There are more niches in fashion blogging than we could ever begin to cover, but its worthwhile to explore bloggers whose main tool is words, not photographs. Those who are exploring (and blogging about!) fashion through its history and design, sociology and anthropology, or gender issues within the fashion world.
It's easy for us to get stuck within our niche or favorite category, but there's a wide world of fashion beyond shopping and personal style… so the IFB contributors weigh in with their favorite fashion reads worth their weight in words.
The Lingerie Lesbian – The Lingerie Lesbian creates a bountiful blog full of beautiful lingerie and images, but also explores issues like “the power dynamics of lingerie and gender,” beauty and vanity, and lingerie from non-American/non-European markets.
Sweet Nothings NYC – While Sweet Nothings is loaded with great images, she's got knowledge and experience with each brand and event to share. Covering events like Lingerie Fashion Week, and sharing styles and fit information for women of all sizes, and shares the occasional decadent and delicious dessert as well.
Cora says “They're both lingerie blogs… while neither site is very image heavy or personal style heavy, they both spend a lot of time talking about issues related to gender and sexuality and self-esteem within the lingerie space.”
Exposed Zippers – This site gets fashion's insiders to open up: whether about their recent collections, competition in the fashion industry, and discovering game-changing designers.
Startup Fashion – Calling themselves the “go-to resource for helping independent fashion brands create successful businesses,” Startup Fashion really is the go-to resource, providing information about trade shows, branding, crowd funding, business management, and more. For the fashion blogger who hopes to launch their career on the design side, this is a must read.
Final Fashion – Danielle is a fashion illustrator, and you're unlike to find a far more unique take on Fashion Week than her site. She's got wonderful insight to the industry and blogging, coated with keen insight, observations, and challenges.
The Beheld – I'm always captivated by Autumn's observations about beauty and culture. She's intelligent, well-read, and well-written.
Style Bubble – It seemed remiss not to mention Susie; often her infamy (and flamboyant style) overshadows what it is she does, which is talking about fashion in an educated, informative, and yet personal manner. Susie set the bar for intelligent discussion and dissection of collections, designers, and style.
Fashion Into Film – I recently came across this site when looking, well, for fashion and film. Written by critic and academic Pam Cook, there's some wonderful discussion of the intersection of fashion and film (my two loves!).
Business of Fashion – Embarrassingly, I just discovered them not too long ago. But I love reading about the literal business of fashion from an insider's perspective that is honest, introspective, and digestible.
Share with the rest of the class– what bloggers have something to write about? Whose voice are you addicted to? Who can write a 1200 word post and you don't even notice?
[Image credit: FinalFashion.ca]