I’ve found Pinterest to be a really useful tool in my world of styling, it’s fun to see what styles I react to and which I choose to file away. As you may have guessed there is more to defining your style on Pinterest than randomly pinning blogger, designer and celebrity outfits. In this post I’ve shared my top tips on how to use the sociable platform to help refine your personal style. You may surprise yourself and find an aspect of your personal style that you didn’t even know was there. Get started now with my six-step-guide to using Pinterest to help develop your personal style…
NO.1 – IT WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH STYLING TIPS
Style is not only about what you choose to wear but how you choose to wear it. It’s all in the details, whether you decide to roll up your sleeves, layer-up fine necklaces, tuck in your shirt, loop a belt ect. Attention to detail is what gives your outfit its individual character. When it comes to learning styling techniques observation is key. Make sure to analysis each image you select for your master style board, using the description box underneath the image to jot down exactly what it is that you like about the styling (examples below). You can then mimic the techniques that resolute with you on your own wardrobe. More often then not your wardrobe will be a lot more versatile then you give it credit for.
NO.2 – IT WILL SOLVE COLOUR-WAY ISSUES
One of the most important components to consider when defining your personal style is its colour palate. There is no doubt that our relationship with colour is intrinsically linked to our mood, location and the seasonal change. I would recommend creating two colour boards, one titled “spring summer palate” and the other “autumn winter palate”. This will be helpful for two reasons: a) it is easier to define your personal style when you split your wardrobe into seasons, this makes sense because each season is dependant on different basic silhouettes, b) it is easier to find images with a similar colour scheme by using the related pins feature at the bottom of the page. Having this visual aid will enable you to stay in tune with your closets colour palate, making the styles you purchase more likely to pair well with other wardrobe wears. Your goal with these boards is to create a coherent colour story that can inspire various colour combinations in your seasonal wardrobes.
NO.3 – IT WILL HELP YOU TO VISUALISE YOUR OVERALL STYLE
If you’re looking to define or refine your personal style then creating an overall master style board is an absolute must. One of the first things I do when I take on a new client is create a secret master style board for them; This allows me to visualise how I can develop their style. Your master style board should be all about the overall ambience of your wardrobe. It should include all of the important qualities that you wish to define your personal style, from colours, textures and silhouettes, to overall themes, moods and feelings. This is different to your seasonal colour boards as it should represent the essence of your personal style and where you want your wardrobe to end up. This is the master of all boards!
NO.4 – SKIP THE SUITCASE DRAMA
Similar to creating a wedding inspiration board or a kitchen decor board, Pinterest is a fantastic tool to help you curate the perfect holiday wardrobe. Creating a travel board before a trip will allow you to not only visualise your holiday wardrobe as a whole, but help you plan out individual looks and items that you will need for your trip. Start by selecting images that are similar to items you already own – such as a pair of denim cut-off shorts – and then use the related pins feature to find outfit ideas that can be created from your denim shorts. I am currently gathering ideas for my honeymoon, complete with beauty looks, landscapes of the destination, single items and outfits that use those items (example below).
NO.5 – PLAY WITH PROPORTIONS
As a stylist I often work with styling formula’s (or recipes as I like to refer to them) that I know work well on different figures. It is essentially a certain combination of silhouettes, such as; oversized aran knit + ripped skinny jean + pointy flat, or tucked-in-tee + high-waisted straight leg jean + belt + blazer + mary-janes. Use Pinterest to help you expand your styling repertoire. Search for various outfit formulas that you can tailor to your personal style and life. This board will not only help you serve up different recipes rather than repeating the same old dish, but it will help to pin-point the gaps in your wardrobe. For example, if you are pinning endless pleated maxi-skirts on your proportions board yet you don’t own that style, it’s a sure sign that you’re missing a staple piece that will help define your personal style.
NO.6 – DECREASE “FASHION”, INCREASE STYLE
My absolute favourite styling tip. Often women think that if they update their wardrobe with the latest trend they will in-turn have a more profound sense of style. Of course emerging trends and colour-ways are really inspiring and stimulate styling ideas, but the key is to only tap into the trends that resolute with your own personal style and identity. For example, I adore floaty floral chiffons in the summer months and so I look to designers such as Erdem, Chloe, Vilshenko and Valentino for inspiration on seasonal hem-lengths, colour-ways, silhouettes and necklines. However, if I were into bold colours and graphic prints I would be much better of looking to brands such as Marni, Dianne Von Fusternburg, D’Squared and Prada for seasonal inspiration. Separating and refining your inspirations is everything when it comes to adapting trends into your personal style. Creating a trend-led board to file away catwalk looks that stimulate your style is a great way to approach your seasonal search for wardrobe updates whilst not distracting from the essence of your personal style; Always refer the trends you like back to your master style board.
Summery / Tips
NO.1 – DEFINE YOUR BOARDS.
Say goodbye to your one big confusing conglomeration board of “personal style”. Instead create strategic style boards that are sorted by season, technique and lifestyle. You are at no disadvantage by creating more boards with fewer pins in each. As I mentioned above, I suggest creating the following boards;
• MASTER STYLE BOARD
• SPRING SUMMER PALATE
• AUTUMN WINTER PALATE
• PROPORTIONS BOARD
• TREND-LED BOARD
NO.2 – DELETE PINS WHEN YOU NO LONGER NEED THEM.
If you can no longer relate to an image, delete it. Don’t keep any images on your boards that you won’t, don’t, or can’t wear. This will ensure that you are constantly refining your personal style and thinking about various silhouettes, colour-ways and designers that suit you.
NO.3 – WRITE CLEAR DESCRIPTIONS.
Write in the description box of each of your pins the reasons why you are drawn to that particular image. For example; ripped skinny jean + cosy aran knit, or gucci inspired pussy-bow blouse. This will help to jog your memory when you are referring back to your pins.
Got a question? Do chime into the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you!