What is the Price of Style?

price of being a fashion blogger

(Photo from FashionBombDaily.com)

Yesterday I was featured as Fashion Bomb Daily’s Bombshell of the Day. If you are a black girl who loves fashion, then you know how major this is. I have been following Fashion Bomb for years and never had the confidence to submit my pictures, until recently. The overall feedback on my style blew me away. Most commenters had nothing but kind words to say, and the few who gave “constructive criticism” all said the same thing “You have on the SAME pair of shoes in every picture.” And that’s what sparked this post.

First, for the record, I honestly own over 100 pairs of shoes. I remember my father used to call me Imelda Marcos because of my shoe obsession. However, the attack on the extent of my footwear collection is not what this post is about.

The harsh reality of social media, and fashion blogging, is that regular people are holding themselves to the same standards that celebrities [and famous bloggers] are held to. I can recall hearing countless friends say “I can’t wear this because I already have a picture of it on Instagram.” Even I am guilty of not wanting to repost the same look more than once. Where did this mentality come from? Why on Earth are people so obsessed with portraying an unlimited wardrobe? As a celebrity stylist I am here to tell you that celebrities and famous bloggers get a majority of their clothes as gifts or loans from showrooms.. thus… they hardly ever recycle what they are wearing. As a blogger I am here to tell you that countless bloggers buy and return items simply to create an illusion of a never ending supply of clothes. As a regular working woman I am here to tell you that I do not have an endless wardrobe. There are [obviously] plenty of times that I rewear things that I have purchased, and I have no shame in it.

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There was one comment that said “I can’t respect you as a fashionista if you wear the same shoes”. Does having style mean that you have to have unlimited access to clothes? Shoes, clothes, bags, everything costs money; so in order to be a star blogger or to have stellar style do you also have to have a large expendable amount of money? In today’s economy I would like to think that it was refreshing, not off-putting, to see real people reusing items they own to create a unique style.

Being a style blogger means that I am expected to always be on top of the latest trends, and constantly post pictures in never worn before items. As an avid Instagrammer, the same guidelines apply. Why are we so obsessed with fabricating an image of an infinite wardrobe, and where does it leave those of us who don’t have the means to do so? I wonder if the world of social media will ever change, and if we will ever grasp a more realistic concept of what style actually is.  Here’s hoping that we can stop equating it with the number of pieces a person owns or how many times they decide to wear them.

 

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48 Responses to What is the Price of Style?

  1. Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this page.

  2. jakikantor says:

    I’m still learning from you, but I’m improving myself. I definitely love reading all that is written on your site.Keep the tips coming. I loved it!

  3. pecom says:

    Keep functioning ,great job!

  4. Dyandra Raye says:

    Dear Vic,

    I was going through my IG timeline and I noticed your Fashion Bomb Daily post. While reading your caption, I was intrigued by just the title of this article. I too am a wardrobe stylist and was featured on Fashion Bomb Daily as well. When starting out as a stylist it is hard to find funds to spend on new clothing all the time. I too found myself saying I can’t wear this because it was just on Instagram. After reading your article I realized how crazy that sounds!

    Even celebrities re-wear the same shoes and dresses, especially when they are first pulled for them. Take Kim Kardashain who wore her Tom Ford Spring 2012 sandals with multiple looks that were photographed back to back. We need to be more genuine on social media, especially when posting daily or even weekly looks. If a pair of shoes looks good with more then one outfit, then wear them. Like you said, real style is taking one item and wearing it a variety of ways! I’m glad to have found a fellow fashionista who understands real style.

    Thanks for the article, I am so glad I found your blog!

    – Dyandra

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  6. Wow! I have a new style inspiration, I love all the color in your looks and how they use the same shoes. As a college student I’m always looking for ways to save money. I always find myself guilty of not wanting to post an outfit because I’ve worn it already or because I’m wearing the same shirt I wore in another post. I honestly don’t know why we hold ourselves to such a standards. Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Alicia says:

    Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a stuff! present here at
    this blog, thanks admin of this website.

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  10. zbawienie says:

    I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up. “The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.” by Rita Mae Brown.

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  12. Lesia says:

    With so much being said already, hard to add something new. I just think there’s no point in stressing so much just because of a couple comments: there will always be such people. And that’s great that you’re showing off style with real life spending limitations and etc – this is the real kind of fashion, and you should not be afraid or regret this decision. All the best to your blog! You’re really cute!

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  13. Ren says:

    This was a great write-up! I think what makes great style is the ability to create various looks with the same items; it’s more interesting to see versatility than being a mere clothes horse imo.

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  16. Brooke says:

    ​Socially responsible fashion is spending money on good pieces that you know you’ll rewear, rather than buying every 5 dollar pair of sweatshop-made shoes you see and letting them rot somewhere. I have around 20 good pairs and I too have one pair that I rock frequently: 4 inch heeled mary jane pumps. They go with a lot and I love them, so I wear them. I think the idea that you can’t rewear your clothes is just a symptom of throw-away culture where we don’t cherish what we already have anymore.

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  19. That’s an interesting point that you need to have a lot of money to outlay to create all these different outfits without repeating them. I even wrote a post on how much it costs to become a top tier blogger and from my brief research, that sounds about right.

  20. Simone says:

    This is a great post! I’m really glad you spoke out about this! Though, I admit that I do that sometimes- question whether I should re-wear an outfit or post an outfit using an already used item, but to be honest who cares! Fashion is limitless, and even though people try to place a label on it, it cannot be define. It is personal. It is YOU, and you have to work with what you have. As bloggers, it doesn’t make any sense for us to live above our means. Someone in this world will connect with us and appreciate our style!

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  22. tianna says:

    sometimes I feel like I live under a rock because I don’t know anyone who does this, but then I’m primarily a lover of fashion, not a fashion blogger. I blog more about beauty and my own personal style picks than anything. It sounds like a tough deal for those who love fashion running a blog. Like it would be really expensive or just a huge hassle to buy and return things all the time. I’m glad you’re standing up for yourself because it’s crazy that people are judging your fashion sense based on wearing shoes lol.

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  26. Jennine says:

    congratulations on being featured! well deserved.

    as for the comments… it’s unfortunate that popular sites also attract crazy people. sometimes we just have to take the bad with the good.

    you look amazing. and in reality, we all go through shoe phases. i wore rachel comey mars booties for like 2 years, even though i tried to wear other shoes it just didn’t happen. the truth is, great style isn’t about wearing DIFFERENT things, it’s about making YOU stand out, NOT your clothes.

  27. Claire says:

    Hey Vic Styles!
    Thanks for submitting and for reading!
    I loved your submission. The comments on the site can be nasty–even to me! It absolutely sucks, but I love your post. Being a fashionista doesn’t have to mean having limitless funds, clothes, etc. I reuse and recycle my stuff all the time.
    Keep on keeping on, I’m now a faithful follower of your blog.
    xxo

  28. Congratulations and very well said. I am sometimes thinking “Oh, I had this item in the outfit I posted recently on blog, I cannot wear it”, so I really do understand this feeling. I am not sponsored by any brand, so I must work with clothes and accessories I have, but I don´t mind, because sometimes I can see that the sponsored bloggers´styles are blending together. They are too much influenced by the brands, which is not god (at least I think so). I also see that I have a week or forthnight long periods when I like a particular colour or pattern and I want to style it repeatedly, so I must be careful with that too in my posts, lol.

  29. Lauren K says:

    First off, congratulations on overcoming your fear and being selected as a Bombshell!! I, too, overcame my fear and was featured and while the comments were harsh, I loved every bit of it. I so needed this post tho because too many times I get stressed out about having to come up with new pieces for every post. You’re right, it looks as tho these ppl may have endless items of clothing when in reality they’re being lent the clothes or buying then selling. You made me realize that I shouldn’t be so hung up on little things like that. Thank you so much! Loved the post and I love your style!

  30. Omg, I’m so glad that you submitted to IFB! I hope you get selected. Your voice is truly one that needs to be heard! I saw that you were chosen on FBD and was ecstatic seeing a woman with CLASS up there. You didn’t have to showcase your body to show that you have “taste” so I truly appreciate you….like seriously. You are def one of my favorite bombshells! I did see the “same shoes” comments as well as the “Solange-ish” remarks. First, being compared to Solo is a huge compliment. However, you do put your own twist to it. I mean, that’s why it’s called YOUR style. It’s crazy how it’s our own race that find little ways to attempt in tearing us down smh. But it’s all good! Regardless of what we all do, someone will have something ignorant to say. Oh, the world we live in. At least you slay 😉 Looking forward to more posts! Show us them shoes hahaha
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  31. Shea says:

    Being selected as FBD is stressful! I sent in my pics and was selected. The feedback was positive for the most part but some of comments were harsh like…she needs to wear make-up or her shoes are too plain. Well, my style is more conservative and less trendy especially since most of my outfits are for work *rolls eyes*, lol. I did enjoy the traffic that being FBD brought to my blog but there definitely isn’t an appreciate for anything that’s classic. Glad I found you I love your style and great post!

  32. monica says:

    I loved your pic. It actually got my attention on chictopia which is how I ended up here on your blog. I loved it exactly because you were wearing same shoe same sunglasses with 4 different outfits. I dig that big time!! Some weeks I challenge myself to wear 1 item 5 different ways M-F. It’s fun and you get your damn money’s worth from the things you’re buying. I don’t get why some bloggers feel the need to pretend they have an endless wardrobe. Everybody knows they don’t and even celebs are photographed wearing same shirt several times these days. People who want to fake what they don’t have aren’t living reality and it always catches up with them emotionally mentally and financially. Keep up the great work!

  33. Nicky says:

    I have to come out of lurk to say that I call you a fashionista because you show how wardrobe staples including a great pair of shoes can be recycled and worn different ways. Maybe I’m backwards in my fashion game, but to me, being able to showcase different looks with the same pieces is what embodies true style. Being trendy is fine, but trends are so fleeting; being stylish is infinitely more unique. Since my wallet can’t always keep up, bloggers like you are who I follow and you definitely show me how to get the most out of what I already have.

    Kudos to you for telling it like it really is; I for one find you very refreshing. Thanks for giving inspiration to the every day woman like me.

  34. Missy May says:

    I like FBD, but some of the commentators are so ignorant, disrespectful and judgmental. Been wanting to submit there for quite awhile now, but I couldn’t, because of the harsh words. In as much as I really don’t care what anyone think about what my style is, its equally sad that ppl sit behind they computers and rant on. Anywhos…pay no mind to them! I saw your submission yesterday and actually like your sense of style. You dress for you which is what matters. Great post :-)

  35. Toia B. says:

    Great article! Totally agree with everything said thus far as well as all the points you made. So sorry they felt the need to go in on you in that way. I actually did notice they were the same shoes but from the angle that you flawlessly exhibited the various ways they can be worn… THAT is style! Can those same people making such comments afford to never repeat an outfit? I bet not. People are so bold on social media.

    • vicstyles says:

      exactly. It’s sad that we are so focused on how many times a person wears one item instead of how well they execute what they are wearing.

  36. Let’s be honest, while FBD is a great resource to get the latest fashion for girls, the quality of readers’ comments have suffered with it’s increased popularity. It’s one thing to offer constructive criticism or a kind personal opinion. It’s another when it becomes mean girl and vile comments. Of course it is difficult to moderate so many comments for a site that big, but seriously it’s a culture that’s been accepted quite some time on that site. Cheers to anyone who has the courage to post on FBD and be exposed to the wolves.

    • vicstyles says:

      So true!!! It honestly sucks that it takes so much courage to want to share your personal style all because of a few mean people in the world.

  37. Kristen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that such a wonderful feature turned out this way. As a fashion blogger myself, I know how hard it can be to keep up with the pressure of trying to look perfect all the time or feeling if I just had this or my look was differnt this way, I’d “make it.” Stay true to yourself and rock on girlfriend. That’s an honor to be featured alone and take those comments as fuel to only prove them wrong. :)

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    • vicstyles says:

      Thank you for your kind words! Our business can be an ugly one if we let all the negative comments get to us.

  38. Sing says:

    I am now following you because of FBD. You have great style. And it’s called a neutral pair of shoes for a reason, because they go with everything. Kudos for having the guts to put yourself out there. You have a new follower in me.

  39. Karen says:

    Sadly, I watched that entire conversation unfold on IG yesterday. I am truly a black girl who loves fashion so I love everything Claire Summers. I also attended UAB and I have followed the development of your craft for some time now so I was very excited for you. You made some great points. This is an issue I’ve noticed in fashion lately. Owning a pair of Louboutin’s does not make you a fashionista or stylist. I’m sure if I had limitless funds, I could dress in the latest pieces as well. The real skill is 1) taking what you have or can afford and reinventing outfits several different ways and 2) being versatile enough to style for the the everyday woman, the coutour fashion model, and EVERYTHING in between. You can wear those shoes until the heel breaks honey!! They will still be hot shoes! Keep moving forward!!

    • vicstyles says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Karen. People are so quick to throw stones while inside glass houses. I am not rich, and I do not ever want to front like I am. my blog is for real women, like yourself, with real life budgets. I’m glad that you got something positive from me and my blog. Thank you so much for your support.

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