There are TONS of blogs on fashion out there covering anything and everything you want to know about fashion. From hot trends and runway shows to shoe and purse obsessions, you can broaden your study of clothing and fashion with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Here are some of my favorite finds:
The Allure website, like Allure magazine, is chock full of great beauty advice. Hair, makeup, beauty products, best spas – you’ll find it all here and more. My favorite feature? Their annual “Best of” list. Read their reviews BEFORE you buy ANY makeup, perfume, or beauty care product. Why? Well you know that box under your bathroom sink full of products you bought and hated but feel guilty throwing away? Probably a couple hundred dollars’ worth, right? Yeah, well, taking a few minutes to read Allure’s “Best of” list will save you all that guilt and money. Funds much better used on fabulous â€œBest ofâ€ products.
An interesting, eclectic fashion blog with stories on industry news, wild and wacky fashions, celebrity fashion, and more – all from a New York perspective. A recent story talked about the Lo-Lifes – a Brooklyn street gang named after the second syllable of Polo, and who have worn Ralph Lauren polo shirts as their signature since the 80’s – who now think the new Lauren horse logo is too big and they refuse to wear it. A street gang…wearing polo shirts? What’s next â€“ sweaters tied around their necks? Anyone else find that hilarious?
A fashion blog for college students by college students with tons of great tips for everything from makeup recommendation and how to match colors to how to organize your dorm room and detox your life. Zephyr Basine created College Fashion from her dorm room in Boston in March 2007 because she couldn’t find any blogs geared specifically to college students. Today, she has a dozen or so contributing authors from colleges all over the States. Excellent, information-rich stuff.
At another stop on the age-specific fashion continuum is Fabulous After 40, my friend JoJami Tyler’s look at fashion for women â€œof a certain age.â€ She and style expert Deborah Borland team up to look at and answer the many fashion questions that come midlife, like, â€œAm too old to wear this?â€ or â€œHow can I pull this off without looking ridiculous?â€ They’re both model gorgeous, they both dress impeccably, they both love to travel, and they always take lots of pictures. In short, they’re Fabulous After 40 â€“ and they think you should be, too.
Another information-rich source with stories about fashion, beauty, celebrities, etc. But they also go city-specific, with what’s hot in places like Chicago and LA. Moreover, they spill on their favorite stores and tell you where to find the best deals online. Lots and LOTS of cool stuff here.
This is an interesting one â€“ lots of industry news written for laymen. Designers you should know, products you should pre-order, and ad campaigns everyone’s going to be talking about. Mix in celebrity gossip, sneak peeks at new lines, and you’ve got yourself the perfect desk-at-your-lunch-reading-fashion-news-on-the-computer fashion site.
Obsessed with celebrity fashion? Want to know who wore what where? Who’s launching a new line? Who has a new hair color? It’s a bit over-the-top in the celebrity worship department, but it also digs deeper than the typical celebrity fashion site because it covers more than fashion. It’s kind of like People, Instyle, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone combined. It’s ambitious and information-rich.
If your first thought when you saw â€œManoloâ€ and â€œShoeâ€ together is that it’s a blog about Manolo Blahnik shoes, you’d be thinking what everyone else thought BEFORE they saw this wild and quirky blog. Manolo is not THAT Manolo, but rather a shoe-obsessed blogger who talks about his favorite women’s shoes and refers to himself in the third person – â€œManolo likes this,â€ â€œManolo says this.â€ It’s all very tongue-in-cheek while also being informative. If you love shoes and you like to laugh, check it out. Carrie Bradshaw would approve.
Speaking of quirky, if you’re looking for a good collection of some of the most â€œout thereâ€ fashion online, look no further than fashion eccentric (and front row staple) Diane Pernet’s Shaded View of Fashion. These clothes are outrageous, thought-provoking, and all about the muse. I’m not wild about her blog template, but the images and content are cool!
What are the latest street trends in New York? Milan? Dublin? Stockholm? That’s the question Look Book asks, and which trend-savvy teens, models, and fashion bloggers answer by taking photos and uploading them on Look Book. It echoes Scott Schuman’s scrumptuous Sartorialist blog but with many contributors from all over the world. If you’re looking for some new ways to style yourself (or your clients), this site is worth a bookmark.
So that’s a run down on 2011’s blogs on fashion picks. WARNING: Only look at them when you have plenty of time and NOT on your company’s dime.