Fashion blogs are like unsigned bands. There are thousands of them, most of them aren’t very good, and very few will actually appeal directly to your tastes. So how do you know which ones are worth listening to?
If you had an unlimited amount of time on your hands, you could spend hour after hour trawling through the internet and trying to identify them all personally.
That would be time consuming and frustrating. Even if you’re stuck at home on a wet weekend, we’re sure there are better things you could be doing with your time than that.
So we’ve done the legwork for you! We’ve read everything there is to read, and seen all the beautifully shot Instagram fashion photos there are to see.
If you’re a woman who’s into fashion or you want to set up your own blog, these are the definitive five fashion blogs you need to read!
So lets take a look at out top five fashion blogs starting with…
1. Samantha Maria
If you’re going to blog about something, it helps if you can demonstrate that you really know what you’re talking about.
That’s something that Samantha Marie, who prefers to be known as Sammi, doesn’t have a problem with. She’s fully qualified on the subject, with a degree in fashion styling.
London-based Sammi is often mistaken for being a YouTuber, but people who believe that have got her time-line wrong.
She started her fashion blog www.samanthamariaofficial.com way back in 2009 when she was still a student, and she’s been running it far longer than she’s been shooting videos.
Her style choices emphasize affordability as well as looking great. She knows what it’s like to be poor as a student, and she never forgets that her readers aren’t likely to be the super rich.
She’s so confident in her fashion knowledge that she’s recently launched her own clothing range, called “Novem & Knight.
Man Repeller sounds like an unusual title for a fashion blog, but then manrepeller.com – and its author Leandra Medine – is an unusual blogger.
The message of her website is part fashion and part female empowerment, taking particular care to link the two topics together.
The name comes from a joke a friend made to her about how her style choices drive men away.
She’s taken that idea and run with it, building a site that talks not only about fashion, but the way fashion can convey an attitude.
She views fashion as a statement of both individuality and defiance. Included in the website’s mission statement is the notion that having an interest in fashion doesn’t minimize the intellect of the fashionista.
In order words, fashion isn’t just the pursuit of the shallow. This is a high brow blog with a retro chic feel, and a visual style that owes a lot to the 60s and 70s.
Oh, and quirky takes on classic looks come as standard. Expect flares and experimental headgear.
Gabi Fresh is a passionate advocate for bigger, beautiful women, and over at gabifresh.com you can hear her shouting that message loud, live and in colour.
For almost the entirety of her ten years on the fashion blogging scene, her message has been about promoting body confidence, and making fashion styles work for you instead of trying to scrape and squeeze yourself into something that doesn’t suit.
Gabi definitely counts as a non-traditionalist. Much of her advice centers around tearing up the existing rules of fashion and rewriting them to apply to you as an individual.
She’s very well respected by her peers – her opinions and insight have been sought by major international names like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Teen Vogue.
The ethos of Gabi’s work is that when buying clothes, women should remember their worth as a person.
Whatever size or shape you are, you’re a customer, and somebody should be trying to appeal to you. Rather than try to confirm to someone else’s unrealistic expectation of your figure, be proud of your own, and dress yourself to suit.
If enough women buy clothes according to that philosophy, the industry will have to change to suit it.
If you’re seeking inspiration for a Summer look or a beach holiday, look no further than Amsterdam’s Negin Mirsalehi.
She wouldn’t thank us for linking her so strongly to holiday looks – she’s more than an authority on glamour, too – but she’s so good at it that it’s impossible not to make the connection!
A passing glance at neginmirsalehi.com tells you that she was definitely on point with her style choices at every festival of the sunshine months.
It certainly doesn’t hurt Negin’s appeal that she has distinctive, willowy looks and would look fantastic even if she was dressed in a trash bag, but there’s plenty of substance behind the beauty.
She definitely knows how to put an eye catching outfit together, and Instagram as a format was practically invented for her.
Recognized as one of the photography site’s leading influencers, Revolve Magazine actually named her as Influencer of the Year in 2017.
It’s possible that nobody in fashion knows how to brand themselves better; she has a degree in marketing.
Beauty, brains and a unique take on style – that surely has to make her a fashion voice worth listening to.
If you take a trip to freddieharrel.com you’ll find a fashion blog with a truly international flavor.
Freddie is Parisian by birth, British by choice, and living right at the heart of London’s booming fashion scene.
She’s also a fashion blogger who places the natural look above catwalk chic when it comes to picking a style.
She can make a t-shirt and jeans look better than a $500 dress so long as it’s the right t-shirt and jeans.
She’s used her own real life experiences to inform her fashion advice.
Worried about how you’re going to dress for a pregnancy? Worry no longer.
Freddie has lived through it, worked with it, and has specific advice to give you on the topic, all in her own unique voice.
She’s a girl who gives you great advice with a smile on her face, and great hair. Seriously, seriously great hair.