Fashion biz – choosing what to make

tuxedo_pantsWhen I was 14 years old I saw a pair of white striped tuxedo pants and knew that I had to have that stripe running down a pair of tan cargo pants.  I forced my mom to buy me two sets of black fat shoe-laces and then took them to my grandmother to sew.

Double-striped contrasting cargo pants – it was tuxedo meets Addidas meets growing up in rural America where clothes are worn as much for function as style.  But that’s how inspiration came to me – I saw something and an idea popped into my head that I had to execute.

Where to find inspiration

Sometimes design ideas happen instantly – you see something and immediately know of a modification that you would make to create something new.

Other times design ideas are more cerebral.  There is a dearth of good designs for the plus sized women.  Checkout what Tim Gunn has to say: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women .If I were a designer today, I would think about what I could make to appeal this underserved market.

Regardless, if you’re looking for inspiration, these are great places to check out:

You can leverage Pinterest to see what’s trending in fashion, or input your own search criteria if you want to see specific fashions.


Get inspiration from outfit combo’s that others have created.  While Polyvore caters to shopping, it’s also a great hub for dreaming up new ideas.



deviantart_logoDeviant Art
Looking for more abstract art to inspire you?  Take a look at Deviant Art, a website where artists, photographers, and illustrators show off their work.


Browse your local grocery store, CVS, or bookstore, for a variety of fashion magazines. Some of the more popular ones are Elle, Glamour, Bazaar, and Vogue.


The Street
Nothing beats walking around and seeing fashion in the flesh.  Head to your local downtown or trendy area during high traffic times of the day to see the local trends and how they are being worn.

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