Where do you find creative dressing ideas when you feel there’s not a creative bone in your body?
As a reader of my Ezines and Blogs, you do get ideas from me. No-one can give everyone everything they need. So you need a number of places as sources for inspiration for dressing stylishly.
Here are 10 places I go to look for creative dressing ideas. Plus I’ll give you some tips to make your searching easier.
1. Magazine Articles
These have been round a long time and were our go-to for ideas before the Internet. You don’t have to buy them. Your local library will have lots of different publications that you can borrow for free.
2. Pattern Books
Whether you look in your local dress shop or go online (search Vogue patterns; Butterick patterns; Simplicity patterns; Burda patterns and/or New Look patterns). While you may not want to sew the patterns, they are a wonderful source of how to mix and match colours and how to accessorise the clothes.
3. Fashion Websites ‘Look Books’
Most websites that are keen to have your custom will have Look Books, Catalogues, Trends Sections, Outfits Page or a ‘Looking for Inspiration’ link to show you how to mix and match their clothes. Go to the Home Page of your favourite brand or try these quick links – Jacqui E, Birdsnest & Chicos.
This is a website that allows users to create outfits using the clothes and accessories that Polyvore has for sale. There are some very clever people out there for you to copy or adapt their looks. Go down the home page to their ‘What to Wear’ outfit ideas and click ‘see more’ on the right.
If you a registered user you can do a general search for ‘dressing tips’. Then add from their suggestions to refine your search. You can search for Pins or Boards or even Pinners.
6. You Tube
Like Pinterest you can get lost for hours searching for creative dressing ideas on You Tube. Unlike Pinterest, you do not need to be a registered user.
7. Baby Boomer Blogs
Google knows everything; though some of it can be rubbish and some can be gems. Google ‘stylish after …’ and add your nearest decade. Here are three to look at- Boomerinas, Susan after 60 & Fashion After 50.
8. Studying Stylish Baby Boomer Women
Most of us have someone that we think dresses stylishly. And we’d like to look like her. That person may be in the public eye. If so, it’s very easy to google them. Back to Polyvore and you can see lots of celebrity style outfits. Most are young. You can check out Michelle Obama or Kate Middleton here.
A simpler way is to study stylish dressers closer to home. These are the women you interact with regularly or occasionally. Watch how they dress or even invite them for a free coffee to get tips from them.
9. Have Your Own Fashion Parade
Make time to take the clothes and accessories in your wardrobe and combine things you never have put together before. You may surprise yourself that some items go together so much better than you ever thought they would. Today I wore my black & white stripe top over a beige skirt. I have never done that before and got the idea from colours in one of my purses.
If you need a neutral outsider’s opinion that you trust, call me for a personalised ‘Wardrobe Revamp Session’.
10. Read my Blog Posts
Last and not least, read my fashion articles from either my weekly Blog Post or the Ezine sent to you.
Once You Have Checked Out These 10 Creative Dressing Ideas
- Steal Ideas – It’s not really stealing because they are there to help you. Copy the pictures onto your phone, tablet or laptop and keep them in a special file for reference. Particularly note what colours are combined, what colours are used as shoe and handbag accessories and what quirky details or unusual ways of wearing items are demonstrated.
- Make Shops Work for You – One of the best things you can do when you go into a shop and choose an item to try on is to ask the sales assistant what else you can wear with this. If they know their stock, you will have a number of ideas for making your clothes work harder. This is especially important when you are buying shoes as shoe shops rarely have Look Books on their websites.
Some women have the knack when it comes to creative, stylish dressing. Some learn and copy from others. It’s amazing what a new way of combining clothes and accessories or a new way of wearing something can do to boost your confidence.
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