A Style File is a collection of inspirations to help you express your own style, dress better or more creatively, and use your wardrobe more efficiently. These little pictures and notes help us avoid wardrobe ruts and "Closet Blindness" moments that occur. You know those times; when you're standing in front of your clothes but can't come up with anything to wear. A Style File is the miracle cure.
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- Any image you find inspiring and would like to incorporate into your style!
- Expand beyond fashion magazines. While pictures of complete outfits are the basis of a style file, inspiration can come from anywhere. Fast Company recently profiled a Dutch architect and the photos of how he used black and white texture in one of his buildings translated very well to fashion. I also posted a week or so ago (here) about a thank you card I received with fantastic color pairings. Into the file it went!
- Add images for both items you own as well as those on your wish list. I recently added a picture of a great outfit with a floral skirt. My skirt has different colors but the outfit will still work.
- Add items for their details alone. Sometimes you might only like the accessories in a picture. Tear it out, circle what you like, make yourself a little note, "With blue blouse = date night!" and add it to your file.
- Use your modern technology. You can take quick pictures with your cell phone that you probably always have handy. Print them out and add them to your file. Make notes to yourself on your PDA of choice (iPhone, Palm, etc.) I love taking screen shots when I'm browsing the internet and I've been known to call and leave myself a message with an outfit idea when I have no other means of recording it at that moment.
- By season. You can have your Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter folders. If you live in a relatively season-less state (I grew up in AZ) you could try the following.
- By Occasion. A Work folder, Sunday folder, Casual folder, Date Night/Party folder.
- By Type of Inspiration. Right now I have a folder strictly for color inspiration. Different pairings and combinations that I use to inspire an outfit for any occasion. You could also have a folder for "Full Outfits", Denim, Pants, Skirts, or Suits. Each folder would contain inspiration for how to wear each of those pieces.
- Don't forget to spring clean every once in a while. Ditch images you no longer like and have fun reorganizing into a new method. It'll help you see your Style File in a whole new light. *A note about cleaning out your Style File - if, like me, you have young children, consider storing away the pictures to show them later. They'll probably love seeing how you dressed "back then."
SHARE YOUR STYLE FILE TIPS! How do you organize it? What do you keep it in? Where do you find the inspirations to put in it? Leave a comment and help spread good style.