14 September, 2014

In Defense of the Fashion Blogger


Recently, I came across a few websites, which I will not name, that said a few unkind things about fashion bloggers in general. I found those comments very petty. Obviously, the majority of those sites weren't fashion blogs, but they were still blogs. While mine is focused on a wide range of topics, I love to read fashion blogs. I love the blogging world, and how generous the bloggers I've gotten to know are. Every blogger has something useful to share, and enriched my life in one way or another.

Some of the critical comments about fashion bloggers are below, along with my responses.

1) "They feature clothes from mass retailers, instead of couture/high fashion. There is no creativity"

Look, if I want to see unattainable couture dresses that I will never, ever wear, whether due to financial reasons or a lack of an appropriate occasion to wear them to, I would open up an issue of Vogue (and I do read Vogue to stay informed on what's going on in the fashion world, thankyouverymuch).

I visit fashion blogs because I want to see how regular girls like me style themselves; this is something that I can't find in magazines. Furthermore, I visit fashion blogs for inspirations on what I can do with the things I already have in my closet.

If we want to talk about creativity, I would say that fashion bloggers are very creative for taking products from mass retailers, and make them uniquely their own. For example, I remember seeing three different bloggers wearing the same dress from Forever 21, but each girl styled the dress so differently to express her personal aesthetics, that they did not look like clones of each other at all. Now, THAT is creativity.

2) "They feature only pictures of themselves."

Well, what do you expect? It's their personal blogs.

3) "They are vain."

We live in a society where women, especially young girls, are taught to have low self-esteem, or low self-confidence. I think that it takes a lot of courage to post pictures of yourself online, risking getting harassed and verbally abused with insults for how you look. So what if some people are a little "vain"? What if it's not vanity, but confidence, yet you prefer to criticize anyway? At the end of the day, our society is better when its people have high self-esteem and self-confidence, don't you agree? Tearing these young women down does not help anybody.

4) "They all have the same poses."

So? And most models have the same walk down the runway.  Your point is...? Seriously, look at all of the ads in fashion magazines; there are only a few basic poses that effectively showcase the merchandise, so they are used again and again. What do you want these fashion bloggers to do? Perform acrobatic stunts in pictures of themselves wearing a maxi dress?

5) "They don't stay focused on fashion, and would feature pictures of their vacations. I don't care about what you did in Maui!"

Clearly, someone who makes that statement can't understand the relationship between a blogger and his/her readers. After you've been blogging for awhile, and gained a few readers, a lot of them become like your friends and care about more than just what you wore today, but also what you did.

When I visit my favorite bloggers, for example, I'm actually interested in learning more about them, and vacation pictures are always so fun because they feature places that I haven't necessarily visited yet, but would love to one day.

Now that I have re-read the five critical comments above, they sound a bit like envy to me (I understand that the people who made those comments aren't going to like what I've just said). 
What do you think? If you have a blog, feel free to share the link with your comment; I would to visit it! :o)

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14 comments:

  1. I agree with you completely - it takes so much time and effort into every single post and it's a shame that people can't just let people do what they want!

    Even though your picture did make me laugh at the top! :) I don't look at the negativity…..just leave it and carry on doing your thing but well done for raising the point!! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, that picture made me laugh, too. Lol. In fact, I'm responding to you right now in bed, next to my snoring husband. Hahaha. So glamorous. ;-)

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  2. I agree, these comments sound like envy. It takes so much time and effort to create great content and I'm glad you put your view into this post.

    allthingsglitterandbeauty.blogspot.de

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    1. Awww, thanks! I was going to ignore them, but they sounded so bizarre that I felt like saying something. :-P

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  3. Oh wow I've never heard any comments like that about fashion bloggers before :/ xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I find those comments to be odd/bizarre more than anything. Haha.

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  4. Great opinions on each comment. They obviously don't understand~~

    xx Sera
    http://StardustBohemian.com

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    1. Thanks, Sera! I just found it perplexing that they couldn't see the flaws in their critiques. :-P

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  5. Haha, LOVE this post!

    Sarah x
    www.palmtreesandheels.blogspot.com

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  7. Great post! xx
    fashionismyfirstlanguage.blogspot.ie

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