how to use POLYVORE – A Beginner’s Guide to Using the Site for Outfit Inspiration

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Ever heard of Polyvore?

 

Neither had I a few years ago, but now I use it to identify trends, get inspiration for my own outfits and get creative with what I already own.

 

This isn’t a sponsored post, so I won’t fill it with too much flowery language about how Polyvore.com  “saved my life” or anything. Let’s just say it is a very creative and useful site and I use it even more often than Pinterest!

 

So….What is Polyvore?

 

Think of Polyvore as a fashionista database that contains almost every item of clothing available online! It isn’t a shopping site per say, however, you can eventually shop through the site by clicking on an item (and they most likely make some money by you clicking!).

 

The main goal is to help you create collages (referred to as “sets”) with items found online.  These items can be clothes, housewares, beauty products and all kinds of other imagery to help you create a “mood”. Basically you can search for an item by entering in keywords and then find “sets” that were created using that item.

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You can either search for “products”, “collections”, “sets” etc.

Let’s say you have a grey button down vest….you know the ones that  I’m talking about.  You probably got it for under twenty bucks a few years ago and it has sat in your closet untouched because you have no idea how to style it.  Actually, one of my friends (and blog readers) asked me for help in styling a grey button vest this week, hence the inspiration for this post.

Instead of pretending I’m a stylist with any minimal amount of talent I went straight to Polyvore!  So here goes….let’s help my friend use Polyvore to style her vest!

 

A Step by Step Guide to Using Polyvore to Help you Style your Own Clothes!

 

Step 1: Find YOUR Item

This involves searching under “keywords” for what you need to style, in our case a “grey button vest”.  Polyvore will give you results that contain EVERY article of clothing that contains those keywords.  To find the item that best suits what you own you must filter. You can filter by color , AND if it was a recent purchase, you can even find the EXACT item by filtering by price and store.

 

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Step 2: You’ve found your Item, Now What?

 

So let’s say you’ve finally found an item that best resembles what you own, now what?  Click on the little heart in the bottom right hand corner.  By doing this you save the item to “Your Items” and we can work from there. ** Please note you must sign up for Polyvore to like an item!

 

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Step 3: Find a “Set” aka Find Some Inspiration

 

If you’re not quite ready to sign up to Polyvore or click the heart (a big commitment!!) you can still move on to step 3….INSPIRATION.

 

You’ll notice that once you’ve found your item, underneath it there are 3 tabs …. ITEMS & LOOKS, SETS and COLLECTIONS.  For now I will focus on “SETS”.  When you click on “SETS” you will see all of the user-generated looks that were created using that exact item!

 

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For example two of my favourites were this look by Dreams and Serendipity

 

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And this look by Sydney Irons

 

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THAT’s IT!! You’ve now mastered using Polyvore to find outfit inspiration to help you style the clothes you already own! Don’t forget to like the sets (by clicking on the heart) so you can save them for a rainy day!

 

Congratulations!

 

But let’s say you want to take it one step further…..let’s say you’re ready to make your own set.

 

 

My Polyvore account is pathetic.  It took me forever to learn how to make a “set”, and even now that I know how to I still never seem to create any.  I much prefer to browse the site as if it were a magazine.  Only a magazine that I can filter!  EVEN BETTER!

 

So here we go……..

 

STEP 4: CREATE YOUR OWN SET!

 

All you have to do is simply search for items, like them by clicking on the little heart (this adds them to your item list), and then CREATE!

 

Here are some of the items I’ve liked to help me with my sets.

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Next you click on “CREATE” in the top menu, and select “SET”

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You’ll be taken to an area that has a blank “canvas” to the left and items to the right.  There are a few tabs.  Under “My Items” you’ll find everything you’ve liked, and under “Fashion”, “Home” and “Collections” you’ll find other items that you can use to help you create your “Set” and really give it character (I’m no good at this at ALL!).

 

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Step 5: Drag, Drop, Publish – Repeat

 

To create a look, simply click on any items you see from any of the above mentioned tabs, drag them over into the blank canvas space.  Add some cute text and background images and voilà!  You’ve got a “SET”!

 

It took me about 30 seconds to create this!

 

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Now simply click “PUBLISH” in the top left hand corner and your “Set” is now available for the world to see and like.

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Don’t get discouraged if your sets don’t get any likes (like mine).  This is a beginner’s guide!  Soon, you’ll be addicted to Polyvore, styling up a storm and creating looks that even the most trend-savvy fashion bloggers will want to steal.

 

 

Speaking of Bloggers……

 

A lot of fashion bloggers, stylists and fashionistas use Polyvore to help them create looks, know what is “trending” aka what’s in and what’s out, and create those “5 Must Haves this season” lists you see on every blog.

 

Where do you think they are getting this insider’s knowledge from?? You got it!…..POLYVORE!

 

Everyday the Polyvore team tells you what the top sets and looks are, what items have been “liked” the most, and what items are trending.

 

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My “SETS” – inspiration for a Grey Button Down Suit Vest

 

Speaking of “SETS” that don’t get many likes……yesterday I created a few of my own based on the two sets I found.

Just for my friend I created a few “grey vest” inspired sets, elaborating on the two looks I found, but using different elements according to my own personal aesthetic.

 

Here they are!

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Lets say that Pinterest helps you dream of what you could own, and Polyvore can help you appreciate what you already do!

 

 

Please let me know if you’ve ever heard of Polyvore before, and if you found this post helpful. Also, if you do ended up signing up or creating a set, please LET ME KNOW!! I will totally follow you!

 

Have a great Friday and happy styling!

 

 

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  • Oh, I love love Polyvore. It’s so versitle and helpful – it also helps me keep track of all the things I really want! I LOVE your 4 shades of grey – I’ve never thought to wear a vest with shorts but I’m LOVING that idea.

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  • Agreed! After I did this post I tried t find MY grey, button down vest. I have one somewhere, I just hope it isn’t back in Canada, because I would also wear a vest with shorts!

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  • This was such a helpful post! I’ve used Polyvore and am just starting to get the hang of it. Love all of your gray vest sets, especially the last one!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    • Polyvore is totally useful whenever you look in your closet and think “I have nothing to wear”. It’s not that obvious that they make money with affiliate link, but I think the site is so much more than just a shopping site. Let’s hope those grey vest sets inspire some fresh looking outfits!

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  • I haven’t used polyvore in a long time, it is really useful. It’s also easy to get carried away creating sets. Since I started blogging though I just haven’t had the time. Reading this though, is making me want to start up again!

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  • Thanks for post and instruction. I tried. It is really cool site. Thanks.

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    • Inese I would LOVE To see what you ended up creating and I’m so glad that this beginner’s guide was helpful for you.

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  • This was super-useful! Bookmarked! I’ve been on polyvore for a bit, but haven’t used it as much as I could. I can’t work out how to add a set to the blog, without it autoposting immediately – any tips? Thanks so much for linking this to #AllAboutYou – pinned!

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  • Liza Tait-Bailey

    This is so useful thank you! I love the sets you created and will be giving you a follow to gain more inspiration 🙂

    Liza

    http://www.lizataitbailey.com

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  • Natalia Pessoa

    Very helpful! I’m xoxomake there 🙂

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