Saturday, June 16, 2018

tips for dramatic style changes & finding style inspiration.

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In Dutch art class there's three magic words you'll hear a thousand times: imitatie, variatie en amulatie [imitating, variating, exceeding], and it's basically a 3 step process to becoming a great artist. In this post I'm going to be explaining how you can use this, pretty simple, 3 step plan to help you with a drastic style change or to find new inspiration for your style. Let's get into it.



This is the second post in a 2 post series about big style transformations. For the first post, click here.

Imitating
Start with plainly copying everything you see that you think is great. Look at influencers, what your friends are wearing and what random people on the street are wearing. Take it and go with it. This step is crucial in finding what works for you and what doesn't, since it pushes you out of your comfort zone and into new, uncharted fashion territory. what do you admire about someone's style? Just start wearing that as well or looking for similar things. If you adore the way your fave wears mustard, and you're scared to try it, just push your fear away and start trying it too. You'll find out if it looks good or not. Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself, it's better to have tried something new and know it doesn't look good then to spend a lifetime wondering about it.
Do: look at role models and try wearing what looks good on them and what you admire about their style
Don't: hesitate or stutter, don't be afraid to try new things. experiment!

Variating
Now it's time to take all you've learnt from the first step, what works and what doesn't, what you like and don't like, etc. and variate on it. Instead of plainly copying outfits start adding your own twists. Pair the outfit with different bottoms for example, or maybe just take one element of an outfit and build an entirely new outfit around that one element. You can also start building specific outfits around a colour palette you discovered or around a vibe you recently discovered. Try to copy half of an outfit, and come up with the other half yourself.
Do: look at what you like in an outfit and take that, while adding in new elements
Don't: stop challenging yourself. Keep experimenting and trying new things

 Exceeding
This is the hardest step, both in the time it takes to reach it and the criteria for if you've reached it. Exceeding someone is subjective after all. For me, this was the point at which I no longer NEEDED to look at others for inspo, I could think of my own original ideas without any help and I could come up with items I wanted in my closet without seeing them anywhere else. You'll know you've reached this step when you can describe your outfit as a mix of different styles, influences and inspirations and you have a sense of a direction in which you want your style to go. You can still take and borrow from other influencers, but overal your style feels like your own. You've added stuff and taken stuff, creating your own unique mix.
Do: start coming up with your own ideas, without looking if others are wearing it
Don't: be afraid to push yourself even further or change too much. As I've said so many times already, experimenting is key, so don't be afraid to try anything that is still out of your comfort zone. Just because you've exceeded your influences does not mean you can totally stop variating, imitating and experimenting. Exceeding is about finding the perfect blend of all the steps, and adding your own touches.


For the last part of this article, I'm gonna give you some places that I like to go for style inspiration. 

✰ WeHeartIt - I get my inspo for IG pics, outfits, quotes, art and poses for pictures from here :).
✰ Youtube - By following a bunch of fashion youtubers you'll basically have a non-stop flow of videos (from cookbooks to hauls etc.) to get inspiration from

✰ Magazines - Just going through magazines can also inspire you. Look at pictures and the vibe of them, individual pieces and celeb street style pics.

✰ Celeb street style pics - The outfits are usually a lot more wearable and casual, thus perfect to get some inspo from! Celebs usually know what's up in the style department.
✰ Fashion shows - By using an app like Vogue Runway you can check out all the newest fashion shows and basically be ahead of the trend and jump on it before anyone else does! Translating shows to real life can be tough, but once you get the hang of it it can be super rewarding!

A small selection of pics from my weheartit part 1

✰ Instagram - Just follow a bunch of accounts and bookmark stuff ya like :). There's such a big variety of different styles on here so you're guaranteed to find a few styles and accounts you like and some very unique and different accounts. Tip: if you've found an account you like you can check who they follow to see if they follow similar accounts :).
✰ Blogs - Style blogs are always a great way to find inspo! With apps like Bloglovin' you can follow all your fave blogs and keep up with them. Bloggers are usually ahead of the game so that's really nice for finding trends early on.

✰ Look at your fave characters in movies and series - This one may be a bit unorthodox, but it's really useful! All you have to do is look out for what your fave characters are wearing next time you're watching your fave show. I usually really love doing this, since characters like Toni Topaz (Riverdale), Cher Horowitz (Clueless), Betty Cooper (Riverdale) and Nancy (Stranger Things) usually wear very visually interesting outfits.

✰ Let your friends pick outfits for you - Your friends always have very different visions and a fresh set of ideas, so having them pick outfits for you can be a really inspiring thing!
✰ Ask friends and family what clothing they'd like to see you in - Similar to the tip above, your family usually has a lot of different styles and ideas for you. Just ask them what they like and try it out, maybe you'll find something completely new that you've never tried before!



That was it for this post! I hope you enjoyed and I'll see ya' next week!

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