Why I’ve recently become obsessed with fashion blogs (& you should, too!)

Dear World,

I have a giant announcement to make: I’ve fallen in love… with fashion blogs, that is!

I know, I know, I said in this post that fashion blogging isn’t really for me, but in the past month I’ve subconsciously started to think otherwise. It all came crashing down in front of my face today during lunch when I started to find myself frantically flipping through an awesome fashion blogger’s Instagram just wishing I could be her.

Her name is Rachel Sayumi Porter, and guys, her style sense is dope as all hell. I started creeping on these pictures of her wearing a gorgeous wedding dress with an amazing flower crown headband, and I was in love.. with clothing. For the first time ever. So in love that I think need to wear a flower crown when I get married now.

When I found myself fanatically scrolling through her Insta and her blog, I started to wonder why I was so fascinated by her, and bloggers like her. And I don’t think it’s because they are beautiful (which they are, but that’s beside the point). I think it’s because everything about them exudes creativity, and I think that’s awesome.

I’ve been trapped in this little bubble that has me convinced that a fashion blogger is a girl who wears a white shirt with a Lily Pulitzer scarf and that’s claiming to be fashion; I’m not here to hate on any of those bloggers, but it was never for me. But when I discovered Rachel’s blog, and other blogs like it, I realized that fashion is not about being able to pull the right, preppy top off a shelf and pay an arm and a leg for it. It’s about displaying a certain persona to the world. (Which I guess the Lily Pulitzer wearers out there are doing, too, so right on, ladies! But your style is “good for you. Not for me.”)

And I realized that I’m sort of doing the whole “show the world my creative persona” thing, especially in the last few weeks when I’ve really been aware of “branding” myself so that employers will want me. I’m really trying to personify who I am on the inside by what I’m wearing on the outside, and I’ve been getting this crazy satisfaction out of taking different pieces out of my closet and pairing them with just the right thing. I’m amazed by the fact that I can sit down to write a poetry assignment or a history paper that manages to be beautiful and moving and it’s all just as creative as me figuring out just the right texture of tights to wear with this lace dress.

So back to Rachel and other fantastic fashionistas like her. I was flipping through her Instagram and saw this really cute outfit where she paired a white lacey dress with a plaid shirt buttoned then tied up near her waist, and I was like, Oh my God, I need to replicate that outfit with my closet. And that is so freaking cool! I’m so used to the notion of reading other people’s writing to become inspired, but here I am checking out someone else’s fashion sense to be inspired. That’s like, the neatest thing in the world! It reinforces something that I so value in this world– we are all here to share with each other, and to teach each other, and to inspire each other.

So, to close:
1. I’m starting to take the “fashion” part of “I want to work for a fashion/lifestyle publication” a little bit more seriously when I tell people what I want to do when I grow up.
2. If you’re a great photographer, oh my gosh be my friend, because I want to start sharing whatever outfit gems I can make with the entire world and hope that the inspiration I got from one fashion blogger will inspire someone else.

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