When I saw the lookbook for Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2011, I was really drawn to the aesthetic and couldn’t wait for winter so that I could use it as a starting point for some of my own sartorial choices.
When contemplating this post, I really wanted to showcase how you can translate inspiration into a look of your own. An edited wardrobe and a little creativity can allow you to emulate a particular look without having to buy new pieces. This post challenged me to look at my wardrobe in a new way and other than the scarf, every other component of this look are pieces that I already owned.
Now I really loved the style that these two pictures convey, but I didn’t really want to spend upwards of $10K to get them. The extra-long scarf is what caught my eye the most in this lookbook and after scouring the stores, I could not find anything that really fit the bill. So like I have done many times before, I had resigned myself to having to make a scarf that fit the bill. Then, last week I stumbled upon an amazing double-faced cashmere scarf that was exactly what I was looking for (and wasn’t the roughly $800 that the Balmain cost).
I took the specific aspects that I particularly liked from each of the two inspiration photos and adapted them into a look that, while clearly inspired by Balmain, falls well within my personal aesthetic.
While I may not have thought to put these pieces together in this way, that is the beauty of inspiration. Where do you find inspiration?