Are You Going Broke Trying to be a Fashion Blogger?

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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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey Natonya.
    I love what you said about “use what you have and make the most of it.”
    You are so right about being faithful to your blog (your dream, your calling), planting seeds and tending the garden and waiting for the harvest. We all want it to happen right away, but oak trees are strong because they take so long to grow!
    I agree about telling real stories; and putting creative skills to use.
    I like “be not conformed to this world,” and, about getting creative and starting something different, which is what I’m doing with my blog.
    I call myself a “style blogger,” rather than a fashion blogger. I encourage women to create their own style.
    I’m glad I found you and will follow you. I need to be associated with fashion/style bloggers. I invite you to our community, Bloggers Traffic Community https://members.bloggerstrafficcommunity.com/home
    It’s FREE! It’s FUN! It’s a support group! We promote each other.
    You may not need more traffic, but you would be able to help all of us who are “younger” in the blogging world. I am certainly one who needs expert advice from one who has “been there.” 🙂 I’m searching for a way to start bringing in some money even though my number of subscribers is still very small.
    Blessings,
    Cindy Davis, DIY Bohemian https://diybohemian.com/
    diybohemian@gmail.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Cindy! Absolutely I will join your community, it’s exactly what I want to do, help others 🙂 I liked how you said you call yourself a Style Blogger instead of a fashion blogger, just on point! I’m so happy this post was resonated with you. Thank you for following my blog, checking yours out and giving you a follow too.

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  2. lifeofshar says:

    It looks so hard being a fashion blogger but there will be lots of tricks around it, like ordering clothes wearing them, taking pictures and sending them back, but not all of us have that money to come out of our banks anyway? Trying to upload an OOTD pic everyday would be so hard I can’t even imagine haha! great post xx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Shar, appreciate you stopping by ❤ Yea it would be really hard, especially when you're not in the position to be what some fashion bloggers are on Instagram. So, it's best to always be yourself and work with what you have and never let your circumstances stop you from reaching your dream. T

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  3. I completely agree Natonya! There are some things that you can do to get similar looks withouy breaking bank but it will also bring out your creativity when taking something and turning it into what it is you want it to be which is what I love about the fashion industry and being a designer myself. Fashion isnt just whats expensive its all about the style of that thing. Make it pop how you want it to!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Perfectly said Erica. Working with what you have does make you more creative, giving you the opportunity to build something new and refreshing to what’s already out.

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  4. Layna says:

    I agree with you on so many aspects! I may not blog about fashion but similarly to beauty blogging, some people buy things from the beginning so they have something ‘on trend’ for people to get interested. It’s not a wrong thing but I felt more compelled to use something I have to review or write a post on. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Great point, there’s that idea, are we buying products we don’t really care for to just get the attention of others? Nice, thanks for stopping by Layna 🙂

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  5. This hits home so much. I don’t blog fashion I blog food but there are a lot of similarities in the feelings and struggles expressed here also, especially as a vegan blogger!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Totally. There is just an endless pressure to stay current and relevant to what’s trendy and it applies to all categories. So happy you shared your perspective. 🙂

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  6. Love this, and I definitely agree with everything you said! It takes time to build an empire, but I refuse to go broke in the process. If my budget allows for a new release, then so be it. But, it’s not my reality at the moment either. We all don’t get gifted new products everyday, so you just gotta’ work with what you got. Great read! (:

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Perfectly said Anjhanee, “We all don’t get gifted new products everyday, so you just gotta’ work with what you got.” ❤

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  7. ellieslondon says:

    Let’s not forget those ‘influencers’ that buy things then return them after they have done their bit with them – that is just crazy too! There should be a bigger light shone on re-usable fashion, wearing things more than a handful of times before getting rid – I studied fashion journalism for my degree and my sentence is literally a sin to those girls! x

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Great point Ellie! I see people do this with food, take a picture of it and then throw it away because they wanted that Instagram foodie pic.

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      1. ellieslondon says:

        Oh now, clothes I can (maybe) understand! But throwing away food? No babyyyy noooooo! 😀

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        1. justnatonya says:

          Right???! Why waste food???

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  8. venus aby says:

    Love this post! When I wanted to start fashion/style posts on my blog, I was so focused on the newest trends thinking it would attract more people to the blog. But I started to realise that it’s better to be authentic, creative and learn how to build up your own style than trying to be like everyone else!

    venus | https://venusaby.blogspot.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Exactly Venus! Eventually everyone will get tired of seeing the same thing repeated, so if we are blogging about what’s considered unpopular it might be more interesting because it’s so different.

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  9. Aaliyah Hunt says:

    I’m not a fashion blogger I write mistily about beauty but I relate to his so much because I always feel like I need to buy all these different products to talk about even if I don’t have the funds to do so! It’s hard but I actually love readin about more affordable products that I can enjoy and try even in fashion and beauty, really great post x

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hey Aaliyah! This does apply to the beauty side too, I keep hearing people say the same thing, they feel like they must buy all the latest makeup to keep up. I too enjoy reading posts that are affordable because it’s more relatable to me.

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  10. ellesecrit says:

    You can definitely be successful without spending a small mortgage on your clothes! If anything, it will make you more relatable to your readers because they’ll be more likely to copy your clothes and take inspiration!☺️

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Great point Elle, budget shopping is relatable because everyone wants to save money 🙂

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  11. I definitely think fashion blogging and the industry these days puts an emphasis on wearing things only once and things that are on trend and cost an arm and a leg! It’s the same with the beauty industry, we’re expected to have every new release straight away and it certainly puts pressure on my bank account!
    PaleGirlRambling xo
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Exactly. I agree it’s like you buy and items and only use it once. Totally forgot that this concept is the same with beauty products, great point. I guess this is when creativity comes into play. Mastering how to use an item more than once in different ways to maximize the benefits and not feel like the product was a total waste. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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