Is fashion blogging nothing more than conspicuous consumption? Well, if you’re shooting outfits and giving details about who designed each item you’re wearing, and perhaps even listing where you purchased items, I think that’s kind of a no-brainer. Inconspicuous people don’t post details about what they buy and wear on the Internet.
While the expression “conspicuous consumption” seems to carry a negative connotation, I don’t necessarily see it that way. Being conspicuous isn’t always a bad thing; attention-getting style or personalities are what make some bloggers so compelling (hello, Gala Darling). I believe it’s the blogger’s intent and voice that determine how readers interpret conspicuous displays of acquisitions and style. Some are conspicuous and well-received, some are loathed.
But can all fashion blogs be labeled as conspicuous consumption? That’s this week’s Friend Friday* topic. We were asked:
- Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some?
- As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc…
- Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What’s your reaction to this?
- Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products?
- Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about?
PS: I hope y’all ALWAYS come back to my blog, though!
*The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Katy of Modly Chic sends us questions weekly, and we answer on our blogs.