It’s an old piece of advice – grab a stack of magazines, a pair of scissors, and start snipping out all of the things that you see that you love. Glom them all together, and look for unifying themes and motifs upon which you might be able to build a wardrobe.
Fashion designers are legendary for having a wall of their atelier covered with photographs, snippets of fabric and trim, and anything else that might help both inspire and focus them as they put together their collections. Is there any reason that this wouldn’t work just as well for us? (keeping with yesterday’s theme of thinking the way a designer thinks in order to curate our closets in the way a boutique is curated).
I don’t like to call these mood boards – because that seems too temporary. But Style, or Inspiration, definitely!
The joy of computers and the internet are that you can build one of these for yourself in almost any art software, or in PowerPoint, and then tweak it whenever you wish. If, for example, I EVER fall out of love with Humphrey Bogart (which AIN’T gonna happen…) I could just remove his image from this collage and replace it with something else.
Pinterest is an interesting site that could take the place of this, so long as you are really really picky about what you pin to a particular board. Often, I see Pinterest boards that look like someone just pinned every pretty thing that they saw, and thus the board lacks a definite style or point of view.
This would be an interesting filter through which I might check any possible purchases – would anything that I buy fit in, and make sense, if I added a photograph of it to this collage?
Please let me close with a general public service announcement: GET A SHINGLES VACCINATION, if you have any possible way of doing so. I have, for this entire week, been staying with and caring for a most loved person in my life, who is suffering. There’s no other word for it; the pain is horrendous. If you can avoid this, please, as a friend, I beg you to do so.
love all around,