Fashion Inspiration and Fashion Muses

January 18, 2017

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Growing up, I would often look to photos of Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy for fashion inspiration. Of course, this fashion inspiration came from my mom who often spoke of these individuals. As I grew up, I began to cultivate my own style and sense of individuality. Eventually, I came to a place where I pulled fashion inspiration from a range of individuals, but carved out my own personal style.

I was recently speaking with a friend who goes to Instagram to seek out fashion inspiration. She looks to others, mainly bloggers, for inspiration on how to style clothing and accessories. I was intrigued, and I wanted to learn more. I began asking her many questions. What draws you to these individuals? What do you look for in their Instagram feed? What makes you want to "like" something or to follow someone?

Of course, the influence of bloggers is not new. In fact, I've often wondered if we have hit a blogger bubble that would soon burst. In turn, the fact there was still such a high interaction with this world, especially as it related to fashion inspiration and styling, was quite interesting to me.

As we continued our conversation, she showed me some individuals that she followed and explained how she liked seeing different angles of an outfit and how they accessorize, etc.. She also showed me some individuals who she stopped following, which was mainly attributed to those that have changed their message - maybe from the single woman in the city to the married woman with children - or those individuals that just did not post enough.

To bring this full circle, even though my personal style is not reminiscent of Grace Kelly or Jackie Kennedy these days, there is still something special that I have pulled from each of them. That is the key to what I believe defines a fashion muse - someone that can stand the test of time, and you'll be able to reference next year and in the next 10 years.

Are bloggers fashion muses? If you ask my friend, I'm sure she would say yes. Although, I also think for her it's more about having a fashion muse of the moment. Maybe this could be attributed to fast fashion? Unlike those individuals she followed for fashion inspiration only to later "unfollow", style is innate. In turn, when you look to find your own fashion muses, be sure to find someone that  you resonate with. And, remember what the one and only Coco Chanel had to say, "Fashion fades, only style remains."

- Aimee

P.S. What better way to exude your own personal style with one of your favorite pieces from Adea, which one is yours and how do you like to style it?

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