Another? Style thievery! A particularly rich source of inspiration can be found in magazines, both style and celebrity focused (although there doesn’t seem to be much difference these days).
What you see is the work of stylists, fashion editors and other practitioners of the image-making arts. And it can be yours for the cover price of $4.95.
The trick is in translating this fashion vision into outfits you can actually buy, want to wear and look good on you. Here’s how.
How to steal outfit ideas from magazines and celebrities
- Find a style sister. This is a two-part exercise: You want to identify a celebrity who shares both your personal sense of style and your body shape.* Now when you flip through the next issue of In Style or Vogue, you can keep an eye out for your fashion role model. If you like what she’s wearing, chances are it’ll work on you as well.
- Keep it real. The over-the-top fashion spreads are clearly Fantasy Wardrobe territory only, but they’re not the only ensembles that are unrealistic to copy as is. If you know what levels of outfits you normally wear it’s easier to skip the ones that are too dressy (or too casual) for the way you live.
- Pick and choose. When you see an outfit idea that catches your eye, take a look at the pieces it’s made out of: do you have anything similar you can use to re-create the look? It could even be just a part of the outfit idea you can take—like layering or pattern mixing or color blocking—to add to what you typically wear. This is also a way to translate some of those Fantasy Wardrobe looks into Real Wardrobe outfits.
If you’re lucky, you’ll come across an idea that you can copy head to toe; I’ve even found a few in brand and store ads. (And when you do, save it: that’s one less outfit idea to think of next time.)
Looking at lots of outfit and fashion photos can teach you tricks of proportion, fit and combination, too. Over time, you’ll get a better eye for when loose and sleek work together, or what boot height to wear with cropped pants, or different ways to accessorize with jewelry.
*Don’t know what either of those things are? Then, my friend, you need the Frantic But Fabulous online style workshop: Step 1 is all about identifying your style and Step 2 teaches you how to dress to flatter your shape.