What is Influencing my Style?
How are you all doing? It's not been too long since I last posted, which I am very proud of indeed! With lockdown in the UK staring to come to an end, and things somewhat returning to normal - getting out to shoot more content for here on my blog was the top of my priorities list. Luckily for me, my lovely friend and fabulous photographer Holly (who I have worked with before here and here) was also eager to get back to shooting again too! Unfortunately, Lady Luck was not on our side this time; we had technical difficulties and the film did not turn out this time... Holly did, however manage to capture a fabulous Polaroid shot, which promises exciting things to come when he arrange to shoot again - and I can't wait.
I thought I would take this time to talk about what is influencing my style, how I got inspired to come up with outfits for shoots, as well as in everyday life. I've done a couple of similar posts in the past, such as how my style has evolved, as well as my personal journey to finding my own style. However, I'm not sure I've ever solely talked about my style influences: so let's do exactly that!
First off, which I'm sure comes as no surprise to anyone is Pinterest. I'll admit, I have a huge love/hate relationship with the Pinterest app (why, oh why must you give me so many notifications?) I have downloaded, deleted and re-downloaded the app countless times, but as it stands right now - I am a fan. I initially reunited with the app to find some more ideas on how to pose when on shoots, as I am the world's most awkward poser. I enjoy Pinterest because you can type literally any word into the search bar, and are met with endless inspiration! As well as this, the suggestions given to you which are tailored to your previous searches are super helpful too.
Another way I find inspiration is online shopping - or more like online browsing. I regularly check out my favourite designers online, through their websites and social media. Taking styling advice from my favourite designers is one of the things I do, as well as a bit of DIY to create 'designer' pieces for a much more affordable price (more to come with that in a future post!) I guarantee that when you look at an individual clothing piece, there will be tens of ways to style it that you might not ever have thought of - so doing research into how others have done so is so valuable.
Finally, publications, specifically musical autobiographies have really helped with inspiration. My favourite part of autobiographies are always the photographs section, as I love to read the story behind the images that are featured. A few key inspirations to note, that have spoken to me on a personal level are: Terry Hall in Ska'd For Life by Horace Panter; Anger Is an Energy My Life Uncensored by John Lydon; Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine. Those are just to name a couple! It's no secret that my clothing style is hugely influenced by the 1970/80s music scene, so to combine this with my love for reading is a win-win to me.
There we have it - just a few things that are pushing my style in a certain direction. Honestly, I am just having fun experimenting with my own style, seeing what has worked for others and trying it myself. Doing an inspiration-inspired post is certainly a little different for me, but I didn't want to leave it any longer before I posted on here again! Hopefully, next time, I will be back with another shoot with Holly to share with you all.
I hope you enjoy this kind of post, let me know if you want to see anything similar in the future!
Until next time,
All images taken from Pinterest