One of my best friends, Downing, is a hair stylist. I adore how often shes comments when we’re watching TV, “In Friday Night Lights they curled Connie Britton’s hair forward, which was really flattering on her face. On Nashville they curl it back & out which you have to if you want that wind-machine pop-star thing”. Downing doesn’t watch things passively for entertainment like the average person. As a top hair stylist she is always seeking new inspiration & ideas.
As a stylist & style blogger it can be easy to write off every flip through yet another style magazine as “research” or “homework”. And it is! But only if you actively take it in. Here’s a few tricks I use to make sure those things I’m doing for fun, are also always challenging my brain & making me better at my craft.
When flipping through a magazine I think:
“Do I agree with that piece of advice?”
“If I had to give an additional tip, what would it be?”
“If I could tailor up or down one piece in this outfit what would it be?”
When visiting another style blog I ask myself:
“What is it that makes this outfit so ‘her’?”
“What past style icon would have worn this today?”
“What’s one thing I’d change here to make this more ‘me’?”
When watching a TV show or movie I consider:
“Which of my clients would this inspiration be perfect for?”
“How would I have styled this differently?”
“What would make this look more modern or vintage?”
To become brilliant at what you do you should always be challenging what you believe & why, how your opinion is different from other experts in the field, & storing up inspiration you can put your own spin on. Now that Sunday afternoon with the latest issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky & a cup of tea … is you in smartypants research mode. How chic are you, eh?
Where do you look for inspiration? What questions do you ask to challenge yourself to make styles & looks you see your own?
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