A Fashion Blog For Fashion Bloggers

Blogs have been around, almost since the establishment of the internet. From the beginnings, bloggers learned that fresh content could build a loyal following of visitors, which in turn meant, they could earn money from advertisers. Blog Hosting companies have made it fairly easy to start a blog. You simply sign up for a free blog and start typing your heart away. That’s all fine and dandy, until the competition amongst bloggers heats up. How do you get your blog noticed amongst all those other bloggers out there?

Niche blogging communities are sprouting up across the web like FashionsBlogs.com, that specialize in niche market segments. FashionsBlogs.com offers free blog hosting to fashion bloggers, a unique “Fashion Oriented” url, fashion blogging tips and a community of fashion bloggers that share valuable information on the art of fashion blogging. What are the advantages and disadvantages of starting a blog at a niche blog hosting community or a mainstream blog hosting site like WordPress, Typepad, blogger or blogspot?

Advantages of Niche blogging Communities

SEO- Your site will rank higher in your market segment.
For example: at FashionsBlogs.com you will have a unique URL like myfashionblog.fashionsblogs.com. Search engines will rank your blog higher when people are searching for fashion blogs than a site that has a url like myfashionblog.typepad.com

Social Networking- Build relationships with the movers and shakers in your industry

For Example: at Fashions Blogs you will be able to connect with other, high profile fashion bloggers and discuss tips and tricks of the trade.

Stand out from the crowd.

When people head to the niche blogging community they can search for specialties like: Celebrity fashion blog, Teen Fashion BLog, Womens fashion blog, Designer Fashion Blog and depending on the content of your unique fashion blog, your site will easily be found by potential new fans.

Custom Themes, Templates and Plugins

Useful tools are available like plugins that offer free access to royalty free fashion images. Fashion styled Blog templates are also available.

Disadvantage of Niche Blogging Communities

Not many around

There are not currently a lot of Niche blogging communities around. It is still a fairly new concept online.

Technical Support-
Since these emerging blogging communities are in the infancy stage, they may not have the resources to help you and resolve problems as fast as a larger company like WordPress or Blogspot

Communities start small

when you join a Niche blogging community like Fashions Blogs, you may find there are only a couple of registered members. This is because they are still new sites and have yet to attract the vast quantity of members. Just like eBay started small, so do these Niche blogging communities.

Whether you are a fashion blogger trying to get noticed amongst the sea of fashion bloggers like Girls Trends [http://www.girlstrends.com] or you are an inspired celebrity blogger trying to attain the status of Perez Hilton, there is one thing for sure. BLogging takes time, dedication, passion, commitment. If you have these ingredients, you will surely get noticed amongst the thousands of other bloggers in your industry. Be patient and find a niche that other bloggers may not be writing about. Like Fashion for Dogs:)

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Who Are the Best Fashion Bloggers to Follow?

Many women and girls who are looking to follow fashion bloggers can be unsure where to start. There are many well established bloggers as well as new comers to the online arena, and therefore it is important to be able to determine which are the right ones to choose for us.

The best way to get started determining who the best fashion bloggers to follow are is by choosing your favorite medium to read and absorb content. Many people like video format for beauty or fashion tutorials, so go to sites like YouTube to explore the different bloggers on there.

On the other hand, many people enjoy going on Instagram and looking at the fashion styles and outfits that many bloggers post on a daily basis, giving them inspiration for their own fashion choices. Others like reading written blogs about the latest trends that they should be aware of. Ultimately, then, the key to finding a good fashion blogger to follow is to select you favorite medium and then explore from there.

If you prefer videos, try a video site, if you prefer photos, go to a photo sharing site. If you prefer the written text, search online for written blogs where you can spend time reading through lengthy and interesting posts. The best fashion bloggers to follow for you will also appeal to your tastes as well as your budget. The latter is very important, as many bloggers may prefer to share designer clothes choices over budget hauls.

If you have a lower income, bloggers that focus on fashion on a budget could be far more to your taste and your needs. On the other hand, many people like to be inspired by the most expensive products and designer clothing, and therefore like to follow those who have access to some of the best fashion brands in the world.

For them, it is fascinating to be able to attend events like London Fashion Week through the eyes of their favorite blogger. Decide why you want to follow a blog, whether it is for real advice on what you can buy within your budget, or whether you just want inspiration, even if you cannot afford the items that your favorite blogger buys. This will help you pick out a few individuals that you want to follow.

You may also want to consider the community when you start following a blogger or blogger, as this can have a positive or a negative effect on your experience. For example, some of the best blogging communities have a safe space where people can share their options and experiences and can get advice on what is a good choice of clothing or makeup for them.

For other people this community is not so important, but they like to receive comments back from their favorite blogger if they have an important question to ask. The best fashion bloggers to follow for you will depend on what you prefer your social experience to be like when you are exploring different blogs, Instagram accounts or blogger websites online. Ultimately, there are many great fashion bloggers online now for us to choose from, meaning that it has never been easier to find the right person whose advice we can follow to both look and feel our best.

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How to Get Yourself Pictured For a Fashion Blog

It’s every fashionista’s dream to be caught on camera by a street style blogger and promptly included in the blog with comments on what made the outfit stand out and worth picturing. Most people like being in the centre of attention so this is a great way of getting your 15 seconds of fame.

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to getting dressed up with the aim of being noticed. The key points to remember are that bloggers are looking for people who stand out from the crowd and boast some unique features.

Confidence and Your Comfort Zone

You’re unlikely to be noticed by bloggers or, in fact, anyone if you look visibly uncomfortable in what you’re wearing. Stick to your comfort zone and don’t just blindly follow Lady Gaga-esque or other extravagant trends if it’s not something you feel at ease with. A well-dressed person with his or her head down won’t appeal to a blogger because you don’t look confident enough to be featured on a fashion blog, and don’t seem like you want to be approached by anyone.

Who Do You Want to Be Spotted By?

It’s important to determine what kind of blogger you would like to be spotted by. Some of the most famous bloggers, such as The Sartorialist, Street Peeper and Face Hunter capture looks that are designer-focused and very expensive looking, while others like Style Scout and Hoy Fashion are happy to feature the less rich but original.

Many women’s and men’s magazines now include a street style fashion page or online content on their websites. These are somewhat easier to be featured in as they are looking for more trend followers rather than setters. For magazine fashion editors it’s important to focus on how specific trends promoted by their magazine are being worn in the real world.

So, What to Wear?

It’s important to avoid the mainstream. Even if you’re wearing some of the high street’s newest trends, make sure to mix them up with some garments or accessories from past seasons or even the following season after you’ve seen what’s up and coming during fashion week. Vintage pieces are a sure-fire way of standing out as they are unique.

Your outfit should always feature a bold statement piece. A quick browse through a few popular street style fashion blogs reveals that popular choices include edgy shoes, vibrantly coloured trousers, feathered jackets and graphic T-shirts. The outfit is then styled around this statement piece, usually sticking to more neutral garments and accessories to pull together an organised look. Quirky make-up and hair aren’t always major players in street style fashion as bloggers try to reflect reality not runways.

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7 Reasons Fashion Brands Should Be Nice to Bloggers

In the fashion world bloggers are rising to prominence as a force to be reckoned with. For some reason many new and established fashion brands still seem to treat them as second class citizens. We think this is a mistake, and here are a few reasons why we think so.

1. 40% of the press at New York Fashion Week are bloggers.

According to Reuters the presence of online media at fashion week has grown more than 20% over the last six months. This means that of the 3, 600 members of press present, nearly 40% are fashion bloggers.

2. Major fashion brands are inviting them to shows.

Designers like Carl Lagerfeld and John Galliano are inviting bloggers to their shows. In some cases they are even paying all costs to fly the bloggers to the show. If top end designers are doing this, don’t you think it’s time you start being nice to your local fashion blogger?

3. In the USA fashion bloggers are becoming very popular.

Blogs like Style Bubble are getting up to 25 000 hits a day. While some bloggers have tens of thousands of twitter followers. If this isn’t enough to make you sit up and notice then I don’t know what is.

4. Bloggers are now judges for CFDA

For the first time ever bloggers have been invited to be judges for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This is a landmark event for the fashion blogging industry. It is an indicator of the power and influence that is moving into the hands of fashion bloggers.

5. Traditional fashion editors are losing control.

Just like the film and music industry is struggling to come to grips with the fact that the internet has made them largely irrelevant; the fashion editorial industry is losing much of it’s power. In the good (or bad depending on your point of view) old days fashion editors could control what and who the public sees. With the advent of the internet and growth of fashion blogs this power is now gone.

6. Enthusiasm = Influence

Everybody knows that the thing that sells clothes is enthusiasm and passion; not knowledge. The average person out there doesn’t care about technical details and high-brow descriptions of the “silhouette” and “architectural lines” of a garment. On the other hand, having somebody who clearly loves clothes recommend an item they love carries much more weight. Bloggers mostly do this because they love clothes and fashion, yes some of them make money from their blogs, but they only make money because they are passionate about what they do.

7. The rest of the world lags behind the USA

If you are based outside the USE this might be the most important reason to start building relationships with local bloggers. The developing world runs 3-4 years behind the states when it comes to the adoption of internet trends. This means that before long all the major local brands will be beating a path to the door of your favorite blogger. Shouldn’t you be there first?

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Why Fashion Is Always Changing

Everyone is affected by fashion to some extent. In the era of early supermodel age, fashion could be categorized by glamour or commons. Today, fashion is fast, trendless, comfortable, and personal. Street fashion, as one of the most popular form, is more of a reflection of personality and lifestyle than of trends in general. Because social media have offered abundant avenues for people to get to know trends happening now, fashion has becoming really shapeless. Hollywood stars have their Facebook and Twitter accounts updating almost every second of their day including what they are wearing. Thus, Stars set fashion trends. However, Stars are not the only people only can openly express their fashion styles. Bloggers of fashion, not just professionals, but ordinary peoples, can send out their fashion style to the world. In an instant, fashion has truly become everyday, everywhere, and everyone.

In the information age and a much globalized world community, fashion has transformed in its outlook, and concept as it starts embodying many varieties of elements of different cultures. For example, in the 1980s, jeans had monopolized youth culture not only in the U.S. but also other countries, particularly East Asian countries like Japan and Korea. Now, American styles are no longer the standard as designers of different ethnic background incorporate their own outlook into their design. In addition, in this much globalized world, ethnicity is no longer the only factor that affect the trend in fashion as it was decades ago. Now, people are guided by taste, lifestyle, and experiences. For instance, Alexander Wang’s simple power women’s look has won many fans of minimalism. Thus, it is possible the fashion’s trajectory will more closely appeal to people’s lifestyle and social trends.

Furthermore, today fashion has much evolved to embody personal brand. Everyone’s unique style can be called his or her fashion. For example, punk style was originally styles of socially discontented youth’s, now it has been taken up even by couture designers. Decades ago, fashion had it standard rules such as how women and men should wear. Today, fashion is not strictly dictated by gender. There have emerged a new class of fashion called unisex in which clothing lines can be worn by both sexes.

This type of fashion has been tremendously popular given greater equalities between men and women. Women have more choices than before.

Not only adults, children have their own fashion. Although they mimicked what the adults wear, children’s fashion also been commercialized extensively. Children’s fashion is greatly affected by adult fashion. Many adult designer brands also have children’s line that follow closely of the adult trends.

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Fashion, Style and Authenticity

Youths fulfill an important function within society. Youths are frequently referenced as the future of a nation. The idea that the upcoming generations will achieve more than the previous generations is an important driver for political and social policies. However, despite their ultimately important role in human society, the legal and political status of youths is precarious. While they are fully human, they are not independent and they face significant limitations of their freedom imposed by their parents, elders and government.

In the young adult’s search for meaning and identity, both individually and within the larger societal context, words like “fashion,” “style,” and “authenticity” become highly significant. They do not merely refer to the trappings of style in clothing and personal appearance but to behavior, preferences, and choices as well. These concepts have become center points of Pakistani youth culture, because adolescents and young adults naturally seek definition and self-identity, making the idea of being in style and being authentic appealing. It gives adolescents and young adults a sense of belonging to their social group as well as a sense of self-identity.

Fitting into one’s social group is one of the most important components of youth culture, and a sense of style is one of the primary ways that youth achieve this. Style, especially, is a means for youth to not only define themselves but to define the boundaries of their group.

Interestingly, while youth like to think of themselves as independent and having a unique identity, the definition of style that they adopt is inevitably created by someone else and very often that “someone else” is a form of media. For instance, pop music is singularly formulaic in that it incorporates a standardized format of rising and falling notes, structure, and theme. Even alternative forms of music follow a specific format. Nevertheless, even within a standardized form, individuals create identity, both social and individual, through the choices they make regarding those forms. Using the ‘tool’ of style, then, youth culture defines itself by the choices it makes regarding the music, clothing, activities, and preferences.

Individual authenticity, on the other hand, can be compromised for the larger sense of group identity that style creates. Whereas some adolescents may not necessarily like the styles they see, they adopt them anyway, adhering to them because it helps them feel that sense of belonging.

Social and individual identity can coexist and commingle in everyday life. Nevertheless, very often problems arise because the young adult has a much stronger and well-defined sense of the identity of social groups, both their youth culture identity and that of the larger mainstream culture, than they do their own individual identity. Lacking this sense of meaning on an individual level, the styles and fashions of the social group disrupt their own authenticity by precluding individuality and the natural differences of opinion that arise between people. As a result of suppressing their own individuality or of mindlessly adhering to social norms, young adults can end up feeling hypocritical and meaningless.

Style, then, often supersedes authenticity in youth culture. Nevertheless, style can give young adults a sense of identity that they may not feel or know individually. Likewise, the choices that young adults make in style helps them form their individual identities through allowing them to present a unique expression of who they are and to what social group they belong. The relationship between style, authenticity, and youth culture is a dynamic one in which both the individual and the culture play an active role in the formation of identity and the expression of authenticity. While this balance between individual and social identity, between the activity of style on the individual and that of the individual’s authentic self, can and does get disrupted in the lives of young adults, the process of identity formation and individual expression continues unabated.

Perhaps more important is an implicit sweeping statement which runs throughout their lifetimes. Youths in their engagement with politics are essentially represented as either middle-of-the-road democrats, secular and absorbed into mainstream Western societies, or as radical and possibly violent. This is a gross over-simplification at best, but one which is unfortunately common to much supposedly expert opinion. The reality is that youths’ understanding of the relationship between their beliefs and their political engagements is as highly diverse as anyone else. One just needs to look on the Internet to get a taste of diversity: consider the thoroughly non-political Western-style pop videos of second – and third generation Europeans from the Indian subcontinent; European and North American youth who use punk, metal and experimental electronic music to express their uncompromising positions on Palestine, or who find no contradiction between being a radical bra-burning feminist. Similar range of expressions can be found in other e-contexts such as MySpace and Facebook, or indeed the Middle Eastern bloggers who have become central to the new media in the region. It can be considered an acute and the cumulative psychological effects of government, media, and social exclusion, and the resultant internal exile on the psychology of youth in the Diaspora.

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