I’m going to go on a little rant here…
I don’t often rant, except for this one other time.
It was on my old blog.
It was about the lack of comments. (Here)
Fashion Bloggers who only do it because they get stuff.
It’s inspired by two posts I read from the lovely Gabrielle over at Look Sharp, Sconnie.
(The second post will make you want to throw something across the room…)
First of all let me tell you a little bit about me.
I started Fashion Blogging simply because of one thing… I love fashion.
I’ve grown up around fashion, I was raised in a family business that sold shoes and clothing.
Some of my fondest memories from my childhood take place in that store and the countless trips to Chicago to purchase different brands for the store.
It broke my heart when we decided to sell the store, but my goal is to buy it back.
I now go to school for fashion design… Not because I’m some crazy talented student who sews her entire wardrobe… It’s all because…
I. Love. Fashion.
You know how in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holly just loves all things that have to do with Tiffany’s?
That’s me with fashion. (Okay maybe that was a bad example, but I really wanted to use that gif)
I think that it’s super cool that bloggers are getting recognized more and more. And I truly think that in the past 5 or so years fashion bloggers have heavily influenced the “world of fashion.”
But lately I’ve noticed a trend going on… A lot of the bloggers I follow have started putting things such as “c/o (insert company here)”
I don’t have any problem with a brand reaching out to a blogger and asking if they’ll feature their clothing on the blog, but when the entire outfit is “courtesy of” and it’s really REALLY big designer brands it gets really frustrating. And to add insult to injury, they’re the bloggers that are rolling in the dough as well as tons of readers/comments.
I’m a college student. Yes I have a job, but considering it’s design based that means I only put around 3 hours of work into it a week. Those hours don’t add up quickly.
I also like to shop. But because of job situation mentioned above, I can’t buy everything I lay my eyes on. I have to think through purchases, shop around and look for the best deal.
Impulse purchases are VERY rare.
Having the Mall of America only an hour drive away isn’t helpful to my small budget either.
So instead… I thrift.
That’s basically me every time I go into Goodwill.
I find bloggers who take time to put their outfits together, with pieces that they purchased themselves, or thrifted, or designed/sewed, or even just one piece that was gifted from a company… WAYYYYY more intriguing than the ones that are head to toe in one designer.
There’s a certain art about being able to put together an outfit with mixed and matched pieces. I love finding clothing in my closet from seasons ago and being able to find a way to wear it in a fresh and fun way. I love mixing vintage pieces into my wardrobe, and sifting through thrift store racks is a prime way to add them to your wardrobe.
I may never be one of those fashion bloggers who get endorsements, are photographed by street style photographers, receive invites to NWFY shows, etc. etc… And I am totally okay with that.
But what I would love to see soon is more support for the “small town” bloggers. The people who do it all themselves, don’t receive a penny for their blogging efforts or a pretty package in the mail. The ones who Google “how to insert buttons to blog” instead of having a team of programmers at their disposal. The people who awkwardly ask their friends to take pictures of their outfits while getting stares from people rollerblading by instead of the bloggers who have professionals crawling over each other to snap pictures.
So basically what I’m saying can be summed up by this photo.
When I receive comments, or see the view counter slowly ticking up… I get all giddy. It’s because of something I did. Not because I have a company promoting me or gifting me items.
Okay. Rant over.