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 facebook/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 poor blogger, 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 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 re-wear things that I have purchased, and I have no shame in it.
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 someone who talks about fashion 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 facebooker, 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.