So the topic this week actually comes from me! (Yay!). It’s been something that I know a few bloggers have been discussing (myself and Fashion Butter included!). I suggested this topic to ModlyChic because I’ve found myself looking at certain posts, doubting that person actually wore that outfit for anything other than the photos they took (even though it was presented as them wearing the outfit around town and to work all day long).
So, ModlyChic put together some thought provoking questions for us to answer:
1. When it comes to outfit posts on your own blog, (be honest) are they what you actually wore that day?
Yes. My blog is about what I wore and how to be stylish and yourself on a budget. The majority of my outfits are worn to work, but if it’s anywhere else, I always say where I went or what I did.
I will admit to keeping a pair of flats with me at all times though. I’ll put those on to walk up/down stairs or if I’m putting things together for an event, because it’s easier on my feet, and I’ve already fallen down the stairs at work.
2. For a fashion blogger, working in a corporate environment can be tricky. How do you mesh your day job with your personal style choices?
When I go shopping, I (usually) only buy things I can wear to work, in some capacity. My clothes must have duel purposes for me to feel OK with purchasing it. I am drawn to very feminine silhouettes and styles, as well as vintage prints and designs.
I own a few “dresses” that are much to short to be dresses on my tall frame, so I just wear those as tunics instead. I pretty much measure everything by the length. If I can put on a dress, it comes to around my knees and doesn’t show everything if I raise my hands, I’ll wear it. If it doesn’t fit that criteria, I either don’t wear it to work, or I toss on a pair of leggings and call it a tunic.
3. When you get dressed in the morning, do you think “what should I wear to work” or “what should I wear for the blog?”
I think about what I should wear to work. Perhaps because I take photos of my outfits I am more conscious of mixing different colors and patterns, but the foremost thought in my mind is “what to wear to work.”
I try very hard not to break any rules of our dress code, which isn’t very hard. We don’t force employees to wear suits or uniforms. Our employee handbooks says we have to look clean and appropriate for the job we’re doing. There are certain things I would never wear to work, such as flip-flops or jeans (except on Fridays, when jeans are allowed), micro-mini skirts or sheer panel pants.
When I started this blog it was to showcase what I was wearing. Not what I WISH I was wearing.
4. Do professionals you interact with ever make comments about your clothing choices?
Often the comments I receive are positive. Many of my female coworkers are aware of my blog, and sometimes read it. I’m very careful when choosing an outfit, because I won’t show up to work in a mini-skirt or anything else that might look OK on my blog, but completely inappropriate for the office.
So far, I haven’t had any negative comments, with the exception of a few comments here or there about the height of the heels I prefer to wear. Because I refuse to alter my choice of footwear, I carry flats with me (as I said earlier). I’ve also had one coworker refer to a skirt I was wearing (which my sister has now inherited) as looking like a “trash bag.” It’s a very nice skirt, made of a shiny brocade-type fabric. Because of her comment, I haven’t worn it since. It was hurtful.
5. Some bloggers openly admit to wearing outfits only for the blog post. What’s your opinion on that?
If they are upfront about it and say they only wore it for photos, I’m not annoyed. I believe The Clothes Horse did that with a sheer shirt she bought. She said, up front, that she took the photos to show off the shirt, and didn’t wear it out. I respect her for that.
If the blogger is upfront about posting photos of their “dream” outfit, or what they wish they were wearing out and about, I don’t mind it at all.
If someone is posting photos on their blog that I would later find out weren’t worn in real life, but had been masquerading as if they HAD, I’d be slightly annoyed.
I suppose to sum it all up, the answer is that I prefer to read blogs that show what you really wore, for more than just photos. Some inspiration blogs are cool, but I like seeing what other fashionable ladies really wore.