Thursday, May 3, 2012

someone please do this

I would love to read a blog, a la The Sartorialist or Advanced Style that shows me confident style.
Here is a good example:





Taking fashion risks with clothing is for the woman who is inherently driven to dress that way.  She displays confidence, too.  For example, I love this:
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What strikes me is that she dresses this way to be true to herself.  That's what I relate to in her outfit.  

The least inspiring images are those (probably created by a stylist) trying to make a statement or take a risk; these photos often come from the red carpet and I am not going to post any examples because it feels a little mean to do so.  But I think you know what I am talking about.  Isn't it obvious when someone's clothes are wearing them and not the other way around?!

Are there fashion blogs that I haven't found yet?  If you can point me to good inspiration websites, please let me know!

In the meantime, I ponder my output over the last 4 months and how it will fit into the SWAP .  Photography sessions are planned for this coming weekend.  It will be a pretty simple collection of separates in a simple color palette and it expresses me just as I wish.

Fashion bloggers, I love you, but I would really like to see more.

I search and search for inspirational images of women representing all ages, shapes and complexions, across a variety of aesthetics.  I am hungry for inspiration from women who are true to themselves.  You know where I find it the most?  In the blogs of other sewing enthusiasts.

Thank you my fellow bloggers for keeping up the good work!

31 comments:

  1. Two of my favorites:
    http://www.unefemme.net

    http://youlookfab.com

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    1. Patty, I read those blogs too and I really enjoy them.
      I guess I am greedy because I want more blogs like that :)

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  2. Erica B - http://www.ericabunker.com/ - does an amazing job of combining sewing with fashion. IMO she has upped the bar considerably and illustrates how sewing is not "homemade" - it's a desireable way to express yourself in the manner in which you want to be seen. I alternate between feeling inspired and feeling inadequate. Luckily it's more toward inspired.

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    1. Myrna, I know what you mean about EricaB. She is so fast and so highly skilled that she is able to post "what I wore" just as regularly as bloggers who buy thier clothes. I love seeing Erica's take on trends and how she wear them as a non-Tall-Stick-Thin model.

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  3. Interesting post. I don't really follow a lot of fashion blogs - mostly sewing, but it does seem the ones I've seen and heard of are mostly young girls.

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    1. Yes, and I would love to see more ages than just young girls.

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  4. I love my fashion blogs, don't get me wrong - but they definitely do seem to be dominated by the young and... entitled? Which for me I find hard to relate to. I'm pretty young - so its not that - its more the fact that these bloggers seem to buy ALOT of clothes (which I don't). I too find a lot of my inspiration from sewing bloggers.

    A few of the women featured frequently on Advanced Style have their own blogs - which might be worth checking out. Also, I occasionally stumble upon a blog by a woman "of a certain age" when I look at Already Pretty (http://www.alreadypretty.com/) during her weekly links roundup. Unfortunately I don't remember any particularly - but her links are always worth checking out because they do seek to showcase a wider body/age/race range than your standard fashion blog.

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    1. Hmm, sallie, you put your finger on something there. I used to follow a lot of fashion blogs and I think that is why I got tired of them and shifted over to sewing blogs more.
      I like alreadypretty and Style Crone and there are more.
      I should add another blogroll to my site for these fashion blogs.

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  5. I do get most of my inspiration from sewing blogs and not fashion blogs, but I think - at least for me - it is because sewing blogs are within reach whereas fashion blogs are not. Sewing blogs show me what is possible with a particular pattern, especially if I have over looked the pattern or thought the styling of it (like in Burda) not to my taste. Fashion blogs - IMO - speak to the 'shoppers' those who 'love' to wander through stores/discount outlets/ even thrift stores and find that gem amongst all the other detritus. I don't have the patience for that nor the extra income. I know, that's sounds odd coming from someone who sews because sewing is not inexpensive, but it is rewarding. It is a wonderful feeling to wear a unique garment (that I have made) that fits me and no one else owns.

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    1. Well, indeed yes. I am with you. I want to see what is possible.
      And, I also lack the patience for shopping. Funny because I possess considerable patience for other endeavors ;)

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  6. This feels a little weird but since I follow you and you asked, maybe you would like my other blog, my street style blog, which features people of every shape, size, year... I'm usually only looking for confidence and light. I'm not interested in trends but if someone is wearing a trend that happens to make their heart sing, I'll put them in. The same goes for looks that may be on the wild side - anything that encourages people to think outside the box, I'm for! I'm at aaacultureserf.wordpress.com.

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    1. Melanie, thank you for sharing that link to your blog! I did not realize you have 2 blogs. I really enjoy your unique point of view. Great blog!

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  7. The Vivienne Files
    Aesthetic Alterations
    The Rich Lfe ( on a budget)

    I find Vivienne very helpful, but her blog is not a typical fashion blog.

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    1. Oh these are good! I read The Vivienne Files (LOVE IT) but
      The Rich Life on a Budget
      and
      Aesthetic Alterations
      are new to me.
      Thanks!

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  8. I quite like http://youlookfab.com/

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  9. Have you seen Julie at http://orchidgrey.blogspot.com/? I love her blog, she wears things I never would but they're always just "her." It's not so much a variety of people, like the Sartorialist, but that's my recommendation for what it's worth. She doesn't give off that "look at me, I'm so pretty and I just want to show off" attitude that some fashion bloggers have, and she thrifts a good portion of her wardrobe which doesn't feel as excessive money-wise as many others.

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  10. I mush prefer to read blogs where 'real' women create looks that work for them. Most of them are craft blogs where they tweak patterns to suit their own size and shape. Much more interesting than fashion blogs!

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  11. I don't speak english very well so maybe I didn't understand what you mean. So, are you looking for something like this?? Different women

    http://www.mispapelicos.com/
    http://considermelovely.com/
    revasrags2roses.blogspot.com
    http://selenite.weebly.com
    vistetequevienencurvas.blogspot.com
    lamodaevita.blogspot.com
    http://www.kirstinmarie.com/
    shoesaremymuse.blogspot.com

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    1. you understood perfectly - thanks for all the links!

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  12. Do you read Already Pretty at all? www.alreadypretty.com. She addresses women's body issues, and provides practical solutions to everyday "what do I wear" questions.

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  13. Hi Robyn, glad you did this post. Over the last week I have been addicted to the Vivienne Files blog. Read it from beginning to end. Now I want to incorporate scarves to mix up the wardrobe a bit. For that blog I found http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/ This is also a good read. Must check out all the other suggestions above.

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  14. I would recommend www.hel-looks.com. They have a wonderful archive of all ages and all styles walking the streets of Helsinki which is like Scandinavia´s Paris, I think.

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    1. Now I want to visit Helsinki.
      Someday!

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  15. Hi Robyn, Have you checked out The Vintage Vixen at http://vintagevixon.blogspot.com/. She's always fun and creative. If I think of more over the next few days I'll let you know. Thanks for the mention in your comment above.

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    1. Thank you Judith and I loooove your style and your poetic voice.

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  16. My personal favourite is the gorgeous Audi at Fashion for Nerds

    http://geekthreads.blogspot.com.au/

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  17. I like the simple elegance of the lady in the first shot.

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