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How to Create a Fashion Vision Board


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This time of year is when I do my annual style revamp – it’s where I ask myself if my current style is working, and think about what I can do to improve it. This year, however, I’ve decided to try something new to aid in my revamp- creating a fashion vision board.

In case you don’t know what a vision board is, it’s basically a cute collage of pictures and text, like the one shown above, that illustrates a certain idea, mood, or theme. I was inspired by one of my friends, who made a vision board of her academic goals and posted a picture of it on Facebook. It was a creative collage of quotes, photos, and artwork, all of which demonstrated her goals for that semester. I decided to translate this from academics to fashion, and am here to show you how I’ve done it!

Step 1: Reflect on your current style.

I’ve noticed this past year I have been super trendy and have purchased everything from houndstooth pieces to rompers to clunky statement rings. While this has been fun and all, unfortunately, keeping up with the trends on my budget usually means sacrificing quality. I’ve been buying tons of trinkets and things at cheap stores like Forever 21. This isn’t necessary a terrible thing, but I’ve realized (for me) it’s much better to spend my money on classic, high-quality pieces.

Step 2: Find an affirmation which summarizes your goal.

Okay, so now that you have the basic idea of what direction you want your style to go in, you next want to find a simple statement or affirmation to include as the central idea for your vision board. I like to do this because I can’t exactly lug my vision board around with me when I’m out shopping, but having a quote to remember will remind you of your vision board and whatever style goals you’ve made! My statement this year is a quote by French writer Stendhal who said:

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.”

This statement reminds me I am on the hunt for classic, well-made pieces that will last me a long time and are considered investment garments. It’s not always easy to stay away from flashy, trendy pieces, but it’s worth the extra effort.

Step 3: Expand your ideas and find catch words.

You need to have some specifics in mind when creating your vision board, so you have a clear idea of what to look for when you’re out shopping or purging your closet. For me, following Stendhal’s quote means keeping things simple with smart, practical clothes. (It does NOT mean I have to go boring and drab, though!) I also want to buy items that are figure-flattering and structured. Catch words like these should definitely be a part of your vision board!

Step 4: Find pictures and put together your vision board!

The friend I mentioned earlier did her collage on a poster board, but I decided to make it on the computer. (You can do this with Photoshop or Gimp, or you could also use Polyvore!) I found a bunch of pictures that adhered to my goal, put it all together and have posted the result below! I had a great time making it, and I’m sure you’ll have fun making yours, too.

It might be fun to get a few friends together and actually make fashion vision boards together on poster board. You could also make your vision board on corkboard in your room and constantly change out pictures and quotes as your style evolves – the more personalized, the better!

My fashion vision board
My vision board – click to enlarge.

Your thoughts?

What do you think? Do you use vision boards or other visual motivation tools to reach your goals? Let me know with a comment! Also, if you make a fashion vision board of your own, make sure to post a link to the photo in the comments so we can all check it out! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Posted on on June 20, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “How to Create a Fashion Vision Board”

  1. 1
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    LOVE this! =) Now I’m in the mood to make my own!

  2. 2
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for the step by step. I agree, can’t wait to make my own!

  3. 3
    June 20th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I love this idea. I’ve been meaning to start clipping magazine pictures of the style I want to achieve, and this will be a great way to have them on display.

  4. 4
    June 20th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    This is a great idea! I have one in my room & it inspires me every day. I have Tim Gunn on mine too! Love him, haha!

  5. 5
    June 20th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Loved this post! I’ve been thinking about revamping my style as well (Huge shopping trip coming up in August!), and this inspired me!

  6. 6
    June 21st, 2010 at 12:23 am

    love the vision board…it was always a part of the Law of Attraction tools
    but i didnt think of using it for fashion

  7. 7
    June 21st, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I love this!
    i was thinkin of creating a ‘general’ vision board (decided to do so after watching THE SECRET) this summer, but a fashion one sounds even more interesting! Also, using polyvore would make it simple and fun! :)
    thanks so much for the idea :)

  8. 8
    June 21st, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Great post! I like your ideas!

  9. 9
    June 21st, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Thats awesome. Very similar to the style i want to achieve.

  10. 10
    June 21st, 2010 at 11:58 am

    LOVE!!! I have some leftover poster boards that I need to use anyway, so this is a perfect idea. I also love the idea of the ever-changing cork board! I hope some people post their boards; I’m going to go get started on mine right away!

  11. 11
    June 21st, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I love this idea! I always like to go shopping with a plan in mind… otherwise I’ll just buy things I don’t really need or don’t really appreciate. I’m taking a very similar approach new clothes this fall… classic pieces and stuff that fits perfectly. I know that if something doesn’t fit just right I’ll always avoid wearing it.

  12. 12
    June 21st, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I have a cork board that I rotate pics on every so often! I put up inspiring pics: from magazines, of myself or friends in cute outfits, postcards, buttons, anything inspiring! Also, being on a uni budget, sometimes I cannot afford to revamp my WHOLE style, so I take a General Inventory of my clothes every end-of-summer and see what needs to go and what can be re-vamped with the help of my handy dandy sewing machine! A blah cardi can be made FABULOUS by adding a bow and some sequins, par exemple.
    I hope people post theirs!!!
    PS– LOVE Tim Gunn!

  13. 13
    June 21st, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    love the idea of a fashion vision board. I have a vision board in my room that I made a few months back but it is merely for inspiration or for when I’m feeling a bit down.

    Making a fashion one seems like a great idea, maybe I won’t feel like I have nothing to wear so often now LOL.

  14. 14
    June 21st, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I loved this post. What a fun night – making fashion inspiration boards with friends? Yes please. :-D

  15. 15
    June 21st, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    i’m in love with this! i just created myself an inspiration book :) i love all the sayings.

  16. 16
    June 21st, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I just did this and it was so much fun! Thanks for the cool idea! :)

  17. 17
    June 22nd, 2010 at 3:12 am

    I find that polyvore and similar sites really help you put together possible looks.

  18. 18
    June 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    High Beam by Benifit is awesome!! It may be a bit much for day wear but It you are dress super cute and the rest of ur body has sme healthy shine its great!!

    I took some new passport pics last month and High Beam made my pics look really great…I just made V shape from the corner of my eyes to upper cheeks and blend…it was awesome gave my pics a inner glow!(upper check highlight is more moderm than a full apple blush,I also apply my blush the same way.

  19. 19
    June 22nd, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to start making one of my own :]

  20. 20
    June 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    what website are the top 3 people next to classic from? i love the outfits and i would like to look at the rest of the looks!

  21. 21
    June 23rd, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the feedback guys. This is seriously SO much fun! Everyone should do it =)

    Sara: the pictures are from Net-a-Porter! They always have great example outfits with their clothes =)

  22. 22
    August 12th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    i like just wrote this down and want to get started as we speak because this is just a great idea omg!!! i love it

  23. 23
    May 11th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    love it!

  24. 24
    July 26th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I love the idea of this! I’m going to make one =) Thank you!

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