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ZoeKate
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ZoeKate
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Hi All!

So I’m a relatively new blogger. I originally started my blog as a place to focus on my writing and interest in photography outside of the realm of school, but I began to realize that my interest in all things aesthetically pleasing was taking over. I adore writing, but I like having the blog as an outlet for my more visual interests, and recently I’ve been dabbling more into the fashion side of things. Reading lots of fashion blogs and beginning to blog more about style myself has got me wondering – fashion blogs seem like they cost a lot of money! What I mean by that is that as much as we may like to believe that blogging is having a democratizing effect on fashion (and I concede that in many ways that’s probably true), it is also true that for a blog to be successful it seems that it’s important to always have new content, and for a fashion blog (or more specifically, a personal style blog) that means always having new outfits. And not just new outfits, but new, desirable outfits. And clothes cost money.

So, my question is – do any personal style bloggers feel pressure to constantly buy new clothes (more than you did before you began blogging)? Does blogging about fashion mean you spend more money on clothes than you otherwise would in order to generate more content for your blog? Do you think readers respond more to people who blog about higher-priced fashion because it’s more desirable and aspirational?

Sorry that was so long, but I’m really curious about this!

THANKS!
XO
ZK
GLITTER AND INK”:"www.glitter-and-ink.blogspot.com

posted over 3 years ago
LydiaHibbing
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LydiaHibbing
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I don’t know that I would necessarily agree.. I just started my blog and while I do want to post NEW content everyday that doesn’t mean that I have to use NEW clothing. I myself got into fashion blogging because I am obsessed with clothing and already have lots of it. I would assume (perhaps wrongly) that many other fashion bloggers also have lots of clothing already.
If someone is feeling pressure to buy the newest hottest thing then that is probably wrong. People should blog to express themselves and something inherent in that is that we all have different style AND different budgets. DIY clothing could be incorporated into a blog as well as thrifted clothing. I have lots of thrift store items and lots of designer duds as well – it is about putting together an aesthetically pleasing outfit – not one that only advertises a brand.
I hope this has contributed positively to this discussion :)
I also would hope that bloggers don’t feel compelled to buy new things or expensive things just to satisfy readers.
Much love,
Lydia

posted over 3 years ago
 
IlanaMorgan
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IlanaMorgan
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I have waaaaaaaaaaay to many clothes they are taking over my house!
but yes I usually want things especially when I see it on another blogger and it looks amazing.
If I can’t afford it though I can always create something similar

My Modern Vintage

posted over 3 years ago
 
ZoeKate
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ZoeKate
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I totally agree with you Lydia. I also already have an overflowing closet, and am literally running out of room in my apartment for all my clothes and accessories. The other day my boyfriend said, “You could shoot every single item of clothing you own, and have posts for the next three years.” Which is probably true. Haha

And I definitely think that when bloggers have a diversity of price-ranges represented, it makes it way more interesting. I love vintage, and love it when people are just generally creative with their styling and not stressing about brands or whatever.

But, if I’m honest, blogging more about style has made me want to shop more! I think reading fashion blogs has contributed to that as well. And since I’m already a bit of an over-shopper, I have to be careful that it doesn’t get out of control!

I would imagine that there are probably lots of fashion bloggers out there though, who do feel pressure to buy more or pricier clothes than they would if they weren’t blogging.

But definitely the blogs I like reading are ones where the author is more about creativity and doing something I think is fun and exciting, and kind of effortless, as opposed to super put together and expensive-looking!

Thanks for responding! I’m really interested to hear what others have to say about this!

posted over 3 years ago
 
tiamaria
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tiamaria
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To be honnest I find bloggers who re-use clothes in fresh new ways all the time or have d.i.y. or thrifted or vintage items much more inspiring then someone who just goes out and spends fortune on new must have clothes all the time :)

posted over 3 years ago
 
kat_mauvais
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kat_mauvais
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I think fashion blogging actually encourages thrifty clothes-shopping habits! Since starting blogging, I’ve saved a lot of money by going to thrift stores and waiting for good sales. However, I have bought waaaaay too many clothing items because of this, and I’m actually selling a lot of them on my blog to save my sanity. http://www.atavisions.com/p/blog-sale.html

posted about 3 years ago
 
FashionTrendsMore
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I don’t feel the pressure to buy more but I will admit to loving to shop! I also love clothing swaps- online clothing swaps are a cool way to get new to you clothes for practically nothing. Check out mine here: http://www.fashiontrendsmore.com/2011/10/clothing-swap.html#comments

posted about 3 years ago
 
hpbburd95
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hpbburd95
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In my personal opinion, I really prefer blogs that have more of a use-able wardrobe. And the funny thing is, when you style different garments in different ways, people don’t notice as much and you can make it seem, if you do have a small wardrobe, that you have a much larger wardrobe than you actually do. I try my best to re-style all of my clothing (in winter and summer too), because as much as I love to shop, it’s not practical for me to spend my money all the time for new stuff. I’m a new blogger also, but I don’t have the same anxieties. I hope that you stick with the fashion blogging!
This is just my blog, feel free to check it out: http://alittleburdtoldme.blogspot.com/
Good luck with everything!

posted almost 3 years ago
 
frills4thrills
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I don’t really agree either… I can definitely understand why you would think that though. When I was new to blogging I thought the same way, but once I consistently read other fashion blogs, you start to see the same items repeated, but worn in a totally different way! I feel like blogging helps me shop around with what I already have before I feel the pressure to go out an buy something new. I think the biggest pressure when it comes to fashion blogging is always dressing cute so that I have pictures to post! Some days I just want to wear something plain : )

Also, I feel like I rarely see fashion blogs that are name brand specific. It’s mostly thrifted or clearance items which makes the outfits more original to look at! I hope that helps, and that you are able to enjoy style blogging rather than being stressed about it!

Sarah

frills4thrills.blogspot.com

posted almost 3 years ago
 
sherriamour
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I blog about thrifty fashion so I hope to inspire others by mix and matching clothes I have and how to be on a budjet. So I don’t think you have to always be the current things. And you can always blog photos from other sites (and cite them of course). For example, fall collections or items on a wishlist that you like. Some fashion blogs don’t even do outfit post but are just as successful. I hope you find your blogging niche that you’re comfortable with. I find that you should blog for you and try not to feel pressured. Good luck!

Check out my blog here

posted almost 3 years ago
 
natbeesfashion
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natbeesfashion
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I think you dont have to buy clothes every day, imagination is the best weapon for a successful blogger. However do not forget that all the famous fashion bloggers get many clothes, shoes, bags, accessories for free advertising from fashion companies (courtesy). So either you use your imagination and wear the same clothes with a different way or you are a famous one that receives constantly new things for free!!

posted almost 3 years ago
 
bg031
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bg031
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I also like bloggers who tend to wear the same items but in different ways coz it does show more creativity. However, it is when I read other blogs and see items that I like and love to buy that kinda makes fashion blogging expensive for me:P

posted almost 3 years ago
 
vanitychick
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It is just a matter of creativity. Trying to mix and match your own wardrobe can also create an interesting high fashion statement. You don’t need to splurge on new clothes, bags or accessories.. Try to do some thrift hunting.. There are lots of vintage treasures you can try to mix with your own personal style.. And the main key, for being a blogger is confidence. .. Love your own style and body…And i’m pretty sure you can really stand out without spending much…:)

posted almost 3 years ago
 
ViveMaria
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I absolutely agreee with vanitychick. I also recently started blogging because I love fashion and I have a huge closet. And I have to admit that since I’m doing this I even want to shop less because mixing and matching my wardrobe in new ways makes me realize that I have enough. I am more concious about the things I already possess. Style is not about consumerism and possession.

Now, when I buy something new, I have to be sure that it adds value to my wardrobe and my style concept. Imagine, your wardrobe is a paintbox and every item in it is an indispensable tool in order to create your oeuvre.

posted almost 3 years ago
 
flowerchildvtg
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This is a really interesting topic. I understand your point of view, and to some degree we all want to keep up with current trends in our outfit posts, but we need to find a way to look current and great without overspendng, just like the person before me commented!

posted almost 3 years ago
 
SteffiSanta
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agree with 3 girls before me commented. for me,having a fashion blog is just like a way to show up your personal style,like a kind of portfolio :) we don’t need to buy clothes often. just use your creativity to deal with stuff in your closet and make an inspiring look. you can DIY your clothes, or if you still want to shop, just thrifting! but don’t buy things because other bloggers wear it too, but because you like it. the most two things you must have are confidence and passion. if you already have those, you’ll do the blogging joyfully. just enjoy what you do!

well, hope it helps! :)

posted almost 3 years ago
 
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Dear Zoe..Good to know you and appreciate your thought of starting a blog to share your thoughts.There are people who are in search of such online help on their multiple questions related to fashion stores online and many more concerns are there in similar regards.

Providing solutionsto there concern would give you recognition and hence ultimately to grow even financially through blog.

posted 10 months ago
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