Have you always had an interest in fashion? When you see a top that's too small, do you walk away or do you turn it into a cute scarf? Does the camera absolutely love you? Do you follow trends? Do you NOT follow trends?! If I am describing you, you just may be the next hot thing in plus size fashion blogging!
This month marks the one year anniversary of my personal style blog, Double Vision. In the past year, I have made wonderful new friends across the world, did a whole lot of shopping, and most importantly, began to see a new type of beauty in myself. All from putting on an outfit, snapping a few pictures, and then uploading them to the internet!
A Double Vision 4th of July photo. Get crazy with your pictures!
Plus size fashion blogging is a relatively new form of self expression that I think is only going to grow in the coming years. It is vital in increasing the visibility of plus size lifestyles, thoughts, and desires. A plus size fashion blog is so much more than clothing. It is a place where a blogger can talk about their day, issues that face them as a person of size, give shopping tips, share D.I.Y. projects, and interact with a very special international community made of people who love looking great! But it can be so much more. Every blog is unique to the person behind the screen and in front of the camera.
Here's a short list of how to get started with your wonderful new blog!
Nicolette Mason's blog is a wonderful mix of fashion, lifestyle, art and culture. This girl knows how to live!
1. Have an idea
The most important thing about any creative project is the idea behind it. You can take the most professional photos in the world, but if your voice isn't unique and there is no thought behind it, why bother making it? Maybe you want to create a blog dedicated to plus size thrifting? Or maybe your blog is simply a hybrid of your fashion and your personal life. Think about what makes your perspective unique and explore it!
Take a look at other fashion blogs-- plus size, straight size, street style, men's fashion, ALL of it! Because remember, true style has no size limits. See what you like about each blog you look at, and what you can learn from them. It's not stealing if you take an idea and make it your own!
3. Get a Camera
My go to camera is a Canon DSLR, which is wonderful, but really spendy. Not everyone has access to prosumer level equipment, and I don't think you need it! There are a lot of ways to document your outfits. Use your point and shoot with a self timer, grab a friend with a cell phone camera... Heck! Use a disposable camera if you want! Just make sure you are photographing in a well lit space, because there's nothing more depressing than not being able to see the clothing in an outfit photo. Get creative with it!
Super cute Bronny of Fat Aus uses Wordpress as her host site!
4. Sign up!
There are a lot of blog resources out there. It all depends on what you're comfortable with.
My blog is located on Tumblr, but you can also explore Blogspot and Wordpress, which seem to be the most popular hosts.
5. To network or not to network?
So you've got the ideas, the photos, and the place to put them all together, but you probably want some people to read it! Well, I suggest immersing yourself in the fashion blog community. Leave comments on other people's blogs. Join Twitter and start up conversations with bloggers. Remember, for all of the feedback that you want on your blog, other writers want it too. So give and ye shall receive!
There are a lot more nuances to blogging, but this is just a starting guide. Take your time, and enjoy it!
Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.