5 Ways Of Using Pinterest To Enhance Your Image

by Arash Mazinani on July 28, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog posts recently or following me on twitter you will have seen that I’m well and truly on the Pinterest bandwagon. I used it to present my seasonal trend guide on the blog, I’ve used it with clients and I’ve used it personally to document my own bits of style inspiration. Admittedly, when it came to Pinterest I was late to the party. I didn’t want to sign up to another social networking site that would potentially end up being neglected. However, as I spent more time with it, it sparked an influx of ideas to utilise it in a number of different ways. There is no doubt that it is a powerful and easy tool to use. So I want to showcase 5 different ways you can actually put it to use to enhance your image.

1. Creating Your Own Look Book

I wrote a post a while back on how to create your own look book for the digital age. I think Pinterest is another great platform you can use to store your own look book in the cloud. We’re always on the go so we want to be able to access things fast. The old way of cutting out pictures of your own outfits or having a folder on your computer with all your own outfit shots, seems a lot like too much effort. Upload any of your own outfit photos that you have snapped, create a board and use the app/site to access it in the morning to decide what you want to wear that day. Can’t remember how you wore that scarf 4 weeks ago? Fire up Pinterest.

 

2. Inspiration

This is probably the main way people use Pinterest at the moment. Pinning the things they like the look of. Pinning pictures of people they like the look of. Pinning nice looking clothes. Anything that resonates with your style soul, pin it. It comes back to the principle of modelling; if you really like a particular outfit you see on a blog or street style site then put it on your inspiration board. Then aim to recreate that look.

Nail Art & Inspiration Courtesy of The Style Confession

3. Visual Shopping Lists

If you’re like me then you’ll want to try things on before you buy it. In fact, I encourage everyone to try clothes on before they buy them. It saves a lot of time and hassle having to return the item if it doesn’t fit. Although I love the prices you get online and the choice, I hate the fact I can’t try the items on. A way around that is to create a visual shopping list. Browse in the comfort of your home, pin the items you like to your ‘shopping list’ board. Then when you get to the stores you can find what you’re looking for and try it on. This is great if you’re on a budget as well. When you hit the store, if you’re specifically looking for something rather than leisurely browsing you’ll be less likely to impulse buy. Also come Christmas/Birthday time send friends and family a link to your board, it’s an easy way of avoiding unwanted gifts.

4. Expanding Your Style IQ

Have you ever been walking down the street, flicking through a magazine, or looking on the web and come across an item or outfit that strikes you, but is a total 180 to what you’d usually wear? I know I have. This is where Pinterest allows you to flex your style IQ by giving you a potential stream to other stylish people. If you only relied on your own ideas and instinct, no matter how stylish you are you’d never develop. So make sure you go global and start following other stylish people from around the world. You’ll then get a lovely stream of style inspiration that’s a little different to your own.

 

5. Follow Me

Shameless plug, I know! However, if you do follow me you won’t have to bother searching for what’s on trend each season. All my trend boards will now be available on my Pinterest account so you can get them delivered to you for free on your stream.

N.B: At the time of writing there is still no Android or iPad app for Pinterest. This is a bit poor from Pinterest’s part in my opinion. I thought the days of iPhone only releases were gone. I was forced to use the mobile site, which is actually not that bad and download an unofficial app for my iPad. Although nothing more than an annoyance I thought they would be apps for each platform already, considering the success of the site.

I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any of your own creative ways of using Pinterest to enhance your style leave a comment and let me know.

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Alexis Grace July 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Alright, Arash, alright! I am following you! :)
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Arash Mazinani August 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

Ha ha, thanks for following, honestly that bit was tongue in cheek you didn’t have to :-)

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Marissa July 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Your shameless plug worked – I’m following now. :) I was late to the Pinterest party too, but now I’m totally obsessed!
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Arash Mazinani August 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

Thanks Marissa! Good to see you’re putting Pinterest to good use.

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FASHION TALES July 29, 2012 at 5:37 am

haha, I thought I was already following you on there —> now corrected! :) I love Pinterest, and completely agree about how inspiring and useful it is for everyone, not just fashion-wise! Hopefully they will have an app for all platforms soon. :)

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Arash Mazinani August 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

Yeah fingers crossed they’ll be an app out soon!

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THE-LOUDMOUTH July 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

“Also come Christmas/Birthday time send friends and family a link to your board, it’s an easy way of avoiding unwanted gifts.” Such a great idea! Love these tips!
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Arash Mazinani August 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thanks, I’m glad you liked that idea steph, thanks for following too! :-)

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Heather August 5, 2012 at 5:01 am

How nice to look through your post and see little old me! I do still like that glitter nail look, anyway, great post as usual! I didn’t want to sign up for pinterest either but now that I have I love it and find it especially good for my freelance design work.
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Arash Mazinani August 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

ha ha yeah I thought I’d pop you in, hope you don’t mind? The glitter nail look is a great look too!

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Ravinder Osahn January 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I really like this post! I’ve heard of Pinterest and I’ve never really used it but I think I might give it a go after reading this.
I’m not really stylish but eh, I’m always wanting to improve haha! :)
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Arash Mazinani January 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

You should definitely give it a go, most people that do are instantly hooked! Thanks for commenting!

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