Ooh la la! Polyvore

One of the reasons why I love fashion so much is styling. Exploring fabrics, textures, and colours to achieve different looks gets me all kinds of excited. Unfortunately, I’m merely a student. I’m limited in what I can do because:

  1. I have limited access to fabrics. As a student, I don’t have the luxury of speding £200 per metre. *thumbs down*
  2. My instructors want our designs to be “conceptual”. Not in the good way, but the not very wearable way. I get into arguements about this every other day.
  3. This idea of conceptualism makes it virtually impossible to imagine outfits being worn off the runway. How am i supposed to make a living?!

So I usually have to find other ways to express my commercial side. Sketching simple outfits, messing with my own wardrobe, picking outfits for friends. It makes me wish I had unlimited access to all designers items, all the time, whenever I want. And then Polyvore came along.

I was chatting with one of my friends online, when she started harassing me about trying out this website (www.polyvore.com) she had found. She, like me, is a student and suffers from the limitations above. She went on and on about how addicting/amazing it was. Judging by her level of excitement, I figured it must be worth a shot. I reluctantly opened a new tab, typed in the adress, and waited for the page to load. Upon first laying eyes on it, the site looked rather simple and unexciting. It featured “sets” that looked like they were pulled out of magazines. I put my disapproving face on, but signed up regardless and prepared myself to be disappointed. Then I discovered what made the site tick. It has a library of thousands of images, from backgrounds, to jewelry, to wedding gowns, all at your dispossal! You can create any kind of collage your heart desires. I was blown away. I thought I’d test said library by searching for items I thought they wouldn’t have (Limited edition Christian Louboutin shoes, for example). Turns out it was there! I jumped for joy, quite literally, and did a little dance. I spent a couple of hours exploring the contents, grinning like a Cheshire cat and even made my first set (they use this term to refer to collages).

It’s the one of the most addictive sites I’ve come across lately. If art, fashion, or interiors is your thing, then give it a try! You will not be disappointed. If you are, I grant permission to yell at me.


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