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Mega Guide to Wardrobe Tracking
Wardrobe Tracking is by-far the most viewed article on my site! I go over
- why you might want to start tracking your closet inventory and item wears
- what sorts of things you should consider when picking a method to do wardrobe tracking
- pros and cons of several methods of tracking (including providing some google spreadsheet templates)
- how I use Airtable to log my own outfits (including a link to the free template)
Translating Inspiration Styleboards Into a Wearable Wardrobe
The process on how to translate a Pinterest board of inspiration images into an actual collection of clothes you will wear can be pretty daunting. I break down the steps I use in my translating-styleboards posts in this handy pdf guide.
Actually casual clothes, like t-shirts and leggings.
Leveling Up Summer Outfits
Do you dread dressing for summer because it’s just no fun? I go over some reasons why a lot of people (including myself!) might end up in the summer wardrobe doldrums and provide some examples of specific things I thought about to make my warm weather outfits more fun. See Branching Out From Chunky Sweaters and Boots: Learning to Enjoy Spring and Summer Fashion.
Various style and fashion resources that I’ve found helpful and interesting.
How to build and maintain your own wardrobe
Anuschka Rees’ The Curated Closet
If you want to refine your personal style and curate a wardrobe that reflects it and is appropriate for your lifestyle, I HIGHLY recommend this book. A lot of the content is available for free on the author’s website in the form of various blog posts as well.
Alison Freer’s How to Get Dressed
This is a great practical resource on clothes. It goes over things like how to shop for, maintain, and store different types of clothing as well as various tips on things like dealing with wardrobe malfunctions.
Article: How to assess quality in clothing
Anuschka Rees of The Curated Closet has a very thorough series on how to determine whether any item of clothing is well-made.
This is the handbook form of The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up. The original is heavier on the philosophy and a little lighter on diagrams and tutorials. I’m not sure I’d call it life-changing for myself, but there are lots of handy tips around closet tidying for changing your process of organizing things in order to make it easier in the long term.
The female fashion advice subreddit (/r/ffa for short) has many excellent guides and resources in their sidebar (may not be viewable on the default view in mobile browsers), and recurring threads for Daily Questions and Outfit Advice and Feedback are helpful and the biweekly WAYWT (“what are you wearing today?”) threads are a fun way to see a variety of outfits on real bodies (as opposed to highly styled, sponsored instagram photos).
Most of my visible participation is in the Theme WAYWT threads (which I run) and I definitely would not have improved my outfit game as much as I have over the past few years without the feedback of this community. From fall 2019, I am also a moderator.
If you haven’t used reddit before and sign up for an account for this, I recommend not participating in any of the default subreddits. I find that the community within /r/ffa is still more welcoming than reddit generally, as long as you follow the community rules (and check the sidebar first). You can also search the subreddit by appending “site:reddit.com/r/femalefashionadvice” to a Google search (reddit’s built in search function is not very good).
Inspiration albums posted to /r/ffa are easily browsable on https://inspo.cc/, a site created and maintained by the reddit user heyzk. This site is also listed in the /r/ffa sidebar. These are of varying quality, especially more recently as the user base of the subreddit has increased, but there are lots of great ones and if you’re looking for some new inspo, still worth a browse.
Blog: Extra Petite
A classic blog by Jean Wang that has lots of resources for petite women! The post that comes to mind for me when I think of this blog is the OG How to Look Older in Casual Attire post from 2010. Some of the items featured there are a bit dated now, but the concepts still apply and I think the post still gets the ideas across very well.
Fashion Industry and History
A 2016 academic book (dry but still plenty readable – it’s not rocket science) exploring the ecosystem that drives fashion trends, from fabric production to WGSN to influencers.
This is a blog by Joe Kucharski, a senior costume designer at Disney, where he interviews other costume designers for productions ranging from movies, television, video games, and broadway. It hasn’t been updated recently, although he is active on Twitter and Instagram (mostly the same content on each of these).
Dana Thomas’ Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
“Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy façade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture.”
Dressed Podcast by HowStuffWorks
“Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear.”
A podcast covering various news and topics in the American fashion industry.
Anuschka Rees has a guide to color theory as applied to outfits here.
Zoe Hong has a series on color theory basics and how it can be applied to fashion
This video by makoccino is not fashion specific, but a well-produced demonstration of color pairing.
Zoe Hong is a professional fashion illustrator who has a teaching channel on YouTube. She has a lot of videos covering vocabulary for different styles of clothing and clothing features. Learning fashion vocabulary is helpful so that you can search for specific items more easily, e.g. “paper bag midi skirt with patch pockets” or “funnel neck coat”. Her channel is amazingly informative if you’re interested in the fashion design process and industry.
Searching “fashion vocabulary” on Pinterest also pulls up a lot of neat infographics.
The beauty blog Of Faces and Fingers has a really well-illustrated post on how you can tell if you’re warm-toned, cool-toned, etc specifically observing Asian skin tones. Not all Asians are warm toned! I honestly haven’t actually tried this method myself, although I’d guess that I’m somewhere in the warm-neutral spectrum.
List of Blogs
It can feel very overwhelming to do a wardrobe overhaul on your own or post daily outfits while figuring out what styles you like. The #redditffa tag on Instagram has a lot of very nice people who post straightforward outfit photos (as in, actual outfits worn to Do Things – not that they’re all of the minimal aesthetic). Some other hashtags that tend to surface a lot of non-influencer outfit diary accounts are:
- #10x10friends (from the 10×10 challenge previously hosted by Stylebee)
- #ootdindepth – I started this hashtag in September 2019 to easily find other content from people who regularly write about what choices they made when putting together their Outfit Of The Day and how those affect the final look. It’s a nice medium ground between the usual dump of context-less OOTD pics and long form blogs. Anyone who likes to muse on the art/science of putting together an outfit is welcome, whether you’re serving LOOKS or just figuring things out with your daily wear 💃🏻 There are a few regulars, but feel free to add the hashtag if you have a day where you’re feeling analytical even if you aren’t consistently loquacious.
I also like #midsizestyle to find more accounts with, well, mid-sized bloggers (the term is nebulous, but from what I can tell it’s bloggers who are anywhere from about a size US 8 – 18). However a lot of these are pretty influencer-y.
Here are some accounts I like which are:
- have clear photos
- if they don’t have a super developed personal style, post thoughts on why they chose to style the outfit how they did or
- if they aren’t verbose, have a strong enough aesthetic that their feed by itself is a good example of a developed personal style / thoughtfully styled outfits incorporating interesting items.
This isn’t comprehensive, so check out the hashtags above.
- @alexis__page Colorful casual style, based in LA area
- @alaskanweredork of the eponymous blog, dark bohemian style on beautiful nature settings in Alaska
- @odd.and.imperfect Casual NYC wear, works in fashion (formerly at The Met Costume Institute)
- @bcrladinaj Adina of Blue Collar Red Lipstick, mostly thrifted style, creative but dressier outfits with a variety of masterful layering. Based in Canada.
- @frisky_gatos Pastels and fun colors, incorporating secondhand designer pieces, based in the south
- @eis4extra – eclectic but on-trend style, petite
- @georgie.ootd – Cute, bright, polished looks, and she does a great #ootdindepth write up
- @heyheyhotdog – Mostly thrift/vintage style but incorporates a lot of trends. Based in Appalachia
- @jsqdressesforwork Bizcaz NYC wear
- @maieutikes DC-based academia
- @morphinebebe Eclectic, in the best way
- @nitrochique SF Bay Area based, lots of interesting thrift pieces and bold combos
- @ohdeerdani – cute and cheery aesthetic, bright clothes and lipstick
- @seriicis LA tech casual, one of the few apple shaped bloggers I’ve seen in the casual ootd sphere.
- @shipwreckghost Based in NC, variety of alternative styles, lots of feminine outfits.
- @shmemcloset Based in AZ, focus on minimal style / ethical brands
- @yelle_intothevoid More casual NYC wear, a bit goth
Not very active as of the last update to this page, but I enjoy their content when they do post
- @shellsinshoes Quantitatively minimal but stylistically avant-garde looks from CO. She is AFAIK the only blogger I follow who actually works on climate legislation in addition to plugging more environmentally friendly habits on social media.
Some professional bloggers I follow (they are not necessarily full time, these are mostly standard fare for Instagrammer styles and tend to post more stylized photos instead of same-spot-in-the-apartment / mirror pics of outfits):
- @aclotheshorse (http://www.aclotheshorse.co.uk/) I love that she has a very consistent style from her earlier days, which I think most easily falls into twee. Beautiful photography featuring the Irish countryside.
- @a.flair Cheery posts showcasing wearable but on-trend outfits. I enjoy that she wears some dresses/skirts but in a nonchalant way
- @barbiestyle the OG style icon.
- @catinawitchhat (fantasy-inspired looks, great use of texture and layering to create different characters)
- @colormecourtney / @colormemagic
- @jeanwang of Extra Petite Preppy, Boston-based, not exclusively fashion-focused but her posts are always well-produced
- @jeriane Finland-based seasonal woodsy aesthetic similar to @clotheshorse, but slightly trendier in silhouettes
- @pomelokiwie Based in France, what I think of as standard IG trendy style, wears a lot of bright sneakers
- @coldoctober (all the fall)
- @gryffindior (harry potter x high fashion humor)
- Invincible Summer (wardrobe tracking and misc topics but no OOTDs)
- @iraville (illustration)
- @ixdoxdeclare (witchy fashion up to 11)
- @the_corsetedbeauty (historical costume)
- @tyrannyofstyle (of the eponymous blog – costume design, general fashion inspo)