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Fashion According To You: Creating Your Own Fashion Resource Bible

Updated on April 26, 2014

Fashion Done Your Way

Vintage pink and white lace jumpsuit.
Vintage pink and white lace jumpsuit. | Source
Peach blouse
Peach blouse | Source
Vintage pink and white blouse
Vintage pink and white blouse | Source

Fashion Done Your Way

When I went to modeling school one section in our course notebook was "Wardrobe and Styling". Interactive, informative and useful the part that influenced me the most then and later as a fashion student at CSULA , writer and clothes horse grew out of a homework assignment involving magazines, a pair of scissors, and scotch tape.

"I want you to buy the latest "Vogue", "Harper's Bazaar", "Glamour" or "Mademoiselle", cut out photos of clothes you think would look becoming on you, then label 13 sheets of colored paper- coats basic dresses, skirt suits, pantsuits, blouses, pants, skirts, vests, sweaters, evening dresses, shoes, accessories and handbags- then attach your selections to the pages and put them in your notebook," said our instructor.

Creating My Fashion Resource Bible:

Since then I've cut out countless photos that've been used for various things from class projects to flyers for the fashion club I used to belong to at CSULA, but the ones that've been the most significant have been added to my fashion notebooks. Part scrapbook, part journal I created them soon after completing "John Robert Powers" self-improvement course. Over the years they've evolved and the ones I use today reflect what's currently in my wardrobe and how I'd like to dress in the future.

Don't worry if you aren't as into fashion as I am, or a designer, editor or model, who needs to constantly collect and compile visuals for your work, because a fashion notebook can still help you when you need coordination tips, inspiration or just a way to update last season's suit.

To make your own you'll need a three-ring spiral notebook, dividers, a three-hole punch, a pair of scissors, glue or tape and a variety of fashion photos. If you can't afford high-fashion publications at full price, you can find them for under $10 at the thrift store, or you can use catalogs like "Anthropologie" or newspaper inserts that come in the Sunday paper from "Kohl's", "J.C. Penney's", and "Macy's". You can also borrow fashion magazines from the library and xerox the photos you like and if you're good at drawing or photography you can capture looks that appeal to you and add them to your book. It's your book you can decorate it anyway you like as long as you make it easy to use when you need it.

While searching for photos and other visuals, don't worry if the sources you choose aren't the latest or most expensive since your goal is to put together a guide that inspires and motivates you. That could be a black and white photo of model Edie Sedgwick from an old "Vogue" magazine or a little girl's drawing of her favorite dress. You never know where you're going to find something you like so don't limit yourself.

After you've finally gotten everything together, use your dividers to put them into categories.I have one of my notebooks loosely organized thematically (i.e., vintage, Lolita, Italian, Japanese, British, etc.,) but you can do yours by style like I did at "JRP" (i.e., dresses, suits, coats, etc.,) or lifestyle (i.e., career, leisure, special occasion) or type of visual (i.e., color photos, black and white photos, illustrations). Whichever you choose, again make sure it's done to make finding things easier for you when you need to. Ideally this book should be one of the first places you consult before you shop for clothes and get out of a rut.

Coordinating Your Fashion Book By Category:

Magazine clips of looks you'd like to experiment with and wear (i.e., Large knit cap with trench coat and ankle boots, white lace top with long dark velvet skirt, two-toned shoes and checked newsboy cap).

Inspiration (i.e., I have one of L.A. fashion layouts because I'm from Los Angeles).

Fashion Icons (i.e., Magazine articles, ads and layouts of Influential people in fashion, such as Michelle Dockery the actress who plays Lady Mary on Downton Abbey).

Fashion ads of companies I like and that catch my eye (i.e., Vionnet, Tiffany & Co., Blumarine, Etro, Prada, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, etc.).

Making a List of Clothing In Your Closet By Category:


Jackets, Blazers, Coats

Blouses, Tops and Shirts




Fashion Coordination Ideas:

Now that you've created your fashion bible and listed your clothing by category you can start coordinating. Below I've listed a few ideas from clothes in my own wardrobe:

  1. White lace top worn with a brown satin skirt and black and white checked cap.
  2. Brown chubby coat over a white button-down shirt and black pants.
  3. Gray sweatshirt over a floral A-line skirt..

The best thing about using a fashion bible is that while you it keeps you looking good it also keeps you organized.

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