A while ago, I wrote about developing personal style, and how part of the reason for me starting Alterations Needed was my frustration with not being able to dress how I wanted. When I made a pact with myself to dress the way I really wanted, I also had to start thinking seriously about what I was going to purchase in order to build my wardrobe. I wanted my purchases to be deliberate and calculated, so that one day they would all culminate into a beautiful wardrobe that I could happily stare at, sleepy-eyed in the morning, and day-dream about all the fabulous outfits I could don to start my day (okay, so I’m not quite there yet, but maybe someday).
Now, let me share with you one of the most important steps I take in developing my personal style and building my wardrobe…collecting inspirations.
This is something I’m still always actively doing, and can be really really helpful if you’re at a point where you just don’t know where to start, or have no idea in the world what your personal style is.
1. Collect photos that speak to you. Keeping them fashion related makes more sense, but they can really be of anything. Try to think about what it is about the image you like. Is it the whole look? One important detail? The colors? The mood? There are lots of ways you can collect photos, like:
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2. Look for patterns in the photos you’re collecting. Do quite a few of them share a similar item of clothing? Similar colors? Similar shapes and silhouettes? It’s much easier to realize what styles you’re attracted to if you can see them all laid out in front of you. For example, here’s some of my early photo collections:
See a pattern? My subconscious was telling me to buy blazers…and now it’s one of my signature looks.
3. Recreate the looks you’ve collected to the best of your closet’s abilities. Even if you don’t wear these outfits outside the safety of your bedroom, you’ll start to get a feel for the crucial items that keep reoccurring in the styles you like, that are missing in your wardrobe.
Have fun collecting fashion inspirations, and I’ll have another installment of Developing Personal Style for you soon!
Do you collect style inspirations? Where do you keep your collection?