I am a fan of sites that offer style and image tips and one of the great advice I came across is to photograph our outfits to see which ones will look good.
It is a very simple and basic advice, yet many of us probably didn’t think of it.
We can show the pictures to trusted friends and family members to get their feedback. If an outfit ‘passes’ the test, then we save them in a digital album or print them out and file them.
This way, we are building our own look-book where we can go to for inspiration and ‘instructions’ for putting an outfit together. It pretty similar to the idea of building a capsule wardrobe.
We can even arrange the outfits according to the appropriate categories, such as special occasions, night-outs, casual wear, formal work wear or semi-casual and etc.
Many times, especially when we are rushing out for work and appointments, we tend to pull out our safest choices and comfort clothes.
That explains why end up wearing the same few pieces again and again and yet, complain that we have nothing to wear when probably half of our closet remains untouched.
Granted, it does take a fair bit of effort, thinking and planning to put together an outfit and photograph them.
But the reality is, behind every stylish outfit is a clothing plan that is well thought through and appropriate for the occasion. It is seldom impromptu.
I am also starting to build up my own look-book. Recently, I’ve experimenting with wearing colours creatively, so here are the pictures that I took.
Playing with bright colours and contrast.
Experimenting with a long chiffon scarf that I have never worn, and seeing if the belt works. I’m a fan of thin elastic belts to create definition on waist!
Further experimentation with the scarf and culottes. Seems like I’ll be wearing it very soon! Definitely need to be on cooler days or in a air-conditioned environment when I wear it, as Singapore is a hot and tropical country, so any fabric on the neck will cause me to perspire easily.
Experimenting with layering a lace see-through top that I seldom wore. Inside, I’m wearing spaghetti strap tops. I think both look pretty good!
Experimenting with colour contrast.
Same top, but different color combination and pairing it with a new scarf that I bought in China.
Do remember to wear your shoes with your outfit when you are photographing yourself so that it is a complete look, and it helps you see if the shoes will match the outfit.
If possible, wear your accessories with the outfit, so that you can get prepared beforehand and know what works the moment you put this set of outfit on.
This is especially helpful in the mornings when you are rushing to get out of the house and you have no time to analyse which piece of accessory will go well with it.
As you can see, I took these pictures on my own using my mobile phone and pointing it at my reflection in the mirror (which explains the finger prints and why all my pictures are heavily cropped because there’s a mess around it).
If you can get someone to take your photo that will be most ideal, otherwise you can always do what I did!
The whole process is actually quite fun, kind of like playing dress up. Be prepared to set aside 1 or 2 hours for this and expect a ‘messy’ bed.
I use a lot of photo apps. And if you like to make a collage, simply search for picture layout or collage maker app in the appstore. The app that I used to make the simple collage above is Photo Grid: Photo Collage Maker app from Google Play store.
I hope this will inspire you to start your own look book today! 🙂