“If I see one more blogger wearing a jumper dress and over the knee boots I swear to god I’ll just unfollow them”
Erm…. awkward. Looks like I just lost a follower.
This tweet popped up on my feed last week and it had me thinking, well, I just shot a jumper dress and over the knee boots. I could not post it. Or, I risk losing a follower over my basic bae dress sense and post it anyway. But we’re here, right now, and I’ve posted the outfit because
a) It’s cold. It was -5 in London last night and that’s not okay.
b) It’s an amazing thing to wear when its cold because it’s warm and you can hide many many layers under it and nobody is ever really none-the-wiser and therefore
c) You can still look stylish in the damn freezing cold.
But instead of talking about how great jumper dresses are for a whole post, I’ve been a little more inspired to evaluate whether bloggers make trends or break them (plus I basically wrote that whole post in just three bullets above.)
Bloggers are supposed to be the go-to for style inspiration for many modern millennial women – myself included. Magazines cost money and aren’t always relatable, celebrities are aspirational but their style often unattainable on anything less than a superstar salary, which leaves us with bloggers, the girl’s next door who post their pictures online for all to see and easily be inspired by.
But bloggers can be more than a little bit guilty of recreating trends from each other a little too strongly across social media. You see huge ones span seasons, specifically the likes of It Bags (Chanel’s Boy, Chloe’s Faye, Gucci’s Dionysus *guilty!* and Marmont, and J.W.Anderson’s Pierce), and things such as Stan Smiths/ Gazelles styled with culottes. You get micro-trends per season (party season’s velvet suit was a big winner) and sell-out items from high street stores. There’s fishnet socks, extreme frayed-hem jeans, flared-cuff shirts and jumpers, wacky ways of wearing a standard button-up shirt, Charlotte Simone-inspired pom pom hats/ riding caps. General caps – the Yankee ones. So much more to list that I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Sometimes it feels as though there is an almost separate fashion industry running inside the social media sphere, with trends being constantly overdone. I’ve previously looked at before how Instagram is warping our sense of style, and us guys on the internet are turning into carbon copies of one another not because we LIKE a trend or look, but more because it looks good on the ‘gram. And I feel like this is how bloggers are starting to kill certain trends. When we’re all doing the same thing, it’s only a matter of time before people get bored. You start seeing it too much – or on a blogger who’s style you really don’t like – and that item is dead to you.
One of my new years’s style goals was to experiment and try out new things, but it seems like I’m already getting a big fat F on my sartorial assignment by sticking too safely to what I know best. But is this not a representation of my true personal style? I don’t know! I suppose half the fun in fashion should be about finding the balance between your personal style and trying something new.