When it comes to styling myself, I draw a lot of inspiration from the blogs that I read; some fashion and some lifestyle orientated. That’s what motivates me to share my own outfits, because I enjoy seeing other peoples. I tend to read a specific style of blog though which doesn’t leave me with much variation in the fashion inspiration I’m seeing. I also find it limiting when people have a strong personal sense of style, as I may love their outfits most of the time but I don’t want to look like an identikit copy nor do I own their wardrobe! If only there was someone to trawl the internet looking for outfit inspiration for me. Well it turns out there is!
A while ago I found StyleUp via an interview with its founder, Kendall Herbst. I clicked through and discovered what the site was all about. Sign up, and Monday to Friday you receive a shot of outfit inspiration (in the form of a street style snap of bloggers, celebrities and normal people wearing a great outfit) to give you ideas for what to wear that day. Each outfit is chosen to suit the weather in your location, so no breezy LA outfits to frustrate me in rainy Manchester! The idea is that it encourages you to think again about what you have in your wardrobe already and reinterpret according to current trends.
It’s a clever idea and I can’t imagine the work that must have gone into creating it. When you sign up the site asks you a couple of short questions about how you describe your style and gives you some outfit pairs to choose between, then the info you have given helps them decide which inspiration shot you receive each day. Your personal settings are further honed as you use the service, as you can feedback each day on whether you like the outfit or not, which in turn influences your emails in future.
The site extends to a community which I haven’t tapped into yet where your comments on your daily StyleUp‘s go and other users can agree or not, plus you can upload your own outfits for opinions.
I’m loving it, hence me sharing here. So far 70-80% of the images I have been sent have been a hit and whilst I don’t use it to get dressed in the morning, the inspiration stays with me when I’m outfit planning for a getaway, event or just the weekend.
Give it a go guys – I think you’ll love it!