So it’s been about, oh, nearly nine months since my last Five for Friday post. Yikes.
I’m going to try and get back to doing this a little more regularly (although maybe not every week) and I thought I’d kick it back off by giving some love to five of my fellow bloggers.
It’s no secret that I love fashion. Sure, I’m not dripping with Chanel or Chloe or Tory Burch or other fancy labels, and my tastes may land on more of the LOFT or J. Crew side of things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate good fashion or that I’m not always looking for new ideas, new trends, new inspiration.
I love fashion blogs for this very reason. Not all fashion blogs, mind you. It’s hard for me to relate to fashion bloggers who are either (a) 25 years old; (b) a size 0; or (c) decked out in $10,000 outfits that were all provided to the blogger for free. (Not that I fault them for that; if a brand I really liked offered me a $1,000 dress and I knew I could write a damn good post about it, then of course I’d do it.)
But it’s also disappointing for the everyday gal who may fall in love with one of these $1,000 dresses that her favorite fashion blogger is modeling, and then look up the cost and realize it’s waaaaay out of her price range.
So I look to fashion bloggers around my age (give or take) who successfully balance sharing on-trend, sometimes designer items with their own closet staples or finds from thrift shops or mall chains. Sometimes I read their post, sometimes I follow them on Instagram or Facebook.
Here are my five of favorite fashion bloggers:
1>> JoLynne Shane: JoLynne’s casual chic style is not just attainable but also affordable and relatable — and she shares my love of simple outfits with strategic accessories. Her blog everything from the best picks at the Nordstom semi-annual sale to spring fashion previews to experimenting with capsule wardrobes. I’ve definitely gotten some good leads from her (especially for jeans!)
2>> The Average Girl’s Guide: Alyson’s blog covers more than just fashion (although she’s got an awesome sense of style); she also incorporates plenty of lifestyle content as well (like home decor, food and drink, etc.) She is open and honest, and has some regular features I love like “Ogle or Own” or “Vent Sesh.”
3>> Mom Edit: Shana and her collaborators have this cool, city-mom fashion sense that I wish I had, yet they also weave in really helpful reviews about workout wear or what to pack for a ski weekend. And the frugal side of me also appreciates how they will blog about the best best tall boots at different price points, or share the best items from the Banana Republic sale.
4>> Sequins & Stripes: I stumbled across Liz’s blog a few years ago when I was Googling Chicago fashion bloggers in advance of a girls weekend in the Windy City. Totally dorky, I know. But I’m so glad I did it because I love Liz’s classic style. Many of the items in her wardrobe are out of my price range, but her outfits definitely provide inspiration.
5>> The Northeast Girl: Maureen’s style is similar to Liz’s (but with a few more mall finds, which I appreciate), and I like how she often adds comments about what size she’s wearing or how certain pieces fit, which is so incredibly helpful.