The Random Writings of Rachel: How Does Fashion Blogging Affect your Wardrobe's Emotional Well-Being?

How Does Fashion Blogging Affect your Wardrobe's Emotional Well-Being?





I don't think that this is an issue that has been sufficiently addressed in the blogging world. There are fashion bloggers everywhere, and there are lifestyle bloggers who do fashion posts and there are humor bloggers who mock fashion posts, but has anyone taken a few minutes to consider about the emotional toll that fashion blogging takes on the individual wardrobe?

It's inevitable that certain wardrobe items are simply more bloggable than others. Everyone has their favorite pair of shoes, their best party dress--but only in fashion blogging, in which what we wear is recorded and broadcasted on the world-wide web, it's quite obvious which are our favorites and which aren't.

I mean, seriously. My glittery pink Converse and my red high heels have both shown up in multiple outfit posts, while other pairs of shoes I own have never once been featured. How does inequality such as that contribute to wardrobe harmony?

I've even written posts with in-your-face titles like "My Favorite Dress" and "The Outfit I Don't Like," leaving no room for uncertainty about my true feelings concerning the clothes in my closet.

This is an issue I'd like to raise awareness about, because I truly believe that all clothes deserve their chance to shine. If there's anything you'd like to do to help my cause, let me know!

I believe that even ugly clothes should have an opportunity to be blogged about, as long as they have an interesting story to tell. If they're ugly and boring...then maybe we need to ask why are they in our wardrobe at all?

27 comments:

  1. Maybe I'm just odd, but I like all the clothes in my closet! :)

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  2. I agree with you! I read another blog post that touched on this and since then I've tried to simplify my closet. If I don't actually like the shirt, or I don't feel confident in then I THROW it out! I mean, I still have clothes from high school in my closet, yikes! But a blog post pointing out how ridiculous it was to own clothes that don't makes us feel good, that we don't even like is such a waste of time and space!

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  3. I used to be a bit of a clothes hoarder - hanging on to every piece in the closet on the off chance I may wear it again, even though I didn't really care for it. But blogging about my style has helped me to see which ones I gravitate toward, and why. And now it's much easier for me to dump things. That's why I do remixes now - I'd rather own fewer things and wear them all! :)

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  4. I definitely don't follow blogs that solely do fashion posts about new clothes all the time...it takes me to a place that I don't want to be, jealousy. Your posts are fun and like you said, they're not about new things, they're often re-using old! You rock a fashion that is so you and you look fabulous!

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  5. So true! I've been trying to get rid of clothes I don't want to wear on the blog, it's making me realize what I don't actually like!

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  6. When I first started to post my outfits online I wanted to showcase everything in my closet. Everything. And almost 3 years later I haven't even come close! What I realize is that I like to post what I actually wear. Otherwise you'd see posts in ball gowns and I don't think anyone wants to see that, haha! This was a great post Rachel!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  7. True true! The problem is probably me rather than the actual items themselves. I hesitated to even post my outfit from Friday b/c I just couldn't get excited about it. But, that's part of why I wanted to post it anyway...for me, it's about learning how to put things together and make them work for me. And sometimes I fail and sometimes I get excited, so I want to chronicle all of it. And I agree, if we hate an item that much, we might as well pitch it - ha! :-)

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  8. I so terrible for getting rid of pieces but I am trying to get over that. I always think in the back of my mind...it might come back in style, or I might like it again. Plus if I spent good $ on that piece I really hate getting rid of it thinking I made such a huge mistake and have wasted some cash.

    Overall doing fashion posts has made me painfully aware of some items of clothing that I loved and now think I should never wear again because they simply don't look good on me.

    PS I love your jacket!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. Oh very good point! I'd say I still wear my "ugly" or "unblogworthy" items just as much as I used to, but you're right they don't make it on the blog. It probably has something to do with how we think others will value our pieces.

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  10. Great point! My old sweatshirts don't get any love, and they're my favorite, most comfortable of all my clothes! It's a tragedy.

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  11. Haha you are too funny :) Although I do have quite a few items of clothing that have never been blogged while some pieces are constantly on repeat. It's true!
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  12. Hmm, I think I am odd because there ain't no unloved items in my wardrobe. I love them all, I wear them all, I would 'showcase' them all. Remember my 'Dull' posting? I love the chino and will still wear, I love the polo and still wear it. It was wrong pairing, that's all. I don't buy clothes I don't like. OK I am odd.

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  13. I actually really like your last sentence because that's how I pick out clothes since I started blogging. The blog really helped me figure out my style and get really pick with what I buy and let into my wardrobe. So when I'm cleaning it out and I come across something I wouldn't really wear often on the blog, out it goes! The blog is my best foot forward, so why would i want to keep something that I just feel average in? Really interesting post Rachel!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  14. I recently reorganized my closet to try and wear more of my clothes, because I realized that all of my "cute" clothes that I ever wanted to do outfit posts of were the same. I think I should just get rid of them if I'm not wearing them!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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  16. Great leather jacket!

    You are right, if it doesn't look great on you and make you feel great, then why is it in your closet? Whenever I have trouble parting with clothing, I remind myself that someone searching the place where I donate clothes might look and feel great in what I am giving away.

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  17. I like the way you think girl!!!! BTW you look absolutely adorable :-)

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And this is so funny, I agree with you completely!
    And I saw you got to go to Influence- I really hope to go next year. Will you be going back?

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  19. I think I know what you mean... I have a lot of things I really like, some things I have to have, and some stuff that never sees the light of day. I once posted a fashion fail post because I don't want people to think I only ever have cute stuff- I have some stuff that is just bad!

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  20. I find it hard to part with a lot of the things I don't think I really like. Because, really I DO like them, I just don't like them on me. And hanging on to a few things, despite my ill feelings towards them, has worked out, because I am noticing my style is finally starting to change some. So it was as if I was buying things for my future self.
    Erika

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  21. It's true...some things I wear a lot, others not so much. I tend to hold on to things for far too long, although I have gotten much better at getting rid of things over the last few years.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  22. Ahahahaha. It's posts like this that make your blog awesome :)

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  23. Cutest outfit!

    Thank you for linking up with Friday's Fab Favorites!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  24. great points! I really try to keep my closet clear of things that don't look right on me...I have hoarder tendencies
    for me, its about being satisfied with what I have, and being creative with all of whats in my closet. When I start lusting after something, I try to dig around in my closet to see what I can come up with "inspired by" what I want

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