Please Don’t Be Just Another Fashion Blogger

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There’s nothing wrong with being a fashion blogger. Originally, this was supposed to be a fashion blog. I, like many other people, enjoy the high resolution, professionally photographed OOTDs and the perfectly propped images of desks and what people had for brunch. If you have a passion for fashion, share that passion with the world; do what makes you happy.

In some respects, a fashion blog is a rejection of the fashion industry, and a revolutionary way to take beauty and style into one’s own hands. A fashion blog is an opportunity to be your own Vogue, and to tell pretentious designers and higher-ups within the industry to stick it where the sun don’t shine. You have your own voice, and you have every right to decide what’s “hot” and “not” for yourself.

That’s rarely the way that fashion blogs are used, though. More often than not a fashion blog is the chronicled wardrobe of some type A personality upper middle class woman in her early 20s with an awesome job in a major city, with an occasional post about “tips & tricks” or “must shop sales.” And there’s nothing wrong with that, at all. It’s still wonderful, and it’s still revolutionary. But the blogging women and men of my generation must have more to say than what trends they’re loving this season.

Perhaps I’m biased as I’m a writer, and I’ve always been one. I’ll admit that I crap out blog posts like I’m getting home from Chipotle sometimes, but writing has been something I’ve enjoyed and excelled in since I was in elementary school. Writing isn’t everyone’s strong suit. It’s not something that comes naturally to everyone.

But what you have to say matters, whether or not it reads like Hemingway. And I understand that there’s a reluctance to be opinionated, or personal, or honest as the internet can be a brutal and unforgiving place, and how tempting it can be to cling to the status quo, and post what you know will received well and stir no controversy. But you know what? I’d rather read someone boldly and ignorantly endorsing Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States than mindlessly scroll through another post about how to style floppy hats.

Okay, I lied. Please don’t do that, especially if you have no idea what you’re talking about. But you can be impeccably dressed and speak your mind at the same time. The world needs can see you, but can it hear you? Maybe every once in a while an #OOTD should stand for an opinion of the day rather than an outfit of the day. Just a thought.

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