Recently, I got talking to someone I’d never met before about fashion blogging. This person wasn’t a blogger, but a casual reader and sometime commenter. When I told her I was a fashion blogger myself, she said:
“Oh, I bet you love cupcakes and bunting and Peter Pan collars and ombre hair, don’t you?”
Ummm… yes. But am I really that easy to second guess? Am I a total fashion blogger cliché?
Macarons, cupcakes, cake stands and peonies. All that’s missing is the bunting…
Image from Shauna Young Dessert Tables’ Flickr
Being part of a community makes you susceptible to the likes and dislikes of others within that community. When people gather together because of a shared interest – be it fashion, music, or an appreciation for horror films from 1956-1962 – it’s inevitable they’ll have other things in common, too.
In my final year of university (many moons ago… okay, 2007), I decided to base my dissertation on fashion in subcultures and how the groups that label themselves ‘alternative’ (I focused most on goths and punks) actually follow a very strict dress code. Although a gothic look may be unique when compared to your average Joe on the street, gothic dressing in general is formulaic – the black clothes, eyeliner, lace, dark hair, studded belts all signify difference, but they’re also a uniform. The look tells an outsider that they’re not one of them, but tells other goths they are.
Following the lead of others is a natural instinct and something that happens in all areas of life. We take our cues from popular culture, the media and our peers. And when you’re part of a community, looking and dressing alike just reinforces that sense of belonging.
So yes – maybe I am a bit of a blogger cliché. I like teacups and vintage suitcases. I own a Cambridge Satchel and now want a Furla Candy bag. And I’m seriously considering ombre hair. But I’m part of a community, and I like to think that enjoying some of the stereotypes of fashion blogging is just a way of participating in the community. Is that such a bad thing?
What do you think? Are you a fashion blogger cliché, or do you strive for individuality?