It was only earlier this year that I first delved into the huge world of fashion blogs. I have a long list of my favourite fashion blogs but for the sake of this list, I have whittled them down to create this list of the best fashion blogs of 2008.
I used to get my fashion inspiration from magazine pictures and photos of the runway shows. It seems like these days you can make your “style mark” on the world just by being an inspirational and fastidious outfit poster.
1. Rumi of Fashion Toast: Need I say more? It’s hard to really grasp the influence this blog has had on the ‘blogosphere’. Almost any time I head over to Fashion Toast, I find an average of 90 online users. Today I happened to be there right as a blog was first posted and managed to make the first comment. I think within three hours there were 58 comments. That is unheard of! Rumi has a gorgeous face and an amazing body. But most importantly, she knows exactly who she is, fashion-wise. She is confident enough to try new trends (hello.. thermal jumpsuit?), she mixes and matches bohemian floral prints with chunky rock-chic boots with ease, she teeters on the brink of the highest heels imaginable and never falls. And she takes her blog-fame with grace.
2. Emma Nygren: It actually kind hurts me a little on the inside when I visit Emma’s blog. I start by shedding a few tears at her sheer beauty and I end with my fists clenched in a jealous rage at her awesome clothes. It doesn’t even matter that I can’t read a word of her blog. Flicking down the page is like opening up your favourite magazine while balled up on the couch in the midst of a storm. It’s pure bliss. Her style is hard to sum up. She effortlessly moves from grungier pieces to floaty dresses and sometimes throws in a Russian-style fur hat just to keep you on your toes. Sometimes she mixes all these together. Either way, you won’t leave disappointed.
3. Elenita: Elenita only just started her blog in May and it already gained a bit of a cult following. The other interesting thing to note is that she says she only just got into fashion in the last year. I’d be very pleased with myself if I could develop a sense of style that quickly! Elenita’s style is usually an ensemble of black items with a patterned or neutral tone somewhere in the mix. She wears a great set of chunky rings and black nail polish. All the black is offset by her pale features and very-blonde hair. She always smiles for her photos and is very humble with the amounts of praise she gets for her blog.
4. Lulu & Your Mom: It’s great to find a blog that shows you how you might style different things. But Lulu’s blog is a lot more – she throws in random snippets from her daily life, including quick conversations she’s had, a sly update about a boy and more. If you’re ever in need of a sneaky break at work, head to this blog and chuckle at her dry humour. Her style is slouchy. That’s what I always think of when I think about her outfits. Clothes just seem to drape themselves perfectly on her body, whether it’s DIY drop-crotch pants or t-shirts, it works when it probably shouldn’t.
5. Inside Am-Lul’s Closet: Gala’s blog features outfits from her daily life in London and small comments that she translates into English. Partly what attracts me to her blog is that she lives in London and I love seeing all the places that I used to go and seeing London life. She is one of the most stylish bloggers out there. Gala wears a lot of ultra chic pieces and has the body of a model to help pull it all off. Think classy knits paired with the latest shredded jeans or a black blazer.
6. Carolina of Fashion Squad: Carolina’s blog Fashion Squad is filled with her favourite fashion items, celebrity style and other things she is lusting over at the moment. She flicks from her new rings to pictures of the Olsen twins, all the while commenting on her own outfits and what she wants to buy next. Her style is quite simple. She wears anything from floppy white tees with wide-leg jeans to leather jackets with black minis and heels. She seems to know exactly what she wants, style-wise and often pairs it with a dash of bright lipstick which she totally owns!
7. Lisa Place: This is a blog I just stumbled upon one day while blog-hopping and ever since, it’s been in my bookmarks. I love the way she throws in pictures of her everyday life that don’t necessarily involve her outfits; pictures of lights, the sky, her garden, etc. Her style can be quite “sporty” at times – converse sneakers with tights and an oversized t-shirt or a leather jacket and a vintage bag. She is quite varied when choosing her outfits, which is unusual, it seems, among blogs. It would be hard to try and define any one outfit against another.
8. Camille of Childhood Flames: I had heard about this blog by word of mouth several times when I first started reading it; everybody wanted to know how such a young girl could wear such amazing outfits. I too find it fairly amazing given that my standard outfit between the ages of 13-15 was a green jean jacket paired with anything. Her style is chic and understated. She goes for perfectly-cut blazers, simple high-waisted skirts, mini dresses and sandals. She borrows her dads shirts and pairs them with minis; she goes shopping with her mum and comes home with Dries Van Noten sandals. I’d be pretty happy to have had this style-knowledge when I was her age.
9. Isabelle of Bohemian Musings: It would be hard to go to this blog and not get sucked in by the beautiful header alone. Isabella makes you stay longer by filling her blog with pictures of just plain delicious things; coffee, gilets, models. Her entire blog as this really soft, aesthetic quality to it. Her style is similar in that she dresses quite romantically, if you know what I mean. Everything is really soft and comfortable-looking with beautiful floral prints and the sun beaming down on just the right angle.
10. Susie of Style Bubble: It would be pointless to imagine this list without Susie of Style Bubble. She is prolific (no fashion stone unturned) and thorough – I find it hard to imagine how she can just sit and write as she does and keep down her day job. More importantly, she is knowledgeable and consistently so. I find myself learning something every time I visit. Susie’s style? Unique, forward-thinking, postmodern. A variety of things, but never boring. What I find important about her style is that she manages to wear crazy outfits on a daily basis, withstand the countless criticisms that come from jealous readers and then she moves on. She writes one of the most visited fashion blogs on the planet and yet she stands strong against everyone and just does what she does best and what she’s always done.
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