Where to Find Fashion Inspiration

Fashion inspiration can be found everywhere you look. It can be found in nature, on the television, in magazines, on the Internet, and it can even come in the form of a song or a piece of music that you hear. The key to finding fashion inspiration is to be aware of what is going on around you at all times. You will also need to keep a sketchbook or a camera with you so that you can record the inspiration when you see or hear it. If you are running out of fashion inspiration then fear not! This article provides several places that you can find some fashion inspiration.

Fashion Magazines

One of the first places to look is in fashion magazines. Popular magazines such as Vogue are available to purchase on the highstreet, while there are also so more obscure ‘indie’ fashion magazines available to purchase online. You can subscribe to these magazines so that you receive a fresh dose of inspiration through your letterbox on a regular basis. It is worth cutting out pictures that you like the look of, and then using them to create a moodboard which you can refer to as and when you need to.

Fashion Blogs

There are millions of fashion blogs out there, many of which feature individuals expressing their own unique views and thoughts. Try searching online for some of the most popular blogs to see if anything takes your fancy. You can also try starting up your very own blog to express your fashion sense and your creations. By starting a blog you may get some good feedback and find that it helps you to feel inspired and create more designs.

YouTube

YouTube is a great source of visual inspiration. You can check out other user’s latest fashion purchases, and see what is hot at the moment. You can also subscribe to user’s channels, so that you are alerted every time that they make a new video.

Pinterest

Pinterest allows users to pin images onto a static webpage, which they can then share with others. These images come from blogs, websites, magazines and things that they may have seen while out and about. You can even create your own Pinterest page and use it like an online moodboard. Pinterest is completely free to use.

Nature

Nature has been known to be a powerful source of inspiration for all different types of creative projects. A simple walk in nature will allow you to let go of limiting and negative thoughts that you may be repeating in your mind regarding your recent lack of inspiration. You can also use the nature that you see around you as a source of inspiration in itself. Look at how the flowers bloom so perfectly, how the tree branches in a certain way, and how to birds flutter across the sky. Also notice all of the colours that are found in nature. You will be sure to find some design elements which you can incorporate into your fashion work when you are out in nature.

Women’s Fashion Inspiration: Men?

Women’s fashion trends are constantly changing, and with four seasons per year, it seems like each new month brings a hot new style. However, despite consistent shifts in trends, some style concepts keep coming back around. One example of this is the idea of women’s fashion inspired by classic menswear. We’ve all seen it before, but February’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City showcased the trend’s return to the runway. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan sent their models down the runway in menswear inspired designs, that successfully combined the flirtatious and feminine silhouette with strong and graceful masculine twists. The outcome is a dynamic re-invention of the menswear trend, and one that is catching for the upcoming seasons in fashion design. Below are several examples of how to combine the perfect masculine garments with the most flattering feminine ones, to get that fashion school savvy mixture of a menswear-inspired look for women.

Sometimes, it’s as little as the pattern of a garment. Even if you are wearing a skirt or fitted pants, they will remind us of menswear if you choose a classic men’s pattern like pinstripes or tweed fabric. Try paring a strong fabric or pattern with a soft, feminine style, like a pleated skirt, cardigan or even a fitted blazer.

A great menswear inspired look, is the classic white button-up shirt. Wear a form-fitting one and tuck it into denim shorts or even slouchier men’s trousers. Or, try a loose one, untucked over jeans, leggings or a skirt. The crisp, tailored and light cotton of a white blouse is a really nice style for spring, and as it gets warmer, you can wear short-sleeved button-ups, or even sleeveless ones.

Try layering with a vest. Vests can bring a super masculine vibe to an outfit, but they are also a chance to show your kitschy or creative side. Pick a vest with a wild pattern, like a loud floral print or even bright gold. Leather and fur vests are also always awesome. In the spring and summer, when the weather gets warm, you can even wear a vest over just a bra for a sexy and scandalous look. Another classic look for the vest is to pair it with tight black slacks or jeans, a and a plain, white t-shirt underneath. This look is especially cute with lots of long necklaces. The more accessories the better!

If you want to rock menswear-inspired pants, try either a workman’s look with overalls or a jumpsuit, or a businessman’s look with tailored trousers and a belt. Overalls work well with a cute, ruffled blouse underneath, or a silky tank top to add a playful feminine twist to the outfit. The trousers look great with heels OR a pair of women’s loafers. The looser fit on the jumpsuits and trousers will feel comfortable and breathable for spring.

Finally, add a boyish touch with classic menswear accessories. Top your outfit off with a fedora or a bowler hat. Wear a necktie under a sweater or with a collared t-shirt. Wear shoulder pads in your blazer to create a broader line across your shoulders. Wear oxford-style shoes or a chain. Even the subtlest menswear-inspired touch will broaden the horizons of your outfit.