This is a waistcoat that I’ve had for a little while, but isn’t it amazing! I think it might be my favourite car boot find to date (asides from this gold elephant-shaped side table that I didn’t buy and I’ve been kicking myself for ever since!) I feel like I should be the fifth member of The Beatles in these clothes. My shirt is vintage too. It’s Shop Jessthetics stock that I haven’t added to the site yet. I shot my first ever lookbook yesterday for the shop (including this shirt) and I love how the photos have come out. I’ll probably share them on the blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! This outfit is pretty autumn appropriate and as you can see from the photos it’s feeling pretty autumnal already. Yay! The sunsets during September are the prettiest sunsets of the year I think, the sun has a lovely golden quality at the moment. I took these photos a little while ago by the canal at home in Leicestershire. Sigh, the countryside at home is so pretty, I’m going to miss it now that I live in the city.
Outfit Details: Waistcoat, Vintage (Car Boot) / Top, Vintage (Shop Jessthetics) / Mom Jeans, ASOS / Chelsea Boots, New Look / Sunglasses, ASOS
I actually blogged about this exact same waistcoat this time last year and I’ve featured these mom jeans and boots a lot. When you blog about what you wear you can feel pressured to blog about new clothes all the time. I sometimes decide not to take photos of what I’m wearing because I’ve featured those clothes on the blog before, but really that’s a little silly. Even if you, as a reader of my blog, remember that I wrote about this waistcoat a year ago you probably don’t care. I post outfit posts around once a week, and to only wear things on the blog that are new to me would be so expensive, and even more so if I blogged only about fashion! I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to blog in a way that is genuine or realistic. Obviously people are always going to choose what they share on their blog or any social media channel, and these representations of our lives are always going to be curated and therefore to some extent artificial but I think that bloggers shouldn’t encourage people to aspire to something that is unrealistic. I don’t read women’s magazines anymore because (amongst other reasons) they create unattainable beauty standards and assume that women have an unlimited disposable income to spend on things like clothes and makeup. Who buys a whole “new wardrobe” every season?!? For me, blogs are more interesting than magazines because they are more realistic, more human and more accessible. In aspiring to look like fashion magazines (for example by featuring only new clothes, most of which are usually gifted) I think blogs take a step away from what made them stand out in the first place. It’s a trap that’s easy to fall into though! I’m not sure exactly what I think on the topic. I’m not against sponsored content or product gifting or anything like that, but I find it strange that some blogs are aspirational whilst that particular lifestyle is only possible when you have a successful blog. I’d love to know what you think! I might try and organise my thoughts a bit more and write another post about it.