My Top 5 Style Inspiration Sources
I believe style is a very personal attribute. And it’s one that constantly evolves under multiple influences as you grow.
Since style development is the main subject of my blog, today I’ll be sharing my top 5 style inspiration sources! I hope they’ll help spark your sartorial inspiration as well:
I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember, and often picture the characters in my mind as I read. I imagine their looks, their wardrobes, their personalities and behaviors.
Poignant leading ladies in the 19th & 20th centuries are among my favorites. Their lavish gowns, elaborate hairdos and exquisite accessories are simply swoon-worthy…
Just think of the sassy Scarlett O’Hara of Gone With the Wind for example!
I feel that her many sumptuous and oftentimes outrageous dresses that matched her provocative nature to a T.
Or Anna Karenina, who becomes unforgettable in her black velvet and guipure dress.
Or all the leading ladies of the 19th century New York set Luxe series, one more impeccably dressed than the other. Yes, their luxurious, beautifully crafted garments from a by gone era would definitely be impossible to wear nowadays.
But that’s just makes them dreamier to me!
When it comes to picking my favourite style icons in the cinema world, I tend to gravitate towards the sensational femme fatales of film noir. And to me the most outstanding is Rita Hayworth in Gilda.
Sleek, sultry and mysterious, she is the embodiment of sensuality, and her wardrobe matches her role perfectly.
The iconic black, treacle-like dress that hugs her body is surely the most memorable of her attires. But let’s not forget the embellished crop top & maxi skirt, the pinstripe travelling suit, her beautifully detailed evening coat.
And the best part is most of her outfits (or at least elements of them) could still be worn today.
And while we’re at the film noir section, I’d like to give a little shout out to their men’s fashion! The classic trench coats, crisp suits and fedora hats are all defining elements of that brooding, sleek style that heart throbs like Humphrey Bogart have made famous.
Go ahead and borrow from the boys, make these items your own and really step-up your style game!
Thinking of music and style, it’s easy to see how they influence each other. From rock’n’roll to rap, pop and everything in between, each music genre tends to favour very palpable key style elements.
And what has my heart in this chapter is definitely rock. There are so many brilliant literal rock starts well worth looking to for inspiration!
Some of my favourites, Eagles of Death Metal, Buckcherry, Def Leppard, and the grunge rebels of Nirvana have influenced and innovated the rock scene.
And their style has massively translated into fashion.
Some of the pieces that I’ve adopted from the rock fashion hall of fame include leather pants and jackets, flannel shirts, smudged eyeliner and big, messy bedhead hair.
And another great rock-based style that I absolutely want to mention is rockabilly.
Based on 1950’s rock’n’roll, this genre is more of an American mix, with country and blues influences. And Elvis, of course, was the poster child for it.
I so love this style and often adopt its typical elements. Pinup girl silhouettes, flared dresses, red lips & winged eyeliner are high among my top 5 style inspiration sources.
I clearly could not miss mentioning some of my favourite bloggers and vloggers here! They’ve been such an inspiration to me in the past few years.
I grew up reading fashion magazines and later on, their websites, but when fashion bloggers appeared, they changed the game. I love reading and watching them, getting tidbits of inspiration from their latest styling tricks and beauty tips, constantly learning.
There are so many gorgeous ladies in this industry that it was hard for me to choose just one, so in the end I went for:
Jess from NotJessFashion for her bold and sexy ensembles
Wendy from Wendyslookbook for her cool and daring style
Andreea from AndreeaBalaban, personally my all-time favourite vlogger (she vlogs in Romanian, but her Instagram is total eye candy no matter what country you’re from)
And having saved the best for last, I have to say that my first source of style inspiration was my mom. I admire her for so many reasons, as she is an extremely elegant, kind and wise lady. All features I believe are perfectly reflected in her style.
She was the one who taught me the importance of always looking and being your best, for yourself first and foremost. She educated my taste in clothing, make-up, perfumes, books and films.
And she impressed on me the value of being well-read and well-spoken, and above all, a strong, confident woman. So I’d just like to offer a small thanks to you mom-and sorry for destroying a few of your favourite lipsticks during my first attempts at makeup…
So everyone, these are my top 5 style inspiration sources!
As you can see, they have helped me define a style that centers around powerful, dramatic femininity. And some delicate, ethereal influences thrown in the mix for good balance.
Thank you for reading, and be sure to let me know in the comments who or what has been your greatest style inspiration. I would absolutely love to learn what your style is and where your inspiration for it comes from!
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I love this post – it was so much fun to read! I have so many inspirations it’s hard to figure out my primary ones! One of my modern day style icons is Kate Middleton. I love how her style has developed and I wish I had her closet!
-Elizabeth | confidentlyelegant.com
I am an avid reader too and my inspiration are books
That’s awesome to hear, there’s so much a good book can do 🙂
Great post! I used to only follow fashion bloggers but its true, you can find inspiration in other sources… I liked how you explained movies!
Thank you so much for the positive feedback, great to hear! xoxo
Life with Larissa
I never considered books being used as style inspiration. Magazines, yes. But never books. That’s so cool! I’m definitely going to keep this in mind when I read my next book!
That’s great to hear, hope you’ll find some amazing inspiration in it!
Andreea Balaban is an inspiration indeed, u have amazing taste!
Thanks so much hun, how sweet of you :*
The mum inspiration!!! Love this!
Ioanna | beautyloverstories.com
Thanks hun, I can’t praise her enough actually 🙂
Very cool that you find inspiration from so many different places. I think that a lot of my style influences come from my friends and things that I see on blogs, or other social media platforms.
That’s great, thanks for sharing! I think inspiration is indeed all around us, and I love it when friends can share and inspire each other 🙂
Mom’s can be quite the best inspiration!
Indeed they can 🙂
Your photos are gorgeous! I recently have been getting major style inspo from Pinterest!!. I’m trying to revamp my wardrobe (just had a baby and trying to ditch the maternity clothes haha). Thanks for sharing!!
Alicia Nicole xo
Thanks so much, hun, and thanks for sharing your inspiration sources- Pinterest is such a great tool! Congratulations on having a baby <3
I love you in the polka dot top with the flowers!
Thank you very much! 🙂
I think it’s super cute that your mam is one of your inspirations. Personally, I don’t feel like I have a style. I’m really bad, in that my style changes everyday depending on how I’m feeling and the mood I’m in!
Aww thanks, she’s quite a special lady. I don’t think it’s bad at all that you don’t have a certain uniform and you switch things up on the daily- maybe your style is more chameleon 🙂
Awesome, I really love it that your mum made it onto the list. Love your hair colour by the way!
Thank you very much, hun! <3
Nice post! My mom is also my very first inspiration!
Love this post!
Thanks hun! Checking out your blog now 🙂
Very cool to read how mush inpiration there can be. I guess we cannot deny that there are many awesome moms who incluence style and educate us for culture overall. My main inspiration is landscape and flowers…. i am just about to post about it.
Indeed, you are right 🙂 Can’t wait to read your post, nature is such rich inspiration!
Just posted 🙂
Anna Szoke (@anna_szoke)
I love Instagram, that’s one of my main inspiration when it comes to style ideas. Also I love fashion books like the ones from The Sartorialist. It’s adorable that you’ve listed your Mom. (heart)
That’s awesome, thanks for sharing! I love Instagram too- it kind of intimidated me until recently, but now I can’t get enough of it (even wrote a post on it haha).
And yep, my mom is pretty damn great to say the least, and I definitely wouldn’t be who I am without her 🙂
I love that your mum is one of your style inspirations. <3
My biggest inspirations are old movies (Audrey Hepburn) and print and online magazines … <3
Thank's for sharing. Much love, Ilka x
Thank you very much, hun! And thanks for sharing where you find inspiration, I love learning more about the people in this community <3