By Katie Burke
As Grace Coddington, former model and iconic stylist, said in ‘The September Issue’; “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you”. As social media has grown it has also become a hive for fashion inspiration from the digitisation of many magazines to your favourite bloggers uploading their #OOTDs. Here are some of the best fashion-based Instagram accounts that can provide inspiration for a variety of styles.
- Trinny Woodall – @trinnywoodall
If you grew up in the early 2000s, then you should be aware of the iconic duo, Trinny and Susannah. Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine were important features of this era with their iconic makeover shows, books and newspaper columns. Although looking back now, we wouldn’t dare wear some of the looks they recommended (there are some 2000s trends that should never be resurrected), Trinny has managed to follow the times and build a successful following for herself on Instagram. With her own beauty line and daily outfit videos, Trinny is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with a peppy attitude and high street clothing, there is something for everyone on Trinny’s page where she uploads daily outfit videos.
- Luke Meagher – @hautelemode
On his YouTube channel he posts red carpet reviews and critiques of all the major fashion shows, and Luke Meagher’s Instagram, under the above name, isn’t that different. Meagher tends to portray the fashion world as a place of celebrity tittle tattle, not too dissimilar from a celebrity magazine cover, with all of fashions biggest names assuming their own characters. Breaking down the industry with his fashion knowledge and making it understandable for the average person, Haute Le Mode is a page where anyone can indulge with fashion. With memes, style roasts and dancing videos, Luke’s Instagram is ideal for those who love to discuss fashion in the most “fun, sassy, bitchy, analytical” way, as Meagher describes himself.
- Eileen Smith – @eileenstylequeen
This lady should need no introduction to many of you, hopefully. Having only started her Instagram account in recent years, Eileen Smith’s social media following has exploded as a result of her outfit selfies, and she has been featured on television programmes such as The Late Late Show, while fronting Style Councillors alongside fellow influencer Suzanne Jackson. Proving that age is no barrier to looking and feeling fabulous, Eileen is the perfect influencer to follow if you want to see that trends aren’t everything.
- Ari Seth Cohen – @advancedstyle
Another account that proves that age is no barrier to living your best fashionable life. This account started with a blog by photographer and author, Ari Seth Cohen who wanted to capture “the sartorial savvy of the senior set”. Showcasing the best and most exuberant style of those past the middle age bracket, this project has now resulted in books and documentaries.
- Susie Lau – @susiebubble
Susie is one of the Internet’s most veteran bloggers. Starting her site as far back as 2006, Susie has become one of the most renowned bloggers and influential figures in fashion. Through her blog, Style Bubble, and her Instagram account she showcases her own personal style which is really a treat for the eyes. Pairing the most eccentric pieces together, and somehow making them work to look ridiculously cool, Susie is the ideal person to follow if you want some inspiration to just go for it and embrace the crazy side of fashion.
- What Alexis Wore – @whatalexiswore
This account is dedicated to all the outfits Joan Collins’ character, Alexis, wore on the television show, Dynasty. If 80s glamour is your thing, given that its still a huge trend today, then this is the account for you. From glowing makeup, cinched in waists, amazing colour matching, and the biggest of shoulder pads; this account is a treasure trove for style inspiration.
- Every Outfit on Sex and the City – @everyoutfitonsatc
Even if you have never watched the iconic late 90s/early 2000s TV show, or the follow up films, you should know that fashion is basically another character in the story. With all four lead characters having distinctly different personalities, and styles to match, this show was a holy grail for fashion lovers as the designs of many high-end designers featured in the show and created iconic looks that endure to this day. Every Outfit on SATC was created by designer Chelsea Fairless and writer Lauren Garroni who aim to document every outfit from the show, regardless of how questionable some might have been. Whether you were a fan of the show or not, this Instagram account is archival gold when it comes to the style of this era.
- Freddie Smithson – @freddiemade
Art director and creative, Freddie Smithson, created this account and has used photoshop to give us images such as Queen Elizabeth II (a favourite muse of his) superimposed onto a look worn by Rihanna, or Meryl Streep in streetwear. With all images adorned with puns relating to who’s in the photo, this account is genius for mixing high end fashion with pop culture and providing a few laughs along the way.