I think one of the most common misconceptions that people have of fashion bloggers is that we all have massive walk-in wardrobes, decked out with the latest designer goods.
I guess in some cases they’re not totally wrong, and fashion blogging can sometimes be an awfully expensive hobby, but that’s only if you let it be. I feel like recently I’ve been reading an increasing amount of blog posts and rants on social media about people’s overwhelming need to buy, buy, buy – esepcially those who are pursuing a career or hobby in blogging; fashion bloggers want more clothes, beauty bloggers want more make-up and food bloggers feel like they need to spend hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of dirhams at the latest restaurant launches every week. So it got me thinking about how to blog without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips I’ve found to be useful over the last year…
These are two of my favourite points, which both come under the umbrella of borrowing…
1. Whether it’s a friend, your sister or another fellow blogger, there’s always the option to play swapsies. A few of my fave blogging duos (Five Five Fabulous, Twice Blessed, A Bikini A Day etc…) always talk about how they’re swapping outfits with their sister or their bestie. It’s the most economical way to switch up your wardrobe without spending a penny!
2. The second route you could go down is borrowing from brands or PR agencies. If you’re already in the blogging or fashion industry, you’ll probably know how badly every girl craves a new dress or a new clutch for a fancy event. You’ll also probably know that spending 3 or 4k on a dress, which you’ll probably only wear a handful of times, is pretty much out of the question! My advice here is to reach out to the brands you love or any PR agencies who have fashion clients, and ask if you can loan an outfit for the night. 90% of the time they will say yes, and all you have to do is give the brand plenty of shoutouts on your blog and social media.
This kind of follows on from my previous point: if borrowing is not for you, or you simply love the clothes so much you don’t want to give them back, then collaborating with brands is also a great way to acqurie some new clobber. In these instances, brands often let you keep the items you’ve borrowed, provided you’re giving them enough coverage to warrant said gifting.
(Do you want to know more about how to collaborate with brands? Comment below and let me know if you want me to do a post on it!)
You know the phase “you’ve got to spend money to make money”? Well, as much as I love using that phrase as an excuse to justify my bad spending habits, you’ve also got to make money to spend money! Make second-hand fashion sites your new best friends: for luxury items you’ve got The Luxury Closet, Vestiare Collective etc, and for high-street you can use apps like Shedd and Depop (although I haven’t used the two latter myself…yet). I personally love buying a table at the Dubai Flea Market, which I do about twice a year, to get rid of all the stuff I never ever wear.
Take Advantage of Christmas, Birthdays and Anniversaries
Well, this title is pretty self-explanatory! I’ve got about three occasions a year where presents are pretty much a prerequisite. I carefully curate my wish-lists, and promptly send them to my family a solid month before – that way they can’t possibly blame any no-shows on delivery times 😉