Let’s be honest here: even in all of it’s broadness, it’s still hard to find what you are looking for on the internet sometimes. Especially when you are looking for help in the personal style department. Since I blog my outfits by the day, I’m in constant need of inspiration and so I’m constantly on the look out for great inspiration sites. Lucky for you, I’ve put in endless hours of research (it’s a hard job but someone has to look at all of those tumblrs) and I’m here to share my findings. Below are my favorite sites to help you (and me) get dressed:
Jen Pinkston is a stylist in LA who somehow finds time to provide us with her style wisdom. Jen doesn’t just blog her looks (which by the way every single one is killer AND attainable), she goes the extra mile and shows the many ways to wear one style or gives thought to the newest trends we should wear. Her mix of high and low pieces are just perfect for mixing it up in your own closet. (A few of my recent favorites : 12 Ways to Wear a Hat, Spring Mixed Prints, and Five to Try)
From weekly round-ups of the newest trends to try (my opinion? try them all) to posts that show us how to steal our favorite stylish ladies’ style, the Glitter Guide shows us how to take on trends with ease. My favorite features are the how-to’s style guides featuring denim jackets, floral pants or leather for spring, it gives me good ideas for my closet, even at 7 am in the morning when I’m at my foggiest and my closet looks like one big colorful question mark. (Extra credit: The Glitter Guide has a perfectly curated tumblr to waste more time — er, I mean gain more inspiration from.)
If you’ve ever thought “I wish there was a place that I could organize my clothes online and build a community with others who share my love of remixing” then do I have the website for you. Go Chic is a community based site that allows you to upload photos of your daily outfits as well as a place to build a virtual closet with the contents of your closet. (Think Cher’s enviable closet ala ‘Clueless’ but for 2013 and less plain mini-skirts.) Once a member, you can browse through other members’ outfits and photos and snatch good ideas to help you get dressed. (Rumor has it, an iPhone app is on it’s way. Talk about closet connivence.)
Celebrity and street-style driven, Who What Wear brings us the best dressed of each day. (If you want an even easier route, you can sign up for the daily newsletter.) If you’ve ever wanted to be inside of Kate Bosworth’s closet, this website gets you one step closer without feeling super creepy. While I can’t pull off every trend and style each celebrity wears, it’s nice to see what’s coming up and what to try out next. I love the “Why it Works” feature which showcases how you can get away with building the perfect ensemble via your favorite stylish lady. For extra credit, pop over to their “Blogs” tab and find an array of inspiration from their favorite sources, take notes and get to remixing.
This post would be remiss if I didn’t include one of the most beloved websites on the internet right now: Pinterest. While many of you crafty types search for DIY’s to create on your own, I search for outfits to re-create with pieces in my own closet. Now there are a few rules you must stay within when you go outfit diving on Pinterest: 1) look for similar pieces you own or pieces you’d like to invest in. Similar pieces (perhaps in shape, color or style) are key in re-creating exact looks. 2) if you don’t have or want to invest in similar pieces, look for color combinations you can knock-off. I have a board solely dedicated to color combinations I plan on knocking off in the near future. 3) Let your inspiration take you where it may. Don’t get tied down to re-creating an exact look — be inspired and let that inspiration take you where it will. And it will definitely be a well-dressed path.
A few of my favorite style inboards are: