DIY (Fashion Inspiration Board)

When it comes to fashion and outfit inspiration, I need all the help I can get.  If it were up to me, in the fall/winter, I’d probably wear the same jeans and comfy/casual neutral shirt with boots (maybe adding a scarf), and in the summer, you’d see me in shorts, a tank top and flip flops.  I’m not too trendy, but I like to add a little bit of jewelry (stacks of bracelets look so cool but drive me crazy on my arm- when I’m at work, I always end up taking them off- so hard to type with!). My go-to style looks something like this:


I’ve got super stylish friends (Cassie, Courtney, Michaela, Natalie, Chassity, and Andee to name a few) that are great at pulling together different cute, hip outfits, but it doesn’t come as easy for me- I lean towards neutrals (black, tan, and white) and tend to wear the same thing repeatedly.  But, I like to step outside my comfort zone and dress colorfully or wear prints sometimes too.

(p.s.  My favorite source for tanks is Mossimo Target.  They are great for layering and come in every color.  I love Express shorts in the summer, Hudson jeans, and Express casual three-quarter lightweight tees).

My “Fashion * Beauty * Hair” board on Pinterest is a great source of clothing inspiration, but I wanted some inspiration that was tangible and visible at-a-glance right inside my closet.  I figured this will help me when I’m choosing outfits in the future.

I had the perfect narrow wall adjacent to the mirror in my closet for the inspiration board.

I recycled the Target cork boards that were previously in our mudroom and covered them with fabric (leftover from my book project) to make them prettier.  They were $5 for a pack of 4 and I doubled them for this project to make them thicker.

Cut the fabric about two inches larger than the cork board and use spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the board.

I used Command strips to hang the boards on the wall.
I just started going through my InStyle and People Style Watch subscriptions for some images to keep me inspired.
And then I found this encouraging “Hey Gorgeous.”  Who doesn’t want to hear that while they’re getting ready in the morning?!  I especially like what it said below, “why not show yourself some love and stop fixating on your perceived figure flaws.”  Yes, we can all do that. 

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  1. January 11, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    First of all, your closet is GORGEOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Second of all, love your cute inspiration boards. Your fabric choice is so fun! I'm friends with Cassie (she works with my husband), and you're right…she has the best style EVER. If you've got an extra second, you should check out my blog Pinterest Told Me To where I re-create Pinterest outfits with things out of my own closet! (I need help, and Pinterest is really helping!)
    Sheaffer 🙂

  2. January 11, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    Great idea! I'm always seeing outfit ideas and then forgetting them as I stand in my closet in the morning thinking, "Okay…what today??"

  3. January 11, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    That's an awesome idea! So much better to have it right in front of you as you are dressing than to run to a Pinterest board and try to remember the next day. Great tip!

  4. January 11, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    First of all, I see nothing wrong with your sense of style. I love the look of your first little collage! Comfy, cozy, and totally doable.

    I love the look of your closet now. It reminds me of a display in a store! Great idea!

  5. January 11, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    Great idea. Your closet photos from before really don't depict the size of it. It's WAAAY larger.


  6. January 11, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Love the fashion board! A great way to keep those new looks on the mind! I always get lost when I am in a rush to put an outfit together! I may just have to make my own board 🙂 Great idea! xo Kristin

  7. January 11, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    cute idea! i should do something similar near my closet to keep my motivated. my work clothes are pretty boring, but i try to fun it up on the weekends!

  8. January 11, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    I actually love your go-to outfits, but I know what you mean about wanting to branch out more. I'm about ready to unload half of my closet I think ~ three kids and 7 years later, many items have been waiting to get worn again and getting free storage. 😉 I love the boards you made, and YES, you are gorgeous dear!

  9. January 11, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    OMGoodness – I love this idea! Thank you!

  10. January 11, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    I will take my iPhone in my closet with me and access my Pinterest fashion boards from my phone. It really helps when you feels like you have nothing to wear!

  11. January 11, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Such a good idea! I'm usually a jeans and t-shirt girl, and I dont really wear jewelry, but I'm working on "growing up" my wardrobe!

  12. January 11, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    Love your closet and this idea!! I have been trying to be more fashion savvy lately and having an inspiration board is a wonderful idea. Thanks, Gorgeous!

  13. Lili
    January 11, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    what a neat idea! now that we have pinterest boards for inspiration ~ it is actually refereshing to do ACTUAL mood boards!

  14. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    January 11, 2013 / 5:13 pm

    I love that fabric – your closet is so dreamy! Such a great idea – I could totally use an inspiration board in my closet as well. I get into a rut so easily and have a hard time putting things together. Dressing myself is not an easy task – ha! Why can't I wear workout pants every day? PS – I read Jenna's story while I was in bed with the flu so I didn't leave a comment. I was so inspired. Actually decided to try the Paleo thing my friend has been nagging me about – I've been doing it for just over a week a now. I hope to have a great after story like Jenna someday! So far so good – but I'm not gonna lie – I miss cheese!!!

  15. Michelle @ Ten June
    January 11, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    Great idea! I need to do this. Wait, I need your closet space, first so I actually have a place to hang these, ha! : )

  16. January 12, 2013 / 1:05 am

    Your closet is amazing! I think it the size of my living room. I love the idea. You have also inspired me to organize my closet.

  17. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    January 11, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    Totally blushing that you included me. I was actually just thinking I need to print out some ideas and hang them up. You are such a smart cookie. I love this. I love your style and you can wear anything. Lucky girl.

  18. January 12, 2013 / 4:30 am

    Great idea! I really need to update my closet.

  19. January 12, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    The inspiration board is a fun idea! My 'word' for 2013 is beauty, and I am working on making more of an effort with apperance. Styling my hair more regularly, and taking time to maintain clothes and pick out outfits. Probably sounds superficial, but I felt like I had let myself go. Don't you always feel better when you LOOK better? Anyway, may try this idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers}
    January 12, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    Aww thanks for the sweet shout out! Made my day! What a great idea to make an inspiration board. I use pinterest alot now for that but it is nice to see the actual outfits!

  21. christine, just bella
    January 13, 2013 / 2:07 am

    Ok, I didn't think your closet could get any better but it just did! Love this simple idea.

  22. January 13, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    That is a great idea!! Although it may just make me angry that I don't have those items in my closet. haha Great idea for outfit pairings though to make you look differently at things you already own!

  23. January 14, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    This is so clever! I cannot wait to do this in my room too. I must say getting out my iPhone while getting dressed was annoying.

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