how style blogging changed my life
how style blogging changed my life

I recently read this post on HeartIFB in which it asks the question “Why Do you Share your Personal Style”. It asks questions like "Do those of us who do it because we suffer on a sliding scale of egomania?" Are we helping our readers truly become inspired and educated on how to wear and pair garments? Are we selling a lifestyle?” and ponders how personal style blogging adds to the “me me me” culture of today.Personal style blogging has reached dizzying heights although I often ponder if it’s plateaued in recent years due to the increase in beauty and lifestyle blogging - Especially in the UK.

Style blogging has taught me that no matter how big or small I am, I still can look good. I’ve grown from feeling incredibly uncomfortable in front of the camera to someone who feels confident and happy in their own skin. On and off camera.

When I started this blog, I was at my highest weight ever and since starting this blog and posting regularly I’ve been anything from 170lbs to 120lbs. I’ve been from a size 8 to a size 14 and back again more times than I can count. Most of the time I’m a size 10, but Right now I'm probably about 10lbs heavier than I “normally” am. But I’ve always been one of those people that just goes up and down. I’m not a yo-yoer as such, I just seem to sometimes be a little bigger or a little smaller. My weight troubled me all through my teens, but looking at photos of my tiny frame back then I wish I could shake myself and tell myself to not to worry so much about my body.

Style blogging taught me to be confident and challenging within with my own style, shape and what I like to wear rather than dwelling on the fact I'm not size 0 and 5ft 10. I’d be lying if like pretty every female on the planet I’d like to be 20lbs lighter and a few inches taller. I like burgers and sleeping too much to really care all that much. I just like clothes and looking nice and sharing that online, especially with people who were interested in my style, which boosted my confidence more than anything.

Im proud that in 2014 style blogging accommodates all - It’s non exclusive. Long gone are the days where only the skinniest richest bloggers posted their perfectly put together outfits in dream locations. You can be any size, race, nationality, income, height, shape - you name it there is something for everyone.

Maybe I have a vapid approach to how I feel about my personal style blog, but I cannot gush more about how it’s changed me in confidence and body image wise. As someone who’s always struggled with weight and body image it’s made me realise I can look and feel good about myself despite not being (and trust me, I hate it when people say this) “as skinny as other bloggers”. In some weird way I think it’s given me the reassurance that it doesn’t matter what size I am, as long as I dress with purpose and confidence I look and more importantly feel, pretty damn good.