Fashion lovers are constantly on the prowl for the latest and greatest fashion trends. Of course, you could always peruse the galleries of popular fashion magazines, such as Vogue or W, but what do you do when runway gets a little unrealistic for day-to-day wear?
Ever popular is a witty, well designed graphic shirt. Although there is no shortage of T-shirts in any mall or road-side shop, for some people, "Hollister" splashed across their chests just does not cut it.
Threadless is the long time champion of graphic tees. All designed by Threadless’s users, the t-shirts come from such a large pool of talent that there is no end to the diversity of style in Threadless’s shop.
Shipping within the US is reasonably priced at $5.00 an order. International shipping, however, may be much pricier, since the company is located in the States.
The average shirt is around $15.00, which is about what one would expect to pay in a department store, but if you scope out Threadless’s many sales, you can often find $8.00, and $12.00 shirts.
Simon previously covered Threadless here.
Although Woot Shirts only sells one shirt a day, the shirts that they do sell are truly gems. The great thing about Woot Shirts is that when you do find you like, it will only cost you $10.00. Standard shipping in the US is free, and international or overnight shipping are both only $5.00. Their designs also come from public submissions, and narrowed down through contests, so you can be sure that you’re getting the cream of the crop.
Ken previously covered Woot here.
If you don’t mind shelling out a bit more to reduce the chance that someone else owns/wears/looks better than you in your shirt, Allmighty’s also has a great stock of well designed graphic Tshirts. Shirts are 21 Euros each, and shipping is free with a purchase of at least 70 Euros.
Perhaps you are less interested in buying more clothing than figuring out how to rock what you DO have. Here, you have two choices. You can vamp up your boring Tshirts with some interesting DIY, or you can draw upon the fashion sense of others and find yourself some inspiration to pattern your own wardrobe after.
Craftster is one of the best resources for anyone who is interested in DIY-ing anything. Clothing construction and reconstruction is only one of the countless topics they cover. There are a slew of tutorials and patterns of the latest fashion trends available, and hundreds of users online daily to answer any questions you may have.
Craftster is also great for discovering the latest fashion of subcultures like Steampunk and Punk. Although some of the creations featured on Craftster are above the skill level of what an average person can achieve, simply browsing the stunning pictures of others’ work is inspirational.
Fashion Toast is a great example of how one can use the latest fashion to inspire a legion of avid followers. Each blog post includes pictures of the gorgeous blogger/model "Rumi", who meticulously constructs and photographs each of her outfits. Although most people probably won’t be able to afford the same kind of clothing that Rumi swathes herself in, her fashion sense is impeccable, and a great source of inspiration for anyone who wants to take fashion advice from a model.
LookBook is a great website where users can post their own looks, and outfits are ranked Digg-style. The most popular ones make the front page, while the less well received ones are pushed down. Because this website is based on the opinions of many users rather than one single blogger, you can be sure that when you pull your own version of an outfit inspired by LookBook, you will definitely be dressing to please.
Or, perhaps, influence from those around you is no longer enough to stimulate your imagination. In that case, there are many other cities in the world with well dressed people, and plenty of sites that chronicle the latest street fashion in different parts of the world.
The Sartoralist came in second in the 2008 Webblog Awards for the Best Fashion Blog, and placed well for a very good reason. Each post contains beautifully photographed pictures of people on the streets in every part of the most glamorous parts of the world – Milan, Paris, and Brooklyn, just to name a few. Since most fashion webblogs are aimed at a largely female readership, it is refreshing to see a blog that also covers the other half of the fashion spectrum, and in such elegance.
The great thing about Street Peeper is that it isn’t focused just on the well known fashion centers of the world. It also covers less expected cities such as Buenos Aires, Jakarta, and Warsaw, which gives the site a truly cosmopolitain feel. Further, the site not only shows you a picture of an outfit, but also lists, to the best of the poster’s knowledge, the line and style of each element in the outfit.
Even though there are many great examples of what to wear floating around on the net, some people learn better by seeing fashion oops photos featuring what NOT to wear.
Remember when I said that The Sartorialist placed second in the 2008 Webblog Awards for Best Fashion Blog? Well, Go Fug Yourself placed first. Each picture of a celeb dressed in a hideous "fashion oops" outfit is accompanied by sarcastic and humorous comments, which makes Go Fug Yourself well worth the read, if not just for the commentary. It’s also a nice reminder that yes, celebs are just like the rest of us- they dress horribly sometimes too.
Prior to doing my research for this article, I had forgotten just how much I love fashion and its many quirks. However, writing this article reminded me of just how intriguing and multifaceted the world of fashion can be. Hopefully a few of the websites I mentioned above will spark your interest and capture your inspiration, like they have mine.
What are your favorite sites for keeping up with the latest trends? Do you happen to DIY yourself, or run your own fashion blog? Leave us a comment, and tell us all about it!