I wrote a post about Polyvore over on Oklahoma Women Bloggers, and really just started digging into the site a few months ago. I'm learning that it's a great way of organizing your wardrobe almost like paper dolls. Pick out items that you like and then build an outfit or a collection or an entire wardrobe, complete with accessories.
I created a Polyvore account a few years back, but just used it as a wish list. Now I'm realizing I can use it for practical purposes as well, building outfits around pieces that I own. My OKWB post was all about styling a denim dress in August, and I used that dress to make outfits including pieces that I already own and things that I would like to add.
Polyvore is helping me to shop my own closet for items that I have, and inspiring me to pick up pieces where and when I can, based on the things that catch my interest on the site.
For instance, the composition book in this picture is actually a tote bag I scored at a local bookstore—one of the outfits I curated in August had a tote bag printed with a newspaper print, but this one spoke to me even more (ahem, just look at the header of my blog if you wonder why). The gold clutch in the photo? A pencil case I found while shopping for school supplies at Target. And the necklaces were all on sale at Kohls and WalMart. The tote was $20, a full-price splurge. The necklaces and pencil case were $20 total. Not a bad score for pieces that I'll use.
In September, I used Polyvore to help me style some outfits based on a piece that I wanted but hadn't yet purchased: patterned ankle-length pants. With a print so small they work pretty much like as a solid color, I've been eyeballing pants like this for a while, but before I buy something that will go into the Pit of Despair section of the closet (i.e., the Island of Misfit Toys, also known as Purchases I Made and Have Never Worn), I used this site to plan how to wear them. My goal is to rid my closet of this Pit and only have items that I really love and wear.
In reality, when I shopped for my printed pants, I found a great pair on sale that were blue and black, so all of the outfits here are not true to what I would probably pair them with, but it's a good start. And I found such a good deal on the pants, I also picked up a printed pencil skirt with a black and white small print that would work with most of these as well.