Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm
You may be wondering, what does Patti have to say about creativity? Most of my outfits are fairly simple, in a small range of colors. I think I’m not at all creative compared to my artistic friends. It’s a fact that others have more talent than we do in any given area. So if we’re smart, we enjoy rather than envy others’ creations.
But I am creative in my own small ways: I compose two or three blog posts a week, and post style ads on Facebook. Sandy and I are starting from scratch to decorate our tiny NYC studio, and that is exciting, and very Pinterest-ful. And I’m a master at making up stupid songs to
annoy delight my partner.
Here are some ideas from a medium-creative person that might work to uncover and jump-start your own creativity:
If you’re visually oriented, scribble and doodle style ideas as you get them, or see them. If you’re more of a written-word person, send yourself a text. I do this all the time, e.g. “check out deco style brooches on Etsy.”
Immerse yourself in the medium of style. Don’t rule out online catalogs, that often have look-books of cool styles. Though I don’t shop there much, I like to browse through the look-books of Loft, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic.
Mix things up that weren’t mixed before. I love sneakers and a tulle skirt, or a floofy skirt with a graphic tee. Jeans with a sequined sweater, or a man’s blazer over a feminine dress. Pearls with a basic white tee. Use accessories on “opposite” days – try a sparkly hair clip with a shirt and jeans. Add a cotton bandana to a dressy blouse.
Use what-if questions, like what if no one will see your outfit and and you can go wild? What if you anchored the evening news and had to look the part – how would you keep your individuality? What if you only had three skirts and three tops – how many outfits could you create?
Take out a shelf or section of your closet and put all the pieces back differently. Some style ideas might show themselves.
Don’t wait till it’s perfect to share your creation: make mistakes, and relax, and laugh a lot.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
Some pretty pieces to browse through: