Finding Fashion Inspiration

Kimono OOTD

Whether you have a capsule wardrobe or not sometimes we feel a little meh about our wardrobes and need a little fashion inspiration. We all get stuck in a rut sometimes, and even though I totally believe in outfit repeating (read why it’s OK to be an outfit repeater) even I admit wearing the same thing over and over again can be a little boring.

Sometimes we all need to find a little inspiration to help us get excited about our wardrobes again. I’ve spoken before about how our personal style (read how to find your personal style) is constantly evolving and seeking new inspiration is part of that process. Finding inspiration isn’t about finding lots of new clothes to buy but it’s about finding creative new ways to make the must out of what you already have. So if you’re looking to save money or in the middle of a capsule wardrobe, here are my top 5 sources for fashion inspiration which don’t involve a trip to the shops.

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1. Pinterest

I’ve spoken about my love for Pinterest many times, and if you don’t already have an account go a sign up right now (finish this post first obviously). Pinterest is my favourite source of inspiration for fashion and interiors. I spend way more time than I care to admit on the app (follow me here to see what I’ve been pinning). When looking for fashion inspiration I make the most of Pinterest’s search function to narrow down my search (I find the women’s fashion category too broad). If I’m looking for inspiration on how to wear a certain item I will search for that item; for example, if I need ideas for how to wear a red skirt I will search red skirt outfit on Pinterest to see how others have styled their red skirts. If I’m looking for more general inspiration I may search by season or occasion (such as wedding guest outfits or date night outfits). I make sure I pin my favourite outfits to my fashion inspiration board to save for later. Check out my current spring/summer inspiration board.

2. Fashion Blogs

I wouldn’t be much of a fashion blogger if I didn’t recommend checking out your favourite fashion blogs for inspiration. What I love about fashion blogs is you can see clothes worn by real people in everyday life, you can also see how the top bloggers style the latest designer collections. I’m sure you already follow a fair few fashion bloggers, but the explore page on Bloglovin is a great source for new blogs to check out. Have a look through the top posts in the fashion category for lots of fashion inspiration, and hopefully, some interesting new blogs to read.
Vintage Kimono

3. Instagram

Like fashion blogs Instagram (follow me on Instagram) is a great way to see everyday outfits as well as high-end designer clothes. Like with Pinterest, the search function is your friend when scrolling Instagram for inspiration. I like to search my hashtag, but you can also search for your favourite stores as people tend to tag where they get their clothes from. I normally search #capsulewardrobe to see how others are styling their capsule wardrobes, #OOTD is great for seeing people’s outfits of the day. Just remember to watch the time as its so easy to spend hours scrolling through Instagram.
casual summer outfit

4. Fashion Magazines

An oldie but a goodie, fashion magazines are always worth checking out when you’re in need of a little inspiration. Although I haven’t brought I magazine for years I remember spending hours flicking through the pages of big fashion magazines (Vogue, Grazia, Elle, Marie Claire etc) when I was a student, dreaming of being about to afford the clothes they featured. Unfortunately, I still can’t afford most of the clothes but the editorial images are a great source of inspiration. Sometimes seeing clothes you know you can’t afford helps you to think about how you could recreate outfits than if you know you could just buy it yourself. So stick to high fashion magazines if you’re trying to resist the temptation to shop. Remember to check out the magazine’s websites to get inspiration without spending a penny.
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5. Your Wardrobe

If you’re on a spending ban or trying to resist the lure of the shops then your own wardrobe can be a great source of inspiration. Block out a couple of hours to play about with your clothes. Try on different combinations you wouldn’t normally go for. Don’t worry if the outfits don’t work this is about having fun and trying something new. You could event a couple of friends round, have a glass of wine (or two) and get them to help you come up with new outfit ideas. You’ll be surprised at how many great outfits you already had in your wardrobe which you just never thought of.
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Shop My Outfit

Jeans – Topshop (Exact)
Vest – River Island (Similar)
Kimono – ASOS (Similar)
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5 Comments

  1. Caroline
    July 4, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Great ideas and tips.. I'm definitely trying to wear what's in my wardrobe at the moment and also step out of my comfort zone. Plus add accessories to outfits to change how they look..
    Will definitely be trying some of your tips though. 🙂

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

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  4. December 3, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Whether you have a capsule wardrobe or not sometimes we feel a little meh about our wardrobes and need a little fashion inspiration. We all get stuck in a rut sometimes, and even though I totally believe in outfit repeating (read why it’s OK to be an outfit repeater) even I admit wearing the same thing over and over again can be a little boring.

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