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Today I wanted to talk a little about how I put outfits together, especially with new items I’ve just purchased. I use the same formula for most outfits and I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that work for me! First, let’s talk about Polyvore.
Have you ever used the Polyvore tool? It’s free to use and it’s how I create most of my outfits before I ever wear them! You can search for specific items (.e.g “Sole Society bag) and everything already listed on the Polyvore database will pop up. You can then limit your search by color and price. You can also do a general search of “blue bag” or “striped top” and will bring up every brand listed matching that phrase. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Polyvore also has a “clip” tool you can add to your web browser, so if you see an item listed on a website, but it’s not listed on Polyvore (say for example, a new floral blouse at LOFT), you can “clip” the product image from the website you are shopping and it will add to your polyvore page.
Below is a screen shot of the first page of my Polyvore account – you might recognize a ton of these items as I’ve featured almost all of them on the blog! It’s basically a peek into my personal closet. 🙂 And if I’m looking for a certain item of my own to add to an outfit I’m creating, I can also search my own “closet” on Polyvore with terms like “earrings” or “J.Crew” and it will bring up everything related to that search term.
How I Put Outfits Together:
I shop 90% of the time online. If I shop in store, it’s impulse shopping and I usually purchase because I like an item on the rack, without any thought into whether I can style it in more than one way. I like to be able to style something (especially printed pieces) in at least 3 ways before I purchase an item. Items are sometimes very seasonal to me. Brands will come out with new color schemes for basically the same floral print or striped top, but somehow they make it seem fresh and new ~ in turn, my old items sit in the back of my closet and I eventually will sell on eBay. That’s why Polyvore is such a great tool. I can piece outfits together before I even receive the item if I order online and make sure I’ll get use out of it in my closet. It’s also a great way to realize what you might be missing as a “staple” piece in your closet. Since Polyvore stores all of your items in one spot, it’s so easy for me to bring up staple pieces I already have in my closet and see if they mix well with a trendy piece I’m getting ready to purchase.
I’ve been wanting to order the earrings shown in the outfit below for awhile, but was waiting on a promo to happen. I was finally able to order them last week when Baublebar offered a 25% off discount code, but had to make a choice on which color option. They come in 2 different multi-color options and also a couple of one-color options. I already own the solid version of these earrings from Target’s Sugarfix line, so I really wanted to purchase and style one of the multi-color options for this spring/summer. I thought about what I already own in my closet that would work with these earrings and it was a no-brainer for me to buy the “black” version (the other option is navy blue/turquoise) since I already owned this v-neck tank and also the gray bag ~ probably 2 items a lot of us already have a version of in our closet ~ or a white tee and pink or black bag ~ all would have the same ‘recipe!’
Since the earrings are the “statement” of the outfit, I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit somewhat quiet. I used Polyvore to match the black tank and gray bag to the earrings and paired with jeans and (simple) necklace I already own in my closet and pulled the bottom part of my outfit together with a pair of black booties. If I instead had purchased a statement necklace, I would have kept my earrings more “quiet” and went with a simple stud type. I usually only change my nail polish color once a week, but if I happen to be able to pick the color on a day I already know what I’m wearing, this is how I would pair the color ~ just another subtle match to the earrings. I’m sure we all have our own tips and tricks on what works for one person or another to get ready for the day ~ especially when you’re getting ready for work and you only have a few minutes to decide! This just happens to be my ‘go to recipe’… start with an accessory and go from there!
And I did all of that using the Polyvore website! They also have an app you can use, I just find it easier to use it on my computer. I usually do a screen shot of the outfit I’ve created and save it in a folder on my computer, however you can easily publish and save everything in your Polyvore account also.
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A quick re-cap of how I put this outfit together:
>>Start with a statement piece (e.g. earrings shown above)
>>Pull outfit together with complementing colors without being too matchy matchy (remember the days we matched our boots, belt, & bag?)
>If I’m wearing a printed top with a lot going on, I will usually wear solid earrings with a subtle necklace
Example: floral top + solid earrings
>>However, are rules meant to be broken? Absolutely! I love color and prints and never want to feel “bored” with my outfit, which is why I usually always have some sort of loud colored piece on, and therefore have to create rules for myself otherwise I’d be wearing every color of the rainbow!
And that’s that! Not too much to it, just wanted to share! I hope this post was a little useful for anyone wondering how bloggers come up with outfits. I have no idea how other ladies do it, but Polyvore works the best for me! And saves me money also ~ set a number for yourself and before you ever buy a statement piece, make sure you can style it XX amount of ways (mine is 3!).