When I first started blogging almost 7 years ago, I was really clueless about what it really meant to "blog" about fashion. Initially I was not planning to show my outfits, but outfits were what I loved about other bloggers so why not share my outfits too.
Once I got comfortable with posing and taking outfit pictures, it made want to buy more clothes to create outfits for the blog. It can be a vicious cycle of shopping and over spending. Seems like if you are a fashion blogger you have to be on top of all the latest trends and styles, at least that's the expectation. It was actually exhausting and realistically not financially responsible for me to keep shopping just for the blog. Between working full time and supporting my self, there was no way I could spend tons of money or time on outfits for the blog.
Sure as a blogger some of us get freebies from brands, to review and share on the blog. I have received my share of freebies and "swag" but can assure you it's not to the point where I have a closet full of free clothes and shoes. Don't we all wish to have closets full of new and stylish clothes for free! Sadly unless you are super popular with hundreds of thousands of followers its not happening for all of us. I bought and payed for the majority of the clothes I blogged about and it seriously got out of hand. I ran out of money and space in my closet for it all. I found my self buying things only because they were "on trend" and thought it would be good for the blog. Some items I truly didn't love or really would wear if it weren't for blogging. I ended up with a closet full of clothes with tags still on and an empty bank account. I decided sometime last year to start shopping my own closet, start wearing what I have and what I love. Somethings you may have seen before and other items are a few years old. No shame is reusing your clothing more than once right! Seems like with blogging it was almost a sin to been seen with the same dress more than once! I know these are not things most bloggers will talk about or post, but I really want to be honest about how I feel. These feelings of not being able to keep up or compete with fashion bloggers is one of the reasons I considered quitting the blog. Since I am no quitter, I decided to take a new approach. Wear what I have in new ways and create new looks for the blog with what I already own in my closet. It won't make me the most popular blogger, but it will make me happy.
Does this mean no more shopping for me? Umm heck no, I am a shopper at heart and can spot a good fashion bargain a mile away. The shopping will be kept to a minimum, buying only items I truly love and would wear, regardless of the blog. This outfit is one I've had in the closet for a few years. These pants haven't been seen on the blog before and I was thinking of getting rid of them. Although I love a good plaid print, I wasn't really a fan of wearing red pants. My boyfriend loves them and said "you better not get rid of those pants" thanks to him I kept them and will starting wearing them more often. Only new thing about this outfit are the sandals, I bought from H&M and couldn't resist such a great bargain at only $7!
Do you ever feel like you can't keep up with your blogging niche?
Asymmetrical Blouse: Asos Curve $10 (I think, its really old)
Red Plaid Jeans: Forever21 Plus $15
Black Sandals: Divided by H&M $7
Bucket Bag: Old Navy $20