10 Reasons to Love Fashion Blogs

I love fashion blogs, (Obviously, I write one!) but plenty of people don’t agree with me. Recently Kristy Elena of Full Time Fabulous wrote an article entitled “The Importance of Fashion Blogging”. As a personal style blogger I read it with interest. It seems that although some in the fashion world have embraced the blogging phenomenon, others are not so happy about it.

As Kristy points out, for at least a century women have found their style inspiration mainly through women’s magazines.  I think this might be one of the reasons that I lost interest in fashion for a while in my 30’s. I was a working mom who spent her free time at the playground in over-sized jeans. I looked at magazines all the time for design ideas, but as beautiful as the photographs often were, there was very little in them that spoke to me, my figure, or my clothing needs.

Recently my passion for fashion has been rekindled. My children are still young but growing up.  I’ve had time to focus on myself, something that’s hard to do running around after toddlers in diapers. And I’m rediscovering fashion through my new favorite media: personal style blogs. I’m discovering other older women who refuse to give up and throw in the towel just because they’re not as thin or as young as they used to be.

I love it.

With the ability to self-publish on the web, thousands and thousands of women, (and some men) are creating their own mini fashion magazines and creating a web of inspiration and communication that reaches around the globe. Whether you just like to read personal style blogs, or if you write one yourself, we should all be proud to be part of this new phenomenon.  Here are 10 reasons to read, follow, and love this online trend.

Ten Reasons to Love Fashion Blogs

1 – You will see people in their own clothes, wearing them their own way.  Street style became a force to be reckoned with in the 1960’s.  Now it’s practically an institution in it’s own right. But what better way is there to be inspired than to see what other people are wearing everyday? The best part is you can see what’s cool in London, Paris and New York.  It’s a mini-vacation on you laptop! For some really wild looks check out  Street Style Aesthetic.  

2 – You will see women who have NOT been improved, cleaned up, and slimmed down by Adobe Photoshop. Are we sick of seeing women with impossible proportions yet?  Are we tired by the brilliant white teeth and the immaculately perfect skin? I know I am. Visit your friendly, neighborhood personal style blogger for a reality check.

3 –  You will see women of all sizes and heights.  This is probably the main reason I read personal style blogs.  I’m tall, but I can’t remember the last time I wore a size 8, let alone the size 2 worn by most fashion models.  Clothes do not look on me the way they look on the women who appear on the pages of magazines.  I love, really, really love, seeing women who aren’t model-thin taking great photos of themselves in their newest outfits.  When they look fabulous it makes me feel really good about myself too.

Many of us are frustrated by the unrealistic ideals encouraged by the fashion world . Fashion bloggers help you to “retrain” your eye so you see real women’s proportions as normal and attractive..

4 –  You will see women of all ages. If Sacramento of Mis Papelicos or Deirdre of Pull Your Socks Up don’t make you want to run out and try something new I don’t know what will.  Seeing women who are older than me, and way wilder than me in terms of fashion, and who look FABULOUS, is eye-opening and incredibly freeing.

Every time I see the editor in chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour, I am blown away by her effortless chic.  Although she is in the magazine’s soul, her image is not on the pages. We’re ALL going to get older, lets find ways to be fabulous at any age.

5 – You will also see fashion shows and editorials. Not all fashion blogs are personal style blogs.  Some, like Dress Code: High Fashion, highlight fashion shows, advertisements and editorials.  This is a great way to get deep into the fashion groove and be inspired by top designer’s personal visions.

6 – You will connect with other people.  Blogging is all about communication. If you comment on a blog, that blog owner (if they are a nice, considerate sort of person) will comment on your blog.  The next thing you know you’ll be tweeting each other, and then one day you’ll meet in person. Voila! A friendship is born. Think I’m being silly?  It’s happened to me several times now.

7 – You will learn how to dress well on less.  Magazines are lovely and celebrities are beautiful, but most of the clothes worn by singers and actresses are very, very, expensive. Having worn some high-end designer clothing, I can promise you it looks a lot better than the stuff I buy at Ross or even the mid-level apparel I buy at Macy’s. Most of the women who post on the web have a budget just like you and I do.  Lots of them look fabulous in clothes they picked up at thrift stores and garage sales. You can too. Can’t believe it? Check out The Citizen Rosebud  for thrifted fabulousness.

8 – You will learn DIY techniques.  Lot of blogger post their “how to’s” as well as outfit posts. It’s a fun, and budget friendly, way to create new things for your wardrobe.

9 – Fashion blogs give you permission to try new things. There’s nothing quite like other women looking their best that makes you feel you can look your best too.  If she can wear three colors of purple and green in an outfit and look great, then maybe I can add a purple scarf to my outfit and look great too!  Magazines showcase new trends all the time, and I often find these fashion editorials to be beautiful works of art in their own right, but it’s not so easy to tease out the items or shapes that are wearable. Personally I find it daunting. On the other hand, when I see a fellow blogger wearing a new trend HER way, it gives me concrete ideas on how I can wear it to.

10 –  Essentially, you will realize that if they can do it, you can do it. It has empowered me. It will empower you too.

What do YOU love about fashion blogs?


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44 Responses to 10 Reasons to Love Fashion Blogs

  1. Hajra April 6, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    This is such a good post. Very innovative. I have never been into fashion but I read your blog because it helps one with such great tips and techniques to just look better. I like the way you integrate simplicity and style!

    • Heather Fonseca April 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      Thank you Hajra! I’m so glad you like my blog and I hope I can continue to be helpful. I like yours too. It’s really funny!

  2. mary jo
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    April 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I love the connection and the inspiration of fashion blogs although I usually don’t have the patience to click back daily to see what a particular person is wearing. But I love it when the people are different daily and I agree, it would be nice to see people less “magazine perfect”!

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      I follow a bunch of people who I really like. It’s fun. I’m glad you agree with me about the magazine perfect part.

  3. Raquel Rzeszotarski April 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    I love an excuse to look at clothes… it’s the best retail shopping therapy ever!

    • Heather Fonseca April 7, 2011 at 7:08 am #

      It’s true. I love looking at clothes too! But then I want to shop. Sigh.

  4. anne
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    April 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    great post Heather. love all the juicy links!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      Thanks Anne. Those are some of my favorite blogs. Check them out and let me know what you think.

  5. kristy April 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    this is such a lovely post with so many wonderful points! and thank you for the shout out darling!!! you’re a sweetheart and a wonderful asset to the blogging community indeed. =)

    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

  6. SACRAMENTO April 7, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you so much my dear Heather, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Fabulous, helpful and down to eath post.
    So flattering fo me to be included.
    You are an angel.
    Much love, my friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Heather Fonseca April 7, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      I’m really happy you enjoyed it. I do find your blog and your style so inspirational!

  7. Kara April 7, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    What a great post! So refreshing to read. I especially liked your point in #2, but I totally agree with everything you said here. I’m tweeting this! :)

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    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

      Thanks so much Kara! I’m glad you like it and I hope you continue to stop by.

  8. Heidi Hastings April 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    What a great post! I must say I love #6 and #10! Blogging is so great. One of the reasons I love blogging so much is because of the great people I have met (I was always one of those kids in middle school that wanted a pen pal and would sign up for them from a school list-however, my pen pal never wrote back–haha–random I know). So I guess what I’m trying to say is the interaction you get with people from all over the world is phenomenal! <3 H
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    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      I was one of the kids who wanted a pen pal too! It never really worked out though did it? I have to say, blogging is way better!

  9. Jamillah April 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    TOOOOTALLY!!!! Before I was a blogger I was an avid blog reader and I am constantly inspired by the fashion of real women. The creativity, I mean hellloooo style pantry! I have outfits I would’ve never thought of if it wasn’t for blogs.

    Now that I am blogging I love blogs even more. 1) I am waaaay more appreciative of the effort!-it is not easy to maintain! 2) The community of women here is inspiring; they are smart and diverse and they make me so happy. I’m meeting my first friend via blogging at the end of this month. STOKED!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

      I know what you mean when you say that you have outfits you would never have thought of if it weren’t for blogs. I’m doing things that I would have found outrageous a few years ago. Well, just in clothing, you know.

  10. Terri
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    April 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Oh, I like you. This post feels like you have read my mind about the guilty pleasure of keeping a blog.
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    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      Oh it’s a pleasure for sure, and I do feel guilty sometimes. It does take up a lot of my time, but what a great creative outlet it is.

  11. Anika April 8, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    I love this post! I love fashion blogs and fashion blogging for exactely the same reasons. As a curvy woman it was so liberating to start my own fashion blog, and to find other women putting their real fashionable selves out there. Thank you for this post!!! Hugs.

    x Anika
    http://byanika.com
    @AnikaByAnika
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    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      I’m so glad you liked my post Anika. I love your blog especially!

  12. Brooke April 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    This is an AWESOME article. It’s totally positive and inspiring. I especially love points 6 (because I’ve made new friends via blogging, something I had never anticipated in the beginning) & 7 (because my budget is real life too, I have a family to look after first, + lots of super popular bloggers are given those expensive clothes).

    Thank you. :)
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    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks Brooke. I never thought that some bloggers are given clothing like celebrities, but it makes sense.

  13. Julian April 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    This is so true! Great post.

    Now that I have a fashion blog, I dress up everyday like I’m going to post what I’m wearing so I’ve definitely become a better dresser! :D

    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

      Oh me too. I’m always putting things on wondering if the end result will be post-worthy.

  14. book fotografico April 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I appreciate it very much. All round good article. Fashion is a newest obsession. There’s nothing quite like other look their best that makes you feel you can look your best too. Quite interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Fashion Limbo April 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    “You will see women who have NOT been improved, cleaned up, and slimmed down by Adobe Photoshop” I simply adore that, and also that women of all ages fashion-blog, as fashion is not only for the younger generations, style has no age.

    Blogging is had work, but it is a lot of fun and can be VERY rewarding. It also makes you connect with other people, from other parts of the world, you never would have thought of meeting. It’s simply fantastic.

    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      So glad you liked my post! And it’s true, style has no age. It also has no color, no size, etc. Stylish people come in all shapes, sizes, creeds, and nationalities.

  16. tymbre April 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    This is such a great post, I was just telling a friend of mine that we (fashion bloggers) are creating new outlets in every way possible and not lying about anything. What we write is real, from the heart and authentic.

    Love your 10 reasons!!

    xo
    tee

    • Heather Fonseca April 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Thanks Tymbre. We are creating something new, I agree!

  17. Agenzia hostess torino April 19, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Nice post I like your site very well and continue to do so. Highlight fashion shows, advertisements and editorials. This is a great way to get deep into the fashion groove and be inspired by top designer’s personal visions. Great post. Good luck. Regards

  18. hostess e promoter May 17, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    Agree with every point. I blog because its a hobby and I love to share my information with other people. I can also gain tips from readers through comments too which is a plus for me! I think they are difficult to wear when you are short which is why I put my Nicole Fahri one on my blog sale! I love the way they swish too! I think when you’re a child, that’s what you love about dressing up and I don’t think that wanting to spin round in a circle to see your dress move around you, ever leaves you! I still catch myself doing it when the opportunity arises! Thanks for sharing this post so much.

  19. Wayne Tippetts May 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Thanks for the mention Heather, it;s great to think that I am lending my voice to the blogosphere and people find my work an inspiration.

    • Heather Fonseca May 19, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by Wayne! I love your blog. I have some photos of your subjects pinned to my inspiration wall.

  20. Claire May 24, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Thanks so much for coming over to my blog and commenting – i love this piece and wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments – thanks again x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/
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  21. Rhonda Grice September 25, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Fashion blogs to me are not only more update than some magazines, and they are free on the Internet. I also like the way people can discuss certain fashions.

  22. hypnotizingfashion.blogspot.com August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi ! Great blog ! :) amazing pics xoxo :)
    maybe You can look at my b fashion blog ?
    and follow each other?
    http://hypnotizingfashion.blogspot.com
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    • Heather Fonseca August 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. I will go check out your site.

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