Picking out an outfit is easy but making it look effortless and chic not only requires good taste but a bit of courage. With the rise of technology and the Internet, we can now see stylish looks from all around the world from people who dared to be different. Today we’ve rounded up six sites that will navigate you through the latest trends and show you outfits that will inspire you to find your most stylish self. So whether you prefer classic styles or more trendy ones, you’ll feel confident in whatever you’re wearing.
1. The Sartorialist
Arguably the most popular street style fashion blog, The Sartorialist was started back in 2005 by Scott Schuman, a former director of men’s fashion at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Schuman is credited with pioneering fashion photography in blog form with his ability to show how real-life people with great taste look around the world. He’s since gone on to publish a book by the same name of his blog and was featured in Intels’s Visual Life series as he explained how technology played a pivotal role in bringing his passion for fashion and photography to life. Schuman takes photos of stylish people in several different locations, including Paris and Milan. Come here to see gorgeously shot fashion photography found right on the street.
Tip: To get to know Scott Schuman, watch Intel’s Visual Life – The Sartorialist. It will give you more insight into his creative process.
Refinery29 is the ideal site for those who love being on the cusp of breaking fashion news. It’s a fashion, beauty and shopping site that offers deals, trends and sneak peeks of the latest collections. With a corporate office in New York, this laptop batteries store rises above the rest because it focuses on finding up-to-the minute insider reports from emerging and established fashion designers. Not only that, Refinery29 is also known for providing great tips on everything from what to wear to the holiday dinner party to how to incorporate styling looks from a J.Crew catalog.
Tip: If you currently live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco or Washington D.C., make sure to check out their city specific editions to find local deals and news related to your area. You can also sign up for their free daily newsletter to get your fashion info sent directly to your inbox.
3. Who What Wear
From celebrity fashion and runway trends to shopping suggestions from fashion experts, Who What Wear (WWW) has you covered. Started in 2006 in Los Angeles by two former ELLE magazine editors, this site has a great mix of both street style and runway. If you’re interested in checking out the latest trends, they have the “trend report” where they’ll tell how you to easily wear certain styles, including shirtdresses or plaid pieces, without looking like a fashion faux pas. This site also picks out “the girl of the month” and then showcases a selection of products that reflects her impeccable taste.
Tip: If you prefer a simple blog layout over the look of a fashion magazine, check out Who What Wear’s blog. Curated by WWW editors, the blog shows of celebrity and runway style in a less formal way. It’s also a quick way to get your fashion fix.
Launched in July 2007 by Jean Awe (who’s also the one behind the popular art and culture site Notcot.org), NotCouture shows you the artistic side of fashion. The beautiful layout lends itself nicely to really making the pictures pop, presenting you with visual eye-candy you could look at for hours on end. This site is perfect for not only the fashionista but the design enthusiast who’s always on the hunt for stylish accessories. If you’re searching for the perfect gift or just want to splurge on something wonderfully refined for yourself, check out NotCouture. You won’t be sorry.
Tip: Jean Awe has built a virtual empire with her array of beautiful, niche sites. Check the top of the page to see links to not only Notcot and NotCouture but Tasteologie, Liquirous and NotVentures.
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Skewing slightly younger, Lookbook.nu is a very large online community that shows member-uploaded “street style” photography. Founded in 2008 by Yuri Lee in San Francisco, this site was created so that fashion enthusiasts could come together to get feedback on their own personal style. (Lee credits Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist for inspiring her to start this site.) Lookbookers “hype” a look and the more hypes they receive, the more popular the style is. Photographers, models, designers and bloggers also come here to promote their work. Lookbook.nu calls itself the “the world’s first, truly editorless fashion magazine” because it’s open to anyone and everyone. With over 150,000 users, this popular site is a great place to visit if you’re looking to jazz up your own wardrobe and need some fresh mix and match ideas.
Tip: Get to know this community by participating in their forum. There you’ll find topics that range from fashion and shopping to photography, art and DIY.
6. Fashion Gone Rogue
What better way to get immersed in high fashion than by seeing the latest fashion spreads? Fashion Gone Rogue is your go-to site if you’re both a fan of fashion and photography. Founded in December 2008, this site covers the latest fashion editorials, covers and ad campaigns from all around the world, all shot by today’s most prestigious fashion photographers. For those who love finding fashion inspiration through the pages of Vogue, this site will satisfy you and then some. Just a warning, their editorials will make you swoon for luxurious high end labels like Valentino and Chanel.
Tip: Can’t wait to see what everyone’s wearing in the coming seasons? Check out their Collections section where you’ll find lookbooks galore.
Which websites do you visit to get your fashion inspiration?
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