the World Wide Web, there is a continual influx of information over the
internet highway, including, most recently, a trend in fashion
blogging. Currently, there are hundreds of new fashion blogs being
created everyday, and over millions of already created websites. With
these massive amounts of people posting their opinions on style, how can
you stop wasting your time reading useless fashion blogs? Is there
anyway to separate the quality blogs from the irrelevant ones? This
review of five top rated fashion blogs gives insight into what standards
should be used in deciding which blogs are worth your time.
blogs are ranked on a 10 point scale in four areas: (1) clarity of
thought, (2) timeliness, (3) relevance, and (4) degree of opinion.
Style File blog:
Total Score: 28
is a primary source and destination for where people receive their
fashion news, trends, and photos of seasonal runway shows. In addition,
the renown website has a chief blog site, Style File, where writers can
post opinions on various aspects of fashion in a more informal setting
and approach. Even though there are several writers for Style File, the
writing style of this blog site is distinct and individual to
1.) Clarity of thought: 6.5. It is decent.
You are able to read through it, although some postings may be a bit
long-winded. Also, some entries may be difficult to understand if you
don’t have a lot of knowledge of people in the fashion industry, such as
Sophia Hesketh and Byrdie Bell.
2.) Timeliness: 8.5. This blog
seems to lack consistency. It will have 5-6 entries in one day, and then
skip three days entirely without any new posts and then continue on
with 5-6 entries. This is probably because people are not working on the
weekends. On the upside, it does post slightly more than the average
blog, but for a blog that is on a website of considerable size and
prominence, you would expect that it would.
3.) Relevance: 7. I
don’t think this blog really provides any new information that is of
importance or is really interesting. It attempts to draw on styles
outside of the US, which can be informative, but it doesn’t focus enough
fashion in the homeland. Focus of articles tends to stray away from
American fashion, and stick more with foreign matters. In the past
several days, there have been over five postings purely on Moscow
fashion alone. This is completely unnecessary. Information can also be
quite dry at times.
4.) Degree of Opinion: 6. While it does
provide news, writers do not write to form their own opinions really,
but just blog to create a place for viewers to post their own insights
and opinions. The writers tend to say something that they feel is true,
such as the “Prep School Blazer style is very trendy,” yet it still
opens the discussion for debate, by asking viewers whether they agree or
what their thoughts are. This makes the writer’s opinions seems
inconsistent and weak. The blog would be better if the writers had a
stronger point of view in their critique. It is unnecessary to ask the
reader whether they agree with them or not, because the reader will post
his or her opinions anyway.
Hint Magazine blog:
Magazine is an online fashion magazine, where you can read fashion
columns and story features with a wide ranging selection of topics
including music, art, dance and, of course, fashion. It has a separate
blog to informally discuss various areas of interests that cater to more
independent styles and are usually humorous and entertaining to read.
Total Score: 30
Clarity of thought: 8. The blog is clear to read and understand. It is
written in a contemporary manner that appeals to a younger audience.
There are not copious amounts of text in each entry compared to the
Style File blog, and instead they include many photos and videos that go
along with the postings. This makes it look less daunting to get
through, which is important in today’s fast paced world of Twittering.
Timeliness: 6. In an era where bloggers are uploading new entries a
dozen times per day, this blog only has, on average, 1-2 posts per day.
In order to maintain a blog with readers constantly tuning in, it is
imperative that there are multiple entries in a short span for readers
to regularly come back to.
3.) Relevance: 7. Where Style File’s
subject content was entirely about the New York fashion world, this blog
seems to veer slightly to the left of that direction. The information
posted seems to target a more indie audience by showcasing unheard of
designers, writers and artists. I found also that it seems to post a lot
on Brazilian artists and designers. I am not sure if there is a
correlation between the writers and Brazil for them to do so, but either
way, it is a little inconsistent with balancing foreign matters. Some
posts are completely irrelevant and hold no interest for me, but for
those that enjoy reading about marble urinals in art exhibits and gay
porn awards, this is your destination. And if you are one of those
readers who enjoy this blog, good luck with letting them know your
thoughts, since they have disabled the commenting feature on this blog.
Degree of Opinion: 9. Writers on this blog seem to enjoy writing about
what they write about. While news information can be lackluster and
tedious at times, this blog tries to send out their messages in a
humorous and enjoyable way. While not all of the content on this blog is
PG, I did enjoy reading it, even if I wasn’t too interested in what
they were actually saying.
tends to appeal to the average fashionista who is well versed in various
areas of fashion, such as new trends, beauty and accessories. The
reader is usually familiar with popular styles and substantial fashion
news occurring on in the fashion world. Taking elements from various
aspects of fashion, such as advertisements, magazines and events, this
website is pretty solid and well rounded.
Total Score: 30
Clarity of thought: 9. The blog is portioned into smaller paragraphs,
which makes it really reader friendly. Also, if you find yourself done
with the reading, but are still interested in the topic, it allows you
to read more after the jump, which gets rid of extra writing clutter,
and opens up space for more easy on the eyes photos and videos. A lot of
good pictures and examples, which make the posts look lively and not
overwhelming to read.
2.) Timeliness: 6. For a website that is
well known across the nation as one of the top rated fashion blogs, you
would think that there would be much more blog entries, but instead I
was disappointed to find that it only updates only 3-4 days per week.
Even though there are a good amount of entries per day, the blog does
not allow readers to view older posts, since there is no backlog
feature. This makes it really disappointing for those that want to
continue reading the rest of the blog, but are unable to.
Relevance: 9. I really enjoyed the content on this blog and thought that
it had a lot of good, useful information. It draws in various news
about upcoming websites in fashion, as well as information about fresh
spring beauty regimes and free giveaways, which everyone loves.
Considering the wide-range of topics featured on this blog, I think that
it is very good for an everyday shopaholic.
4.) Degree of
Opinion: 6. There is hardly, if any, critique in any of the entries
posted. However, when creating a blog site, you usually write about what
you like, so with that in mind, you definitely know what the writers
for this blog like to write about, which explains why I gave it a more
generous score, since it posts things assuming that you know that these
are things that they enjoy or find pleasing, without really having an
opinion about them.
Go Fug Yourself:
celebrity style with a Perez Hilton sense of humor, and you have the
love child of Go Fug Yourself. Known for its uncanny humor, it leaves no
celebrity unharmed or unnoticed. This blog is probably one of the most
hilarious fashion criticism blogs out there in a sea of fashion blogs on
the internet, but then again, I am being completely biased, since these
writers’ humor is right up my alley. Warning, this blog is not for
Total Score: 38
1.) Clarity of thought: 9. This
blog uses the adverb, “A picture speaks a thousand words” and makes it
its central point. Uploading a photo of a celebrity in a ridiculous
outfit pretty much speaks for itself, since that is mainly how it shows
the reader the ridiculousness of the celebrity’s outfit choices. Using
the photo as the butt of its jokes, the writers then unapologetically
bash the outfit.
2.) Timeliness: 10. Finally! A blog with a little
consistency! It updates well over the course of the day. You can expect
around 5 entries in a day, expect on weekends, which is understandable.
Relevance: 9. Depending on your sense of humor, this site may or may
not be right for you. For those who enjoy reading about bashing
celebrities based on their clothing choices, then you have pretty much
found gold, but for the fainthearted, you may cringe a bit more when you
realize how harsh some of the critiques may be. No worries though, this
website is all in good fun! Luckily, for this website, I fall in the
former category, and enjoyed this blog thoroughly.
4.) Degree of
Opinion: 10. Go Fug Yourself has made a career by casting its opinion on
what others are wearing, so if it would be difficult for me to give it
anything but a full score rating.
the product of two staff writers from Nylon and Elle Magazine, and
joining to give you news in the fashion world faster than most other
blogs. With a combo of gossip, rumors, sale tip-offs, internship
suggestions, free giveaways, editorial photos and every other relevant
news in the fashion world, Fashionista is a comprehensive and delightful
read. Perhaps I am just being completely subjective, because this is
one of the few blogs that I actually read everyday, alongside Perez
Hilton, but Fashionista combines all the New York style straight out of
the city’s oven.
Total Score: 38.5
1.) Clarity of thought:
10. The blog is written in small paragraphs, making it easier for the
reader to get through it, without feeling overwhelmed. If the reader is
still interested in a certain blog entry, she can click on a separate
link taking them to “read after the jump.” It uses a combination of
lively photos, videos and own photo-shopped writing, making the blog
more personal and distinct to Fashionista. Also, as a helpful measure,
if you don’t understand some fashion terminology, they have a dictionary
specifically just for that!
2.) Timeliness: 10. Fashionista
updates several times a day, throughout the day, to give you the most
recent and important news. This blog is an archetype to how other
fashion blogs should operate.
3.) Relevance: 10. The news featured
on this blog involves news occurring in the New York fashion scene.
While this may not include everyone, it does deal with high fashion in a
very real way, something that can be understood no matter where you
are. It also includes subjects from other fashion websites to give you
the most relevant information, such as its “Mid-Day Snack” section. This
blog also includes various areas of fashion, such as models, beauty,
and editorial spreads, so the viewer can be well read in all aspects of
4.) Degree of Opinion: 8.5. While some blog entries are
created just to provide readers non-biased information, other entries
are made to showcase models or photo shoots that the writers really
like. Either way, you will read this blog learning what is important to
the creators of Fashionista. In most news, however, the writers write
the entries in a critical way, with a strong point of view.