Pinterest is such an amazing tool! While, like any other social media, it is super easy to go down that rabbit hole in no time, here is where I feel Pinterest is different. (If you’d like to follow along with mine, it’s right here!)
NO BETTER WAY TO MAKE A WISH LIST
Using Pinterest to help you create a Wish List for ANYTHING is so easy; but I love it for how it gives you inspiration to find your personal style (or Method to Style, as I like to call it). Here are my tips to making a really awesome, Pinterest Style Board!
It’s super easy to type in something like: “pleated skirt” or “blazer”. The issue is, you will see the best of what Pinterest has, based on how much engagement that image has gotten. So it could be a look from 5+ years ago, or last week.
Don’t forget, this is also a shopping site, so if you want to buy from it, make sure the item you love is somewhat current, so it might still be in stock, unless of course you love vintage or consignment shopping!
IF I am looking to incorporate a new item into my wardrobe, and I’ve come to Pinterest for inspo, I will type “pleated skirt 2019” and see what comes up. Not looking for trends; but how they are styling it these days. That said, when I see older posts and I still like, it means its a great item to have in my wardrobe.
SEARCH FOR YOUR SIZE
What I’ve found is if you actually type in “Women’s Cargo Pants Size 8”, you will get a wider range of models showing off the style, as well as any styles that actually come in that size. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a look that you can’t replicate. Sometimes it can be inspiring; but others, it can play a mental game on us, suddenly making us feel like we don’t measure up. Be specific girl, this is YOUR Style Board, not your insta feed.
FIND SOMEONE WHOSE STYLE SPEAKS TO YOU
I’ve had a couple of style icons over the years. Of course, Jennifer Aniston is one; but lately I’m loving the way Victoria Beckham puts outfits together. If you check out my Outfits / Style board, that’s pretty obivious! I love how she’s wearing long flowing skirts with tall boots. Or baggy, but; well fit trousers and a tucked in blouse or slouchy sweater. Or even her causal denim looks. So, I’ve been pinning alot of that lately, and trying to find ways to make it work for me. Meaning my body style, my budget and my color preferences.
CONSIDER THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
SO CHEESY! But I think Pinterest is where you allow yourself to consider any look, any style, anything you see, as a possibility if it’s managed to catch your eye. What drew you to it? The color? The cut? The way it looks styled in the outfit? Maybe it’s just the entire photo! Could you see yourself wearing something like that? Maybe if you found something like that, with less of one detail and more of another, you’d love it? THIS is where you start to define YOUR Style.
SET A TIMER
Remember that rabbit hole I was telling you about? Allow yourself 20-30 minutes to browse and pin. Then close it out and walk away. Come back later and look at it again with fresh eyes. Still on track? Then get even more specific for the next round.
Pinterest is also a place for articles and videos, so it can suck up an hour really quickly! I have a section where I am starting to post my blog articles, and have attached my blog website to my Pinterest page, so my viewers can see new content that way! Find your other favorite bloggers and I bet they will have some great pins, articles and videos for you to check out!
AND SUDDENLY A PATTERN EMERGES
I don’t just mean on the fabric; but in your choices! Wow, I pinned “xyz” 16 times over the past 40 pins….that’s speaking to me. I think this is a fantastic way, to see where your style has evolved, and it will now allow you to start making changes.
Many of the women I work with just aren’t sure what their style is; but admit it’s important to them! Pinterest is a great way to get copious amounts of inspiration; but can be equally overwhelming. Getting really specific with your searches can help; but I also encourage you to allow for some general searching until you find something you want to get specific about.
AND NOW YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO KNOWING YOUR STYLE!
Once we have a clear idea how to move forward, it’s a plan, not a wish. It’s the difference between, “I”m looking for a cute new outfit for Spring”, to, “I”m going to need a (specific colored) dress that has a defined waist, short sleeves, and a hem to my knees. That way it can go with my (blazer, denim jacket, blanket scarves) and my (sling backs, flats, wedges and sandals) because it will be perfect for a day out with my friends, or an outfit for casual Friday at work! Oh, and that baby shower I’m going to later in the month”
Happy Pinning Friends!