… perhaps a tutorial on how you organize your ideas/finds/wants, when it comes to fashion – Between the web, magazines, things I overhear I have a hard time keeping track of it and will find an idea 6 months later that I could have used.
We’re all wired a bit differently, and I’ve heard some great ideas for how a fashionable femme can keep her wish lists and inspirational images neat and tidy. Some keep them stashed in folders on hard drives, some maintain bookmark lists in their browsers, some make inspiration boards. Whatever is fun, easy, and sustainable for you is your best bet.
I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to keeping my stylistic desires organized, and my two main tools are as follows:
1. Word Doc
Since I do the vast majority of my shopping online, I find it helpful to have an electronic wishlist. When I find products I think I might actually want to purchase someday, I pop the product description and URL into this document. If I find something when I’m away from my home computer, I e-mail myself the link. This list also includes non-specific items, as you can see.
My Word doc wish list is my primary resource for organizing things I want to BUY.
2. Visual Style Journal
A while back, I wrote about the creation of this bad boy. I’ve been maintaining my visual style journal since May, and have found it absolutely invaluable. In it, I stash pages torn from magazines and catalogs as well as printouts of photos I see on websites and blogs. Since it’s organized by season, I’ve just been rotating the current season to the front of the binder. When it’s finally spring again, I’ll already have a bunch of leftover ideas from last year. I can weed out the looks that no longer appeal, and revive the ones I would’ve forgotten without this concrete visual reminder.
My visual style journal is my primary resource for organizing things I want to WEAR, mainly looks I want to emulate utilizing items I already own.
A few other tools I use to keep my stylistic wants and ideas orderly:
- Outfit list: Every month or so, I jot down ideas for potential outfits. Top, bottom, shoes, accessories. I use my visual style journal, and also just poke around in my closet for inspiration. This is kept on a spiral-bound notepad on my desk.
- Underutilized item list: I also keep a list of new or underutilized items. This list can either be a springboard for a new outfit that I’m creating on the fly, or serve as inspiration for the outfit list. It’s on the same pad as the outfit list.
- Thrift list: A lot of those more general wants – the floral dresses and plaid tunics on my Word doc wish list – also go on a handwritten thrift list that stays in my wallet. Whenever I get the urge to thrift, I consult this list to stay on task.
All pretty analog, I realize. I like to think of myself as a modern, computer-savvy gal, but when it comes to organizing my style, I simply prefer paper. Don’t know why, but my imagination works better when it has images and ideas in solid form!
Top image courtesy koalazymonkey.