It never ceases to amaze me how much outfit inspiration can be found on the interwebs. It seems that on a daily basis, I'm bombarded with multiple images through all of the blogs I read and ideas for getting dressed on a typical morning. The way that individuals put their looks together always fascinates me, always expressing their personalities by the innate way their clothing, accessories and footwear is pieced together. I'm all about the idea of dressing for yourself, whether it be by creating a new character through an outfit each day or presenting a consistent statement of only wearing black (albeit made up of fantastically constructed layers) and it's important for me to reflect my current mindset through the clothes I'm wearing. The horrific rainy weather has prevented me from taking outfit photos in my preferred spot but here's a few hints towards the looks I've been attempting to channel recently.
It's almost coat time again! Even though the 'mild' weather would have us believe otherwise, I'm sure that a cold snap will be on the way soon forcing me into thermals and multiple pairs of tights. I feel that the right coat can complete an outfit if the proportions are correct and I'm trying to build up a collection of my own (I may or may not have bought two coats at 50% off in one of those lethal Asos Sunday sales). It seems I'm drawn to the more androgynous styles which contrast perfectly with a pretty dress or trouser/brogue combination and I love the addition of the creepers in the last Hel Looks picture. It seems that most of the coats I like on blogs are second hand and I either need to start trawling more charity shops or hope that a retailer will catch on and start manufacturing these styles sharpish.
Whenever I get stuck in the mornings, I tend to fall back on the tried and tested jumper+skirt combination. Although I'm quite fussy these days when buying knitwear, I've managed to find a few styles that lend themselves perfectly to this look with the right yarn and amount of stitch detail, which will compliment a more patterned skirt. I've found the midi skirt combination somewhat trickier to master due to the bulkiness and length of some jumpers, but I'll not give up and may even resort to dusting off my machine and knitting some jumpers of my own. Have you bought any nice knitwear recently? It's almost time to make a new scarf!
It's time for layering! I know the bare legs shown in the pictures are slightly scary at this time of year, but these looks can easily be replicated and even enhanced by tights. I love how visually exciting each of these outfits are and Yin's dress in the middle reminds me of the Rachel Barrett dress I wore to fashion week and has therefore given me another idea for styling it. I think the key to layering is to just put logical combinations of different fabrics and textures together first, such as shirts or asymmetric tops over long dresses and perhaps tying it in some way or putting a cardigan over the top. Then once the perfect coat and scarf are on, you have layered perfection. This can take a lot more time to figure out but I'm always proud if I manage to achieve something unexpected just by trying a few things out. How layered can you go?
I have yet to try this but I really want to try and make a powerful statement by wearing mostly one colour from head to toe. It may not be like the green in the first look but I think the shades of grey in Susie Bubble's look is definitely achievable with the white patterned dress and black shoes to break things up slightly. I might just have to try and work out a combination with my beloved burgundy, as I'm pretty sure I've collected an array of shirts, tops and skirts in this particular colour.
Have you gained any new style inspiration from blogs recently? If your searching for any outfit inspiration, be sure to check out both of my Tumblrs 'Kristabel Loves' and 'F-yeahfashionknitwear' which I try and regularly update. Hopefully the early rainy mornings will subside soon so I can take some more pictures of my own!