I was thinking today about the artificiality of fashion blogs. Okay, maybe that is the wrong word. But like facebook and other social media, we portray an image of ourselves that we want the world to see. An image that reflects us how we want to be seen.
Don't get me wrong, I love blogging and I love other people's blogs even more. It's such great inspiration, and much less artificial than many of the other ways we experience fashion- magazines, catwalks, mannequins. But I always wonder if a lot of these people really dress like this every day.
For example, I am a creature of habit. I have talked about this before. I have a series of routines that I like to adhere to. One of which is the days when I wash my hair. You might have noticed, I have pink hair. This does not last very long at the vibrancy I like. So I cut my hair washing down from every day to every other day. This is a necessity, but it makes me feel pretty gross on my non-wash days.
Anyway, Sunday is always a non-wash day. I would never consider an outfit post on a Sunday. My Sundays are reserved for homework and the gym quite exclusively. But of course, I still wear clothes, I just don't feature them.
Does that make my blog unrealistic? That I don't feature my outfits every single day of the week?
And the truth is, I do dress differently on non-blogging days. I often take the freedom to wear an outfit I've already demonstrated on my blog (do any other bloggers find it difficult to not repeat outfits? with a small wardrobe over here I certainly do, especially outfits that I love!!) or just can't-be-bothered-outfits, at the moment that's just jeans, boots and a jumper. I do still try to be both stylish and fashionable, but I feel these outfits aren't especially noteworthy.
And I've noticed other bloggers do something I do to- try to avoid "wasting" nice outfits on days they know there isn't an opportunity for an outfit post. I admit, I make much more of an effort on the days that I know I want to take photos. Is that artificial?
I know many bloggers who just exude effortlessness, and others, like myself, feel we have to try a little harder. I am not effortless, and neither is my style. So while, yes, I do wear the things I demonstrate on my blog in my real life, not just for photos, I guess I don't wear them every day. But like I said, part of this is because I simply don't have time to take outfit pictures, upload them, edit them and write a post every day, so I fall back on simple or already-worn outfits on the days when I know I can't blog.
So bloggers, what do you wear on the days you can't take photos? Are you always fabulous? Am I the only blogger who has off-days of unwashed hair and a need for comfort and security over style?
I'd be really interested in hear your opinions on this.