Inspiration can strike me anywhere, at any moment. I could be in the middle of putting clothing away at work and see something that inspires my next thrifted outfit. Sometimes it’s as simple as a color scheme that really grabs my attention. Other times it can be something more complicated, like a pattern or a type of textile. As soon as inspiration hits me, I like to take note of it in my phone so that I won’t forget what it was and how it made me feel. Once I’m at home, if I’m not already, I’ll start to brainstorm and do extensive research to see what is currently out there in the world. I want to make sure that whatever I’m putting together is something that hasn’t already saturated the market.
Mood boards are great tools to help put together looks and bring inspiration, as they’re essentially filled with images and words that make you feel positive emotions. There is no standard or blueprint to follow when putting one together, so no two individual mood boards are going to look alike. I encourage everyone to put one together the next time you’re looking for outfit inspiration. I know that you won’t be disappointed.
If you have ever done any sort of DIY project, then you will fully understand how much fun I had creating this shirt. Not only is it a giant statement piece, but it’s a one of a kind original. My first plan for this outfit was to just have a pierced collar and call it a day. But I knew that I couldn’t just leave it at that. To make it an absolute showstopper, I threw a ton of bleach at it and hoped for the best. The inspiration for the pierced collar came from a photo from a Japanese clothing brand. The shirt in question had just one septum piercing in the middle of the collar, and you know I had to take it a step further.
Next up on the DIY project plate is something that didn’t take as much time, but is still as equally cool as the t-shirt. Almost half of the jeans I own are distressed or deconstructed in some form or another. So it was a no-brainer that I should show these off. If you ever have the choice between buying a pair of ripped jeans or making your own, always choose making your own. Not only can you pick the color and style, but you also have free range over where to rip them and how hardcore you want to go. Sure, it won’t be as easy as picking a pair out, but you will truly feel proud knowing that masterpiece is something you created.
I always preach about shoes making or breaking an outfit. Shoes that look like they don’t belong can ruin an absolutely stunning outfit. When choosing the shoes for today’s look, I broke a personal rule and splurged a bit. I was eyeing these beauties up while at work and because the deal was right, I just couldn’t let them get away. The zippers on both sides of the bootie are chic features that add style with a touch of substance. The pointed toe is a detail we’re seeing a lot in the shoes of today’s market, and I honestly can’t complain. I usually shy away from trendy pieces, but I have always admired pointed toed shoes from afar. They’re a classy trend that I hope stays around for a while.
I often overlook accessories on my blog. I have never been a big fan of them myself and don’t own very many. The ones I do own are almost exclusively comprised of handbags. However, because I’ve met so many different people, with so many different styles, my cold heart has been warmed up to the idea of sporting a bunch of accessories. Like the shoes, this handbag was bought at my work and unfortunately not thrifted. That doesn’t make it any less special though. Reminiscent of a doctor’s bag, this chic Nine West handbag is highly functional and very easy to carry. I love to take all of my possessions with me in one bag, as many of you do I’m sure, so the long strap puts less stress on my shoulders and back than my last bag – a total plus!
So, how do you feel about this outfit? Is it everything and more? Or does it fall short of expectation? Make sure to let me know in the comments below!