Reading Material – Guest Posts + Links I’m Loving

Today I wanted to share a few guest posts I’ve done recently, and chuck a few other interesting links in there, too.


Photograph by Raphael Labbe. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

It’s hand-ins week at uni, and somehow writing an essay about identity, consumption, the fashion system of Eastern Germany and Primark (it’s a wild mix, I tell you) has left my mind rather blank for other writing. In some ways it’s just like writing a really long blog post, except I use the words ‘thus’ and ‘exemplifies’ slightly more, and have to cut back on the sarcasm. On the plus side, I get to to unleash my inner nerd and opinions on post-modern identity without worrying about whether anyone else is actually interested. Because I’m paying them a hefty amount of money each year to at least pretend to be interested :P

Here are a few guest posts I’ve been lucky enough to do lately:

  • My Pixie Experience over at Lost In A Spotless Mind.
    Deciding to have short hair as a woman is hardly a neutral choice, and it’s one that has gotten me a wiiiiiiide range of reactions. Here I look at how to approach a pixie cut if you’re afraid of how others will react.And, if you’ve got short hair, may I recommend Maria’s post on styling a pixie – it’s pretty great.
  • Stylish Thoughts over at Inside Out Style Blog.
    I loved answering Imogen’s questions and found they made me consider what my style is all about and why a lot more.

And some links that have done a fabulous job of distracting me from my study:

“From the 1900s to 1950s, American consumers spent approximately 12-14% of their annual income on clothing. Today, we spend about 3%. But our closets are actually bigger.”

So we’ve got more clothes, and more money (I’m going to assume other western countries follow the same pattern). But are we actually happier with our clothes? With a decrease in quality and an increase in the feeling that we need to constantly buy more to keep up, it would seem not. Keila Tyner makes an interesting case for quality over quantity in this article.

We’re often under the impression that the current fashion system is all about giving us choice as consumers. So many shops! So many clothes! So many choices – right?

“Most shopping centres and main shopping streets have the same stores — many of them vertical retailers owned by multinational corporations who all have the same goal: to make money and expand. In order to do so, they have to look at what trends can be adapted for the mass market, which means the products are pretty much the same everywhere.”

That pretty much sums up what my current essay is about, actually. And I may just use that quote. Thank you, Business Of Fashion – you are my new love.

I loved this post by Courtney Carver on what NOT to include in your capsule wardrobe, and I think it definitely applies to your ethical wardrobe, too. Check it out and see what I mean ;)

I hope this has been interesting for you. I’ve been a little reluctant to do a links post in the past (Do I even READ enough to be able to share interesting content??), but I’ve found it to be a lovely way of getting inspiration from others when you’re stuck in a bit of a rut. And maybe it’s introduced you to something new and interesting, too.

What have you been reading lately?

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11 thoughts on “Reading Material – Guest Posts + Links I’m Loving

  1. I really liked the article with the CMO of Uniqlo. I’m always interested by the way they’re marketing themselves nowadays – I remember being in Kyoto with a friend about five years ago, and commenting on one of their displays, but our Japanese friend/”guide” couldn’t believe we wanted to go there. Back then it was like going to New York and wanting to visit a Wal-mart/K-mart! They have some very nice clothes now, although I disagree with Andersson that they’re that much more unique than H&M or anyone else.

    • Glad you liked it, Caer :)
      It’s definitely an interesting claim that makes that Uniqlo is “so generic that it is instantly recognisable as Uniqlo.” The whole generic as point of difference paradox is fascinating (to me at least :P ) Have you read much about the Normcore trend that’s been happening lately? Same kind of thing, really.

      • I had not heard of normcore before, and now I have no idea what I think of it! It almost seems like the perfect successor to the hipster style, but it’s also very funny to me that people would be going out of their way to dress in those brands to seem to not care, when many people wore them, and that style, in the 90s/early 2000s to show they were trend conscious. At least, that was my experience. I guess that’s that’s part of the cyclical nature of fashion, though, that the same pieces mean different things each time they become popular.

      • I quite like uniqlo for pure silk and linen items shirts and other simple but quality items. I ve been checking out their ethical policies/credential but I am undecided as there seems to be mixed reviews.

        • I have to admit that I’ve only been in Uniqlo once (we don’t have them here in NZ) so I can’t comment on their quality, but I though it was an interesting interview. I think a lot of people see consumer choice as being at the centre of the current fashion industry, and for a chief marketing officer to say that that might not actually be true is pretty interesting.

  2. What a wonderful blog you have!! I found you through insideoutstyleblog and have learned so much from your site already.

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