>The Slow Transition

>Lately, I find myself looking for inspiration for the upcoming season changeover (more on my inspiration after the jump). I know I need to pack up my white jeans and find new ways to remix my sundresses, but it won’t be cold enough for full-on fall gear for at least another three months around here. When browsing Glamour recently, I found this slideshow of the DOs and DON’Ts of transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall. Bingo!

I loved this casual — but completely chic — look:


And I thought, “hey, I can do that!” So I did:

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{that’s my Mom’s Maltese, Henry, directing the photo shoot through the window}

Hand-me-down blouse
Attention cropped jacket (Kmart)
Armani Exchange jeans (Plato’s Closet, store credit)
Style&Co peep toes
Gianni Bini Mia Hobo (fall leopard version available now!)

One of my readers asked on Formspring where I get my inspiration for my outfits. I think it’s safe to say that 80% of it comes from real women — my favorite bloggers, stylish friends, ladies I encounter in my daily life, or fashion websites that feature street style. 

{You can read my full answer, and me ask other questions here!}

A few of my favorite online resources for perusing great street style and outfit ideas are Lucky Style SpotterGlamour, and Weardrobe. Using these and similar websites is great if you’re in a bit of a creative rut, bored with the things in your closet and aren’t sure how to remix them, or if you’re a fashion newbie trying to develop your personal style. You can also use these sites to share your own outfit creations. 

I’m always amazed at the looks that everyday women of all shapes, sizes, and budgets come up with without the aid of a professional stylist or a wardrobe like the Vogue fashion closet. But that’s what real style is all about, right?

What are your favorite sources of style inspiration? 

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  1. 9.2.10
    Angeline said:

    >Love this look! Light jackets/ blazers are great transition pieces (sleeveless tops underneath for summer and long-sleeve layers for fall/winter). I definitely read more blogs than anything, although I do usually rip pics out of mags as well (Vogue, usually). The inspiration just seeps in and when I'm choosing an outfit in the morning I just start thinking differently, so it's hard to pinpoint exact sources sometimes. But it is definitely inspiring seeing real women look amazing in real clothes!

  2. 9.1.10
    Sarah said:

    >Love this look it's absolutely perfect. I have to say that I've been struggling with the transition too. How do you stay in between summer and fall fashion. Definitely tough. New follower!http://wearingitonmysleeves.blogspot.com

  3. 9.1.10

    >My biggest inspiration is other bloggers. I also get inspiration from a few fashion magazines.By the way I think I like your translation of the look better.www.noguiltfashion.blogspot.com

  4. 9.1.10

    >I love this bag. It is the perfect pop of color!

  5. 9.1.10
    gen said:

    >My inspiration comes from you guys, fashion bloggers, TV, movies, internet… I don't buy any fashion magazine at all. I love the idea of the cropped jacket. You look so comfy and still stylish!

  6. 9.1.10
    Keira said:

    >I love the idea of an inspiration book! I started on myself last week.

  7. 9.1.10

    >Other fashion blogs mostly. I also like ripping out magazine pages with an outfit or a "feel" I like and putting them in a binder for those days I look in my closet and feel like I have nothing to wear. I try my best to recreate the outfit, it may not work out but at least it's more fun than throwing myself on the floor and whining. : )Jenn

  8. 9.1.10
    Ashley J said:

    >I would say my inspiration comes from Lucky magazine for sure, TV, Rachel Zoe (love her TV show), Ann Taylor Loft ads, my little sister and some bloggers I follow! Don't forget to enter the Closet Clean-Out Giveaway, a new giveaway every day this week! http://www.afashionfixation.blogspot.com

  9. 9.1.10

    >I actually like your look better than Glamour's – that jacket (Kmart??! I'm so there) is fantastic!

  10. 9.1.10

    >You look fabulous….great way to transition into Fall….:) Im on Formspring too…..the link is on my blog page, Im off to see your questions:)Have a SUPER great day!

  11. 9.1.10
    Melissa said:

    >I love this, you look so great!I think it's safe to say that I get most of my inspiration from other bloggers. I try not to copy anyone's looks (although I do when I really like them and have the pieces necessary!) but I get a lot of great ideas from reading style blogs. I love it!

  12. 9.1.10
    Clare said:

    >Oh man, blogging is DEFINITELY my biggest source of inspiration. I love seeing how everyday women interpret fashion trends (and sometimes, make their own!).And I loooovee this look on you! Light neutrals look phenomenal with your skin tone.