Delving into the wide world of being a fashion blogger is an intimidating step. I swore off fashion blogging for the longest time because it didn’t feel like my ‘thing’, i didn’t consider myself fashionable enough so i figured i’d just stick to beauty and/or rambling about my life.
I wrote a post at the start of 2018 about how i wanted to develop my fashion sense a little bit more, about how i wanted to dress more “like a blogger”. Well folks, it’s only taken me a year and a quarter but i have now realised there is no such thing.
Dressing “like a blogger” to me is not wearing jeans, matching items really well and in a way that you wouldn’t consider. They’re effortlessly good at putting outfits together and experiment with silhouettes which are high-fashion inspired. Basically, they make cheaper clothes look mega expensive because of how they style them.
Upon further reflection, it’s unfair of me to assume that’s all a fashion blogger is. There are so many different fashion bloggers that all have a different style, and they all appeal to different audiences. I can absolutely appreciate the craft that goes into a lot of the more out-there outfits, as well as seeing jeans and a tshirt and thinking, okay, i like the effortlessly chic vibes here.
I saw a tweet a few months ago complaining about how bloggers shouldn’t just wear “jeans and a tshirt” because “that’s not fashion”, and i started to consider it every time i got dressed. Especially for shoots. That’s the kind of toxic culture which encouraged me to keep buying shit i didn’t need, in the hope my fashion would be interesting enough for that one person who tweeted it.
I follow a lot of people on instagram who i admire for their fashion sense. I think some people just know how to style things well and i don’t think i’m one of them. I very rarely step outside my “jeans and a jumper” comfort zone; my idea of brave fashion is a midi skirt.
The thing about fashion blogging is that it’s so personal. Almost everyone will have a different way of styling the same items. There’s no right or wrong way to do fashion, and i think i got lost trying to incorporate a style i had no idea how to work with into my everyday wardrobe. It’s time to start accepting that my style is not the same as those fashion bloggers i idolise.
Bloggers don’t have an obligation to make every outfit new and exciting. I’m sick of taking hours to think of what outfits to shoot because i don’t have anything “new” and all my outfits recently have consisted of jeans and a tshirt. If Queer Eye has taught us anything, it should be that jeans and a tshirt is a classic banger of an outfit.
In hindsight, i don’t really know where i was going with this post. It was very much a “7pm genius” idea and for once, i just let my brain roll with it instead of trying to meticulously plan what i was going to say. Unsure how i feel about this method.