When I first began blogging on style, I was quite uncomfortable with the idea of taking a photo of myself in an outfit – it just was a strange concept for me. In fact, I was so uncomfortable, that I would only post Outfit Shots from the head down. But as time marched on I became more comfortable, and I began sharing my style with other style lovers and bloggers in a wonderfully accepting community on Instagram. As I began to pull ideas from bloggers I followed, I began to share my style – to provide inspiration to others seeking direction on how to pull it all together. I still am uncomfortable having my photo taken in certain situations, but I believe it’s a necessity, if you hope to guide and direct others to finding their own personal style.
Always Have Your iPhone Handy
Though the days of taking a quick selfie from the neck down in the bathroom mirror have passed, I do still take mirror selfies in my closet – to give myself guidance. Furthermore, I always have my iPhone available when shopping in stores. A photo is honest, with little emotion attached. It won’t lie. You may fall in love with a piece for many reasons; price, color, styling, you saw it on your favorite Instagrammer and had to have it – but maybe the fit is not your best. This is when a quick snap of the camera can come in handy. When planning outfits for the week, a special occasion or trip, I always try the piece on, then snap photos using different shoes and accessories -until I get it right. Sometimes I’ll take it a step further by placing the different looks into a collage using the PicStitch App on my iPhone, allowing me to objectively evaluate each look. If I can’t find say the right handbag for the jumpsuit I want to wear Friday night, I will make a note on the photo of what accessory would “make the outfit”. Then, when I am shopping, I have a quick reference as to what piece is needed to complete my look. Having the look with me right there on my phone saves lots of time and multiple trips to a store.
A Day in my Closet
Once I’m happy with an outfit, I delete it out of my camera, but I was able to find a few past closet shots in the archives to share, perhaps you will find this system helpful as well. I believe this system of shopping my closet saves time, money and frustration in the long run – and who wouldn’t want more time?
Can’t Decide Which Necklace Looks Best?
Photograph a few options and create a side by side to evaluate
Wondering Which Shoe Best Compliments your Look?
You may be surprised!
To Belt or Not to Belt?
Try both ways, then text the photo to a friend or post it on Instagram to your followers. Insta Friends are the most helpful group!
Don’t Forget Your Topper!
If it’s cool, plan for an outerwear piece as well. The wrong topper can ruin a perfectly planned outfit!
Feel Like Something’s Off?
Make a note to yourself, what would make this outfit your own?
Is the Look Flattering?
Check all angles in the mirror.
Keep Trying Till You Get it Right!
Sometimes it takes a couple of tries. It’s OK to revisit the look at a later date as well.
Do you photograph your looks before settling on the right one?
Do you ever take your “look” shopping with you?
Do you have styling tools that work for you that you’d like to share?
Drop a line down below in the comments section, I know we’d love to hear!
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