In order to stay stylish...it’s important to stay inspired. Finding inspiration is a vital part of keeping your look fresh. Your wardrobe must continue to evolve with you…supporting you through the different phases of your life. At some point, you might discover that your style is stuck. Don’t stress. It happens to all of us! To help you get back on track, I want to share a few of my favorite places to find style inspiration when I’m feeling trapped in a wardrobe rut.
These books have helped me time and time again. They sit on a shelf in
my closet and I refer to them regularly when I need a little boost.
that extra half an inch – by Victoria Beckham
Regardless of how you felt about the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham has proven herself to be a formidable presence in the world of fashion. Her brand is well-loved, respected and highly successful. In addition, Victoria Beckham is always impeccably dressed.
This fun book is loaded with VB’s tips and quips about how and where to find great style. Sexy photographs and lovely illustrations are combined with solid, helpful information...making this a true style guide.
Parisian Chic- A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange
As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of Ines de la Fressange. Her personal style speaks to me. Her aesthetic resonates with mine. Within
the pages of this snazzy red book, she beautifully explains how to dress and live like a Parisian. In addition to her “six-point guide to the Parisian gene code” this treasure also features a lengthy section titled…
Ines’s Paris…which includes ”handpicked addresses” for her Paris favorites. It’s like a peek into her little black book of all things stylish in the City of Lights. This book is a must for your next trip to the capital of chic.
Paris Street Style – A guide to effortless chic
by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset
I looked at this book one day while working at Anthropologie. After a quick glance, I knew I had to own a copy. It's a cool book full of ideas and suggestions to help you find your own style. It also contains interesting interviews with the world’s style-makers. Plus, great photos for inspiration!
Lessons from Madame Chic-
20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
I’ve personally referred back to this book several times in the past few years. I do find Jennifer’s vibe a bit old-fashioned, but in the most delightful way. As a result of her student exchange trip to France, Ms. Scott now lives her life with more grace and poise.
With regards to style, Jennifer explains the mystique and genius of the
10 Item Wardrobe which is readily embraced by French women. I'll share more on this concept in a coming post. This book is a wonderful read for anyone wishing to better understand the essence of French women. It’s almost impossible not to make a few positive changes to your life after reading it.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up –
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
While this is not a book about style, it is a book that will forever change your closet and your relationship with your clothing. I loved this book
so much that I started a YouTube channel to share my experience withMarie Kondo’s incredible KonMari method.
You can watch here…
All of the books mentioned are available on Amazon. Just click the titles for a direct link (I have no affiliation, just wanted to make it easier for you.) It seems that many of these books are available used for only a few dollars.
I also find inspiration in several other places...
InStyle magazine- Currently, my favorite for real life style. I’ll always love Vogue, but it is harder to translate the pages of Vogue into a look that most women would be comfortable wearing.
My amazing co-workers at Anthropologie! I am blessed to work with a team of incredible women who each have their own fabulous style. We represent a variety of age groups and life-stages. I love seeing how differently we each style the very same garment!
Pinterest- When I’m in the right mindset, I adore Pinterest. I enjoy creating boards filled with European street style. The images available on Pinterest are seemingly countless, just take it in small doses so you don’t become overwhelmed.
Time spent in a metropolitan city- There is nothing like spending time in a big city for recharging my creative outfit juices. My favorites are New York, Paris and Madrid…but any big city will do. Allow some time for people watching. I find that I’m much more willing to try new things after seeing the variety and pure expression of personal style on urban women.
And tomorrow is day 31 already.
It’s bittersweet for me as I face the last day of this challenge.
I have truly enjoyed writing for the past 30 days.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
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