Meet member @luxecouture, a student from the Midwest who would love to work in fashion journalism. Read on to find out her tips, tricks and favorite brands!
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
Hi, Polyvore! Some people know me by my last name Taylor, and some people know me by my first name Shannon. I've always been known to have one of those "two first name" names since people often confuse Taylor as my first name. I like to think of it as a Hollywood name. I'm nearly 20, and a full-time college student planning to graduate in 2016 and pursue a career in fashion journalism.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I've always wanted to make an impact, but I've also always been a pretty quiet person. I think it's important to be a behind-the-scenes leader. I want to continue volunteering and standing up for what is right while showing others that are maybe shy like me that you don't have to be a prominent, outgoing person to make a difference. I wish to be a published author someday and be a good example for younger writers and readers.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has had a huge effect on my life! I am always caught up on the latest trends. But, more than that, Polyvore has introduced me to so many thoughtful and inspiring people. Polyvore has shown me what it really means to be supported. There is a wonderful community of people on Polyvore that has helped me come out of my shell a little bit and given me lasting friendships.
How did you find Polyvore?
In the summer of 2008 I was part of a different online community that was based on a series of books that focused heavily on fashion. The series was called The Clique, and I was a little more than obsessed at the time. On that site, I role-played as one of the main characters of the series, Massie, and had to find a way to showcase Massie's outfits. Almost by accident, I found Polyvore and originally used it for making Massie-inspired sets. That was only the beginning, of course, and I'm so glad my fictional character obsession (as per usual) led me to Polyvore.
How would you describe your set style?
My set style tends to vary from set to set, but I like to mix high fashion pieces with everyday pieces and create looks that I would wear, or that I could see one of my style icons wearing. I would describe my set style as ready-to-wear and modern with a classic edge.
Where do you get your inspiration to create a set?
Most often, I get my inspiration from pictures and music! I absolutely adore photo blogs and I like to incorporate pictures into most of my sets to create sort-of mood boards. Magazine editorials and street style photos are great for recreating looks. I like drawing colors, prints, labels, etc. from photos and finding clothing and accessories to match. Additionally, I always listen to music while I'm making sets and often the mood of a song will reflect on the mood of a set.
What are some Polyvore tips you would like to share with the Polyvore Community?
I think one of the biggest tips I can give is to return the favor of friendliness and support! I try my best to return comments and likes to people who have commented and liked my sets. It's always nice to see someone whose sets you really admire leave even a short but encouraging comment on one of your sets. People will likely follow you back if you follow them and tell them how much you like their work. It doesn't take much to like someone else's sets, leave a few nice comments and follow someone. Wouldn't you want someone to do the same to you? As for creating sets, one of my little tips is always using a square transparent background to layer everything on. Then, when I'm finished with the set, I merely delete the background; my set turns out quite nicely and the edges match up.
Does your username have any special meaning?
I wish my username had a cool story behind it, but I do love it nonetheless. I've always liked the idea of luxury, shortened to luxe. As for couture, I love all things fashion, and couture sounded more sophisticated. I guess my username enhances my sophistication!
Where do you live and what trends are big there?
I live in practically the middle of the United States — the Midwest, I suppose. People often think we're behind on trends because we don't live close to either coast. However, I happen to think we're keeping up pretty well! Some trends that are big here right now are: plaid flannel shirts, chambray, leopard print everything, infinity scarves, oversized T-shirts and sweaters, boots with thick, knit socks sticking out of the top (lace-up ankle boots and riding boots are the most popular here), fleece vests, feminine loafers and infinity jewelry.
Describe your personal sense of style.
My personal sense of style can sometimes be sporadic, but for the most part, I think it's girly and trendy, but also classic. I love classic pieces like dark wash jeans, A-line skirts, ballerina flats and little black dresses, but I like to mix them with trendy things. I think my style is "snappy casual," a term one of my sorority sisters introduced to me; it is never really laid-back casual, but is always put together, fashionable and presentable.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
I think my very favorite is Valentino. I love the classic feminine look of all the pieces as well as the simple prints and textures, intricate details and gorgeous silhouettes. I also love Oscar de la Renta, Céline, Elie Saab, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Acne, Kate Spade, 3.1 Phillip Lim and, of course, Chanel. For more affordable brands/stores, I love Zara, Target, ASOS, Gap, H&M, Anthropologie, Nine West, J.Crew and Joe's Jeans.