What Happens To Fashion Bloggers Once They Get Old?
The fashion bloggers who survive and thrive in 2013 are a good-looking bunch, who use their chic style and comely looks to nail them the exclusives, collaborations, and adoration that make them famous. Yet, we find ourselves asking a very mom-like question: In this youth-obsessed bubble, what happens when our favorite style bloggers start aging? (Our hopeful answer: They transition gracefully into their next chapter.) But, when your skill set requires looking good in pictures, it can be a lot more complicated.
Fashion blogging is a new career, and one that hasn't seen its freshman class completely grow up yet, so all these globe-trotters are certainly figuring it out as they go. Unlike travel, tech, design, or food, however, fashion bloggers and writers tend to be young and energetic. When that fresh fountain of youth runs out, will we just have a whole new generation of "consultants"?
Where Are All The Queer Chicks In Fashion?
A handful of some of the most important women in style (Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi or Patricia Field, say) identify as lesbian, but in a culture where a great many individuals are gay and there is a pretty even professional gender ratio, queer ladies are hard to come by. While the casual perception is that the fashion industry can be cutthroat and opportunistic (and we aren't denying that), there is a definite feeling of female empowerment. Why then, is it only straight women?
The answer may be particularly complex, and the divide between gay men and women has been discussed at length, but it may boil down to one underlying assumption: Lesbians "don't care" about fashion, and fashion belongs to the "feminine". (Think of the wildly incorrect stereotypes: Gay men are dandies, while gay women are lumberjacks.) Fortunately, thanks to trailblazers like Lyons, a shift in perspective (however hackneyed it might be
) and a movement toward androgyny (not as a "shock-factor" but a way to discuss gender
) gives us hope that all sexualities will begin to find their way in the world of style.
Designers Don't Make Clothes That Fit 100 Million Women In America
A quick survey of major retailers, like Saks, Bergdorfs, Barneys, and Nordstrom, does indeed reveal a plus-size section — but those designers tend to be "plus-size" designers, and only a few notables even enter into that size bracket. (In fact, we counted only 16 in total that are carried at the four mega-stores, and we will call out the most familiar faces that gladly size up for larger ladies: ABS, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Pally, McQueen, Tadashi Shoji, Michael Kors, and DKNY.)
This problem, of course, isn't new and generally inspires a "no duh" to anyone who follows plus-size fashion, but here's the thing: Plus-size bloggers are more important than ever. The news jumps on a plus-size story. And, most importantly, there are 100 million plus-size women in America
. But designers are only creating for one type of body and not pushing themselves into the plus-sized box. Which means they aren't doing just a disservice to prospective clientele…but to their bottom line, too.