The Shallow and The Conscious: a Fashion Blog Debate
I’m talking about the two trends that are raging these days in the fashion and fashion blogging community. We have those who literally don’t care about anything, not what they’re wearing, if they’re wearing symbols they don’t know the meaning of, if they’re wearing real foxes tails hanging from their bags and so on.
On the opposite side we have the fashion conscious: the ones shopping vintage not because it’s trendy but because it’s more sustainable, the ones that are not wearing fur, leather or too chemical processed products, cruelty-free, sweatshops conscious, brand conscious… But I’m not talking about the eco-conscious ones, I’m talking about people who actually think about the message that what they’re wearing carry.
Some examples? Since I quoted the fox tails episode, I’m gonna talk about Dolls Kill (remember the scandal?). Well, Dolls Kill might have gone fur free, but it’s not gone bullshit free! So, even though I love all the 90s – wasted youth esthetic, I don’t like showing off things I don’t even know where they come from.
I mean, don’t you feel slightly (not to say utterly) ridiculous wearing a “Your mom smokes crack” t-shirt? What does it even mean?? And not to talk about the pentagram, which has gone totally crazy. The first picture is really amazing: I do follow Dolls Kill on Instagram and I even performed my magic double tap on it as soon as I saw it: then I read the thingie on the belt. “Fille à papa”? That meaning I love a picture where the girl declares she doesn’t do anything for a living and just lives off her dad’s money? WELL, THANK YOU, I’M NOT WEARING THAT SHIT! Needless to say I took off my like asap!
Like someone said before me, we need feminism back in fashion (blogging).
I’ve never felt so relieved like when I read some articles in last week Links à La Mode. Thank you fashion online communities for sometimes hitting the spot, reading in people’s mind and expressing just what trends and “anti-trends” are all about. That’s the part where I’m talking fashion conscious. And with that I don’t necessarily mean people who don’t follow trends at all, but people who put some effort in thinking about what they’re doing. If you think I’m boring and that we shouldn’t think too much about whatever we do, I’ll answer: if you choose a specific field to open a blog about, and something that is important in your life like fashion for fashion bloggers, then yes, you should put some effort and thoughts in what you’re doing.
I am talking in particular about YouthSavage blog post about how we, fashion bloggers are seen by the rest of the not-fashion world. This is a whole other topic to discuss though, cause we need to make a distinction between fashion, trends, outfit, diary blogs and so on; and that will happen in another post!
We have a lot of blogs that you can call fashion blogs but have a lot of food for thoughts as well: ever heard of Gala Darling, à la Mode St., Violetta, Thread for Thought, The Curatorial, à l’àllure garçonnière, The Loud Mouth,
All these blogs above don’t relate at all with blogs that come to everyone’s mind when you actually say “fashion blogger”: our majesty Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), 5 Inch and Up, The Fashion Toast, Christeric, Come over to the dark side we have candies, Fated to be Hated and all these heavy “outfit only” blogs we all know about. (But there’s plenty less famous, I’m telling you! I’ve just stumbled upon a blog called “Don’t call me Fashion Blogger“. Why is that? Why has “fashion blogger” such a negative every day common usage that you feel the need to call a blog like that?)
I find myself deleting outfit and shopping tips only blogs from my feed, and keeping the most thoughtful ones. What’s going on? Are we fed up with the whole thing already?
So do you agree with my distinctions? Are you part of the shallows or the conscious? Do you have other examples of shallow blogs and conscious blogs? Please share them with us!
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