My Current Thoughts on Fashion Blogging
First things first: I love fashion. Fashion is the reason I started this site. The art and creativity and expression of fashion all excite me!
But, truth be told, I’m a little tired of fashion blogging. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not tired of what we are doing here at all. I’m simply growing weary of what I’d call “shopping blogging” – the continual outfit posts day after day after day.
Why? Well, there are three main reasons.
1 – The evolution of life
Like I mentioned, fashion was the original reason I started this site. In fact, I swore up and down that the only topics I would ever write about here would be fashion and travel!
But you know what? Life evolves. And I have so many more interests than just fashion!
I’m passionate about living boldly and colorfully in all areas of live – and empowering others to do the same! For instance, I’ve found great fulfillment in sharing some of my business knowledge in recent months. And I appreciate the reaction you all have had to that. Thank you. Business, interior design, entertaining, parenting, travel… All of these topics and more are interesting to me!
Basically, I want to take things deeper than just the superficial notion of, “Look at me in yet another cute outfit.” – even on the style front. I want to give content with substance and value. I want you to walk away feeling like you’ve learned something or gained some insights.
2 – Consumerism concerns
The second reason that I’m a little burnt out on the outfit posting is that I have major concerns about the levels of consumerism we as bloggers encourage.
Many fashion bloggers post new outfits every single day. Many share shopping links day after day after day. Swipe up for this, you need this, you need that, OMG I’m obsessed with this, I’m obsessed with that, this is my fave, that is my new fave.
You know the drill. They tell you something is their favorite, yet you never see them wear it again. They tell you to buy something, but really they bought it to photograph it and returned it afterwards. They take on partnerships that are completely inauthentic.
I do not want to be that person! And I haven’t been that person. But I feel a renewed onus to be a good example for you all.
It is not realistic to be donning a new outfit everyday. And it is not fiscally responsible to be buying so much stuff. And then of course there are the ethical issues with so much consumerism. Do we really need so much? Do we stop to think of how our clothes are made?
Stuff for the sake of stuff sucks! It won’t make you happy, nor will it fill you up. You will just be left with a full closet, but a perhaps empty feeling. So, I commit to you to be very intentional with (a) what I purchase, (b) what I wear, and (c) what I present as outfits here.
3 – Postpartum body issues
Let’s get really personal… The third reason I’m frustrated with outfits right now is this: my body still hasn’t entirely recovered from pregnancy. Y’all – the struggle is real!
During the first year or so, I tried to be patient and kind with myself. Heck – it took nine months to create her, so a year or so to get back to normal seemed reasonable. But here we are at sixteen months, and my body is still not the same. Despite being active and exercising and so on and so forth, I’m not back to where I was. Clothes are still tight or not fitting. My body shape is somewhat different.
I’ve had to get used to dressing this body. Not everything looks good on me straight off the rack anymore. Not all silhouettes are flattering anymore. Look – I’m not complaining per se or asking for sympathy or even fishing for compliments. I’m just sharing an honest look at my postpartum journey physically.