Photo by: Taea Thale via Garance Doré
Garance Doré has been blogging for 10 years, and she just released her first book, Love Style Life. Yes, her blog and the book are about fashion. But Doré could easily put life coach on her resume next to blogger and author.
Leading up to the book's release on October 27, the French style and photography maven spoke to outlets including Harper's Bazaar and New York Magazine's The Cut about her blog, her values, her style and life in general. And I couldn't help but think that if we could all approach life the way she does, the world would be a much better place. Her honesty and down-to-earthiness are remarkable, especially in an industry known for valuing appearance above all.
But Doré makes you think that maybe that's not true at all. Fashion is about clothing, but can garments alone elevate something without substance and grace at its core? Maybe. But I prefer Doré's way. Here are 8 takeaways from Doré's thoughts on publishing her first book.
1. A fashion blog doesn't have to be all about you.
It’s about me, but more on what inspires me and stories of my life. I don’t often turn the camera to myself; it’s not something that I do very naturally.
2. It took her 10 years to figure out the right approach for Love Style Life. There's nothing wrong with taking your sweet time.
I thought by the time I turned 40 and my blog is almost 10 years old; I've learned so much and I think one day I woke up and I was like, ‘okay, I know exactly what I want to say” and I know how I'm going to say it.'
3. The negativity around fashion mostly stems from insecurity.
Fashion Week is so hard on everyone’s morale. Because it’s such a gathering of insecurities that people have a hard time being nice to each other, just because they feel so self-conscious all the time, because you’re so under the scrutiny of your whole industry.
4. You don't have to be perfect.
I also follow people who only show their perfect side. But that’s never been me and that’s not what I want to put out in the world. And whatever it does to my career, I think my responsibility has always been to stay real.
5. Your blog may be more than the sum of its parts.
…a blog is like an everyday craft and sometimes you don't really realize what the big message of what you're saying or your voice.
6. Don't be afraid to purge your closet.
I just came back from Paris and I had two boxes in Paris to leave in New York and when I opened these boxes I could not believe it was six years ago I couldn't part with these clothes. They didn't mean anything and they didn't have anything special, but at that time I was very very attached to my clothes.
7. Success can come without stress (what?!).
I'm not stressed because I did the very best I could with the most love I could and to me I'm very happy about it and that's probably the most important thing.
8. Confidence and comfort with yourself has to come from the inside.
Clothes are there to help, not to make you like a different person.