A while back a nice girl called Sadie sent me an email with a good question: “I want to refine my style and I’ve already created a huge mood board with all the things I like on pinterest. Now what?”
Mood boards are a great tool for getting all of your abstract ideas out of your brain and onto a canvas. Lots of people use mood boards like a visual journal and fill it with their current inspirations: Many of my pinterest boards are just collections of images that appealed to me at one moment in time and it’s fun to look back and see how for example the seasons influence my taste. But – mood boards can be more than just a running stream of inspiration. They can help you create a strong and refined personal style if you do a bit of extra legwork and read your mood board like a story. Try these four steps:
You mood board is a representation of your ideal personal style. Compare it to your current style and wardrobe and either add in missing elements one-by-one or restructure your wardrobe from scratch. Whatever you do, bear in mind that refining your style is like creating a complex piece of installation art: It takes a lot of planning, trial-and-error, adding and subtracting until you find the perfect mix of elements to represent exactly what you want to convey.
How I use mood boards
I collect inspiration throughout the year on pinterest and then analyze my pins at the beginning of every season when I create a new capsule wardrobe. Click here to see the mood board I used to build my spring wardrobe. My uniform and main proportions will be pretty similar to last season (slim-fitting trousers + long sleeve shirts + shorter jackets + ankle boots), so the new themes I identified from my spring board revolve mainly around single item additions and colour combinations. These are the elements I plan to add to my wardrobe this season:
image credits: top picture – my own, after DRK, Elin Kling, Fashion Toast, The Northern Light, Wolf Cub, Terry Richards, unknown, They All Hate Us, unknown, unknown, unknown, They All Hate Us.