Fashion Bloggers piss me off…but mostly I’m just jealous. It’s late on a Saturday night/early on a Sunday morning and I’m doing some work on my blog to “unwind” after getting home from my “day” (night?) job. I was trying to research fashion-on-a-budget blogs but instead ran across The Pink Peonies, Atlantic Pacific and a few more of that ilk and quickly got mired in a pinterest-and-vodka time suck.
A few things I’m wondering:
1.) The blogs say little but are laden with beautiful photographs. Who takes these pictures? Who? Clearly they’re not using an iphone, and it seems like some lighting equipment might be employed as well. I know they’re doing this ish on the weekends. I have a hard time imagining they get dressed every day and say “Oh wait, we have to go take a photo for the blog!” on their way out the door.
2.) These aren’t “budget” fashion blogs. In one of the pictures the girl from Atlantic-Pacific is wearing a 500 dollar HOODIE. The Pink Peonies girl shows off her Loubotins every day. How are they paying for these clothes? Oh wait, they’re getting them for free from their sponsors. I’m green with envy, but I have to admire these women, bloggers who have “made it” in the blogosphere complete with national exposure and well-known brands mailing them clothes…for fucking free. They might be the smartest women on earth (and if someone can teach me how to get someone to mail me clothes for free, please let me know).
3.) Where are they going? The outfits look great, but for some reason I don’t think people dress like this in real life. Have you seen the pictures of celebrities going grocery shopping? They look awful! And that is what people actually look like in their downtime. Some of the outfits I’ve seen are creative and awesome: perfect for work, perfect for playtime, but some are just downright ridiculous. I would get laughed out of school if I wore four-inch platform heels and a ridiculous hat around during the summer. Maybe I’m just not hanging with a fashion-y crowd.
4.) What is with the props? The further you get into the browsing you can see they turn to perfectly color-coordinated props to elevate the shot (clumps of balloons! Bubbles! Babies! obscure AND vintage bicycles!). I mean really? When was the last time you got off of work and picked up a bouquet of balloons to carry around?
I look at these photos with a longing I am all too acquainted with. The clothes are amazing, and the girls are stunning-which is why the clothes look so good. These pictures are escapism pure and simple, but they aren’t reality. The fact these images are more “informally” represented on blogs instead of in Vogue magazine makes them appear to be that much more attainable. I am ALL for a good shop-down, but I don’t want young women to get the wrong idea.
I’d really like to speak to one of these bloggers to find out how they can afford all of these outfits, shoes, and jewelry. Sure, they get free ones now, but what about when they were just starting? And everything they wear can’t be free. What about the amount they are consuming (although I do have to give props to Rachel at the Pink Peonies, who does recycle a lot of her pieces)? Why a different outfit each day? The organizer in me wonders where all of these clothes get stored once they’ve been photographed and discarded.
I mostly don’t like the idea these blogs propogate that you have to have oodles money to be fashionable.
I would like to see a fashion blog built for real young women. I know five photographs a week of you in an amazing outfit is fun, but I’d also like to see you running late to work or what you wear on a day when no one is watching. I’d also like someone to teach me something real, like how to put together an outfit so I’m not running to whole foods in my yoga pants…that I’ve already been wearing since yesterday. These women clearly have a knack for fashion and styling, which is something I lack–I want to know more than just what you wore that day. What about the outfit for the women who actually have to work all day…walk around, carry a heavy bag with their birth control, lunch and gym clothes and shit in it? How do we make that stylish?
The real answer is simple: we don’t see things like this because they aren’t as much fun. It’s not fun to budget, it’s not fun to not be able to buy the pretty things you want. So I’ll just sigh and make fun of them while I secretly long for the fashion-blogger lifestyle.