Who Do You Dress To Impress? Fashion Bloggers Style! ♥

I wanted to write a ‘proper’ blog post article today, and the topic I
wanted to write about is fashion, and how each of us dress. Do you dress
to impress the guys or the girls? Or are you content with your own
style? I’ve decided to write this post because I’ve seen a few bloggers,
perhaps newer ones, say that they don’t want to do Outfit of the Day
posts because they don’t feel ‘stylish’ enough. So I wanted to say a little bit about my style, as well as a some other amazing fashion bloggers who
look fantastic in their own personal style. I hope that this post will encourage those of you who think you don’t have ‘blogger style’ to be brave and take some OOTD shots! Everyone has their own style! 🙂

Before I started
blogging I didn’t have my own style. Although I didn’t start my blog as a
fashion blog, nor would I describe myself as a dedicated fashion
blogger, I have developed my own style over the years that I’ve been
writing this blog. This has been inspired by other fashion bloggers, as
well as websites like Pinterest, where I could gaze over perfect outfits
all day long! When I was at school, I went through a slightly grungey,
‘greebo’ stage, wearing converse and studded belts (gross right). Then
when I went to college my style got slightly more mainstream, although
looking back it was pretty chavtastic. My daily outfits consisted of
jeans, Lonsdale trainers, and a motif tshirt.. horrendous! Then
when I got to university things didn’t change much until I started my
blog, and I realised how to dress for my shape as well as discovering my
own personal style. I have quite big legs and am quite pear shaped, so
those skinny jeans never really suited me, and I started feeling much
more comfortable in loose-skirted dresses and tights. This disguised my
bigger bottom half and made me look more balanced. You’ve seen my OOTD posts loads of times so I’m sure you know my style by now!

From then onwards, I
have always stuck with wearing dresses over jeans, and have also decided
that my preferred dresses are skater skirted, and printed with polka
dots, florals, hearts etc! I like to dress for myself, and although I
know I’m not very stylish, I feel comfortable in what I wear (usually!).
I rarely go for out-there trends such as neon’s, studs, leather etc as I
feel that is out of my comfort zone and I’m not really brave enough to
experiment too much with fashion. It makes me a little bit boring as
everyone can predict what I will always be wearing, and the majority of
my wardrobe is all the same style and there’s little differentiation.
Therefore I envy girls like Laura and Helen, who are much more
experimental, and dress to impress the girls.
Laura from Secret Diary of a Fashion Journalist has a fashion blog which is full of inspiring outfits which include many bold prints and sky high heels. She’s been a fashion journalist for over three years and uses her blog to express her passion for style. She love’s big statement jewellery and the latest hot trends. How amazing is that dress she’s wearing?! She’s not afraid to use bright colours with classicly styled clothing to create really contemporary looks. Gorgeous!
Who Do You Dress To Impress? Fashion Bloggers Style! ♥
Helen from The Lovecats Inc
has tonnes of style and admits that she likes to keep up with the
latest fashions, and dresses to impress her girl friends. She loves
over sized watches, white leather, biker jackets, and wedge boots. I only
very recently found Helens blog and I have to say I picked her to be
featured in this post because her outfit posts are some of my
favourites! I wish I could piece together outfits so effortlessly!

However,
women will almost always subconsciously be dressing with the opposite
sex in mind. Although I wouldn’t say that women dress for men,
it’s men that we have evolved to seek affection from through
attractiveness. A man most likely wouldn’t know a Louboutin from any
other heel, however, heels are known to be sexy and sassy, and most
likely appeal to the majority of men. Of course, it’s always nice to be
made to feel attractive to a man, so why not dress to impress? Em the writer of her fantastic Em Talks blog is
not afraid to dress exactly how she likes, despite what other (possibly
jealous) women may think. There’s no doubt that I’m sure she catches the
eye of many males with her striking long blonde hair and to die for
slim figure. She has an amazing body, so why shouldn’t she show it off
in equally amazing dresses? Well, unfortunately for her, this has
sometimes left her open for judgement from others which she has
expressed in a very personal post on her blog.

“Yes I wear fake
tan, yes I dye my hair blonde, but my question is does this really mean that I ask for sniggers
when I walk down the street past a group of girls?” 


“I broke the rules of all rules and stepped over
the line by getting my legs AND my cleavage out; horror, I am in for a bad
night full of snarls and lude comments.”
 
Who Do You Dress To Impress? Fashion Bloggers Style! ♥

I
really admire her for the blog post these quote come from so I advise
you all to have a read through it, and maybe next time, think about the
girl you’re calling names just because of what she chooses to wear.
Dressing how you feel good is whats most important, so don’t let anyone
else tell you what you should be wearing. And if you’ve got it.. why not
flaunt it?! If I had Em’s body I’d most probably feel a lot more
comfortable in experimenting with fashion and wearing things I’ve always
wanted to.. like short shorts! 
Who Do You Dress To Impress? Fashion Bloggers Style! ♥
And finally, the lovely Carmen from Maiden of Wood (and YouTube channel) who dresses in her own unique and quirky way. I’ve had the pleasure of
meeting the lovely Carmen a couple of times now, and at both events she
stands out in her bold outfits. She is a Fashion and Textiles graduate
so knows all about style and she dresses exactly how she likes, and
isn’t afraid to be unique, with her lovely pastel pink curly hair!
Chunky shoes, neon and leather are some of her outfit staples and I love
how she puts together each of her outfits with such confidence! She says:

“I love fashion, and the way it enables you to express yourself and your personality through what you wear. I wear whatever takes my fancy, and for that reason I get many a dodgy look on a daily basis… but it’s water off a ducks back, as I’m all about individuality, being daring & unique with my style. I don’t really follow trends, per se, I wear what I like and if it happens to be ‘on trend’ then that’s a bonus. I’m all about trying out new things with my style, and love to clash colours & prints, I think it’s fun to put things together you wouldn’t normally think would go, and just be playful with fashion!”

So when you go out, do you dress to make women think ‘wow she has amazing style’ or to make men think ‘she looks so stunning’? Or do you have your totally own unique style?

Please check out these lovely ladies blogs! 🙂

Who Do You Dress To Impress? Fashion Bloggers Style! ♥

Who Do You Dress To Impress? Fashion Bloggers Style! ♥

22 Comments

  1. February 25, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    thanks for including me in this post and for saying such nice things too 🙂 really appreciate it! xx

  2. February 25, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Wow, I have never done an OOTD as I've always thought my outfits weren't good enough or other bloggers won't like them but this has really made me think! My style is always changing as I am still deciding what I like and sometimes I think I try to impress others who I see as being more stylish too much. xxx
    http://life-according-to-chloe.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. February 25, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    I read this entry with such a smile on my face! If there's one thing I can't stand, it's women being judged by the clothes they choose to wear, so thank you so much for this post.

    I'm pretty predictable with my clothes, tending to favour florals and tea dresses and 'granny' dresses. It does annoy me sometimes that I'm judged by my style though; people tend to think I'm a sweet but dull airhead whose thoughts are consumed by nothing but teacups and kittens. I guess I could be stereotyped more negatively, but it's still annoying when people assume I have no depth and am some sort of ultra-prude!

    And I, too, went through the greebo phase haha. Sorry for such a long comment! xx

  4. February 25, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    I loved this post as I have recently been talking about this issue with a friend. With my ex, I was very self conscious to wear what he liked on girls at the beginning but gradually i started to wear things he didn't like.I realised I needed to have my own freedom with fashion regardless of what tom, dick and harry thinks. I don't care if i repel men, because the right one will enjoy me being able to express myself and not give a damn 🙂

    btw, i find your style to be very pretty and feminine! Although I do share your pain of studded belts 😉

    xx

  5. February 25, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    this post is amazing. I admire your honesty throughout and I really couldn't agree more with some of the points you've got across! Most of my housemates have admitted they dress for girls, because girls are the biggest and most fashion conscious critics… most guys arent really bothered by most of fashion on the spectrum but i suppose would be if it was a little too out there.

    Thank you also for including these wonderful blogs, most I havent come across!

    http://www.sophie-lm.blogspot.co.uk

    xxx

  6. February 25, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    This blog post is amazing !!! I think i dress for myself and my friends, and whether men like it is usually one of the last things i think about when i dress, i just hope that they would like it. Thank you for giving such great advice and sharing some blogs to follow 🙂 x

    Beautiful Dreams

  7. February 25, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    Thanks for your post… I really enjoyed reading it.
    I’m a new blogger and weirdly was going to post about weight and other things today (I decided to leave it until Wednesday as it is my weigh in day for WW) and I did sort of write a draft post. In which I included that I don’t actually really dress fashionably. Your right… I don’t need too. I just need to dress how I like. At the moment I really do dress how I feel is comfortable. This includes a lot of jeans, boots and stripy tops. I really do own a huge amount of stripy tops! I would love to dress more fashionably though… I just don’t know what clothes would suit me or even what body type I am. I’m really starting to witter on now but you’ve inspired me to perhaps post a full length picture of me on Wednesday though!!

    Gem
    http://www.beautyexperiment.co.uk

  8. February 25, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    This blog post has to be one of the best I've read! Well done Victoria.
    I wish I had the confidence to do outfit of the day posts. I'm always proud of my outfits and get loads of comments. I just don't know how to take photos of myself and don't want to put anyone out by asking them! I dress for me and don't care what people think of my outfits.
    I like to mix vintage and high street to create my own unique style. A work colleague thinks one of my oversized shirts looks like a 1980s curtain and he's told me to never wear it again. This just encourages me to wear it all the more! Who knows, your post may inspire me to take the plunge into OOTD posts! xxx

  9. February 25, 2013 / 10:26 pm

    This post is great! I agree I only just started doing OOTD posts because I never thought they would be good enough! I just thought what the hell! 🙂
    I dress to impress my boyfriend and look and feel good too! I would prefer for women to look and think I'm stylish but I don't care if people think I'm not stylish!
    I dress the way I do to feel good about myself!

    Thank you for this post 🙂

    F xx

  10. February 25, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    I loved reading this post 🙂

    I've always struggled with my style as its very different to my friends who sometimes say my clothes are boring or strange. I love wearing dresses with different prints and cardi's. Reading this has definitely inspired me to be more comfortable as i love my clothes and its me that's wearing them 🙂

  11. February 25, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    Love this post, always nice to see who other bloggers read and follow! xx

    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

  12. February 26, 2013 / 8:09 am

    I really enjoyed this post Victoria! Makes you really think about why we dress the way we do. I truly believe in wearing whatever you want to, as long as it makes you happy! Xx

  13. February 26, 2013 / 11:38 am

    This is a great post with lots of things to think about. I'm glad so many other people dress to impress the other women in their lives. I once told a friend that it meant more to me her saying that she liked my dress or that my hair was nice than a guy saying I was hot and she was really surprised by that sentiment.

    I used to have worries about doing ootd posts, not so much because I was worried about my clothes (although I do worry I don't wear enough new things) but because my face always looks ridiculous in photos and i felt stupid asking for someone to help me take photos. I still feel kinda silly if I have to ask anyone who isn't my bf because I feel like they don't get why I want the pictures and they just think i'm being weird and kind of vain.

    Nadia
    The Girl Who Looks Like a Cake

  14. February 26, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    Oooh great post! I was told at the weekend by a woman at my Church that she loves my style and tries to style herself on me!! Haha! Now I'm pretty much the same as you Victoria, as in I dress pretty much for myself, I know what suits me and I rarely experiment and until Sunday I never realised that I am pretty happy with that! I've never been told I have great style/dress sense by anyone before that and I imagine it won't happen again for a while, but I'm totally alright with that! I love my own style!

  15. February 26, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    Loved reading this post! I must admit I'm a sucker for fashion, but I know my limits. I'll only wear something fashionable if the style suits me – you won't be seeing my fat bum in denim short shorts anytime soon! I like to keep 'on trend' but add my own personal twist to outfits so I don't look like a clone of everyone else. I think confidence has a lot to do with how well clothes are carried off – unfortunately I don't have much of it so don't feature OOTD posts on my blog despite having collected quite a few nice pieces in my wardrobes over the years. I always find 1001 things to criticise …but I do love reading others OOTD posts for inspiration! You always look glam in your pretty dresses.

    Great article!
    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

  16. February 26, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Perfect post and you included my favourite bloggers. I'd love to do more fashion posts but i find i'm not 'cool' enough etc as most trends, ie disco pants/peplum look VILE on me. I go for comfort too, and i'm not terribly adventurous. I'd love to try and feature more fashion on my blog, which is currently my main goal for my blog this year! i do try and dress for myself but i am always scared about others judging me.

    Sophierosehearts x

  17. February 26, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    I really love this post, who says everyone's got to follow fashion? Just wear what you're comfortable wearing, sorted 🙂 xx

  18. February 26, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Such a lovely inspiring blog post. People should not be afraid to show off their style as the quote goes.. 'fashion fades only style remains the same' so don't be succumbed into the latest 'trend' stick to what you know best, Your Style!

    Charlotte
    xxx

  19. February 28, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    Ah, this really hit home for me.

    My style is very classic, feminine and a little bit cutesy. I don't follow trends very closely at all, unless something I'm already a fan of is going to be big and then I know to stock up on it (pastels and florals, for example.)

    Sometimes I'm afraid my outfit posts are boring because I do generally stick to a very defined aesthetic, and I know a lot of women aren't into the hyper-feminine look. I have to try to remind myself that my readers are there for a reason 🙂

    Lexi
    rhinestonereligion.blogspot.com

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