When ever I’m asked about what I do for a living I’m met with an exaggerated eye roll or complete confusion. Explaining that I am a fashion writer and blogger seems to lead people to believe that I’m either completely shallow, or just plain stupid.
A Love Of Fashion Doesn’t Make Me Shallow
Yes, I absolutely love fashion but at the end of the day writing about it is my job. Believing that I’m some kind of airhead because of that is ridiculous. I can imagine that other professions have the same issue. I’m sure we have all heard that accountants are supposedly boring (mine is far from it). I realise we are all prone to judge others but someone’s job isn’t every aspect of them. Yes I love fashion but there are other things going on in my life.
When it comes to blogging there are people who still don’t understand what it is. They see pictures of you all over your site and I guess it makes you look self absorbed. I absolutely love what I do but there are other sides to my life that obviously aren’t shown online. I think that people need to remember this more when it comes to social media. Platforms like Instagram are often only highlight reels of someone’s life.
Caring about what you wear and how you look doesn’t necessarily mean you’re shallow either. There is nothing wrong with liking nice things and wanting to be surrounded by them. For me fashion is like art and it is a way to express yourself without actually having to say anything.
If I go out with friends or even attend an event I used to think that I should dress down a bit. I love wearing heels and everyone else would turn up in flat pumps or Converse which just made me look over dressed. I’m now at the point where I think so what if I want to make an effort. I love clothes and accessories and I shouldn’t have to hide them away in my wardrobe in case people think I’m over the top. I’ve always felt that if you’re going to an event it’s almost rude to not make an effort!
I started blogging at the same time I started as a freelance writer and it was a place for me to go and talk about fashion freely. The people around me generally aren’t bothered about fashion to the same degree and I didn’t want to bore them. I realise I’m hardly out there saving the world but just because I choose not to write about what’s happening in the world, doesn’t mean I don’t care. This site is just about me indulging my love of designer accessories and the odd beauty product.
I shouldn’t have to defend myself or my chosen occupation but I have been feeling like I need to recently. For example, I have been sent a lot more blogger mail over the last few weeks. My poor postman has been knocking on the door practically everyday. For a start he probably thinks I don’t work because I’m home in the middle of the day. But also to someone not in the know it must seem like I have a serious shopping problem. Part of me feels I need to explain my job and why I get so many packages, but it really isn’t anyone’s business.
At the end of the day I love what I do and that’s all that should really matter.
I agree being a fashion blogger or writer does not mean you are shallow or vain. It just means that you like talking about fashion and you know about it!
I’m sorry if you’ve had people think you’re shallow for blogging about fashion. I completely agree with you. Now that I think about it, if people were to go on my site without knowing who I am, based on what I write, they would probably think I’m an airhead too but I’m actually a pretty deep thinker! Fashion is just a part of our lives, important but still just a part of it and we shouldn’t be judged for an art form that makes us and a lot of people happy! Great read!