Where Did All the Style Go?
One of the things I miss most about the “golden age” of blogging–the 2010s seemed to be so rich and full of content–was how much individuality there was. Of course people took the same photos (a particular trope seemed to be latte art in the West Village specifically, or posing in front of that tiled wall on Perry Street), but there was so much style! I eagerly anticipated the daily outfit of the day selfies my favorite bloggers posted on Instagram; the outfit photos that people would take before heading to work or an event. I can’t tell you how many photos I pinned for inspiration! While trends were certainly followed, bloggers always seemed to put their own individual stamp on these trends, and it was so much fun to look at from a reader’s perspective.
Lately, and for the past few years, I have noticed that’s no longer the case. Bloggers I once loved for their individuality have seemed to all shifted to following trends to the letter instead of putting their touch on their outfits. I understand that some of this is probably due to external factors–the “algorithm,” or appealing to the greatest common denominator of readers–but I miss it! I don’t want to see an outfit styled exactly the way–and with the exact same items–that it’s styled with on the store’s website. I want to see what the blogger would pair it with, how they would put their own style on a particular item.
That brings me to the main point of this post–when did people stop dressing for themselves? I understand the desire to fit in, to feel as though you aren’t doing “it” right if you aren’t dressing exactly like everyone else. In many ways, I feel like the internet has homogenized style. Everything is right at your fingertips, and because of that, trends catch on and hang on and if you’re not on board, you’re “out.” I miss the days where fashion magazines would laud the individual dresser, where I’d eagerly watch awards shows for the unique style on display. And, as I mentioned above, I miss the days that bloggers would showcase their style in a very accessible and appealing way.
One of my goals this year is to share more outfit posts–not because I think my style is particularly noteworthy (I don’t!) but because I enjoy getting dressed, choosing outfits, and showing who I am via my clothes. I feel that clothes are the ultimate expression of ourselves–not everyone is an artist or a writer, but everyone can be creative with their outfits. You definitely won’t see me following trends here–and you won’t see me buying things, wearing them once, and then never again! I hope that I’m able to bring a tiny bit of individuality back to the blogging world.
I’m eager to hear what type of outfit posts you’d love to see–if you don’t mind, please leave a note below!