How Blogging Has Helped & Hurt My Style
Now there's a title I never thought I would hear someone use to describe me. And yet, here I sit. While Selflessly Styled is about much more than fashion, it has certainly placed me in the category of "fashion blogger" for better or worse.
When I look back at the evolution of my personal style over the past few years, there is no denying that this work has shaped what I wear. For the most part, I think this has been a good thing.
But if I'm being totally honest, blogging has also been detrimental to certain aspects of my closet.
Here's an honest look at the positives and negatives of this style journey:
Positive: Being a blogger has pushed me to try outfits that I never would have in previous seasons of life. I've been pleasantly surprised to discover some of my favorite outfits from unexpected brands. There are looks that I never would have known I loved so much if I hadn't been pushed into trying them for the sake of blogging.
Negative: Blogging has made it more difficult to both find and stay true to my personal style. Sometimes I come across an ethical brand that is doing really amazing work and I want to share their products with you all... but their products might not necessarily fit my personal style. I try to make them work, but never feel quite myself in them.
Positive: Being a blogger has helped me understand the true worth of clothing. Even though I sometimes receive clothes for free, I have such a deeper appreciation for the value of a well-made garment when I get to know the story behind the brand.
Negative: Blogging has made it nearly impossible to stick to a "minimal" closet. I'm always receiving new clothes to try (I know that's nothing to complain about!), and sometimes I just want to stick to my favorite basics.
As I consider my own desire for minimalism and simplicity, I've also come to realize another problem with a steady stream of clothes being reviewed by me...
I've only got one.
Why is that a problem?
Because I know that there are dozens of other beautiful body types out there, and a very small percentage of my readers will actually fit into clothes in the same way I do. I want to create a space for women of all shapes, styles, and sizes to feel represented.
So I've come up with a plan.
While I'll still be researching and writing about any brands featured on the blog, I'm beginning to recruit other women to model the clothing. You'll still see me here and there, but don't be surprised when you start to see some new faces on Selflessly Styled.
My sincere hope is that this new approach will create a more inclusive online space for women who are trying to shop ethically, and (selfishly) this approach will help me stay true to my personal style and desire for fewer things.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, and thank you for following along in this journey!