If you were anything like me in 2020, your wardrobe consisted of sweatpants, sweatshirts, leggings, and a whole lot of “going out” clothes that you never had anywhere to wear. By the time things started to open up again, the trends changed and, likely, so did your style.
If you are looking to start over and revamp your wardrobe for the new year, but don’t know how, this article is for you.
Start With A Mood Board
A mood board is going to help you really understand what your desired style is and prevents you from just buying a ton of different items that are individually cute but don’t aesthetically match.
Step One To Creating Your 2021 Fashion Mood Board:
Go to Pinterest and download a bunch of images of clothes that you would love to work into your wardrobe. If you don’t know where to start, just go to the search bar and search “*insert clothing color or item you like* aesthetic” and Pinterest should pull up some of the more artsy photos that match that search.
For example, I’m in love with dark colors, leather, and lace but I’m not sure what that aesthetic name would be so I just typed in “leather clothing aesthetic” and let Pinterest do its thing.
Then I just began to pin a bunch of these images that I liked to a board titled “2021 Fashion Mood Board” which I linked so you guys can see all the photos I used and even the ones I didn’t if you like this kind of aesthetic.
Step Two: You Are Going To Want To Go To Canva
Canva is 100% free to sign up for and I literally use it for everything. You can make so much on this site and they have the dimensions pre made so your work doesn’t get cut off if you are making an Instagram post or a Facebook banner or anything like that.
Then you want to upload all of your photos that you saved from Pinterest into Canva and slowly start building your mood board.
Step Three: Remove All Backgrounds
You might find that you want to layer photos but that you don’t want them to be so grid-like. For this, you will need to remove the backgrounds of the photos. I use the website remove.bg to take my backgrounds out because it is free, you don’t have to create an account, and it normally requires no real editing on your part.
To the left is an example of a photo that I loved but that I didn’t want to use with its current background. Once I removed the background, I could layer it on top of other photos more easily. In my opinion, this makes mood boards look so much cooler and more professional than it would have if I had just kept the background on all of the photos.
Step Four: Get Creative!
Once you have done all of this, it is just a matter of creating your dream fashion mood board! You can play around with the images and even add cute text or background photos from Pinterest.
So this is the final result! I’m so in love with how it turned out and I definitely will be using it for my laptop background to inspire my fashion journey in 2021. You can also use so many different templates on Canva, including the Instagram Story template, to create different layouts for different things (I included another example of my mood board, but with an Instagram Story template layout instead, to the left)!
Feel free to use either of these mood boards for your own personal use! All I ask is that you tag me @idolatry.fashion on Instagram if you do!
While these mood boards are super cute, making them wasn’t our final step. I showed you how to create a mood board but now the question is “How do I use this to define my style?”.
Shopping For Your Aesthetic
It is finally time to take all of the information you have learned about your dream style/aesthetic and apply it to your own shopping process.
Online Shop With Pinterest Links
Now that you have found your aesthetic using the mood board, and you know what colors, clothing items, and vibes you want to be wearing this year, head back to your Pinterest page and check out the pins you have saved from this board.
Almost all fashion related posts will have links attached to them. These links will bring you to one of two places. The links will either bring you to a boutique webpage where you can normally purchase whatever the model in the Pinterest photo was wearing or they will bring you to the social media pages of the models/influencers themselves.
If you end up on a boutique page/online store of any kind, you should definitely start your shopping journey here. Ordering from the same website that sells the items you loved enough to put in your mood board is a great idea. Companies normally have an aesthetic to their clothes (ex: Free People has very bohemian vibes) and the clothing you purchase will normally be consistent to the vibes of the other items you put in your mood board.
However, if you realize the items you are finding on Pinterest are too expensive, feel free to type their description into Shein.com to find cheaper versions of that item.
Follow Influencers That Match Your Aesthetic
If you don’t end up on an online store, and instead end up on an influencers Instagram, it is definitely worth it to consider following them. Fill your feed with people who dress and act the way you want to in 2021 and this will help keep you inspired throughout your fashion journey.
Another really good tip is to follow influencers that have similar body types to you. This way you can see what styles look best on your body type and you can apply that information to fit your own aesthetic and color scheme.
Have Fun With It
Fashion should always be fun! Keep an open mind and an eye eye for ever changing trends. Your style doesn’t have to be finite. You can revisit this process every year, every six months, or every month if you wanted to. Experiment with as many styles as you like and just remember that this is an opportunity to express who you are and what you like. Don’t let anyone else tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear.