​The Story of a Fashion Victim

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

I love fashion with all my heart. It is the one thing in life that I could talk about endlessly and never get tired learning about. It is my one true passion in life. Judge me if you want, but it's true. I'm not that interesting, but I'm a true fashionista at heart. 

The Perks:

Being so invested in fashion can be quite exhausting, not only on myself trying to keep up but also on my bank balance. Yikers. So, today I wanted to break down the best and worst points of a fashion follower, because believe you me, there's many!

When a new trend comes about, I love putting my own spin on it and adapting it to my wardrobe and taste. Just because something isn't your usual style, it doesn't mean you can't go for it without putting your own flair onto it. 

Everyone has their own unique style. Operative word there being unique ​as it means no two people will ever look the same.

It's fun and creative.

Just because you styled one outfit one way doesn't mean you have to wear it like that forever. Mix and matching different items in my wardrobe to create new styles is one of my favourite things to do.

Regularly shopping and browsing the fashion sites means my Winter and Summer wardrobes are always fully stocked and as the seasons rolls around, transitioning between the two is easy peasy.

Having a variety of up to date, fashionable clothes is great for Insta shots and keeping the feed up to date. Obviously.

Everyone loves receiving compliments, and when you constantly look and feel good people notice that. By regularly switching up outfits and trying new trends that are a little out there means I get endless compliments on my style and how I carry myself. 

There is no better feeling than when you get ahead of the curve and end up beating a trend before it's huge and Primark kills it. This is where the term 'influencer' really means something, as you are able to influence people with your own style via your social media accounts or blog and prove that actually this is a new trend, I'm making it work and so can you. 

With the rise in influencers and bloggers etc means we are never short of inspo for new ideas and outfits online. If you have an item of clothing you are desperately looking to revamp, you only have to search it on Pinterest and a thousand new ideas will come up. There is opportunity everywhere. 

I get very excited when I order a new must have piece, especially if it is designer and I have saved the money to splurge. 

With all that spending means ending up with a lot of clothes, but there is always the opportunity to make some of that money back. With sites such as Depop and eBay about, it makes it tonnes easier to shed your wardrobe of dead weight. But if you're not necessarily interested in making money, it does mean you have lots to donate to charity should you think you'll never wear it again which ofc is your good deed for the day. 

I know that when I rock a new outfit that is a little out of the ordinary, my confidence boots by a mile. 

When you constantly follow trends and influencers daily, you can see some pretty outrageous outfits. Every so often the time will come that you think damn that outfit is cool, I'm going to try that and once you do it one time it gets easier every other. People are often in awe as you are always well presented. 
I know, I've made it sound really good but don't get it twisted it's not all sunshine and rainbows! There come some bad points too, and in true Ripped Glam fashion, I'm going to break those down for you as well.

The Downsides: 

Yes buying endless clothes and shoes is the dream, but it's so expensive. I do not earn enough money to fully support my shopping addiction, so I spend a lot of time being poor and well dressed. 

Trends, trends, trends. The bane of my life. I love to follow them and have the latest style, but they come and go so quickly that when you manage to pin an outfit down, by the time you get to debut it it's already out and the fashion world has moved on to the next thing which also makes it incredibly hard to keep up with.

One of my biggest ​gripes is when I have been saving my money to buy a unique designer piece, I finally purchase it spending a few hundred pounds only to open Facebook and see an article that Primark are selling designer dupes for £5. I get that it is ideal for those people who love the style and can't afford to, or just simply don't want to, spend the money but at the same time I feel like those designs are a little sacred and it can be quite insulting when you see someone in a total rip of your shoes. But I could be being selfish idk

As a person who doesn't have a bucket load of hobbies, when I have free time it is usually spent at a shopping centre. Something that has been ingrained in me since I was a nipper (I am the spawn of a shopaholic, shock.) So that means every time I go it is likely that I will pick up something whether it be a haul or just an accessory. The issue with this is that I have no space for it. I switch my wardrobe between AW and SS and even though I do that, it is still full to the brim. Unfortunately, I buy a lot more than I get rid of so putting clothing away is a constant battle. No joke, I literally wrestle with them to squeeze it in. 

Buying a new outfit and debuting it on my blog is exciting, as it means I am showing it off to the whole world. But normally when you buy a new outfit, you want to wear it all the time. You can't do that as a blogger as you constantly need new material and content. Therefore a lot of outfits tend to just get wasted and forgotten about. Insert sad, dramatic music here. 

As a self confessed fashion obsessed girl there is so much pressure. If you say you're into fashion, you're expected to look pristine and well maintained at all times. If you have an off day, it could mean no content and there's nothing worse than judginess from judgy people when you decide to just rock a sweatshirt, jeans and trainers. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you want to stay relevant you need to offer new and innovative ideas. ​​But the fear of getting judged for out there outfits, is one that sometimes cannot always be overcome. Yes by putting yourself out there you have to know you are opening yourself up to it, but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier. 

So, as a fashion victim we have it good, but with the good does come the bad. But hey ho, it's the life we choose to live and it's the life we love. 

​Let's celebrate our love for fashion! 

Jumper - Primark, Skirt - Primark, Boots - Zara 

What are some of your highs and lows of being a fashionista?

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