By Tara Zucker
Where do you get inspiration for your personal style? Do you easily come up with outfits, or do you need a little help?
I do not trust my own judgment when it comes to fashion. For years my wardrobe consisted mainly of black shirts, black pants, and black shoes. And I still sometimes got it wrong.
But I have a new weapon to fight my lack of innate style. I have discovered the world of fashion blogs!
I'm not talking about sites like The Sartorialist, which features impossibly chic and trendy outfits. The typical ensemble might be a couture cocktail dress worn with bowling shoes, a combination I have yet to master. (Here's a handy guide for getting your picture taken by The Sart.)
This is why I heart fashion blogs. There are sites that offer inspiration for just about anyone: petites; girls with curves; women over 40; women over 70; women who thrift; women who like the classics. There are sites that want me to know I'm Already Pretty, and sites that teach me style from the Inside Out.
I also love sites like You Look Fab, where real women post photos of their everyday outfits and get advice from others. Sometimes they even have fun with fashion, as in a recent string of posts where a group of women showed outfits inspired by great works of art, including Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
Talk about a trend! Do you know who else was inspired by this very same painting? Barbie® Doll! (Read about the entire new Museum Collection here.) While Barbie doll's outfit beautifully echoes all the different details of Klimt's masterpiece, the women on the site were each inspired in a different way. The dress in Outfit #1 features a print influenced by the mosaic in the painting, while the skirt in Outfit #2 captures the golden colors, and Outfit #3 uses a simple scarf and belt to incorporate elements of the painting in a very subtle way.
So take a look at some fashion blogs — you may get the inspiration for your next outfit from a stranger, or maybe even Barbie herself. Now where did I put my bowling shoes?
Tara Zucker's humor about collectibles, fashion, and home decor have been featured on a variety of online portals. She also creates content for clients ranging from rock bands to authors at Post Haste Media. "Growing up, I always had some off-brand fashion doll. Now that I write about the real thing, I've proved it's never too late to have a happy childhood!"
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