You may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve taken a short break from blogging. That’s partly because I had a lot of work to do as the summer session and my internship came to a close, but partly because I’ve been a little unhappy with my clothes and with blogging lately.
I started style blogging because I was really inspired by the amazing bloggers I’ve been following. I was really excited about my outfits and wanted to share that with others. I felt good, I was getting a lot of complements and, most importantly, I felt comfortable; I felt like myself. I’m sure this happens to all bloggers, especially when starting out, but soon I started to feel like I was trying to keep up with the Joneses, and that I was dressing for the blog instead of dressing for me. I was doing way too much shopping (read: spending too much money) and purchasing pieces that I didn’t really like because I thought they would look good on the blog. And that’s not what I wanted my blog to be. I want it to be about having great style with easy, inexpensive pieces.
So, I’ve still been getting dressed these last couple of weeks but without constantly wondering if what I was putting together was cute/trendy/stylish/whatever enough for the blog, and the result has been great: cute outfits, a few complements, more confidence and comfort. Throughout all of this, I’ve also tried to take a good, hard look at what my style really is, and I’m thinking I’ll do a closet inventory post soon to get rid of the pieces that aren’t really me so that I can show you outfits that I really love and feel completely comfortable in. So, if you’ve followed me on my journey thus far, I am so thankful to you, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along. I have some cute outfits that I’m excited to show you!
[…] is. This was back when I felt immense pressure to “dress for the blog” instead of dressing for me. I’m getting much better at dressing in what I like instead of what I think will look good on […]
I love how open you are in this post. I think we all as bloggers struggle with these issues – we begin blogging because we have been inspired and want to inspire – but discover that we do end up trying to keep up with everyone else!
I love individualism and appreciate your blog!
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Thank you so much Amber, that means a lot to me. Sometimes it feels really hard to use inspiration for styling yourself while staying true to your own style, and I’ve learned that first hand. I truly am thankful for you and everyone who takes time to stop by! 🙂
This is refreshing to read! I always think your outfits are great. When I started thrifting a few years ago, I went through the same thing. Everything I bought was a great deal, but I was buying too many things … basically. My closet didn’t feel cohesive. The funny thing is, the more I love my clothes/style, the less I’ve been posting. I don’t know why it works out like that. I am a lot busier right now, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I actually feel the same way! When I get dressed in something I love, the less I feel I have to blog about it. Of course, being busy is a huge part of it, but I just want to enjoy it. Thank you for your support! It means a lot to me 🙂
Yep, I totally have been in that position before as well…and as soon as I realized it, I took a good, hard look at what my closet had in it and realized it was all over the place. I got rid of everything that didn’t feel like “me” and haven’t looked back. The number of items in my closet has drastically decreased, and I genuinely like every single thing I own now. I refuse to buy things simply because bloggers have them, and I haven’t been happier. In fact, I’ve gone two whole months without shopping at all and have been doing a 20×30 remix challenge that has left me feeling inspired by my clothing (even though I’ve been wearing the same 20 pieces for 30 days, ha!). I think what you’re feeling is pretty common amongst bloggers, but I’m glad you realized it and are working to fix it. A closet inventory is a great way to pare things down and focus on curating a closet that feels 100% you!
Yes, my goal is also to love every single piece in my closet. I have to remember that just because a particular piece looks good on another blogger or just because another blogger has it, doesn’t mean I have to have it, as well. And I know that not every trend works for my body type so I have to accept that and NOT buy those pieces! But thank you so much for your support, it really means a lot 🙂