Friday, 29 August 2014

Signature Style Boards

We've been talking finding your personal style for a few weeks now.  Here's a quick recap:
Today, I wanted to tell you about this signature style series by Carrie at Making Lemonade.

She's gathered a group of people who have all put together a signature style board each and talk you through their choices on their blogs.  There are 22 signature style boards to look at - most relating to home style but still really inspiring and interesting.  Click here and scroll down the page to the list of boards.

Monday, 25 August 2014

I RECOMMEND: The No Brainer Wardrobe

I started reading Hayley Morgan aka The Tiny Twig's blog during her 31 Day No Brainer Wardrobe series back in 2011. 

The series is well worth a look as is the book that came out of it:  The No Brainer Wardrobe.  And so is her latest project - an ethical line of children's clothing - Wildly Co - that she's currently looking to fund.

She gives lots of good advice and all with a really positive attitude to what can be the very depressing subject of getting dressed!!

I especially wanted to recommend it today as for the last two weeks we've been talking about translating inspirations into real clothes.

Hayley is really big on this.  She's a fan of Pinterest and gives lots of helpful examples of turning inspirations into real clothes for real life.  Like this one:

She runs through this outfit explaining that:

1. She picks out the main components of it:  t.shirt, knitted waistcoat with shawl collar, wide belt and black trousers.

2. She finds things in her wardrobe that emulate it:  leggings as she doesn't have black trousers, grey t.shirt, the waistcoat although it's a bit longer.

She says:  "You see, it's all about the spirit of the outfit... not the exact match." which is exactly what I've been trying to say and I hope you're starting to see.

For more examples, buy the book!  Here's the testimonial I wrote that's on 'The No Brainer Wardrobe' website:

I have read so many books about all things to do with clothes but I found 'The No Brainer Wardrobe' like a breath of fresh air.  It simplifies something so many of us over complicate without taking away the creative element of having a unique style.  In fact, Hayley suggests really practical ways you can identify your personal taste and convert it into a real wardrobbe for real life.  Unlike other books, it encouraged me that having a wardrobe that works for all occasions is within reach and that getting and maintaining it can actually be straightforward and fun.

(Just so you know - I get no remuneration for recommending any of this).

Monday, 18 August 2014

How I Found My Personal Style VII: Translating Cuttings Into Clothes Part II

You can see in these examples magazine cuttings, fabric swatches and the real clothes they have been the inspiration for.

While you can (TRY TO!!) exactly copy cuttings, it's more realistic to see them as helping you to uncover the taste that is already in you.  Having identified that personal taste and style, you begin to look for clothes with a different feeling:  more clarity and more freedom.  You shop with a greater sense of who you are.

Monday, 11 August 2014

How I Found My Personal Style VII: Translating Cuttings Into Clothes Part I

The point of doing cuttings is that you get in touch with your own personal style.  We all have taste that's unique to us - doing cuttings is a way of helping us to see it.

As you start to work on translating your inspiration into real clothes for real life, why not make a list of the occasions you have to dress for and then go through your cuttings and use them to help you think about how you'd ideally like to dress for the different things that you do.

Possible Activites & Ideal Looks:

for example:  
wide legged trousers, cropped cardigans, worn with pearls





SPECIAL OCCASIONS - (like weddings/ parties)

Some of these may be irrelevant to you so replace them with other things and add anything else I've left out.

Monday, 4 August 2014

More Mood Boards

Here are some more mood boards to inspire you in making your own.
Clockwise from left - 1. dramatic style, 2. feminine, pretty style, 3. sporty, relaxed style, 4. natural style, 5. classic style

Link to mine from last week here.

Via The Inspired Room, office mood boards here.  You can make mood boards for your house or for a creative project - not just for your wardrobe!