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How to find outfit inspiration in your every day life

I often get asked where I find inspiration for how I dress and my personal style. My answer is almost always the same– everywhere! Literally every single place, every single day.

Academics were never my strong suit. I mean, my sister-in-law proofreads my blog posts if that doesn’t give you a hint about how much I hated school. However, I remember finding inspiration in history books. I would look at the way the people in my history books dressed and would feed from it! It also made me wonder how we have got so far and how many new styles have come around.

It wasn’t until I went to school for fashion that I started to actually care about getting good grades. Maybe it was because it was something I was passionate about. Well, I can’t deny almost falling asleep in ‘textiles’ classes multiple times, but the way fashion and retail have evolved is SO cool to me! I don’t think I could tell you the 50 different types of collars or the 40 different sleeve types, however that was the ONLY time I got over 100% on tests!

So when you are walking down the street, take a look at the other pedestrians and what they are wearing. You may have a similar piece that you would have never thought to style a certain way. Or vice versa, you may inspire someone to try a new style they didn’t feel comfortable doing until they sawsomeone else wearing it. Also, don’t forget to compliment them!


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I found inspiration for this outfit by a mannequin on display at a store! I saw the way the tank top was over the tee shirt and thought it was really cool. Thank you to the visual merchandiser at Forever 21 for making my shopping visit too easy. P.S. When am I too old to shop there?

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All photos by Sammy of My Midwest is Showing

Shop my Look

Orange top- Tops: White Tee Shirt – exact – Tank – similar | Jeans – Forever21, similarsimilar| Bag – exact | Shoes – Discovery, similar| Earrings – exact | Watch – exact

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. I definitely love how you use the
    orange dressy tank top in this look. PERFECT!

  2. Love how you take inspiration from things around you in your everyday life! Some of the best ideas are those that come from those lightbulb moments. Look forward to seeing what other creative outfits you put together!

    1. Love the way you said lightbulb moments, perfect way to describe it! Thanks for reading Krithi!

  3. Never too old to shop at F21! At least for some items. 🙂 I do the same thing when looking for inspiration! I love seeing how strangers were things from their closet because sometimes I find great ideas. 🙂 – Stephanie |

    1. Okay glad that’s the case 😉 Thanks for reading Stephanie!

  4. I get my inspiration from everywhere too! Sometimes, it’ll be from a movie, a book, a song, literally anything and everywhere. Love the top btw!


    1. Ohh a song, I love that! Thanks for stopping by Linda.

  5. You look so effortlessly put together! Love it!

  6. This outfit is super cute! I love it! Sometimes when I see terrible outfits I think to myself if they just wore this way instead itd look so cute! I should use that for inspo!

    Kat |

  7. This is a great post and I love your casual look!


  8. I love this color and you are rocking it! I am starting to get excited for fall – I think I need to invest in a warm terra-cotta color like this! Gorgeous styling and I love your tips too! Inspo IS everywhere! XO

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