Looking for Fashion Inspiration.
When it comes to fashion and personal style, you can only learn by watching. I think what keeps people from trying new trends is fear of not knowing what to pair them with. So open your eyes and your mind, and check out these places I like to turn to for inspiration. Maybe you’ll find something you like and before you know it you’ll be the one telling your friends what to wear.
- Fashion magazines. I devour various fashion magazines monthly. I suggest subscribing to at least one. The two big ones are Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, but if they are too fashion-forward then give Cosmopolitan or Glamour a try (two of my favorites, because you get more affordable and realistic style, beauty and health tips, celebrity gossip, etc). Flip through magazines for all kinds of inspiration, like accessorizing, pairing pieces and transitioning your wardrobe between seasons. After a while you’ll be able to spot trends, such as garment shapes, colors and fabrics.
- TV. Makeover shows are perfect for learning what works and what doesn’t. The great thing about these shows is that they feature all types of women with all types of bodies. I love TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Every time I watch the show I learn something new about styling, plus, Stacey and Clinton crack me up. You could also get style ideas from shows like “90210,” “Gossip Girl” and of course “Sex and the City,” though don’t copy Carrie’s style from head to toe, remember that show’s been around for a while.
- Movies. If you relate to a character in a movie you’ll probably be able to relate to her style. See what kind of outfits this character wears and try to incorporate some of those pieces into your wardrobe. A great movie with great fashion? “The Devil Wears Prada.”
- Internet. The net is the fastest way to answer all your style questions. Google anything, seriously, anything you want to know and someone, somewhere will have your answer. For example, if you want to know what to wear olive green pants with, google: “what to wear with olive green pants” and you’ll get results from forums like: What color blouse/shirt/top matches olive green pants? What goes with Olive Green Pants? What colors to wear with dark olive green pants? I’ve yet to ask the gods of cyber space for something it didn’t know the answer to.
- The street. I’m always looking at women, or more specifically, at women’s clothes. If a woman’s outfit catches your eye think about what you like about it and give it a try!