I got my first subscription to Elle when I was in seventh grade; each month I spent hours pouring over the ads, the editorials, and articles about fabulous people, designers, and locations a girl from a small Midwest town could only dream, and read, about. I would dog ear beloved pages and rip out my favorites, peppering my bedroom walls with looks that seemed so distant from my local mall that they were merely pieces of art I could admire.
These days I find myself increasingly turning to Pinterest for seasonal inspiration as well as new ways to mix up items in my closet. I know the notion of pinning aspirational images is not a novel one, but I wonder just how many of us pinners do much with all these lovely pictures we are curating? Certainly, I frequently turn to recipes, the occasional DIY, and fitness guides, but even though I am someone who loves fashion and style, I rarely return to all those pretty things I am saving for inspiration when I plan outfits. It’s a shame really as I follow some pretty amazing women and brands on Pinterest, so I thought it might be fun from time to time to put together a look inspired by something or someone I pinned.
When I saw this image of Reachel from Cardigan Empire come through my feed I immediately pinned it and mentally filed it away as a must wear look. Fortunately, I already owned these pieces, but was happy, thanks to Reachel’s impeccable style, to find a new way to wear them.
I love the way the gingham print and the midi skirt evoke a 50s vibe while the bright pink and graphic floral print modernize the look so it’s refreshingly now rather than too referential. The black and white repeated in both the top and the skirt’s print helps to unify the look while the accessories are the perfect mix of classic and on trend.
Where do you draw inspiration from when planning outfits/getting dressed? Do you turn to trusted magazines, copy looks directly from store mannequins, enlist the help of friends or a stylist, turn to beloved bloggers, or pin away dreamy looks and must have items?
Style Notes: Topshop shirt via Last Chance (summer 2014; love) / ASOS skirt (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace via outlet (spring 2013; similar) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; love) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; summer update) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014)