Here at IFB, we love sharing our networking tips and tricks with you – and this includes how to make the most of fashion blogging conferences and events.
But which ones should you attend? There are soooo many! We've got our top ten picks below…
These days, there are a variety of conferences that cater to fashion bloggers and influencers. Blogging conferences are chock full of tips, best practices and learned lessons from big brands, fashion startups, reps from useful tools and resources (think RewardStyle and MailChimp) and, of course, experienced fashion bloggers.
There are plenty of networking opportunities (read: fun parties) where you can meet other bloggers, and there's always awesome swag from sponsors who are looking to reach out to bloggers and influencers.
Having attended my fair share of blogger conferences I can say whole-heartedly that they are worth the time, money and energy. They can get expensive, when you factor in travel, hotel, food and conference pass. Create a budget for yourself, look for flight and hotel deals, and see if you might be able to split costs with a buddy – or a blogger friend you have yet to meet IRL!
All that said, here's a list of blogger conferences that we recommend fashion bloggers and influencers should check out.
Fashion Blogging Conferences For Fashion Bloggers and Influencers
Location: New York City, New York
Length: Two Days
Date: August 8-9, 2018
Cost: $175 – $350
Don't quote us on it, but BlogHer is one of the oldest conferences for female fashion bloggers (and influencers).
BlogHer was founded in 2005 by Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins to answer the question, “Where are the women bloggers?”
Since then, the conference has become an unstoppable movement, empowering women to find their voices and turn their passions into content, community and commerce, across topics from food and health to parenting and politics. Today, BlogHer events are the largest and most diverse celebration of female content creators, social media influencers, entrepreneurs, media makers and brand marketers.
Blogalicious – The Media & Entrepreneur Experience (The ME Experience)
Location: Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California
Length: One day
Date: August 3rd (Chicago), October 2018 (San Francisco)
The Blogalicious ME Experience is a multi-city VIP Day tour with intimate and immersive 1-day workshop intensives geared towards high-engaging influencers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. Hear from captains of industry. Collaborate in a workshop environment. Implement the strategies for generating revenue on the spot. These VIP Days are meant to be highly intimate and intensive and will be limited to an exclusive number attendees (50-75).
Location: New York City, New York; L.A., California; Dubai, UAE
Length: One day
Date: February 2019 (NYC), August 11 (LA), October 2018 (Dubai)
SIMPLY Fashion and Beauty Conference (formerly known as Simply Stylist) showcases top minds in fashion, beauty, and tech. It's a day chalk-full of panels, breakout sessions and brand experiences. From SIMPLY NYC to SIMPLY Dubai, there is literally no better event that caters to the specific needs bloggers and influencers in 2018.
The next SIMPLY conference is in L.A. If you're interested in attending, use code “IFB” at checkout for a sweet discount.
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Length: Two days
Date: April 2019 TBA
Cost: Approx. $499
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Founded by Annie Spano, the SC Conference is for every #bossbabe blogger and influencer who is self-motivated, disciplined and ready to make her dreams a reality!
The conference will give you the opportunity to make new friends; define a clear purpose for your blog and/or social media accounts; help you discover new ways of connecting with others through audio and video; and give you the power to create a distinct vision for your voice and brand. Talks with industry elites aim to help you in connecting with your readers – and marketers and brands – along with how to plan out an entire year's worth of content.
Location: Austin, Texas
Length: 9 days
Date: March 8 – 17, 2019
Cost: TBA (but it's not cheap)
South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities.
While it's not specifically a designated fashion blogging conferences, bloggers and influencers can get a lot out of attending SXSW.
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Length: Four days
Date: TBA, 2019
Cost: $1175 – $2349
Social Media Week markets itself as “New York's premier media and marketing event.” The conference aims to brings together professionals with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media. While it is far from a “typical” fashion blogging conference, it's a great event for bloggers and influencers to attend.
Their past list of speakers and panelists is top-notch, so it's definitely worth checking out if it fits into your schedule. The downside? It might be more expensive than your rent. That being said, if you are able to attend you absolutely should! It's probably one of the best digital conferences for online communications, so start saving your pennies for 2019.
Location: London, England
Length: One Day
Blogtacular welcomes bloggers, Instagrammers, podcasters and indie businesses looking to develop their online presence.
The atmosphere is friendly, so attendees can themselves and focus on soaking up the knowledge. Whether you've been blogging for months or years you will find a heap of inspiration and new ideas. You might even be getting ready to launch something and want an injection of inspiration to help you on your way. Blogtacular is the place to fuel your creativity and take your online profile further.
Location: TBA, USA
Length: Three Days
Date: TBA (2019)
Alt Summit is the conference for creative entrepreneurs and stylish social media influencers. It consists of classes and informative talks for a broad range of skill levels, so it applies to bloggers and influencers of all levels. If you’ve already designed a successful line of products, if you opened your first Instagram account last month, if you’re a social media pro, or if you’re just thinking about starting a future website, then Alt Summit is for you. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to check their website frequently if you're interested in attending
Alt Summit was founded in 2009 and was one of the first conferences geared towards digital creatives. Since then, there have been 13 major events — seven flagship conferences in Salt Lake City, one flagship conference in Palm Springs, two summer conferences in New York, one summer conference in San Francisco, and two more summer events in Salt Lake City.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Length: Three Days
Date: May 6–8, 2019
The Social Shake-Up describes itself as being the premier social media conference which will “… redefine what social media means for your business, your brand, your future”. It's geared towards marketing managers, content creators and business professionals – but you feel you're an experienced blogger, looking for a more challenging conference, this one might be for you.
Do you have a favourite blogging and/or social media conference? Did we forget it? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor's note: This post was originally written by Jess Estrada. It was updated on June 21, 2018 by Laura Kell