Light Reading: Our Favorite Fashion Blogs
I love reading about fashion and I don't limit myself to reading print, although I don't know what I'd do without my stack of Vogue, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE and Cosmo mags. Some of my favorite online sources for style, fashion, and beauty news come in the form of fashion and beauty blogs, and I find a lot of inspiration--and entertainment--on these websites.
This list of websites is in no particular order, and I read them all weekly, if not daily. They range from serious fashion reviews to bloggy snark. Do you have a great fashion website that I should be reading? Share it with me in the comments!
Go Fug Yourself
GoFugYourself is one of my favorite websites, period, and certainly in the top of my favorite fashion blogs. Writers Jessica and Heather feature the good, the bad, and certainly the ugly in celebrity--and pseudo-celebrity--fashion. In addition to their everyday fashion reviews, they have seasonal features that are "must-reads" for any fashion enthusiast, including a March "Fug Madness" bracket competition which takes place simultaneously with the NCAA March Madness tournament each year.
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The Non-Blonde is blogger Gaia, whose fashion reviews are less frequent than her beauty reviews; the main thrust of The Non-Blonde is perfume and beauty product reviews. If you've ever wanted to know more about perfume you should start reading Gaia's blog--she's completely changed the way I wear and think about scent. Guys who like perfume and cologne shouldn't skip this one, as many of her reviews address unisex and/or men's fragrance.
This website is one of the reasons I wanted to do a street style feature for Art Attack. The Sartorialist is an amazing photographer, and reading his website always reminds me that I gotta get myself some photography lessons. This site is short on copy and long on photos, and you won't want to miss his recent features on vintage photography and fashion.
I read this website and dream about living in New York City, although in my dream I'm 22 instead of 34. I'm not sure I have the energy for NYC these days. While MizHattan features many NYC-centric stories on sample sales, the site also has plenty to offer by way of cutting-edge fashion advertisements, and creative features like this recent one on dream closets.
StyleList has a little bit of everything: hair, makeup, fashion, and celebrity style. The layout is clean and readable, and the website is intuitive and easy to navigate. I also love the blog roll they feature at the bottom of their front page, with style pages that they love. My favorite feature is How To Wear, with suggestions on how to incorporate trends into your wardrobe without looking like a moron. FabSugar & BellaSugar
FabSugar and BellaSugar are the fashion and beauty arms of the "Sugar" blogging collection. They feature products and services in a wide range of price points; I like Chanel nail polish as much as the next girl, but at $22 a pop I'm not going to buy every single color. (Although I do love Black Satin, and always will.) There are also tons of "how-to" and "Top 10" articles, which are some of my favorites.
I started reading NY Mag's fashion page regularly because the Fug Girls cover New York Fashion Week for them. Although the emphasis at NY Magazine's Fashion Blog is on designer fashion, there are features on affordable products as well as celebrity news and product reviews. All-in-all, this is a nice mix of high- and mid-priced fashion, culling information from pop culture as well as couture runways, making this site a must-read.
I don't care if you hate Gwenyth Paltrow, her website GOOP is full of great stuff. I especially like that she features niche brands and natural/organic products. I've never felt strongly about Gwenyth one way or the other, although I enjoy her in movies, but I think in the last year her efforts to soften her image have been effective on at least a segment of her hating public. Sure, some of the stuff on her website is ridiculous, but I can dream about being able to "save up for" a black Chanel dress to hand-down to my hypothetical daughter, right?
Obviously all of my favorite print magazines have online versions, but if I don't buy print how can I constantly update my vision boards, or send anonymous hate mail in cut-out magazine letters? I also read Vogue, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE and Cosmo online.
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