Do you prefer neutrals or bright colours? Statement pieces or understated elegance? Minimal or embellished? Or do you feel overwhelmed and not really sure what you like, let alone how to turn it into an outfit that you can actually wear?! Don’t despair, read on!
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Having a clear idea of what you like will really help you to create outfits that you love and wear. I think it’s one of the areas that is the most important to me when I am advising clients, because everybody has their own tastes, likes and dislikes. One look definitely does not fit all, although some key wardrobe basics definitely help!
The more you know about what you like, your style and the image you want to portray, the easier it is to find and create outfits that you love. As a stylist, knowing this make it easier for me to advise my client's about how to use those elements in your own wardrobe so that you can create your perfect outfits.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
The simplest and most visual way to do this is through Pinterest. If you haven’t used Pinterest before, it’s effectively an online scrapbook of millions of images to inspire you, no old style sticking and gluing required! Pinterest is an amazing tool for getting inspiration. Accounts are free and you can sign up here with a few easy details. But warning, you may find it a bit addictive and hours can easily pass by!
Simply create a ‘board’, you can find out how to do this here. You could call it something like ‘Outfit Inspiration’. In the category, choose ‘women's fashion’.
Want to keep you board a secret? When you create a board it defaults to a public board, so that anybody can search and see what you have created. If you want to keep it a secret so only you and I can see it, simply click the option ‘Secret’ below the category. You can change the boards privacy options at any time.
For my client’s, you can add me as a collaborator Hayley Eleanor so that I can see the board and suggest outfits for you.
Start pinning! To help you get started to find images you like, here are a few options:
Take a look at my profile and pin images you like.
Use the search feature to input details such as ‘women’s casual outfits’ or ‘women’s coats’, etc.
Use the ‘home feed’ feature next to the search bar to search images in Women’s Fashion.
You can also upload images you find on websites or images you have taken or stored. Find out how to here.
THE ANALYTICAL BIT...
Once you have created an outfit board, now is time to analyse it. Don't worry it's nothing complicated, no science or math degrees required! Simply list the things that the images you have pinned have in common, to get you started:
- Colours are they bold, soft, neutral?
- Prints/ patterns, do you have lots or stripes, busy patterns?
- Details, do the pieces have lots going on or are they minimal?
- Fit, are the looks tailored or loose?
- Pieces, have you pinned a lot of trousers or skirt?
- Accessories, do the images contain lots of statement jewellery or is it barely there?
- Statement, does one statement pieces crop up repeatedly, such as shoes or bag?
TRADITIONAL STYLE PERSONALITIES
To assist you, I have summarised eight of the traditional style personalities below. It may be that you wholeheartedly align yourself with one or that you find yourself associated with elements of a few. No matter which you fall into, it's important that it represents you so that you feel confident in your choices. There is no right or wrong.
You like co-ordinated basics, in neutral colours which combine for an elegant, timeless, sophisticated look. Celebrity followers: Elle McPherson, Kate Middleton and Anne Hathaway.
You like to look feminine with accents of lace, embellishment or sparkle, sometimes with vintage elements. Celebrity followers: Taylor Swift, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.
You want to feel comfortable in your clothing, preferring simple, casual looks which are easy to pull together. Celebrity followers: Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts.
You like experimenting with unconventional and creative looks, by using patterns and playful combinations. Celebrity followers: Lady Gaga, Rachel Zoe and Lana Del Ray.
You're free spirited and like clothing with an ethnic and bohemian vibe in natural fibres, paisley and florals. Celebrity followers: Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, and Nicole Ritchie.
You are a trendsetter, confident and bold in your choices ready to try out the next new thing! Celebrity followers: Beyonce, Blake Lively and Rihanna.
You are confident in your clothing choices and like to stand out from the crowd. You show of your feminine form in bright or figure hugging clothing. Celebrity followers: Kim Kardashian, Dita Von Teese and Sharon Osbourne.
You love to look edgy wearing leather and plaid with flourishes if lace, studs and metal work in deep moody hues. Celebrity followers: Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Pink.
PUT IT TOGETHER
Now that you know what you like, have a look in your wardrobe and see what key pieces you have identified you are missing to create the look, it may be a biker jacket for your rock chick days or some statement heels to add some vavoom to your outfit! Whatever it is, go forward and wear it with confidence!
I'm always posting easy to follow style and outfit inspiration over on my Facebook page, with ideas as to how to wear current trends so go and give it a 'like' for your daily dose of inspiration! If you're still struggling, get in touch for a one to one consultation where I can help you find your style mojo!