My Thoughts On Fashion Blogging, And Why I Don’t Do It

Fashion Blogging

As a blogger who sits quite happily under the “lifestyle” umbrella, a new reader may come across my blog and perhaps expect there to be an element of fashion to it. After all, a large number of the lifestyle blogs I follow will dabble in OOTD’s, or at the very least fashion-based wishlists.

I’m not trying to be a unique snowflake by not blogging fashion, in fact sometimes I wonder whether it holds me back by not talking about it. Would more people read the blog if I posted stylised poses of me in front of brick buildings wearing the latest Boden get-up? Maybe they would, but it’s not me.

Y’see, fashion has never really played much of a part in my life. Yes, I like…scrap that….love buying new clothes, but I just don’t have a whole lot to say about it. I buy the vast majority of my clothes from Dorothy Perkins. Both the jeans, and top above are from there. I go with what I know, and what I like. Those boots are from TU in Sainsburys. They’re pretty new, and I love them. What’s left to say, really?

I have a lot of respect for fashion bloggers. I may not race to your latest OOTD post, but I can appreciate the effort that goes into creating one even if they don’t really appeal to me. I wouldn’t have the nerves to pose in front of fancy looking doorways, or standing in mysterious woodlands. Posing makes me feel a bit awkward. That confidence you guys have to do a little twirl, pull a serious face and not feel like a numpty is great.

I can envisage my version of an OOTD being an awkward hand-on-hip-grin-like-a-psycho whilst wearing the plainest outfit in existence which doesn’t quite fit right because of being under 5 foot and having big boobs. No one needs to see that.

What are your thoughts on fashion blogging?

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like this one from the archives: Why I’ll Never Be A Fashion Blogger

Comments

  1. Amy

    I don’t fashion blog because I don’t own many trendy clothes. I genuinely don’t know how to put clothes together! I get so excited though when I do. Like last week I bought a blue shirt and wore it with leggings and boots. To most this is a simple outfit but for me it was everything! X
    Amy at amynmore.co.uk

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      Cat Fyson

      I’m exactly the same! I am very much a jeans and tee kind of girl! I think simple is better anyway…I’m not one for accessorising x

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      Cat Fyson

      Definitely 🙂 I have to admit I don’t often read fashion posts unless I am really impressed with the photography, or the post goes beyond just saying “I wore this today isn’t it great?” hah x

  2. Gem

    I live in jeans. I might vary the style of jeans and the top I wear but I’m happiest in jeans. Therefore I stuck to what I know, which is writing about adoption and not fashion. I hate pictures of myself and have very short legs so you won’t catch me posing for pictures. Most fashion is aimed at people with regular leg length so I’m happy if Next has petite jeans that fit me. Mostly you’ll find me in Dotto P’s and New Look and Next. I love White Stuff and Fat Face (when they fit me) and Jo Bloggs suits my quirky style. Looking at pictures of taller and thinner women than me doesn’t exactly make me want to buy their clothes. Like all bloggers I respect everyone who creates a blog of any subject and am delighted there is a blog style to suit all tastes.

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      Cat Fyson

      I don’t even vary my style of jeans…I’m a classic skinny jeans kinda girl, either blue or black. I agree I’m also definitely happiest in jeans, although a nice skirt or dress does make me happy too! I definitely stick to what I know, because not only is it easier to write about, but also a lot more enjoyable! That’s a shame that you hate pictures of yourself 🙁 The thing for me is that I much prefer candid photos than posed ones, hence why OOTD’s (outfit of the day in response to your other comment!) are not for me. DP is my place for jeans, but Next is definitely number 1 for work trousers – and New Look is prefer for petite tops and jumpers…sounds like we have a lot in common fashion wise! I do like Fat Face, and White Stuff as well but more to look at than to wear if that makes sense?

      1. Gem

        Yes I suspect we share some similar tastes in clothes. My challenge with jeans is that I adore flares but I also love long cardigans and tunic tops. The two together would look fab in someone either taller than me or with regular leg length so I have to wear straight or skinny jeans with the tunic tops and shorter tops with the flares (the cardis will cope with both types of jeans thankfully). I also like to wear a dress over leggings and boots, so wing I’ve branched out into over the past few years. My idea of hell is dressing up lol. I was the same even when I was younger. A bit of a girly tomboy I think.

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          Cat Fyson

          I am so fussy with jeans, they have to be skinny (or straight leg at a push), because if they are even slightly baggy I feel like they’re drowning my stubby legs! I also like the dress with leggings and boots look too 🙂 I don’t like dressing up either…much prefer to be comfy!

  3. Jodie

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog and this post made me laugh and smile and nod so much! I started out as a fashion blogger, took about 6 months to pluck up the courage to post my first OOTD, improved a little bit over time and then got fed up with it all. I don’t think being short or having big boobs should mean you can’t post about fashion (we’re all different and we all need inspiration!) but I also don’t think having a blog means you have to post about fashion. Do what makes you happy! 🙂

    Jodie x
    alajode.com

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      Cat Fyson

      Aw, thank you! And welcome to the blog 🙂 I’ll be checking your blog out too! I can never imagine trying out as a fashion blogger, so good for you! I agree that bloggers of all shapes and sizes should do OOTD etc if it’s their cup of tea :)! x

  4. Emma Farley

    I totally get this! I was offered an outfit to review before and felt really uncomfortable having my photo taken, as always – there are very few photos of me on my blog. And although I have a general interest in fashion, it’s not typical ‘fashion blogger style’, so I post the odd quirky wish list item (cos I’m poor) or hella cute baby clothes! ;p

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      Cat Fyson

      I’m the same – I do quite like the quirky stuff, as well as stuff others would probably find boring!

  5. Katie

    I’m always interested in seeing other people’s style, but it’s not something I want to do myself. I’m just not very fashionable haha, and like you said – what is there to say?!

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