For most of us, daily outfit inspiration does not spring forth fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s head. So, where do they come from? And how do you translate a spark of inspiration into a pleasing, functional outfit created with garments from your own wardrobe? Of course, we frequently get outfit ideas from other style bloggers or street style blogs. That’s what this community is great for! But here are some other, clearly-sourced examples of daily outfits translated from a range of sources, both expected and…a little wacky.
STYLE ADVICE COLUMNS:
So, it’s not a mind-blowingly surprising place to find inspiration, but that’s okay. E. has created many an outfit from looks seen in the pages of Lucky Magazine, including this “arty top + skinny jeans” outfit she wore a couple of years ago. But, she made a couple of obvious changes.
First, she accommodated the particularities of her preggers body, finding a top that would work with her bump rather than turning her torso into a tent. Second, she didn’t actually buy any of the recommended pieces in the article. Instead, she took the concept as a whole, purposefully shopped for a top that met her own purposes, and put the rest of the look together with staples from her closet. The result is a personalization of a “look” and an addition to her wardrobe that has subsequently seen a lot of use, even post-preggers.
Another obvious place to find inspiration is from catalogues or online lookbooks. All of us delve into the “outfits” sections of websites like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap, J Crew, or Anthropologie, but none of us has ever subsequently bought a head-to-toe look that way. Instead, here are some elements that we take away as inspiration:
A. tried out some unusual-for-her, slouchy proportions, making J. Crew’s “boyfriend” look into a “girlfriend” look instead.
A hoodie and a blazer? Herringbone and polka dots? Why not? S. layered pattern and textures à la J. Crew.
A. created a ribbon and flower belt that could have graced a J. Crew catalogue…but without using a single item purchased from J. Crew.
And S. went Anthropologie-esque bold with pattern and jewelry.
OTHER PRINT MEDIA:
L. knew that minimalism was a trend for fall, and she picked just the right, high-quality, timeless pieces from her wardrobe to channel — but not imitate — the looks she saw in In Style.
S. found this amazing Hermes advertisement and translated the model’s fantasy hairstyle into her own boho-chic version. She then used that one element as inspiration to create the rest of her outfit, from the color scheme of pinks to the retro vibe of the thrifted vest.
S. also saw this image in passing in Jolie magazine while abroad, and lifted the cuffed jeans-over-boots idea.
It might not work to try and actually recreate an outfit from a Fragonard painting (though if you do, please send us a picture!), but there are lots of other ways to take inspiration from artworks, whether that be simply adopting a color scheme from a Cezanne or Rothko painting or more literally channeling the minimalism of Barnett Newman like L. did beautifully a few months ago.
Especially if that reality television happens to be Project Runway. E. can’t help herself! She recreated one of Althea’s simple looks…
And her modified Mondo is one of her all-time favorite looks.
And while it’s not that unusual to garner inspiration from nature’s color palette, E. managed to put together a look prompted by making some baby food from plums.
Where do you get inspiration from? How do you translate that into your own personal style and wardrobe?