Why I’m Not a Good Fashion Blogger

why im not a good fashion blogger

These pictures act as a reminder to me that I am not really a fashion blogger. I am someone always looking for art in any form I can find it: adding color to an otherwise monochrome outfit, gazing at the shapes of trees and creating pictures from the negative spaces. What I do on this blog is art; I am an artist.

But I am not a good fashion blogger. I do not like trends. I do not like excessive consumption. And I certainly don’t care about New York Fashion Week.

Dress: Free People// Hat: Urban Outfitters//Tights: Free People// Socks: Free People// Booties: Urban Outfitters

Instead, I want to think about style. I want to wear frilly dresses and lacey socks that I’m too old for and live in constant wonderment of the beauty around me. I am an accent to this beauty, not the main focus and I don’t have a desire to change this truth. That is why I say this blog is a diary of personal style and art, but it is not really a fashion blog. That is why you do not see affiliate links. Not because I don’t want any money (that’s just silly), but because I do not want to encourage people to be me. You don’t have to wear what I wear. Honestly, so much of my clothing was purchased second hand or has been in my closet for years so you wouldn’t be able to buy it anyway. I only purchase things that spark joy in the soul, which means a few pieces a year, in most cases. That is why you see many pieces worn and restyled for what seems like thousands of times. They are always fresh and new to me.

In fact, I would rather someone take my posts as inspiration and comb through the treasure trove that is her own closet. Figure out what pieces she loves and create something new with them every day. Experiment. Don’t fear wearing the same things all the time because the people who care that you already wore your favorite dress last week are not worth having in your life. The happiness of wearing your favorite dress should bring joy to them as it does to you. You don’t need to prove yourself by buying into biweekly trends (though there is nothing wrong with buying into a trend if you genuinely like it) at H&M, especially if said piece will later contribute to the 10.5 million tons of textiles thrown in landfills each year.

Instead, it is so important to simply be yourself. Never, ever stop and think if an item of clothing makes you look like someone else, or even if someone else will like it. Because it doesn’t matter. We are all creating our own art. We are all accents to this world and we are all contributing as best we can. Everyone’s good enough is just that – good enough. What makes you happy is good enough for the rest of the world. So don’t try to be anyone else – you are beautiful and your own style is beautiful. You don’t need new Forever 21 items each month to have a great personal style and be noticed on the street. I get compliments from strangers all the time for my outfits, and I haven’t bought very much this year at all. Besides replacing some basic tees and worn out shoes, I haven’t bought anything new (though admittedly have thrifted several items) because I don’t need anything new to confidently put together a new outfit at this point. I firmly believe that confidence is the best accessory and that everyone just needs a few good things that make us happy and encourage love.

And that, my friends, is why I’m not a good fashion blogger, but I am a damn good style blogger.

Well, look what I have done. Gone and gotten all moody on you! I’m sorry for preaching. I’m not really sure what sparked the potentially morose tone of this post. Maybe it’s October infiltrating my lungs with its grey, hurricane crossed skies. Maybe it’s the fact that I am listening to Plans as I type. Maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking about this on and off all year. I’ve grown increasingly conscious of the world around me and the effect our decisions can have on society and the plant. How the buy, buy, buy, want, want, want mentality is hurting us all. Don’t get me wrong, I would hate to tell others what to do, but it does pain me to see loved ones hurting financially yet knowing they purchase the latest and greatest phone/jeans/whatever. If we all made ourselves wait a week before deciding to purchase a new item, I think we would find ourselves not wanting nearly as many new things. Wants are fleeting.

I suppose I wrote many words just to say a few: I’m not a good fashion blogger. I just love the clothes and the life that I have and I really want to share the art of creating style. I hope, by taking this stance, that I can encourage others to find their own personal style and keep it just that – personal.

P.S. Does anyone crave mellow tones like Death Cab for Cutie each fall, or am I just throwing back to 2005 all alone?

  • Don't be sorry for preaching, Liz, because A-MEN. I've been thinking of writing a post like this for a long time, but one that takes a much more aggressive route. I don't think I'll be following that thread anymore because you've just gone and done it so much more elegantly. This post is everything that embodies my blog and blogging mentality.

    I've not once – never — identified with the term "fashion blogger" and I cringe and shout and shudder whenever someone calls me one. It's why I always insist that I'm a style blogger, because like you, Liz, I like to think of my posts and the clothes I wear a form of art and expression. I don't own ANY high street items, I don't own ANY branded items, heck, I've never been into a store that sells items of the likes. My clothes, too, are accumulated over the years, from childhood, from my mother, from relatives. I'm a little rat that recycles, and where's the wrong in that?

    You are definitely a damn good style blogger, Liz, and I'd just like to add that there are so much more to your posts than just style. I mean, sure, I drool over your personal style, but the words you write and the ideas you expedite — there's so much more to A Rose In Bloom than just clothes, and you've picked the words out of my mouth in your introduction; it's a piece of art, and it's a damn fine piece of art, it is.

    Cheers to style and style blogging, Liz. Have a great day!

    May | THE MAYDEN

    • Also, I am in love with your dress!

    • OMG, thank you for this! Please feel free to write your own twist or even to simply share this one because I wish more people were on board with us. There is nothing wrong with recycling through clothing – in fact, I wish more people did! I do have some branded stuff, sure, but I also have stuff from I don't know where! Random pieces that were thrifted or gifted that are just perfect. Ultimately, brands mean nothing (even though I blogged about brands last week, lol) – all that matters is your satisfaction with the piece. Heck, I've even considered not posting outfit details anymore, but I don't know.

      But thank you so, so much for your words. They mean so much to me because I've really dedicated a lot of time to making this blog about more than just clothes and it excites me to see others being excited about it! Have a great day as well!

  • Love it, your comments are cute.
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  • Amy

    This is such a wonderful post! I totally agree with everything you said here, I feel the same way about my blog β™₯
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    • Thank you kindly. Now, if we could all get everyone on board with emphasizing personal style, think how wonderfully happy people could be in their own skins!

  • Very well said! I like fashion trends and find them fun to try, but I only incorporate ones that I really like and ones that I think would work well with my style, like adding peplum a few years ago and burgundy. If it's a trend that's not me, then I definitely pass.
    ~Sara

    • That is wonderful! I love to see people knowing what they do and don't like. Even if something is not "on trend" at this very moment, I hardly doubt anyone who matter notices or cares. Burgundy is such a lovely color that it can and should be worn anytime!

  • I think fashion blogger should be used loosely anyway, it's not always about the high trends, fashion week and everything else, it's about each persons individuality expressed through fashion and I think you are doing a great job!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Thank you, dear! Individual expression is the biggest thing I strive for. What can set us apart from everyone else? What do we love? Blogging should be about our loves!

    • This post is so good. I have the same feelings about not following new trends and just trusting my own intuition. I love my personal style but the whole "fashion blogging world" is not really my thing anymore.

      http://www.theartofvintagerevival.com/

  • what a lovely post πŸ™‚ cute pics!

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  • Amazing outfit and photos πŸ™‚
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  • YES! If I could climb a mountaintop and scream how much I love this post, I surely would! I echo your sentiments.

    I know my blog fits into the 'fashion blog' category because I post outfits, but I never want readers to think they must wear what I wear. It's not about trends, it's not about what I am wearing, it's about being inspired to dress as yourself, to be free from the confines of the fashion industry and to live a life of wonderment through your clothing.

    We all have our own quirks, why paint each other with the same brush by wearing the same thing? Let us live and dress for joy. Let 'style bloggers' exist to inspire us and to make us appreciate the way they express themselves through clothing. Let us dress for ourselves πŸ™‚

    Here's to a future of more people who think like you do!
    <3

    • Firstly, thank you, thank you. I love your site and always look forward to new outfit posts for the very reason that it is more style oriented than fashion. I am so very happy to see more and more style bloggers focusing on embracing themselves and offering a creative expression to the world. If only we could look at style as an art form – I think many people would be happier for it. When we reflect back on our lives, it should be to see what we did special. Whatever made us… us.

      In fact, I have always said that when I am old and wrinkled I want to look back and say I wore what I wanted. We won't remember random trends (especially with how many there are nowadays), but we will remember our favorite ruffled socks or quirky dress. Have a wonderful week!