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

1 Shirt 2 Ways

1 Shirt 2 Ways

Today I have another post with some photos from Corfu, and there’s many more to come so I hope you’re enjoying them! I’m sharing a little holiday styling tip that I learnt from Lizzy over at Shot From The Street (the editing of these photos was also inspired by her, specifically her 35mm film posts, which are my favourite blog posts by anyone ever.) I remember reading (or potentially hearing over on her YouTube channel) her talk about packing tactically for pool/beach holidays by taking clothes for the evening that double up as cover-ups to minimise the amount of clothes you take on holiday. Although I’m anything but a light packer, I thought this would be interesting to try.

When I originally bought this dress (it’s probably designed as a shirt) from H&M, I thought I would use it purely as a cover-up. Oversized shirts, specifically striped ones, are my go-to pool cover ups as they look so effortless and they genuinely are really easy to wear. But when I tried this on in the changing rooms, I decided that it would also work great in the evening for the more casual nights.

1 Shirt 2 Ways

I wore the shirt in the evening on the first night. Firstly because I couldn’t wear it as a cover up until I had worn it in the evening and secondly because it was the most casual and comfy evening outfit I had with me and I had been awake since 3am that morning and in airports and on a plane all day. The fact that the evening photos were taken on the first night explains the pale legs anyway. I paired the shirt with black and gold accessories to elevate the look a little bit and these sandals have a little bit of a heel, adding some formality and some necessary height. This bag is really old and probably the most formal black bag I have, which is why I chose to add it to this outfit. Although it would definitely look better with a bag with gold hardware. Obviously, I also wore my trusty gold necklaces (that I could definitely do with re-purchasing) and also added my Casio watch to tie in with the gold elements of the outfit. To avoid flashing the other guests at the hotel on the first night of my stay, I put on a little pair of denim shorts under my dress, which were really more a practicality than an aesthetic choice.

My styling of the shirt as a cover-up is pretty predictable really but how couldn’t it be? I paired it with this old blue and pink Urban Outfitters bikini because I’m all about a bit of co-ordination. To add to this, I also wore my pink Warehouse sunnies. It is also paired with my white Bikerenstocks, which I wore during the day every day on holiday.

1 Shirt 2 Ways

This shirt is the perfect length as, although it is short for an evening piece, this makes it slightly more sexy, which contrasts nicely with it’s more boyish fit. For a cover-up, the length is great too because you can 100% wear it without any shorts, which is something that I had to do with my shorter shirts. I actually bought this shirt in a size 16 to ensure it had the length I wanted so maybe keep that in mind if you are thinking about getting it or any shirt to be worn as a dress.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful and interesting! I love finding different ways of styling my clothes as I am often guilty of wearing things once and then getting a little bit bored of them, so techniques like this one can really help. I’ll be back on Sunday with another blog post but until then, I’d love to hear what your favourite type of holiday cover-up is in the comments.

1 Shirt 2 Ways

1 Shirt 2 Ways

Shirt- H&M

Evening Outfit:

Shoes- Topshop

Watch- Casio

Bag- Urban Outfitters (old, similar here)

Cover Up Outfit:

Shoes- Birkenstocks 

Bikini- Urban Outfitters (old)

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