There’s a bit of an epidemic hitting the internet that someone needs to address: bloggers incorrectly citing where their garments came from. Generally when we discuss fashion and authenticity, it’s the great knock-off debate. Today, however, we’re talking personal authenticity. Besides claiming that goods were “gifted” when they were really purchased, is there anything more annoying? We all love a good shopping and styling tale, but total fabrication is no bueno! And really–what’s the point of claiming that something is vintage if you only bought it at Urban Outfitters last week? Or if your Forever 21-made tunic didn’t come from a tiny boutique in another country? I find this seriously stupid, and I think it needs to s t o p. Yesterday.
I’ll give you a freebie: If you bought something form Nordstrom Rack and claim that it’s from Nordstrom, that’s fine. It’s plausible. But trying to pass-off mass market pieces as indie and exclusive? All that does is make you look annoying and rather insecure. It’s not unlike trying to pass off fake goods as real! If I knew, for example, that a blogger got an article of clothing from Forever a week ago, but claimed that it was “vintage” not only would that undermine his or her credibility for me, but I would be rather irritated. If people like what you’re wearing enough to seek out information or comment about it, there isn’t any harm in owning up to the real roots of your outfit. I mean, really. Why would you lie? Who are you trying to impress? If someone really doesn’t want to give up the deets about where their digs are from, I’d personally much prefer that they said just that, rather than giving out incorrect information. To me, doing the latter reeks a bit of desperation and insecurity, just like wearing high-end, logo-ed labels head-to-toe, or an obvious photoshop job. Just because you have either doesn’t mean that you also have style. And just because your shorts came from J. Crew and not a thrift store doesn’t mean that you lack it. Seriously. Just flaunt it! Awesome pieces can be found anywhere. And remember–as every stylish woman knows, trying too hard is never fashionable.
What do you think of bloggers incorrectly citing the sources of their merch? Is this something that annoys you? What’s the ultimate fashion + blogging don’t? I’d love your perspective!
Liza, Editorial Driector