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When You're Stuck for Inspiration

When You're Stuck for Inspiration

Written by The Strategy

If you’re in the creative industry, doing creative work for a corporate job, or just a looking to be inspired, you may find yourself stuck for inspiration at the moment. Staring at the same four walls, with no access to cafés, shops and art galleries, isn’t very conducive to gaining inspiration and harbouring a creative mind.

With no runway shows going on, and no street style that doesn’t include the word “comfort”, we, at The Strategy, are also finding ourselves in a bit of a creative rut. Our traditional methods of gaining inspiration include, browsing coffee table books at our local book stores, browsing the pages of Vogue Runway, and obviously, travel. How we miss the vibrant colours, patters, and textures of distant locales.

So, these past couple weeks, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find other ways of getting inspired.

Remember, Tumblr?

Our first years at university was spent browsing through Tumblr (#TumblrGirl), and discovering our favourite accounts. To this day, when we find we are lacking in the inspiration area, Tumblr is always our first stop. Obviously, we recommend you visit our Tumblr, because, duh. We also love TS Alum Taylor Hick‘s pageFashion Gone RougeKendra Alexandra, and House of Nadeen.

Flip Through Those Magazines You’ve Collected

While the trends may not be so current, it’s nice to take a walk down a sartorial memory lane and see what was hot back in the days of 2008. Remember Alexander Wang’s gaggle of cool-girl models like Dree Hemingway and Erin Wasson? AKA The birth of Model-Off-Duty style!


When travel is not an option, there is nothing like escaping with a good book. On our nightstands right now is Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Crazy Rich Asians (we can’t get enough of Astrid Leong’s described style). If we’re looking for fashion specific inspiration, a read or flip through of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, Grace or Kate Moss‘s self titled coffee table book, does the trick.

Watch A Film

Films are always a great way to transport us to sandy shores with immaculately dressed characters. Our go-tos are Atonement (because, the green dress), a super old and not talked about Kate Bosworth film, And While We Were Here, and Casino Royale.

Clear Your Mind

If all else fails, clear your mind. Whether you do this by exercising, taking a stroll or just allowing yourself a mental health break, clearing your mind is a great way to get back to what really inspires you. Memories of a trip to Thailand, with it’s vibrant golds and deep greens, Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis Spring 2010 show, or even just the cashmere knits you remember your grandmother always wearing, are sure to pop up and re-inspire you.

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