Have you ever looked in a magazine or catalog and seen the perfectly accessorized outfits? Or been to a store and noticed the chic look on the mannequins or the sales people? I always see them and sigh. Usually copying the look straight from the magazine or catalog doesn’t end up working due to sizing, fit, and a most often cost.
I see blogs who put together celeb looks for less, and I love that idea, but it’s still not affordable enough. The “steal” outfits are usually still over $100-not in my budget for sure.
Last weekend though inspiration struck. I had been out on a date day with my hubby, and when I got home I tried on a few things just for fun. One top got a chorus of no from everyone, but I still love it anyway. My 5 year old loved my dress the best-he said “Wow! You look boo-tiful!” (I trained him right 😉 )
While I was trying things on I realized I have a lot of stuff in my closet but no real order to how I wear anything. I have some tops I love, but they may sit in my closet for weeks while I wear other staples.
I was inspired to create my own lookbook. I’m sure it’s been done before, but for me it transformed the way I look at my clothes. I will likely be doing it over time as work and kids take up the majority of my time. I think it will be a great way to show gaps in my wardrobe as well.
I have a folder in iPhoto to store the images, and while I’m sure I won’t look at it every day on the days when I transform from blogger in jeans or yoga pants into professional looks for a meeting it will be easy to find what I want in a short amount of time. I also plan to use it for planning conference outfits which is the key for me to being relaxed and comfortable when I’m networking or speaking.
Here’s a few photos from my first session. The new items are marked with a *.
Skinny cords-Banana Republic $8!*, Cardigan–Gap $30*,
Tank with flower-Eddie Bauer $6 (last year), Shiny Ruffle flats-Banana Republic $20
Skinny cords-Banana Republic $8!*, Blouse-Banana Republic $20*,
Gladiator Heels (tan)- Banana Republic $20
Cardigan- Gap $30*, Tank- Eddie Bauer $6 (last year),
skirt-handmade purchased $15 (4 years ago) plus $10 for zipper fix this year-total $25
Boots- Matisse purchased via HauteLook $30 (after using credits), original cost $225
Skinny cords- Banana Republic $8*,
The shirt no one likes but I love- Banana Republic $15*
(not pictured) Coach shoes- a splurge 3 years ago $125 (on sale!)
I think it will be even more fun to get nice shots of everything individually and play with them on a program like Bento. For now I’m kind of excited about this project since it has me looking at my clothes in a whole new way.
So what do you think? Will you create your own lookbook?