Monday, 19 May 2014

How I Found My Personal Style I Continued: Cuttings

I think the easiest way to find your personal style is to get pictures of things you like to begin to work out your style.  Ultimately, I will show you how to create an 'inspiration board'.  In order to do this, you will first need to get some cuttings.

With Pinterest, it's easy to make an online pinboard of images you collect from all over the internet.  But for me, I still like having pictures in my hands - getting cuttings from magazines and catalogues or printing images off the internet!

But whether you're going to make an online board or get lots of cuttings, here are some ideas of sources:

MAGAZINES - online or paper versions.  If you're going to buy them specially, it's best to flick through them in the shops to see if there's anything good in them - you don't want to buy them and find they're no use.  If you can afford just one, In Style can be a good place to start.

And I would look at Vogue.  You may not be into 'fashion' but clothes are put together creatively in fashion magazines and there are lots of adverts too that are professionally styled.

Hello is full of pictures as well.   

NEWSPAPERS

CLOTHES CATALOGUES & CLOTHES SHOP WEBSITES

CELEBRITY WEBSITES, FAN PAGES ON FACEBOOK, FAN BLOGS, PICTURE LIBRARIES
If there is somebody whose style you admire or a film or television programme where you like the clothes, GOOGLE them and you're likely to find lots of images.  Also gettyimages is a picture library where you'll find pictures of most well known people.  Some celebrities have websites, fan pages on Facebook and blogs people have set up to keep a record of their style.

STYLE BLOGS & STYLE WEBSITES
The Sartorialist - the famous fashion blog with pictures of people photographed on streets around the world.
style.com - like the Vogue website, you can see catwalk shows, search for celebrites, look at pictures of people at parties.

ETC.
I recommend sourcing things from everywhere which appeal to your eye - whether it's a style of writing, a book cover...  And get inspired - you could take a trip somewhere like the costume galleries at a museum, go the library to look in books, hire some films.  Look at postcards, nature, colour swatches in paint shops, the people you pass in the street...

When it comes to doing the cuttings, tear or print out pictures of clothes, fabrics, makeup looks, hairstyles and any other things you feel drawn to the appearance of - it may be interiors - whatever.  Just pull out anything that jumps out at you without trying to work out why you like it.

It's important to do the cuttings ON YOUR OWN.  Don't be limited or put off by anythning.  Don't even consider whether it would fit/ suit you/ be affordable.  Sometimes women feel upset because they can only find pictures of models who are nothing like them in looks or age.  That's really not going to matter when we use the cuttings later. 

Have fun making your collection.  And come back on Monday to continue to find out what to do next...!

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