BREAKING INTO THE INDUSTRY
My ultimate dream is to work in the fashion industry, whether it’s a stylist, fashion editor for a popular magazine/blog or public relations specialist for a high-end brand, I want to contribute my perspective to the industry one way or another. Discovering you CAN become all those things through the blogging platform is a warming start.
I was inspired by fashion blogging through Camila Coelho, only I didn’t realize she was fashion blogging. I remember discovering her in 2011 on Pinterest wearing a cute polka dot skirt with a yellow cropped cardigan and a link-chain belt. I was immediately attracted to her style, clicked onto her blog and never left.
Camila’s Instagram is filled with tons of fashion/lifestyle shots only she can emulate. Everyday I’m inspired by her style and being a fashion enthusiast, it encourages me to produce content on the same level.
Let’s face it, Camila is Camila and I’m me. My blog and Instagram will never look like Camila’s nor do I want it to resemble what she does. I draw inspiration from her work ethic and know consistency is key if you want to see results in anything you do.
Camila has established herself in the blogging world for quite some time. She’s been blogging at least seven years, which is when I first discovered her, could be longer. On her Insta account, you can see where she has tons of brand collaborations and partnerships in addition to her traveling content.
Building from the Ground Up
You must work your way to the top, as Drake said, “Started from the bottom now we’re here”. If everything we wanted was handed to us with out hard work and effort, we would never appreciate it to the fullest.
It takes time to build an empire, you can’t expect immediate results.
When you put in time and dedication to growing the seeds you planted, you will see beautiful results, just need to kindly wait while believing in yourself. Of course, with passion, talent, patience and determination you will enjoy your journey to the destination a bit more.
My Truth about Instagram Fashion Influence
Most fashion bloggers today post about expensive brands and the latest trends. Who knows it could be a generous gift, collaboration or purchased by the fashion guru his/herself. Plus, your Instagram account and blog must be filled with high engagement and a substantial amount of followers to collaborate with brands or get accepting into most fashion influencer programs.
By being new to the fashion blogging world, it’s so easy to wrap your mind around buying new outfits just so you can post a daily OOTD look on Instagram in attempt to keep up with the most stylish influencers.
I wish I could walk out the door right now and buy dresses PORTER Magazine deems as a summer hit, but it’s just not my reality right now.
I will be honest, I don’t have that budget right now and as much as I want to spend my money on every fashionable item I see so I can magnify how much I like to be stylish, I just can’t. Hence why I created my category, Style Finds. This makes it easier for me to be a fashion blogger without breaking the bank.
Latest style find: Nostalgic 90s T-Shirt Trend
Spend Time Not Money on Creativity
Don’t go broke trying to fit into the Instagram lifestyle, just use what you have and make the most of it. Every day I’m learning my blog and Instagram are better with relatable topics. I find when I post things TRULY happening and not just created for the sake of a like, I’m so much more successful and happier because it’s real.
Find Joy With Instagram: Who cares about likes/follows?
I can still be a trendy-savvy fashion blogger without spending my cash on the latest finds, just need to put my creative skills to use more. Instead of doing an OOTD look everyday, maybe I can do an OOTW (Outfit of the week), which could become a cool blog category showcasing my most stylish look of the week.
Be not conformed to this world.
What every you decide to do, don’t worry if it’s good enough. Never let what everyone else is doing dictate what you should do. I believe influencing has no rules just as long as it’s not offensive. Instead get creative, start something different and replenish the industry with a complete new outlook on the same things done.
What are views about fashion influencing today?
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