Another strand of going from drab to fab is to work out where I want my style to go to. The end result if you will. Although there is a lot of beautiful styling going on in a variety of blogs, I must not let myself get sucked into a "look" that isn't me. I can recognise smart, chic, cool clothes etc but they are not always my taste.
What does appeal to me in clothes are colours, textures, details and interest.
In my drab past if I needed a new t-shirt to go with a skirt, I'd just buy a plain one. Now, I'm more likely to find one with some kind of detail, that just gives it a lift. It could be an embellishment, or a cut out, or puffy sleeves. It just moves the top up a notch, in my opinion. My sister pointed this out to me a few years ago and I haven't looked back!
All the above tops are from the Next A/W 2012
I have been focusing in on details in the last few years and that has evolved into colours and pattern Baby steps but I can see that my style is evolving into a smart casual pretty look (if that is a description). So one source of inspiration for me is the What Would Emma Pilsbury Wear blog. I don't even watch Glee but I do like the clothes/ style of the Emma Pilsbury (EP) character.