As I am shuffling through my closet late on a Saturday night, trying to decide what outfit I’ll be wearing for my next blog post, I find myself rejecting a lot of my favorite pieces. The jean jacket that I wear all the time. My go-to pair of flats. The sunglasses I legitimately always carry with me. Even though these items are some of the most routinely used in my wardrobe, I just can’t seem to bring myself to include them in my newest post.
Because I’ve worn them on the blog before.
*shrieks in horror*
I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal. And it wasn’t for a long time. When I first started posting fashion content here on Currently, Lately, I didn’t think about how many times I had worn a certain pair of sunglasses or shown off a specific jacket. If I liked the way an outfit looked, I posted about it. It didn’t matter if I had already done it in the past.
But things have changed since then. And as the fashion element of this blog has expanded, I’ve caught myself wondering on many different occasions whether or not I post enough variety clothing-wise.
TOP (similar): Express
SKIRT* (similar): Forever 21
BOOTS* (similar): Off 5th
SUNGLASSES* (similar): Nordstrom
The thing is, with all the fashion content that’s out there on the Internet, it’s hard not feel like wearing the same pieces several times isn’t good enough. Looking at other bloggers, particularly on social media, you think they must be going out every week and buying an entirely new wardrobe. Every outfit they post appears to contain an entirely new set of pieces and accessories. And, sometimes, it can leave you wondering, “how do they do it?”
In a lot of cases, they don’t. Which brings me to the point of this post. The myth of the never-ending closet.
I feel like social media platforms often create this illusion that fashion bloggers have an endless supply of clothing. Well, I am here today to tell you that just isn’t the truth. Though I obviously can’t speak on behalf of every blogger, I can say from personal experience that blogging about clothing doesn’t mean you have to have a boundless wardrobe.
Like just about everything posted on social media, fashion blogging gives people a very small, picture-perfect window of what a person’s life is actually like. It makes things seem a lot more glamorous and put together than they truly are. And in doing so, it makes a lot of people (myself, at times, included) feel like what they are doing isn’t nearly enough.
I think the important thing to remember is that the myth of a never-ending closet is exactly that: a myth. Being a fashion blogger doesn’t mean you need to own a million different outfits or shop every single day of your life. It’s perfectly okay to blog about what you wear, even if that means you repeat a few pieces. Fashion blogging is about fun and self-expression. You shouldn’t feel pressured to live up to the unrealistic standards portrayed across social media.
That being said, I am going to try to remind myself of this the next time I am looking through my closet, trying to plan a new lookbook. Because when it comes down to it, it isn’t fair or reasonable for somebody to expect themselves to have an endless supply of clothing.
Do you ever feel pressured to have more clothes because of social media?