Posts Tagged: dressing

How to Draw Inspiration from Any Image

I’ve encouraged you all to find inspiration everywhere you look. I genuinely believe that sartorial inspiration is all around us so long as we remain open to it. Stores whose merchandise we don’t own can spark outfit ideas, women working with far larger or smaller budgets can inform new looks, people who are different from us in practically every way can still inspire us to dress in new and exciting ways.

But I also know that we gravitate toward people who look and feel familiar, and that outfit ideas are much easier to tease out of still images if the woman in those images has our same proportions or build. There’s nothing wrong with seeking out imagery that shows women who resemble YOU on blogs or Pinterest or in magazines. But in case you’re curious, here are some of the ways I examine and consider photos that get filed away for dressing inspiration.

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Originally posted 2014-05-28 06:19:02.

Style Evolves

What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me —  is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

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Originally posted 2011-07-19 06:18:08.

Reader Request: Managing Pets as a Stylish Woman

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Sarah dropped this into the Suggestion Box:

I’ve seen snippets of your cat (cats?) in your photos, and I’d like to see a post discussing fashion tips in regards to having pets, like how to handle pet hair on your dressy (or even everyday) items, what problems pets pose to one’s wardrobe (my cats love to paw at my legs to get my attention, and if I’m wearing flimsy tights, there goes the pair!), that sort of thing. Many a person dressed to leave the house gets their clothes slobbered on, covered in cat hair at the last minute, or finds pet dander on something your cat managed to sleep on. Any suggestions to help combat these common problems would be appreciated, especially in terms of having to dash out of the house for work or some other time-sensitive event.

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Originally posted 2012-04-16 06:30:25.