Outfit planning with Polyvore

I love Polyvore, a community powered style collage web and device app.  I use it as a visual clipboard, and to create images for Kimba Likes.  I also love to use Polyvore for outfit planning, both for my own everyday style and for styling clients.

I’m sharing how I used Polyvore to help me prepare for a Katies post.  Plus some tips on how you can use Polyvore for outfit planning.

In a recent Wardrobe Wednesday post, I teamed up with Katies and Sonia Styling to share the Katies A Line Tunic, one of their Must Have pieces.  Sonia and I both styled the piece for three different occasions – Work, Weekend and Night Out.

Due to time constraints, I had to head to the shops to select my A Line Tunic, style it and shoot the three different outfits in one afternoon. I prepared by styling my outfits in advance using Polyvore.  Outfit planning you can do without the actual outfit in your hands!

My fabulous photographer didn’t have much availability – he did spend most of the day at school after all.  I paid Boyo one Tim Tam per outfit change, and he managed to squeeze me in between his screen time and homework duties.

Outfit planning with Polyvore | examples

Outfit planning with Polyvore

Outfit planning with Polyvore

Outfit planning with Polyvore

My Polyvore style sets side by side with my outfit photos show how you can use Polyvore for outfit planning.

For example, the elements of my night out look involve a leopard stiletto, statement earrings, a box clutch and leather leggings.

When I was madly getting changed so Boyo could snap my photo, I popped on my Katies A Line Tunic, my Katies faux leather leggings and my leopard heels.  I selected a pair of evening glamour earrings from the box where I store my statement pieces and a sparkly box clutch from my evening bag collection.

The elements of my weekend look include a quirky mustard hair accessory, a casual barrel bag, wedge trainers and faded skinny jeans.  Changing for my next look was easy, as I was able to switch the faux leather pants for my Katies Ultimate Slim jeans, and grab a bag from the basket in my wardrobe.

Why you should use Polyvore for Outfit Planning

Now, you might be thinking that’s all very well and good, but as I don’t tend to do photo shoots, this isn’t terribly useful.

I can think of several occasions where Polyvore can help you with outfit planning:

  • You struggle with selecting outfits for special occasions like a date night or a job interview
  • You’ve bought a piece and don’t know what to wear it with
  • You can’t pack for a holiday without taking way too many options
  • You are tired of wearing the same pieces in the same style

Tips for Outfit Planning with Polyvore

How to get started with Polyvore:

  • Join up for Polyvore – click here to register
  • Download the Polyvore iPhone app
  • Install the Clip to Polyvore tool to your browser toolbar
  • When online shopping, clip the items you’re purchasing, or considering buying, to Polyvore
  • Write a list of your key pieces – the ones you wear over and over again – and clip similar styles to Polyvore
  • Tag your items as you save them, say by brand, colour, style, occasion.  For example, Katies, faded denim, skinny jeans, weekend style.

How to use Polyvore:

  • Create a style set by clicking on the My Items or Fashion tabs and dragging the items onto the design screen
  • Search for your items by your tags.  For example jacket or handbag or vintage or Katies
  • Search for items clipped by other Polyvore members
  • Move, resize, layer your items to create your look.  Add text and background images if you like.
  • Publish your look once you’re happy.  You can email it, Pin it, Tweet it, post it to your Tumblr or blog …

How to use Polyvore for outfit planning:

  • Create a style set for a particular item of clothing you own or are thinking of purchasing, or an occasion you need to attend
  • You can create a collection – a group of style sets – for a particular holiday, or style occasion, season or even one single piece
  • Use Polyvore as a shopping guide by searching through the other tabs for pieces others have clipped to Polyvore.  Save them to My Items by liking them or add them directly to a new style set.
  • Create a collection of pieces you’re looking for and use it as a shopping list to fill wardrobe gaps
  • Use your iPhone as a personal stylist by selecting one of your style sets and recreating the look.  It’ s probably the closest we’re going to come to being Cher Horowitz with an automated wardrobe system.
  • Get inspiration from following some fabulous fashionistas on Polyvore and checking out the style sets they create

Do you love outfit planning?  Love Polyvore already or intrigued by the concept?


Wardrobe Wednesday

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Welcome to Wardrobe Wednesday!  I’m delighted to be your Glam Squad Hostess with the Mostest.  Every Wednesday, you are invited to share a style post with the Wardrobe Wednesday Glam Squad.  Anything you like as long as it is style related.

To join in, just follow the linky instructions below.  You can grab the button code here, to add to your post or blog roll.

I would love it if you would be so kind as to share Wardrobe Wednesday with fellow fashionistas and invite them to be part of the Kimba Likes Wardrobe Wednesday Glam Squad.  Some comment love for other Glam Squad members would be much appreciated.

In return, I will share your posts via my socialite media network, including the Kimba Likes Wardrobe Wednesday Pinterest board.  Let me know if you’d like an Pinvitation.


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  • […] also hosts a fantastic style inspired linkup each week called ‘Wardrobe Wednesday‘. This week, Kim-Marie has some great tips for styling your wardrobe with the help of […]ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - 8 August 2014 - 6.13 pm

    I had never heard of Polyvore until I read your post on Wednesday and I have literally spent every waking moment since playing around on there. It is going to be a lifesaver for me. Thank you sooooooo much. Shannon xReplyCancel

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  • Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style - 6 August 2014 - 11.40 pm

    I love Polyvore! It also helps to keep track of items you see on various websites, just to have a virtual place for shopping ideas (in addition to Pinterest, of course!). 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Ingrid - 6 August 2014 - 5.23 pm

    Polyvore is so much fun, but I’ve been neglecting it terribly. Thanks for a fab tutorial and I’m looking forward to jumping back in again XReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 6 August 2014 - 6.13 pm

      I think you’ve been a wee bit busy gallivanting all over the world, Miss Ingrid!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 6 August 2014 - 3.21 pm

    I adore polyvore ,Great tip on wardrobe planning Kimba thank you xReplyCancel

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  • Sonia from Sonia Styling - 6 August 2014 - 9.04 am

    This is seriously a fantastic tutorial. I’ve had a tiny play with Polyvore in the past but now I get it! Thanks lovely one. xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 6 August 2014 - 6.14 pm

      Well, that’s very good feedback, so thank you! I think you’d really enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • Raychael aka Mystery Case - 6 August 2014 - 6.15 am

    I joined Polyvore about 2 years ago but I must admit it’s only after some much needed guidance from yourself that I felt more adventurous to not only play around but start sharing my results.

    While I would love to jump in front of the camera more and find my confidence, I’m honestly not at my photographic best at the moment. In the meantime, Polyvore has been an excellent way for me to find my style and share on the blog. I’m just about to kick off my third Polyvore contest.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 6 August 2014 - 6.16 pm

      Glad to help Raychael! I’ve decided not to wait until I feel I look better and just get out there and fake it til I make it. But I agree, Polyvore style boards work very well!ReplyCancel

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