PINTEREST is one of the ways I chill out on-line along with Candy Crush (5th Dan master, level 375) and Farm Heroes Saga (sounds beyond but trust me on this!). When the nice people at Pinterest approached me to take part in their campaign, Pin it Forward UK, how could I refuse?
As someone who doesn’t do/like much social media, Pinterest appeals to me because unlike most others, it is inspiring, largely positive and is a very pleasant place to escape to. One of the best things about Pinterest is how you suddenly realise you are interested in things, that you never consciously thought of before and before you know it, you have a whole new board! My first love, however is fashion.
I have applied myself to ensuring the look and layout of my pinterest world is befitting my profession. My fashion boards, catalogue fashion by colour (my black/white and orange/yellow boards are my favourites), materials, style and even era (1930′s through to present). The layout, content and number of boards is constantly evolving as any design should. Sounds kind of dry but fashion is a serious business!
Most of the fashion boards are catwalk or look book based and I pin images that match the criteria and not because I have any specific opinion of the designs themselves. That would be kind of bad form and strategically a no win situation! The images do, however, need to be of a decent size and the designer has to be mentioned (of course!) and thats that.
This impartiality is thrown out, however, in my Street Style boards. These allow me to indulge my definition of style and a critical but exquisite eye (did you know I have a heart in my right eye?). Street style is great because it shows how “real” people interpret what we as designers create. That has to be the most valuable insight we can have. Street Style soon became populated with almost 2,000 pins, which no-one in their right mind would scroll through. It was inevitable that a new board, street style II was needed to take the strain of the coolness on view. In fact I am blown away by the amount of coolness that exists on pinterest because I have now had to open Street Style IV! Don’t be fooled by the numbers though. Most new pins come into board I and then get dispersed. This is entirely logical in a fashion kind of way.
I describe my street style boards as where the cool kids hang. The images must pass the entry level YT coolness filter and over time find their place amongst the 4 boards. Street Style I has now been culled to around 1,000 images and within those 1,000 or so pins lies what I would call my top 10 Hall of Fame looks. I am setting up a board which is open to anyone to re-pin images from street style I which they think make my top 10 list and if anyone gets all 10, then they must surely be the recipient of a super amazing something. This is not a competition, as I can’t imagine anyone choosing all 10 correctly. It’s just for pintertainment!
Anyway, talking of cool, my top tips for coolness are…
- NEVER wear head to toe in a distinctive piece from a single designer. Especially if that look has been used on the catwalk or in promotional material. It shows a real lack of originality.
- NEVER, NEVER wear clothes you do not feel comfortable or self-concious in. It doesn’t matter who the designer is, how much money it cost or whether it’s this season’s must have thingamajig. Coolness is a projection of your state of mind.
- NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER wear high stiletto heeled court shoes with jeans, combats or leather trousers. Doesn’t matter if it’s Laboutin or La New Look, it is really, really not cool.
My only regret with my Pinterest experience is the lack of engagement. Yes, you can re-pin and like but not many people comment and I think that is a disappointment, given that peoples opinions can be even more interesting than the pins themselves! In fact only stylist Crystal B (amazing fashion researcher) actively uses the comments box. So please have a look at Street Style I express yourself and let’s get the conversation going!
Finally I would like to introduce you to Gemma Seager who pins as “retrochick” and is the founder of the highly successful and really great retrochick blog. Have a look at her boards and get some vintage inspiration!