Wednesday, April 20


I don't think I'll ever be a fashion blogger.

Here are a few reasons why:

1. I don't feel like anyone would be inspired by my outfits no matter how much I love them.
2. I'm not comfortable spending someone else's time taking pictures of me in said comfy but cute outfits.
3. Fashion blogs are booooooring! Not all, but if that's all they talk about, yes.
4. The duck face. It seems to be mandatory.
5. Uploading photos is not a hobby of mine.
6. There are more interesting things in the world to talk about than clothes.

Not that I talk about fascinating world subjects that often.
But I do feel that I write about things with a little more depth than heels and cardigans at least once a week.
I think what made me consider if I would ever do this is this button

I think the badge is a great idea to connect women who want modest fashion advice and ideas from each other. But sometimes I feel left out. To me it's a little online clique for girls that fit a certain style. I know that there are few limitations and the widget is freely shared with whomever wishes to participate.

My hope is that the badge never becomes a way to say "Hey I'm Mormon and I do this because it's cool" . I respect people who are willing to share their testimony much more than a knee length skirt or a cap sleeve tee. Now if there were more posts about why modest fashion is so important as a symbol of respect to our bodies and divine creation I would support that. Sadly that is not what I find from many blogs. 

I'll be the first one to state that I love clothes. I really really really love clothes. My focus in school was Clothing Construction. But too much attention on clothing becomes a major distraction for me. Do you remember my post about my hunt for mission clothing? I'm realizing more and more that paying so much attention to my wardrobe is a waste of time. I love to dress up and I want to look nice and presentable, but that doesn't mean I have to spend a lot. And thank goodness I'm losing that desire to have brand names emblazoned across my chest.

I don't want this to sound like I'm hating on well dressed women. And yes, I adore designer things, I just don't buy them! I think this issue hits close to home because it is a weakness of mine that I will probably have to always work on.

 I just want to be better at being like the Saints in Alma's time who "did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely" (Alma 1:27)

Therefore, I don't think I'll ever be a fashion blogger because it would just give me more reason to live with my head in the closet when it should be doing more productive things.

Tell me what your thoughts are on Fashion Blogging/self labeled Mormon fashion bloggers


Brooke said...

You know, most of the fashion blogs the button connected me to were extremely shallow, vain, and negative to body images. Though, I did find one that I liked.
She talks about more than just fashion... she gets cute things and puts together versatile outfits that are classy and cheap!
I don't think that you need to be a fashion blogger... enough of you is expressed in your crafting and adventures! What you can create is more important than the clothes you are wearing. You don't need to label yourself as a "Mormon fashionista".
Be yourself and be inspired by what you post.
Also, we all like to have nice things, but that doesn't mean that because something doesn't have a designer tag it isn't nice. Sure, one day when you're settled into life and have some money to spend, get that designer piece you have always wanted. No one has to know who made it. You know who made it... and if it makes you happy, then great! We should be allowed things that make us feel a little special- where do you think heirlooms come from :)

Elle said...

Brooke I think you get my points exactly. And shallow was totally the word I was looking for.

And having one or two designer things is awesome and a fun way to spruce up something simple. My Betsey Johnson earrings are my favorite pair that I own and even though I paid way too much for them I wear them enough that it doesn't matter.

Job and Rachael said...

This is a great post. I really agree with what you are saying. It makes me kind of sad to click onto a "mormon fashion blog" and see hemlines creeping up, low necklines, and skintight stuff. No judging here, but it just seems like some are trying to a be a little too worldly when it should be a chance to really stand out and be different in a good way.

Elaine said...

We're not all like that.

LauraHurst said...

I've seen a few that claim to be fashion bloggers, when really, I think it's just an excuse to take pictures of themselves. But the one and only fashion blog I really care to look at is I love it. I think Elaine is absolutely adorable, as well as the clothing she wears.

:cassia marie: said...

i never really look at fashion blogs... they bore me. i can understand having a passion though. so be yourself, and still remember there is more to life :)