This week’s topic of discussion is conspicuous consumption. Fashion bloggers have many critics, and some believe that it is socially irresponsible, especially in light of the current economy??? What do you think?
1. Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some?
Hmmm. Good question. I think fashion blogs have the potential to become a stage for conspicuous consumption, but to say that ALL fashion blogs fall into that category would be an exaggeration. There are many genres of fashion blogs; you’ve got your street style blogs, your editorial blogs, your frugal fashion/looks for less blogs, your DIY blogs, and of course the infamous haul blogs. Your DIY blogs are anti-consumption all the way, so they definitely don’t fall into that category, and the editorial blogs are no worse than your average magazine. The street style and looks for less types of blogs are definitely the ones that run the risk of falling prey to excessive consumption, with haul blogs being the ultimate evil (as far as conspicuous consumption is concerned). The haul blogs are ridiculous in my opinion. I love sharing a great deal with my readers, but they are a bit excessive. My blog is a “street style” blog, which is also focused on affordable fashion, so there is definitely a little bit of pressure to buy things to stay on top of the latest trends. On the other hand, I was a hell of a shopper before I started blogging, and I would argue that blogging has brought new awareness to what I already have, what I really need, and how much I am willing to pay for something. I find that I am shopping with a purpose now, whereas before I was more of an impulse shopper. So, all of that is to say that it depends on the blogger and their vision for their blog.
2. As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc.
I don’t think we are obligated to share any personal or financial information. I get that with influence comes responsibility, and you’ve got bloggers out there blogging outfits that costs more than one month of my salary, but I have to take responsibility for my own finances. I look at the outfit, and I know that I can’t afford it. Period. More power to the blogger who can…how she is able to do it, isn’t really my business. If she has chosen to go into debt for fashion, that is her personal choice. Everyone chooses what they are willing to spend money on. For some of us, it’s fashion.
3. Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What’s your reaction to this? (here you can reveal charities if you’d like.) Why do critics assume that fashion bloggers wake up in the morning, put on an outfit, take a picture and do nothing else with their lives? My blog is ONE part of my life. Just because I love fashion doesn’t mean I don’t have a passion for other things. I happen to know many bloggers who not only donate money personally to worthwhile causes, but also use their influence to promote awareness for the cause.
4. Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products? No, not at all. I was always a bargain shopper (I don’t really have a choice in the matter), but as I mentioned before I am much more aware of what I am buying these days, and because I want everything I wear to be accessible for my readers, I am even more adamant about things being affordable. I wouldn’t say that I splurge any more than I would have before. Every once and I will I will treat myself to a pricey pair of shoes, or a nice handbag, but that is nothing new.
5. Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about?
Love, family, children, justice, equal right (my fiancée calls me a bleeding heart liberal… what can I say, I just love people), happiness.