Perhaps you are building a professional wardrobe or are just trying to define your personal style. Why not take your cue from clothing designers?
Michael Kors (above left) and Phillip Lim (below left) show how they developed their apparel lines that are inspired by clipped images and fabric swatches, setting the tone and style for their Fall 2010 collections.
If you prefer to gather your thoughts digitally, you can create a mood board via computer like this one above from Novia a Esposa or below left from Golden Apple Designs. If cut and paste is more your style, get busy with the scissors and glue like Brian and Jeannie did as they curated images for their own wedding.