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Fashion blogs - what's your take?

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AmberNectarine Mon 15-Apr-13 17:18:42

Useful resource or an exercise in vanity?

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.

AmberNectarine Mon 15-Apr-13 20:46:06

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...

AmberNectarine Mon 15-Apr-13 20:49:29

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!

AmberNectarine Mon 15-Apr-13 21:05:54

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.

AmberNectarine Mon 15-Apr-13 21:33:44

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.

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