This is the third post in my 5-part series on Polyvore.
1. Getting Started with Polyvore
2. Getting Up and Running with Polyvore
3. Getting Stylish and Creative with Polyvore
4. Using Pinterest with Polyvore
5. Getting Social with Polyvore
So you are now up and running with Polyvore; you can search and find images within the Polyvore options and you can also bring in items that you have found around the internet. The next natural progression is to look at your presentation, exploring the different options given within the Polyvore dashboard.
I’m by no means an expert when it comes to presentation – I have a tendency to go for a more minimal look with my sets – but I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way that I’m going to share with y’all which will open up your options when deciding on how you want to present a set.
You will see within the Polyvore dashboard the Embellishments section – this is the go to place for adding backgrounds, texts etc to your set – there are ten different types of embellishments, so you are pretty well covered depending on how you want your set to look.
The great thing here is that if you don’t like any of the options given, the clipper you added from the last part of the series is going to come into play. The clipper isn’t limited to just clothing items, you can use it to add any image you like, as long as it is compatible with Polyvore. (Remember some images have a bit of *flash* about them which makes them unrecognisable to Polyvore). So if you see a photo, a book cover, a wallpaper pattern that you like, you can add it to your Polyvore items for use in the presentation of you next Polyvore creation.
(Images/ideas I have added to my Polyvore for future use)
For example, I was recently looking at a “how to guide” on making a canvas with fairy lights. I liked the image they had given so I clipped it to my Polyvore, thinking it would look great in a “date night” set or a “garden party” set.
The Background options given by Polyvore are wide and varied, but searching through them isn’t the easiest as the search bar doesn’t allow you to specify a topic within the backgrounds collection. So once you are in there, the only way to search is to go through each page until you find something you like (or to search by colour but even then, you still have to go through each page until you find what you are looking for)
I have found a way around this search limitation by using search bars on other websites (for example Pinterest) and then clipping these images from around the internet using my handy dandy clipper tool.
The other day I was putting together a summer look for a post I was writing and wanted some summery images for the presentation of my set. After having a browse through the Background images and not seeing anything I liked, I headed over to Pinterest (my other favourite internet hobby/time waster) and used their search tool for “summer”. Once I found the image I wanted, I used the clipper to add it to my items where I was then able to insert it into my set. Easy.
A very popular presentation technique on Polyvore is to add an image from the Magazine Articles section of Embellishments – this is a nice way to present a set as if you were a magazine editor and is a great way to get noticed on Polyvore (I have noticed that most sets “featured” on Polyvore have a ‘magazine shoot’ look about them).
The Text section is a great way to name or add quotes to a set and there are a few options in the Frame section which work well with a ‘favourite type of’ or ‘look book’ type set. These two sections are worth exploring as they are an easy but effective embellishment to your presentation.
These are just a few of the more common embellishments that I use in my Polyvore creations. As you gain confidence and get to know the dashboard, the options for presentation become endless. Depending on the type of set you are creating and the story you want to tell, with the clipper tool, your options embellishing and enhancing your set are numerous. Your only limit is your imagination (and perhaps your internet ‘savvyness’).
Stay tuned for part 4 of my 5 part “Getting started with Polyvore” series where I’m going to go into more depth about Pinterest to Polyvore for inspiration and use in your sets.
Part 4: Using Pinterest with Polyvore