Fashion blogs - what's your take?

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Useful resource or an exercise in vanity?

LifeofPo Mon 15-Apr-13 17:19:27

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Hmm, not sure, usually there are recommendations etc. I'm interested on what people actually think of them. Are they inspiring? Irritating? Not as good as Pinterest?

cahu Mon 15-Apr-13 17:24:20

Bit of both..... Some I find useful and quite endearing. I think it depends on their writing style........... and others Poppys Style a little self congratulatory.

Hi Amber. I've pretty much given up on them tbh but that doesn't mean I think they are an exercise in vanity. My problem is that the blogs I like best are unattainable in the sense that the bloggers have v expensive clothes and are much, much more beautiful than me and live v different lifestyles (am thinking of Wendy in particular) or are quirky young girls in Portland, again with v different lifestyles/age/figures to me.

The blog I need (ie middle aged short arse hourglass who works full time and hasn't got a lot of money to spend on clothes but still looks brilliant and varied and possibly both quirky and professional) doesn't exist. I hate the 'mum blogs' to the point of fury and there's little else out there other than people wearing skinny jeans and scarves - I like skinny jeans and scarves but can wear those without a blog to show me how!

Pinterest much better.

Agree about Wendy. I'd love to look like her but there's about 4 stone and a lot of disposable income standing in my way.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 15-Apr-13 17:36:00

I like blogs and pinterest and magazines and S&B. I pretty much like anything to do with clothes.

I must say though I don't tend to read the words I just skim the pictures and look for links.

Ujjayi Mon 15-Apr-13 17:49:23

Agree with MrsCampbellBlack.

I also agree with Remus that the "skinnies & scarves" blogs do not inspire me. I gave up reading Bum40 for this reason. I would much rather read Atlantic-Pacific because I think a lot of her looks can be remodelled to fit in to an everyday life......unless of course DCs are still in the tiny baby/toddler stage and then perhaps 50s style skirts, cashmere and heels is not the most sensible option ;).

QueenCadbury Mon 15-Apr-13 17:53:30

Bit of both I'd say amber. I guess there has to be certain amount of vanity otherwise you wouldn't put yourself out there but equally you all get loads of readers so they are a useful resource too. I dip in and out of the mum ones like yours, all worn out, dmbl40, style guile etc etc as their lifestyles relate to mine. I used to be signed up to them but quickly stopped that as reading them every day they become a bit samey. Like mrscampbell I like the links although I don't have the seemingly never ending budget like some grin.

I love Pinterest too although look at it less now as it becomes a bit samey too. I'm mainly interested in stylish and different ways to wear jeans and there's only so many ways you can do it. I've always loved magazines and looking at clothes so blogs and Pinterest are just extensions of that really.

Corygal Mon 15-Apr-13 18:01:28

Thing is, 'sfashion innit, so one wants to look at pictures. Blog and pictures = good, but getting the right ratio onscreen is hard.

Opinion pieces with advice work as text tho'.

I don't like text - most of it is just wittering and it is rarely v well written.

chanie44 Mon 15-Apr-13 18:06:39

I like reading your blog ambergrin

I've only just started reading blogs, having discovered Wendy's this weekend. I like her YouTube tutorials but will probably get bored of the blog quite easily.

I think the problem with blogging is that once it takes off, you end up loosing what the original blog was about and you end up plugging freebies or you thinking up more and more elaborate ways to keep readers interested.


Mominatrix Mon 15-Apr-13 18:09:57

I get quickly bored of most blogs as they always start out really interesting, but often get tired and same-old after a while. Some blogs are a complete exercise in vanity, and I quickly tire of the posing and the me-me-me nature of them. Others, the ones I keep following, are informative, interesting and varied with very little me-me-me.

I still haven't found a blog I really like. I prefer pinterest.

Who's wendy?

aaaah. Too polished for me. Is she american?

Oh and the other thing about her is it is ALWAYS sunny! I need a little curvy person who is always getting rained on, so needs sensible coats etc. I do not live in a world where shorts and sunglasses are the norm.

ah, yes, LA. Cheers remus


I live in Milan, it's freezing for at least 3 months a year, and I still haven't figured out how to look remotely decent without suffering the cold. When we lived in England I used to wear a hat until June hmm

LifeofPo Mon 15-Apr-13 18:22:00

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She is too "perfect" isn't she? I need something more european.

The sartorialist is my fav.

Ah but I am not dumpy, Po. wink

SpringSprangSprung Mon 15-Apr-13 18:26:17

I do follow several blogs but, tbh, the only one that really grabs me is the AllWornOut cooperative. Possibly because there are several contributors, it manages to provide a bit of variety. I actually quite like Poppy's Style - not because of her taste, which is hugely different to mine, but because I think she writes well. Like many people I guess I am still waiting for someone to write a blog for a less than perfectly shaped, 40+, working mum - any offers please?!?!

carrie74 Mon 15-Apr-13 18:30:33

Well, I love the mum blogs. I started following them a year or so ago, and they gave me some ideas on how to bring high(ish) fashion into real life, how to be stylish in your later 30s, but still do the school run. They've introduced me to Internet brands I'd never heard of, and some of them did tried and tested pieces, so I don't have to go out and buy 5 white tops and hope one of them lasts, I can now buy the recommended white top that they've trialled. I'm not keen on sponsored blog posts, I like it when it comes from actual experience.

Hopefully Mon 15-Apr-13 18:39:07

I think there is surely a degree of vanity involved in blogging (speaking as a blogger).

I like a blog with a good mix of outfit posts and 'useful' posts (e.g. Packing for weekend away etc).

ArtexMonkey Mon 15-Apr-13 19:17:47

I like looking at pictures and shiny things.

I agree with Remus though, I are never going to look like that. I like vintage blogs a lot because that's generally more what I'm into, but tbh a 37 yo woman like me dressing up like miss marple is on way dodgier ground than some teen/20 something lovely from shoreditch or Brighton.

YoniOno Mon 15-Apr-13 19:23:40

I really enjoy them. The only thing preventing me from 'following' the ones I like regularly is disorganisation / laziness.

I need an app that just shows all new blog posts from the ones I choose and lets me click on them to read. I end up googling the ones I like when I remember, and either there are a million new posts or none hmm I downloaded Pulse but I don't think it does it, or if it does I can't work it out.

I like Pinterest not for outfit /styling ideas but to nosy at specific products people are buying, and to bookmark stuff I like, am considering, or have bought. Different to blogs.

I'm enjoying yours Amber - off to Google it again... <sigh>

dozily Mon 15-Apr-13 20:05:24

YoniOno - I use [] which sounds a bit like what you're looking for.

dozily Mon 15-Apr-13 20:06:02
Spookey80 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:13:51

I think they are great. They have enabled me to save money on magazines. I can now look at what is happening in fashion from high end to people on a budget. But they have also helped me look at my wardrobe differently and I have been able to put outfits together that I might not have otherwise done before.
For me they are a real source of inspiration and I have a few I check every day, including Amber's.
Love, love, love!

Spookey80 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:20:17

I don't like American ones, except Atlantic pacific because hers is shot so beautifully.
Love the mum ones really, just like having a nose at the mum at the school gate whose style you admire, and then being able to copy it!

Hopefully Mon 15-Apr-13 20:35:45

YoniOno another vote for bloglovin here.

Awww, thanks to all the lovelies being kind about mine, I wasn't fishing, honest!

The reason I asked was because I have weekly crises of confidence where I think 'I look like a dog's dinner, what the hell am I blogging for', and feel madly egocentric for doing it. But I suppose, as some of you rightly say, there has to be an element of vanity to do it in the first place.

Hopefully, that's a good point about 'useful' posts. I am off to sunny Centre Parcs next week, so you have inspired me to do a capsule 'British weather resistant' holiday wardrobe post. Something to look forward to wink...

Oh, and I follow a massive variety, from uber-fash Blonde Salad/Style Bubble to glam-American Atlantic and Wendy to home-grown WIT and Frugality to mum-bloggers like SGS, Suburban Style etc. I get something from each of them and look forward to the Bloglovin emails bouncing into my inbox.

Downfall Mon 15-Apr-13 20:50:41

Can someone kindly link to Amber's blog? If that's allowed? Thanks.

foxysocks Mon 15-Apr-13 20:55:32

i love them. and if I don't love them (boring, not me, cannot stand the sponsored posts) i don't read them.

love yours A. keep blogging! x

foxysocks Mon 15-Apr-13 20:56:04
santamarianovella Mon 15-Apr-13 20:56:59

i fallow stockholm street style and sartorialist,i love these two,you get to see a great mix of styles from all over,and just one place or one particular trend, they are more into european and global style as opposed to the pretty american ones.
i do like some american ones but not the NY princessy kind,hate those!

Oh god, I don't deserve to even be mentioned on the same page as Sart! I like Stockholm too Santa.

daisydoodoo Mon 15-Apr-13 21:07:14

Some of the newer blogs are just jumpingon the babandwagon. Like someone else said how many blogs do there need to be out there telling you wedge trainers skinny jeans a scarf and a biker jacket will make you a cool/yummy mummy?

I like poppystyle I find her writing quite funny (in a good way) and envious of her budget or lack of. Schoolgatestyle is good too, I don't read it as often but I like the store reviews and that its not just clothing.

I think they have to be vain in order to take full length pics day in day out. Some are extremely cringey look at the floor hand on hip and smile. Origionality is good same old same old content that youcan get in other established blogs, no thanks. Im pretty sure some of the 'newbies' think they are going to make a living from it and get lots of freebies.

And now I'll put my claws back in blush

Bartlebee Mon 15-Apr-13 21:31:39

The only one I really like is The Suburban Style, but only because she's a similar build to me and wears clothes I have invariably already got. I like blogs with real people, not fashion shoot style photos.

<misses point>

But she has had the temerity to get pregnant and stop posting angry.

I find any American fashion blogs ghastly - invariably schmaltzy and self aggrandising.

And most 'school mum/forty/yummy mummy' blogs scream frump to me.

S'ok bartle, she's had her beautiful baby boy so I'm sure she'll be back before too long, shaming us all by looking super-slim postnatally!

Bartlebee Mon 15-Apr-13 21:36:45

Ooh has she? I shall look forward to her comeback!

LifeofPo Mon 15-Apr-13 21:37:42

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CointreauVersial Mon 15-Apr-13 23:45:43

There has to be an element of vanity, but big credit to any blogger who's prepared to put themselves out there.

I use Bloglovin, and enjoy my daily dose of mum-blogs, as I tend to use them as inspiration for day-to-day dressing, and will often buy things I have seen on a "real" person (as opposed to a size zero model on a retail website), or get inspiration to re-style something I already have.

Wendy, Atlantic Pacific and their aspirational ilk are largely irrelevant to me (pretty pictures, that's all).

And I've not dipped my toe into Pinterest (I might fall in and drown grin ).

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 16-Apr-13 05:13:09

I miss WIT - she bridged the gap well between 'mum blogs' and the Wendy type blogs I think.

SavoyCabbage Tue 16-Apr-13 05:39:17

I like Outfit Posts.

LifeofPo Tue 16-Apr-13 09:27:47

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MrsCampbellBlack Tue 16-Apr-13 09:47:00

What watch thing? The same one?

LifeofPo Tue 16-Apr-13 09:53:36

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DewDr0p Tue 16-Apr-13 13:36:59

I've not seen one I'd like to follow - there are a couple I could see myself dipping in and out of for inspiration 3 or 4 times a year when I shop. (I tend to work out what I need for a season and go for it)

I share the lack of interest in blogs featuring tall skinny women in skinny jeans and big scarfs. If only because I am a totally different shape, so most of that stuff looks pretty awful on me. I quite like Audrey at puttingmetogether - love all the colours.

santamarianovella Tue 16-Apr-13 17:05:23

designers are starting to use bloggers to advertise their products,its very clever marketing.most of the big bloggers get tons of designer freebies,and they start gushing about them in a nauseating way. i lost interest in blonde salad for that.
its not that im envious or anything,i like buying nice things but i pay alot for them.
i like ambers and mrsc blogs because i can relate to them,although i would describe my style as a bit different from both blogs,but i always find things that i like ,and i love to see how they style certain things.
i never heard of jemima vien until i read about it on ambers and i like them.
and i like toasted tumblr and wish she could post more pics !

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