have nothing to wear again. Read on, chicas!
But First — How to Store Fashion Inspiration
Finished product from our fashion inspiration board tutorial
Before we get into where to go to find inspiration, let’s chat about what to do with an idea once you’ve found it.
Thanks to Pinterest, compiling photos of great outfits is easier than ever. Not only can you save them to a Pinterest board, but the service allows you to look at many photos at once and check out your friends’ inspirations. (You can also check out our ongoing “Fashion Inspiration” board on the CF Pinterest page!)
Before Pinterest, I used to save outfit photos and pictures of things I wanted to a folder on my computer’s desktop. I still do this sometimes — you know, just in case I have a fashion emergency during a internet outage! Some of us here at CF also use the program Evernote for this purpose.
You can also use your smartphone to track your inspirations. Jot down outfit ideas to a note on your phone, or take a quick snapshot of yourself wearing any outfit you particularly love. You can even create a folder in your photo app on your iPhone and so you can store selfies, Polyvore sets, and blogger photos in the same place!
If you’re more of an analog sort of girl, another awesome way to keep all of your fashion ideas is to make a fashion binder and/or inspiration board. That way, you can see your inspiration in a tangible form and change things out whenever you get the urge.
Whichever way you find works best for you, remember to save or write down every outfit idea you have! I know it sounds a little obsessive, but there’s nothing more frustration than thinking of a great idea then forgetting it, or having to re-invent the wheel every time you have to get ready.
Great Sources for Fashion Inspiration
Films — especially period pieces — are among my favorite places to go for fashion inspiration. Every single outfit you see in any film was deliberately styled to convey a certain era, season, social group, and personality for each character. It’s really cool when you think about it.
Some of my favorite movies for style inspiration are Pretty In Pink, Almost Famous, Clueless, Rent, Party Monster, Cruel Intentions, and the Breakfast Club. For more, check out our posts on our top 10 movies for style inspiration, and 10 more movies for fashion inspiration, then tell us YOUR favorite movies in the comments. The possibilities are endless!
Photo courtesy of ELLE
This is a little old school, but those awesome fashion spreads in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and ELLE are in there for a reason! Clip out any looks that you particularly like and see if you can re-create the look with things already in your closet.
Don’t forget to check out advertisements and celebrity spreads, too — these are particularly great for fresh hair and makeup ideas!
Photo courtesy of ELLE
I know this one’s probably a no-brainer, but for some reason I always forget to check out the place where trends originate. Thanks to the internet (and the Style.com iPhone app), getting clear pictures and videos of the latest looks from big fashion houses is easier than ever.
After you check out the photos, you can tone down some of the more extravagant spectacles, or use fashion shows to forecast what sort of pieces to invest in this season.
4. Style Blogs
Again, this one is probably super obvious to you web-savvy readers, but it bears repeating anyway. I love to use style bloggers for outfit ideas. In addition, it’s fun to live vicariously through some of the more successful bloggers with really glamorous lives, like Rumi Neely of Fashiontoast and Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere (pictured above).
The awesome thing about looking at personal style blogs is that once you find a few whose styles you really identify with, you can refer to their looks over and over again. And who knows — it might even inspire you to start a blog of your own!
Lookbook.nu touts itself as a “collective fashion consciousness” and I couldn’t think of a better description for the site. Every country, style, and body type is represented on the site, and there are tens of thousands of photos to look at.
The site has a few guidelines, but here’s the general idea: you take a picture of what you’re wearing, categorize it in a few ways to help search-ability, and post it for the world to see! The result is an endless catalog of eccentric styles and an active community of fashionistas all over the world discussing what we all love best — great style!
Photo from Urban Outfitters
This is going pretty far back, but does anyone else remember how excited they were in middle school when the Alloy or Delia’s catalog arrived in the mail? I would immediately circle everything I wanted and show my mom. At that point, she’d usually just give me a thumbs up and tell me I had to wait until Christmas!
Even if you don’t have much money to spend, I still like to look at clothing catalogs for the interesting photo spreads. They usually have really cool ways of layering pieces — and even though they probably do that to show off as many of their items as possible in one picture, I love the way it turns out looking.
Just like you do with any great magazine spread, tear out your favorite looks and keep them all together in a tin, photo box, inspiration board, or binder.
7. TV Shows
Similar to movies, television shows have an entire team of people dedicated to making every single outfit on the show look perfect.
Although we love the new shows, don’t limit yourself to just current faves like Gossip Girl or Hart of Dixie — the greatest shows for inspiration are often the oldest. Check out our posts on The Nanny, The Cosby Show, Saved By The Bell, and I Love Lucy to get you started on a few awesome old school TV shows to look at for fashion inspiration.
Be sure to let us know your favorite TV shows for fashion inspiration by telling us in a comment!
Tell us your ideas!
Where do you turn to for fashion inspiration? What are some of your favorite movies or television shows for style tips? Who are your favorite bloggers, or lookbook posters? How do you keep all of your outfit ideas organized? CF is a community, and we want to know all of your trade secrets!