A question I get asked most frequently in my ReFashionista endeavors is, “Where do you get your fashion inspiration?” People want to know how I look at a thrifted piece or a future refashion and know it’ll somehow work. There are a lot of ways in which I do this, from studying the time between past trends’ resurgences (fashion is cyclical), to what appears to be becoming nostalgic in film, TV, and music videos, to websites I always seem to grab ideas from.
Here are a just a few of my favorite sources of thrifty inspiration.
Scott Schuman is one of the most influential fashion bloggers in the world. His blog captures images of street fashion from all over the globe, from the subtle to the bizarre. The biggest thing I like about The Sartorialist is that it features stylish people, rather than fashionable people. Stylish people are the influencers. Fashionable people are the followers. His influence has spread far beyond the blogosphere, and was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top Design Influencers.
I always seem to find something that sparks an idea for my own blogging in the beautiful designs he curates so dutifully.
I love visiting Anthropologie stores and perusing their website of artfully designed clothing with vintage flair. However, I don’t actually own anything from there as I can’t justify spending $200 on an embellished sweater, when I have a perfectly good sewing machine that is more than capable of adding on a couple of ruffles to a $2 one.
Since I spend so much of my life in front of a glowing screen, I love paper magazines. Vogue is one of which I subscribe to. But they also have a great website as well that features content you won’t find in their magazine. I take a lot of inspiration from high fashion…you know…that really absurd stuff you see on the runway and think, “NO ONE would wear THAT!” What you miss when you think of these shows in that way, is that everyone does end up wearing that…just in a more watered-down more manageable form.
I mentioned before that fashion is cyclical, and this is most apparent when you examine the fabrics and silhouttes present on the runway. But for those less-imaginative folks, they also feature ready-to-wear designs like this one by Gucci.
TV isn’t just TV, my fashionable friends. It’s style research. I’m currently moving on from a 50’s-60’s Mad Men phase wherein I was wearing more full skirts and mod shells to a Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries where I’m going to a 20’s style dropped waist look.
When you enter a thrift store, you have no way of knowing what you’ll find, and that’s part of what makes it so exciting! At the end of the day, you just have to trust your own judgement and choose what you like. I’ve been told countless times that my skirts are modest enough, that I need to “dress my age” *YAWN*, and that I clash too much. I’ve also noticed that none of the people who have told me these things have had the influence on fashion that I have (and that they’re not altogether pleasant).
Just be you.