Where do you find fall style inspiration? The answers are probably varied.
A better question, however, might ask how you retrieve and utilize that inspiration when it’s time to get dressed.
In the overwhelming digital world we live in, style inspiration abounds: blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, online magazines, and everything else offer loads of fall fashion ideas. I have a hard time, though, going back to the ideas I saw to use them when creating outfits from my own closet.
I don’t often sift through Pinterest while getting dressed (though I occasionally will do that while planning outfits for the week). If a blog post isn’t pinned, it’s unlikely I’ll find it again. Instagram is definitely difficult to “go back” and search for something specific I liked.
After years of trying various options, I’ve returned to the age-old practice of ripping pages out of a magazine. Seriously, it just works!
I didn’t love when the pages cluttered my counter so one day recently when all my boys (M included) were napping on the couch, I created a bulletin board for my style inspiration. Too lazy to run to the store and buy a bulletin board, I took the few minutes of time I had to relax by myself and created a makeshift style board with items I found around my house.
Although the board is quite simple, it’s functional, easy and perfect for my needs. It took me maybe 20 minutes to create the basic board.
That left the rest of nap time to soak up my InStyle and Real Simple magazines I picked up from our Jewel-Osco grocery store (ah… lovely checkout line impulse purchases…) in search of the season’s fall fashion inspiration to tear out and tack up. It’s even harder to resist the indulgence when you can get $1.00 off PEOPLE®, InStyle®, People StyleWatch®, Real Simple®, and Sunset® with this digital offer until 10/18/15, while supplies last.
The outfit I share today is a product of my periodical perusing. With monochromatic and maroon on trend for fall, I opted to try out this maroon blazer and pants together. Surprise, surprise… I really ended up liking it!
I’m sure you all have lots of ways you gather up and enjoy your style inspiration. I’d love to hear about them in the comments! What’s your latest trick to keep all the inspiration organized and accessible?
Blazer – Gap via thredUP | Pants – JCrew via thredUP | Turtleneck – August Silk | Shoes – Nine West
Now for the quick and easy tutorial. Let me know what you think!
Step 1: Using any box (the sturdier the better), cut along the corners and edges to separate the pieces.
Step 2: I covered the cardboard with the back of one of M’s old button down shirts he no longer wore. I really like the solid color and heavy feel of the fabric.
Step 3: I cut the back of the shirt into a rectangle with about 3 – 4 inches of extra fabric on each side. I included two layers of the cardboard box so the thumbtacks wouldn’t stick through the back. Because no one would ultimately see the back, I didn’t really care what it looked like. I had painter’s tape lying around, so that’s what I used. Duct tape or glue could work as well.
Step 4: To hold some of the photos or magazine excerpts, I added some ribbon and taped each piece to the back. Again pretty messy but no one will see it!
That’s it! It’s really that easy.
I nailed the cardboard directly into my wall. Because it’s only holding magazine pages, it didn’t need to be particularly strong. I haven’t had any issues thus far!
Now, every time I’m in my room, I can take a quick peek and continue to think of more new style remixing ideas. It’s also been really helpful in creating a more targeted wish list for my thrifting trips or searches on online secondhand outlets.
Do you have anything like this? How did you make it? Was it an impromptu project during a little time for yourself?
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