Where I Find Style Inspiration

Where I Find Style Inspiration

Jumper- ASOSSkirt- Old Zara Dress (similar here and here),Shoes- VansBag- Old Zara (similar here), Necklace- ASOS

I have been feeling so inspired by and excited about fashion/styling lately. I think it’s partly because we’re having a very mild autumn, which means I can actually wear autumn/winter clothing that I like without freezing! But it’s definitely also because I’ve found so many new ways of finding style inspiration. The outfit that I’m wearing here was very much inspired and something I had wanted to put together for a while. It’s so ‘inspired’ that it basically is copied, but that’s a whole other post (one that I’ve already written, about the difference between copying and taking inspiration).

Anyway this outfit was basically inspired by two outfits I saw on social media (see below) and it got me thinking about where I get my style inspiration from. So I thought I’d share it on my blog! I don’t think it’s anything revolutionary but it can be interesting to see how other people decide what to buy and what to wear and it’s also part of my effort to think more consciously about why I’m buying my clothes and if I truly want/need them.

Where I Find Style Inspiration
1. Found on Instagram via @glameramo
2. Found on Pinterest 
Where I Find Style Inspiration

1. Pinterest

I am so late to the party with Pinterest but, now I’ve finally hopped on the bandwagon, I love it! I find Pinterest such an inspiring place to be. It’s really just about finding images that you like and there’s no obligation to engage with anything you don’t want to. Plus, because it’s basically a search engine, it’s so easy to find exactly what you’re looking for whether that’s ‘autumn style’ or ‘check blazer and midi skirt’ so it always helps me find new ways to style things I already own. Whenever I’m feeling uninspired I always just scroll through my Pinterest feed and come out the other side wanting to put outfits together. It’s actually one of the only forms of social media that I use for style/fashion that makes me want to shop my own wardrobe more than I actually want to buy new things because you can really curate it so images come up with people wearing similar things to those that you already own. My ‘Autumn Style Inspiration’ board has been my go-to place for inspiration whenever I can’t decide what to wear.

2. Instagram

Again, there’s nothing revolutionary here. I use Instagram for style inspiration like most other people. The save button was one I used to make use of quite often but now I have Pinterest, I tend to curate boards over on there rather on Instagram now. So, Instagram is mainly just a place that is constantly providing me with inspiration because I’m constantly on it (whether this is a good thing or a bad thing). The thing that can be tricky with Instagram is, unlike Pinterest, I’m always liking things and I think, because I’m not curating my own board and a like is something I never have to look back on again, I’m a lot more frivolous with the photos I’m liking and therefore it’s hard to tell if I really did actually like the thing that I just virtually liked. A very complicated sentence, but hopefully you understand what I mean, Instagram can be much more mindless than Pinterest. But, nevertheless, because I spend so much time on Instagram and can at least curate who I follow, I am always feeling inspired by the photos on there and it’s definitely the most consistent form of inspiration for me- it’s like a constant flow that keeps the wheels of inspiration turning.

Where I Find Style Inspiration
Where I Find Style Inspiration

3. IRL Shopping/Browsing

I know I mentioned earlier that I’m trying to be more conscious with what I own and what I’m buying, but I can’t deny that shopping is a big source of inspiration for me, particularly in store but also online (especially when brands release editorials; my favourites for this are Mango, & Other Stories and Zara). But the buzz I get when I’m walking around a store and seeing clothes laid out in an intentional way really does make me feel inspired. And whether it is how the shopping experience has affected me (which I think it’s at least partly this) or just the novelty of new clothes, I always feel excited to style outfits when I get home from a day of shopping, in a way that shopping online just doesn’t allow me as much.

4. People Watching

Another in real life method of inspiration! Although social media is essentially the virtual way of people watching I guess? But people watching in person, in the least creepy way possible, is a really great way of finding style inspiration. I don’t think it’s an intentional thing and I’m not really the type of person to park myself in the window seat of a cafe and take in the clothes people are wearing. But being out and about, especially in ‘cooler’ areas of city centres such as the Northern Quarter in Manchester or the Bold St and Baltic Triangle areas of Liverpool, always sub-consciously makes me feel inspired. I have been known to hunt down pieces after seeing them on other people or made it my life’s mission to find something similar (something I did with this polka dot skirt, which is actually a dress, after seeing the original on Georgia) and most of these hunts stem from real life experiences, despite the example I’ve just given. The online world makes it so easy. We are handed shoppable links quicker than we can ask for them, which can obviously be really useful and time-saving. But I think hunting for a particular/similar piece that you’ve seen someone look amazing in IRL is more of a creative, exciting and rewarding process that will really get you feeling inspired!

Where I Find Style Inspiration
Where I Find Style Inspiration

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe even found it useful in some way. It’s certainly got me excited to get styling some outfits. As I mentioned earlier, I’m currently trying to dress and, even more so, shop more consciously than I have in the past and thinking through the reasons why and ways in which you dress the way I do is a really important part of this. Because I’m never going to be a minimalist or a person who doesn’t want to shop, but hopefully I can stop being the person who buys something that I will wear once purely because it’s cheap or impulsively makes an ASOS order because I’m bored! Baby steps are still steps and hopefully they will all add up. If you haven’t seen Stacey Dooley’s brilliant documentary ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’, which I’m sure you’ve heard about, do go and watch it because it will make you think differently about the fashion industry, something we all need to do

Where I Find Style Inspiration
Where I Find Style Inspiration
Where I Find Style Inspiration
Where I Find Style Inspiration
Where I Find Style Inspiration

Finding Fresh Inspiration

With a new season, usually comes fresh inspiration and this year I’ve been feeling it more than ever thanks to the UK’s prolonged periods of cold weather and premature heatwaves (talking about the weather in the first sentence might be a new record for me). The snow we experienced in mid-March really made me feel down and I was so sick of wearing winter clothes by that point that I was wearing pretty much the same thing every single day. So when temperatures hit above 20 degrees celsius in April I was SO ready to bring out my summer wardrobe. Summer is my favourite time of year generally but especially style-wise. I definitely do still feel this bout of inspiration when the weather starts to cool down during the month of October (but lets not talk about that right now as I’m ready to bask in the warm weather) but that’s usually over within a few weeks when I realise it’s actually too cold to wear anything that looks remotely nice. Summer styling is something I never get fed up of- I’ve been considering moving to a warmer climate when I’m older more and more recently- and with this style inspiration comes inspiration in all other parts of my life.

Summer is my favourite time for clothes because there’s always something new and everything you’re buying is a little bit more affordable so it’s easier to play around with trends a bit more than it is in the winter. It means you can wear skirts and dresses, instead of trousers or tights (which tend to ruin most outfits for me) and generally just gives you so many more options when getting dressed in the morning.

This outfit was one I wore during last weekend’s lovely warm weather (although it wasn’t long until I changed into a skirt instead of jeans- us Brits really cannot hack a bit of sun unless we’re wearing minimal amounts of clothing). I do really love this outfit though. It was inspired by the wonderful Liv Purvis who has been talking about how much she loves wearing white at the moment, and sharing some beautiful photos to exemplify this. I actually bought the top I’m wearing after seeing Liv wearing it on her Insta Stories a couple of months ago and it’s been one of my most worn pieces since. The Los Angeles print is super cool and always makes my outfit feel more summery, as it is pretty much summer all year round in LA (not jealous/bitter at all). I’ve shared these jeans before on the blog but I bloody love them at the moment.They fit perfectly and switching a blue jean for a white pair is a great way to update your wardrobe for the new season.

Now, let’s talk about these shoes. THESE SHOES. £4 in Primark- yes really! I am always blown away by how cheap Primark really is and although I can’t always find amazing pieces in the clothing department, they pretty much always have a great collection of shoes. I picked up a different pair, that I’m sure will be on the blog soon, for £6 and I just couldn’t believe that I had bought two pairs of shoes that I loved for a tenner! These gingham pumps are much more comfortable than I thought they would be. I have seriously wide feet so I’m always worried about wearing flat shoes like this but I actually think they’re really flattering on my wide feet as they kind of have a slimming effect. These sunglasses are also a new purchase from Mango and I think they’re so great. It’s really nice to have a neutral pair of sunglasses that aren’t black but that go with everything. Plus, the subtle cat-eye shape is probably my favourite in a pair of sunglasses as I find them quite flattering. And ,of course, I’m wearing my trusty Zara straw bag. Swapping a leather-style bag out for a straw bag really is a great way to update your style for summer though.

Summer doesn’t just bring style inspiration for me though. It’s the time where I feel my most creative and motivated. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I’ve been in education and sitting exams for the past 4 years. So the first few months of summer are usually, for me, spent working extremely hard and forcing myself to be motivated and the remaining months are time for me to let myself go and relax, which always evokes lots of creative energy. This year, I’m in my first year of university, which means the work I do does not count to my overall grade, so there isn’t as much pressure as there has been over the past few years. Because of this, my motivational levels for revision have dropped a little bit but my creativity is in overdrive! I always feel like I have to suppress some of the things I enjoy during exams in order to focus which, in turn, makes me want to do them more. This year I’m letting myself do them more than usual but I still feel a little restricted because of UNI, which is frustrating but also just makes me so excited for summer.

I remember reading Just Kids by Patti Smith during my A-Levels last summer (this is a must-read BTW) and because this book shows off the extent to which Patti is such an incredibly creative person, it really lit a spark of creativity for me, which I wasn’t able to release until after my exams. This book and this feeling are reminiscent of summer to me now. I’m thinking of re-reading it, or another book of hers, in the next few months to hopefully inspire me even more.

I’d love to hear what inspires you creatively, whether it’s a particular season, a book or anything else! I have a good feeling about the next few months of summer and I’m hoping all this inspiration will manifest itself in my blog. So stay tuned!

Top- ASOS (sold out, ASOS stock some other great Daisy Street t-shirts though)

Jeans- Vintage (similar here)

Shoes- Primark (should still be available in store)

Sunglasses- Mango

Bag- Zara