This is going to be a pretty huge blog post photo-wise, but luckily I also have a lot to talk to you about! There have been so many things on my mind relating to personal style and the blogging world, and accompanying my musings will be this awesome set of photos taken by my good friend Luke – he’s an incredible filmmaker and photographer, and I had a complete blast shooting with him. I’ll actually be chatting lots more about the shoot in this post, as it was something that really inspired a lot of my thoughts on today’s topic…
Silver Jacket: Topshop (similar from Reiss)
Lace Bodysuit: New Look via ASOS
Mesh Top: H&M
Shoes: Boohoo (similar from Debenhams)
In a few previous posts, I’ve talked about the importance of steering away from that cookie-cutter blogging format and about how much I love having that rock n roll edge to my style, and the thoughts I’ve been having about my own place in this wonderful community are along similar lines.
Old ways don’t open new doors. Perhaps it’s a bit of a cliche, but honestly this approach is what’s been driving me lately. For a very long time I was so preoccupied with making sure my content fit with that bright and airy trend that I lost some of my creative passion. I was never one to try and fit in, but that’s what I ended up doing most of the time, especially on Instagram. A few months ago I made a conscious decision to try different things, both with my personal style and my content, and I am very much enjoying the results…
When Luke mentioned his idea of doing a night time shoot around Manchester, I said YES without skipping a beat! It’s something I’ve never, ever done, and whilst the style of these images doesn’t necessarily fit with what I’ve done in the past, that’s the beauty of it. We can’t all follow the same blogging style, use the same edit presets, shoot in the exact same spots and wear the same outfits. It’s predictable, it’s overdone and it’s completely and utterly boring. Which is something blogging should never be, especially when it comes to fashion/style.
Now, that’s not to say that two or more bloggers can never do the things listed above – we all gather inspiration from each other, which is half the fun! It’s about not getting too comfortable doing the same style of content creation every time, and remembering to push forward and innovate wherever possible. I’m talking more about sharing styles you truly love rather than following the crowd. It’s so easy to make fashion purchases without thinking about why you’re drawn to a piece, so the question I’ve been asking myself lately is: “WHY do I like this? Does it truly appeal to my personal sense of style, or have I just seen similar pieces on people I follow online?”. The same goes for shoot locations and image styles. “Is this shoot idea exciting and interesting, or am I just heading to the same area of the city I’ve seen others shoot in a lot?”
Luke and I started this shoot around 5.30pm, grabbed some food in the middle and then finished just before 10pm. He had loads of awesome ideas about playing with light and colour, and I think they all really paid off! Whilst we were eating the most delish pizza, we had a great conversation about fashion blogging and how much fun it is to try new things, and also how important it is to do so without ‘rules’ in place. I think in the personal style blogging world we all get a bit nervous to step outside the box when something’s not currently popular on Instagram or within blog posts, but if you feel inspired by something that’s exactly what you should be doing!
Most of those who have become super successful in the community are those who aren’t afraid to be trailblazers. They know what they love and they confidently create images and posts embracing those elements. My own confidence in this area is growing all the time, and I feel more inspired than ever as a style blogger. Being a bit different has always excited me. It’s about time I re-embraced this part of myself.
So, what does this mean for me? In terms of my style, I’m not going to shy away from what excites me. There are things that will always be for me – alternative touches, metallics, monochrome, bold prints, statement pieces. But there will also be things that I don’t love. Camel coats, earth toned corduroy, skintight crop top and midi skirt sets…they’re trends that look amazing on other people, but they’re just not for me. And that’s fine! When I’m wearing things I adore and feel great in, it shows. Isn’t that what personal style blogging is all about?
With my images, I’d say my mind is open. I’m going to continue to gather inspiration, not just from the fashion world but elsewhere too, and if an idea takes me I’m going to try and make it happen. Of course, not everything I post will be completely original and groundbreaking – if I was doing this full time that might be more feasible, but as it stands I can only do what I can do – but it’s my goal to try as many new things, and open as many new doors, as possible.
I’m so grateful to Luke for inspiring me with this shoot idea – I can’t wait to take photos with him again soon! If you’re a fellow style enthusiast, it would be amazing to hear which trends you’re loving and how you curate your own wardrobe. If you’re a blogger, I would love to hear how you’re feeling about things at the moment. Do you have the same times where you feel a little lost and unsure of how to innovate? Are you currently loving a particular style or way of working?
“Just go for it. Don’t be afraid of trying new things. You have absolutely no idea what’s going to present itself to you. Don’t be frightened. Just buckle down and do whatever your heart desires.” The legendary Phyllis Smith (anyone else a superfan of The Office?)