Back in 2007-ish, when I religiously followed StyleBytes, Weardrobe, Flickr's Wardrobe Remix, and Style Bubble, I started my first blog. At first, it was silly ruminations and random writing, but soon enough, I began sharing my daily outfits.
|I sold this entire outfit on eBay years ago for ten bucks|
|Collectively, I don't think this outfit cost more than $40|
|When I grew tired of this corduroy jacket, I cut the sleeves off|
|It's not easily visible here, but my "headband" is actually a necklace. Also, I paid 50 cents for that sweater|
|So pensive. The only items I still have are the Dr. Martens|
Fashion blogging in itself isn't sinful. I started sharing my outfits in order to help others stretch their wardrobes. I decided to quit when I realized that vanity, greed, and a love of money became a huge presence in traditional fashion blogging. Below are more reasons I quit fashion blogging from a Biblical perspective.
1. Fashion Blogging discourages individuality.
Style sharing was individual. Fashion blogging is formulaic. Brands, sponsors, and the median readers desire specific looks from fashion bloggers. Most influential fashion bloggers are similar in age, dress size, and income. The Lord put incredible care and purpose in designing each and every one of us. The Bible says, "for You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well." (Psalm 139:13-14 (NASB)) It's insulting to our Creator to try to be like any other person instead of who God desires us to be. If you aspire to be a top fashion blogger, make sure you're only listening to the Holy Spirit's opinion and convictions on your looks, clothes, poses, etc. Do not allow your readers and sponsors to tell you you're not special and that you need to be different from who the Lord wants you to be.
2. I didn't want to lie. In the past few years, I've become a minimalist. At one time, I had two clothes closets and one shoe closet. All three wardrobes were over flowing. For the past few years, I've become minimalist and all my clothes and shoes can fit in my dresser with room to spare. Everything I wear, I love, and is on heavy rotation. I'm picky with body care and cosmetics. The ingredients must be very clean and preferably edible. My streamlined closet and bathroom cabinet means that there are more items I'll pass up rather than allow into my home. This means that I have to choose between turning down business opportunities or lying to my readers by promoting items I actually do not care for. The Bible is very clear about lying in saying that, "the Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth." (Proverbs 12:22 New Living Translation (NLT))
3. Fashion Blogging can promote vanity. When I was in high school, I stopped reading fashion and lifestyle magazines because I realized they always made me feel terrible. I had begun looking in the mirror and scrutinizing thanks to these magazines. They told me my looks need improvement. Even though we're aware of ubiquitous image manipulations in the media, when we fill ourselves up with this falseness and unattainable standards, sooner than later, we will be negatively affected. It's my belief that the media (tv, magazines, advertisements, and fashion blogs) are the reason why there are 11, 12, 13 year old girls can pass for college age. These young girls along with everyone else are being told that more makeup, specific clothes, and "knowing your angles" is essential. Taking care of our appearance isn't sinful, but "a beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout." (Proverbs 11:22 New Living Translation (NLT)) Good looks are completely wasted on a vain person. It would be best to make sure we fill ourselves up with substance rather than stare at photoshopped images of people who actually do not exist.
4. Fashion Blogging can promote covetousness. Just like fashion magazines, fashion blogs are one big advertorial. In these blogs, we see beautiful images with beautiful people in beautiful locations wearing beautiful things. If we're not watching our hearts carefully, it's easy to start desiring what we see on the blog and this in turn, will give us discontent. Life is better when we're satisfied with our portion. God says “'you shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.'” (Exodus 20:17 (NIV))
Fashion blogging can be a great business opportunity for bloggers and brands. Fashion blogging can be a great source of fun and inspiration for readers. However, like everything in life, we must be willing to give it up if it causes us to sin. When the Holy Spirit specifies to pick something up or place something down, we must always be willing to do as He says. For me, I'm happy to have quit fashion blogging and I pray you'll listen to whatever the Lord says about it.