Don’t get me wrong. I love fashion and style bloggers. I used to religiously read them all the time.
I used to blog on the side nine years ago. I owned a fashion blog called The Fashion Guru.
I joked that I was a bit of a guru since I wanted clothing and accessories that were suddenly trendy.
I considered myself a fashion blogger then. I wrote about runway shows, trends, shopping, deals, and whatnot.
I even sprinkled a few beauty blog posts here and there.
Nowadays, not so much.
These days, it seems like there are three types of bloggers:
- Street style
- Personal style
Style and fashion bloggers make up the majority in the blogosphere and on social media.
I’m not a fashion or style blogger.
So, what’s the difference between a fashion and style blogger?
There’s more than you think. Fashion bloggers and style bloggers get confused all the time. I’ve even confused the two.
I’ve wondered if I ever been either. I understand why the two can be confused because all of us love to write about fashion. It’s a love-hate thing for me.
What’s a fashion blogger?
- Fashion bloggers keep up with the latest trends. They are designer devotees. They post the latest runway shows and what the celebs are wearing. They will wear anything that came off the runway. They are desperate to get it ASAP. Money is not an issue for them.
- Comfort and minimalism are the last things on a fashion blogger’s mind. If you worship designers and you need to know the latest trends, then you would call yourself a fashion blogger.
What’s a style blogger?
- A style (or street style) blogger is someone who doesn’t care about the trends. Yes, they keep up with them but they’re about their personal style.
- Style bloggers are a bit more narcissistic. They’re into themselves and it shows on their blog and their social media accounts. They tend to shop at consignment shops, boutiques, and thrift stores.
- They follow fashion religiously but they use it to create their own style. Style bloggers thrive on fashion that’s comfortable and allows them to express themselves. If you love to post photos of your OOTD, then you’re a style blogger.
Why I’m not a fashion or style blogger
- I LOVE Pima cotton t-shirts. I hate any t-shirt that’s long, see-through, or thin like paper.
- I’m not like the hundreds of style bloggers who wear a black blazer with a white t-shirt and jeans.
- I buy anywhere I see cute clothes. That could be anywhere from Walmart to HSN.
- I hardly go to the mall. I’d rather spend my days at T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s.
- I own more summer clothes than fall clothes. (Every fashion and style blogger knows that fall is the most important season for fashion.)
- I don’t like shopping at most department stores.
- I don’t wear nice or trendy clothes every day. Since I work from home, I spend most of my days in cute and comfortable loungewear or athleisure wear.
- I don’t live near any trendy thrift shops or consignment stores.
- I tend to hold onto the same clothes for years. Don’t worry. They’re in great condition and they’re classics.
- I don’t feel comfortable taking photo shoots or posting photos of what I’m wearing.
- I can’t afford designer clothes. I love it when people post designer dupes.
- I’m the type of person who LOVES finding something that’s affordable and classic.
- My winter wardrobe errs on the minimalist side (lots of black and gray tones). Meanwhile, I’m a bit bohemian and hippie-ish in the summertime. Flowy pants, maxi dresses, short dresses, and tank tops and shorts are my summer staples.
- I don’t own a transitional wardrobe. I wouldn’t know how to transition my winter pieces with my spring even if you asked me.
Why I’m more of a lifestyle blogger
Lifestyle bloggers get a bad rap in the blogging world. Even lifestyle bloggers can learn how to niche down.
According to Ashley LaMar of Far Beyond Love, “a lifestyle blog can be a niche blog when you write about the why behind your lifestyle decisions.”
Here’s why I call myself a lifestyle blogger:
- I have varied interests that I’m passionate about.
- I love to share my life with my readers.
- I love to help my readers.
- I want to create a lifestyle that I love.
- I hope to inspire others to create the lifestyle balance they want and/or need.
Wrapping it up
However, I never really identified myself as a “blogger,” but more as a writer. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a child. But, fashion is something I have grown to love since I was a teenager.
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a child.
But, fashion is something I have grown to love since I was a teenager.
I think there need to be more forms of content than just pretty pictures.
It’s the content itself that needs a lot of tweaking.
Fashion and style bloggers seem don’t seem to rely on those 1,000-word posts like other bloggers do.
I know I’m not perfect. This post won’t even hit 1,000 words.
But, there seems to be a less play on words and more play on visual.
It’s kind of gotten lazy at this point.
Sure, I’ll talk about fashion every so often. But, you won’t see me posing for the ‘gram.
It’s amazing how many comfy clothes I wear so often. Now that’s a style blog that needs to happen!
I’m not a fashion or style blogger, and that’s okay with me. I’m more of a lifestyle blogger.
I want to hear from you. have you ever considered being a fashion or style blogger?
What’s your reason why you’re not one?
Or, why do you like being one?
Sound off in the comments!