I've been working away at my style for a little while now. I have noticed it's changed a lot in the last couple of years and especially so in the last year. There are days when I don't want to give it any effort at all. I think I am particularly susceptible to this because I spend so much time focusing on styles for the Shop. I wrote about this struggle more over here, and about my process to re-claim my style. As women, it's very easy to leave the least amount of time for ourselves; you'll get the kids dressed and house clean before you'll spend time on yourself. For me you can just insert 'store' instead of kids - because having this shop feels like the closest thing to having offspring :)
Anyway, I'm tackling this frustration with planning, the same way I do in my work life. I begin with all sorts of images and bits of inspiration. Then, I go through what I already have and see what works. Then i make a list of items I would like to acquire. I think it makes a lot of sense to spend a good deal of time getting a good sense of what we like - otherwise we go out and just get things only to discover they don't 'fit' with the look we want. It's very easy to get swept up in what's 'in' rather than focus on what makes us feel good!
I tend to sway more towards 70's fashions and love the bohemian/grungy look that can be attained with 70's fashions. A great way to gather inspration from any era is to collect magazines and catalogs from whatever era you are most attracted to. The first image is from a 1974 edition of Style, a Canadian Fashion Merchandizers magazine I got from Millpond Records and Books. The above magazine is a 1971 copy of Teen that I got in the mail from my fabulous sister. I also collect catalogs from the 70's.
Please feel free to link up and show us your fall fashion inspirations!!