Every week Modly Chic sends us bloggers a list of questions based around a certain topic to answer. This week’s topic is conspicuous consumption.
1. Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some?
Some, not all. I think the basic idea behind a fashion blog (or the ones I like to read) is more of showing how to remix, rework and rewear the same things in different ways. I do think that some fashion blogs are only there to showcase what that person bought, can afford or wants to show off, and I don’t like those.
2. As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc…
I don’t think we have an obligation per se, but I do disclose that I’m on a budget. If you read my interview with Detroit Fashion Pages you saw how much I make. I don’t hide it. Me being transparent about my wealth (or lack thereof) shows my lovely readers that it is possible to dress how you want on a budget. You don’t have to make tons of money to support your fashion habits. It’s not about what you wear, it’s how you wear it. I try to be very open and honest when writing about finances or things I own, mostly because I am right there in the trenches with everyone else. I know what it feels like to want a new pair of boots, but unable to buy them because then you won’t have food for the week. I know what it feels like to crawl back to mom and dad and ask them to borrow money to help cover the rest of your rent (thanks, mom and dad).
I am not trying to hide those thoughts or feelings on this blog. I started this blog because of my sister and along the way I have learned way more about sustainable fashion and “making it work” than I ever thought I would.
3. Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What’s your reaction to this?
It makes me want to slap the critics. I work for a non-profit. I make a non-profit worker’s salary (read – very small salary). My support of a charity is my 9-5 job. I also adopted two cats from a shelter. I shop (mostly) at thrift stores. That is how I support charities. I could work for a for-profit and make oodles of money, but I like my job. I could’ve gone to a breeder and bought two purebred cats, but I chose to adopt two that had been “given up on.” Plus, since most of the clothing I own is either secondhand, hand-me-down or really, really cheap, that’s giving back as well. I’m keeping otherwise unwanted clothes out of landfills.
Because I work for a non-profit, I feel very comfortable saying that you don’t need to donate money to be donating to a charity. Donate your time, or donate your unwanted clothing to a charity. A lot of non-profits just want to spread the word about their initiatives, or they need help addressing envelopes or updating donor info.
4. Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products?
No. But, I’ve found myself learning more about what I want, where I can get it and how easy it is to purchase. Shopping online makes it really tempting to purchase $100 dress/shoes, but I’ve been pretty good about not giving into temptation. Sure, I make impulse purchases, but so does everyone else, fashion blog or not.
I will admit that I have purchased a few things because I saw them on another blog first, but it wasn’t anything I wouldn’t purchase on my own, or was out of my price range.
5. Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about?
Life is all about the experiences, and the people you’re with. My life isn’t about all the stuff I can buy. My life is about me and Joe and what we want to do with it. My fashion blog is something I enjoy doing, something I enjoy writing, but it’s not my whole life.
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