Sunday, 21 June 2015

Fashion Blog: Should I Start Doing Outfit Posts Again?


It has been so long since I did a proper outfit post, it feels strange and I don't know why. My fashion blog started to grow in the instant that I began to post about my personal style and for a long time, I was really enjoying it. I found fashion blogging exciting and fun, but then after a while, I kind of lost myself, my confidence and my sense of style.

It's funny what looking at photos of yourself can do to you. You notice your flaws, flaws you can't change, flaws you're just going to have to learn to embrace. I started to feel uncomfortable with it all, like, I cringe so much when I look at my photos - I don't feel like I'm cool or interesting enough to blog about fashion or show my outfits. Instead of brewing in negativity about it though, I shifted the focus away from myself and threw my energy into beauty blogging instead. And that's exactly what I did. 



But fashion is what I know and clothes is what I love. I have missed the personal style and fashion blogging element of my blog but I'm totally ready to pick up where I left of! Or at least my attitude towards it is ready to pick up where it left off! Styling and putting outfits together is suppose to be a bit of fun, so I'm not going to be putting pressure on myself to wear the latest trends or waste money on clothes that don't suit me just because "it will look good on my blog". And even if I consider an outfit boring (like the one I'm wearing in this blogpost), I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Because as much as I want my blog to come across as inspirational, I have to remember that being relatable is just as important too.


So, here I am, in a very old denim shirt, a £4 Primark top, a dorky backpack from New Look, a sweet little Routemaster necklace from Tatty Devine, a fresh pair of crisp, white lo-top Converse and ridiculous polka dot socks! 


What are your thoughts on fashion blogging? Do you think it has changed in the past 5 years?
Are personal style posts something you still enjoy seeing on blogs? 

To see more blog posts like this, check out all of the personal style posts I've ever done in the past 4 years.

What I Wore:

Shirt (Topshop - similar here) // Top (Primark) // Necklace (Tatty Devine via Hengelo) // Jeans (Topshop) // Converse (JD Sports) // Socks (F&F) // Backpack (New Look) // RayBan Wayfarers (Pretavoir)


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30 comments

  1. I miss your outfit posts, you always give me wardrobe envy! x

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  2. I love the red bus necklace!! x

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  3. I totally understand what you mean about noticing your flaws and being worried about boring outfits! I really enjoy seeing outfit posts on fashion blogs though x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  4. Your personal style posts were always my favourite, not because I'm particularly into fashion or know anything about it, but because I always got a vibe from them that you were writing about something you really loved :) xx

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  5. I fell in love with personal style posts and started doing them more but this month I haven't left the house much so I decided to take a break but I feel and understand looking at yourself all the time and feeling bad. I feel like I'm so bad at posing at coming up with positions right now so I'm glad I took a break. I hope to come back next month though.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  6. I know what you mean about things changing but glad to see you back posting outfit pics :)

    Maria xxx

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  7. I love the patterns that peek out of your outfit, like the stripes behind the chambray top, the polka-dots behind the solid pants :) and of course, also loving your necklace! I personally really enjoy personal style posts and would love to see more!-Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  8. I always loved your fashion posts. I think there is an element of not feeling good enough to be a fashion blogger but I say if your enjoy it then carry on! Personal style is personal right?

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  9. Your images and styling are so beautiful Sarah - I say yes please! I know it's hard to hit publish on outfit snaps as I think this isn't cool and I just look like a bit of twat really, but I talk non stop about clothes so why not show off a snap of me wearing them? Cut a long story short - I feel ya! x

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  10. I actually miss your outfit post! I don't think there's something wrong with your photos, really.
    I also love fashion and styling so much, but I'm kinda 'big' so my friends like to tease me T--T
    Anyway, I love this outfit :)

    Big Dreamer

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  11. Blogging is hard. There's no way around it - if you want to do it well, a lot of work goes into it, far more than people recognize. And beyond that, it's putting yourself out there for judgement, not just by others but by yourself. And we're all our own harshest critics. Of course I've always loved your outfit posts - outfit posts are what I love most in blogs, and always will. But if you want to do them, it should only be in a way that feels good and comfortable to you. As bloggers we put in all this work and then get caught up trying to please others, often at the expense of what we truly want or feel good doing. If growth of your blog is the only goal you'll probably wind up feeling a little bit uncomfortable with what you're doing - I used to blog professionally and I know that feeling all too well. But if you blog because you enjoy it and do what feels good from day to day, even if what that looks like every day is different, you'll probably be a lot happier overall... Although I can't guarantee about followers ;)
    xox,
    Cee

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  12. Such a cute look ! Love the bag so much !

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  13. I've always loved your outfit.fashion posts, and have missed them recently.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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  14. I actually started following your blog for your outfit posts in the first place so I would be very happy to see them return :)
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

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  15. I really wish more fashion blogs would have "relateable" outfits like this one! I mean that dress with heels looks amazing but when would I ever wear it!

    I love what you've put together here and that little bus necklace adds so much character. Keep it up!
    Raincouver Beauty

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  16. I've always loved your outfit posts so I'm glad to see this one. I think having a sense of style is a good thing - you don't need to post the latest trend or fad to be a good fashion blogger.

    www.jessicainyourear.com

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  17. I like fashion posts and OOTD especially if they are more wearable every day outfits, as some blogs OOTD while they look amazing and are great to look at don't always relate to me or offer inspiration on how I could style my clothes or what pieces I could buy.

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  18. I'm with you about personal style. I've found it incredibly difficult having my photos taken. I'm a little better these days but yes, I still cringe. I think we notice our own flaws more than others do. BTW, you look lovely!

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  19. Ah yay! So pleased to see an outfit post reappear on the blog (: Outfits are my favourite part of blogging, personally, I think that's why I post so infrequently lately. I just find it difficult to squeeze time in for them in my current lifestyle. Blogging in general has changed over the past 5 years, don't you find there's an odd sort of pressure for everything to be super polished? Makes me nervous to share parts of Hong Kong haha xx

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  20. Hey hun, thanks for stopping by my blog, I love yours! Those shades are so cute and that lipstick looks fab on you!

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  21. This outfit is perfect! I like your outfit posts, if you enjoy doing them I think you should :)

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  22. I think you should blog about whatever you want to blog about, it's your blog after all and it's important to stay true to yourself and what you love! If readers don't like it, then I know personally, I wouldn't unfollow your blog. I'd just wait for the next one because I like you and your blog anyway :) You look lovely in these pictures (love the necklace) and it would be a shame for you to not post about what you love because it's not 'stylish' enough xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  23. One of the things I've always loved about your outfit posts it that they're so relatable! So many fashion blogs I can't even look at because there's no way anyone else could pull their outfits off, however yours is such an "everyday girl" fashion blog and that's why I'm so glad outfit posts are back! My wardrobe has missed them... My bank balance has not!
    Don't feel conscious or pressured at all - just keep wearing what you wear and loving it!
    Lisa xx
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  24. YES PLEASE! I really miss your outfit posts and would love to see them back! I especially like this outfit, chic but laid back and lovely. :)

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  25. I know that outfit posts are one of the easiest formats of posts for a fashion blog, but I find that if I only post outfit posts I'll get bored quite quickly. Plus, when people start to only post outfits, I find they write less and less, and eventually it's all just pictures and a few sentences. However, I turn to outfit posts whenever I can't think of anything else to write.

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  26. love!

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  27. You absolutely should get back into outfit posts Sarah - they are always so lovely. I really love your necklace here too!

    I do feel this type of blogging has changed in the past five years - there's this pressure now to make it like a proper shoot, with a dreamy location etc. which we often don't have, so it can make me feel like I'm not up to the standard that is expected now if that makes sense! I have been going through some of my favourite bloggers archives lately actually, and looking back fondly on posts gone by from gardens and bedrooms. They mightn't have been 'epic', but they were nice, too. Like you say, relatability is so important in blogging.

    Sarah x
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  28. Your outfit posts are my fave! You should definitely keep doing them!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  29. I was thinking the other day how I miss seeing your outfit posts Sarah, I find relatable everyday outfits posts just as enjoyable to read as the pretty 'fashional' pieces. I personally don't follow a lot of fashion bloggers and much prefer a mix of lifestyle, beauty and style :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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  30. Yes to more fashion posts. I think it's real style to wear what you want/suits you rather than what's on trend. So more old denim and Primark miss
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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