Great style is something which evolves over years. I cringe at some of my past outfits and I’m forever thankful my tastes have developed and matured! Having said that I still don’t think I’ve completely defined my signature look yet, as I’m continually inspired by the fast changing pace of fashion.
Before I started my fashion and lifestyle blog, That New Dress, I fell into a bit of a style rut. I was a student with very little money, so my day to day uniform became jeans and a t-shirt. However, it never stopped me admiring high fashion from afar and I would even create scrapbooks with all the runway and red carpet looks I loved. Once I started working and was able to invest more in my wardrobe, those years of seeking out inspiration meant I was that little bit more in tune with how to pick out a classic item which would last a lifetime over a trend led one.
I thought I’d share a few of the places I look to further my fashion education and be inspired!
I often hear magazines are outdated and all you need to do is fire up your computer and search the internet for the latest trends. Of course, this is true to a certain extent but nothing beats flicking through actual pages, not virtual ones, of beautifully shot editorial. The likes of Vogue, Porter, Harpers Bazaar and Glamour still have access to the best models, designers and photographers. I even love submerging myself in old issues from the 90s and early noughties, where there’s heaps of inspiration which you can add to your wardrobe in a modern and up to date way.
This is one resource there’s no shortage of. Whether it be street style blogs or personal style ones, you’ll definitely find a handful which you identify with and will encourage you to shake up your style. If you don’t know where to begin within the expansive blogger realm or how to discover new blogs, there are 5 fashion bloggers who regularly guest post on the My Favourite Sale’s FashionBlog which you can check out. Alternatively, Bloglovin is a fantastic resource which most blogs are signed up to and you can filter out the categories you’re least interested in.
One of my favourite things to do is to check out the “New In” page for the big online retailers. Brands like ASOS and Topshop have their finger firmly on the pulse of new trends, so it’s a good idea to stay in the loop with what they’re bringing out. On the flip side, the luxury etailers, such as Net a Porter and Matches Fashion, stock all the big fashion labels who dictate the trends for the coming season. By seeing what they have arriving, you’re pretty much getting a first hand look into will be coming onto the high street in the next month or so.
Nothing beats a good ol’ shopping trip with your best girlfriends. Admittedly, if you’re on a budget window shopping can be a little depressing. However, you’ll be amazed how much you can shake up the pieces you already have in your wardrobe and restyle them to make something completely different. Often just seeing the incredible visual merchandising the stores have can leave you inspired. Also, there’s a good chance you’ll run into an irresistible sales bargain while you’re out shopping!
I think everyone loves a bit of people watching. It’s certainly one of my guilty pleasures. Although these days Instagram stalking and people watching are one and the same thing. Whenever I see somebody wearing something amazing, I’m one of those people who has to tell them. Firstly, I love it when people compliment me on something and it always makes my day, so if I have the opportunity to that for someone else, I will.
Secondly, in the past when people have reached out to me, usually over my Instagram or blog and say they really love something or they’re looking for something similar, I’ve often either given it to them or sold it on for a fraction of the price. You never know where paying some random stranger a compliment may lead you!