12.08.2014

Conscientious Blogging

Conscientious:
Controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right.


Lately I've been mulling over the idea of bloggers being more conscientious. Conscientious about what, you ask. My friend, Elle, from My Daily Costume recently touched on subjects that weighed on her heart in a post called, The Case for Buying Quality Clothing and a Little Bit of Fir. Many of you probably already know of Elle. She is a petite, fashion dynamo from New York who greatly inspires me because of her innate ability to mix & match vintage and modern pieces to create an eclectic ensemble that is reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw (ala Sex and the City) and quintessential Elle. After reading her latest post, I felt further compelled to delve into a subject that's been on my heart...Over-spending.

Like most writers, I spend a great deal of time reading articles, books, blogs and watching videos from others. I appreciate persons who bring an interesting spin on the idea of fashion and style. The idea of simply stuffing my closet with the latest find just isn't all that appealing to me. Yes, I adore fashion, but like I have written in previous posts, I'm more about style, and the two subjects, though they may seem similar, are two entirely different subjects. When a person knows who they are - they know their style, and thus, will not find it necessary to run out and buy the latest big thing. Cornel West best sums-up the meaning of style in an interview he did with Prepidemic Magazine. West states, "Style has to do with the ways in which you're able to orient your critical intelligence, your spirituality, and your sense of character."

So I wonder and I ponder the idea of taunting the idea of purchase, purchase, purchase, spend, spend, spend, buy, buy, buy. Is this truly what fashion is all about? Is there more to the subject? As I sat and watched a YouTube video from a very popular blogger with legions of followers, I listened while she gave her latest video haul which showed all her latest purchases. When the video concluded, I wondered how many women would rush out to buy these items just because this particular blogger did. How many women, who really don't have the same fashion style as this blogger, or worst yet, the money to purchase these items will fork out the dough and continue to stuff their already too tight closets with more? I felt perplexed and saddened by this example. So I ask you, my dear readers, Do you think bloggers should be more responsible or conscientious when in comes to their content? Should we take on the responsibility of consumer awareness and accountability? Is it necessary for bloggers to jump on the over-indulgence bandwagon and buy the latest in order to stay relevant?


For today's look I've decided to wear clothing that I've had in my closet for years. Nothing is new and if you've been following me for some time, then you have seen this pieces mixed and matched with many other pieces in my wardrobe. To be perfectly honest, I don't shop mainstream that much. I enjoy the idea of recycling finer goods. I adore vintage and consignment shopping the most. And like Elle, I prefer to invest my money on quality pieces that will stand the test of time, rather than buying garments that are cheaply made and wear out after a few wears and washings.

Today's Look: Sweater purchased over 10 years ago, Jeans purchased about 7 years ago, Shoes purchased about 6 years ago, Disney watch purchased over 16 years ago. In this look you'll notice that I'm wearing my cuffs up and down. I did this because midway through the photo shoot I decided that I liked the look down.


   


So I ask again...
Do you think bloggers should be more responsible or conscientious when in comes to their content? Should we take on the responsibility of consumer awareness and accountability? Is it necessary for bloggers to jump on the over-indulgence bandwagon and buy the latest in order to stay relevant?
Let me sum this post up by saying, If style is how we project who we are, then how we dress, or fashion, is simply a small piece of that projection. Though what we're wearing is a part of first impressions, once we get past the outer layer, their must be substance. Let's talk about this. I can't wait to read your feedback{wink}

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44 comments:

  1. First, love your outfit especially your shoes. Your post today is very thought provoking. While I don't consider myself a fashion blogger, more lifestyle, I do love fashion. In fact I majored in Fashion Buying & Merchandising (always joked I majored in my hobby), I have wondered about overspending. I think style is more than just a label and a price tag. I was fashionable before I got the Burberry cashmere scarf last Christmas and I adore wearing it with scores I got at TJ Maxx. :) I sometimes think what it would have been like if blogging was around in the 80s when I was in fashion school, would I be a young blogger chasing readers by filling my closet with overpriced clothes or would I have allowed by own sense of style to develop naturally through trial and error and by life rather than page views. For me as a blogger now I know that I am conscientious when it comes to my content because...well, I'm not going to be sporting a different Prada bag every day. If I ever get one you better believe I'll be using that bad boy every, freakin' day. :) I must check out Elle's blog.

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    1. Yes, a woman after my own heart. I too major in my hobby - Fashion buying and merchandising with a minor in marketing at FIDM. I also wonder how blogging would have fared in the 80s. I assume, probably the same. If you recall, the 80s were the over-indulgent Reagan years. Early in life I took on a great love affair with vintage and found that if I saw others wearing my complete outfit from a mainstream store, I no longer liked it. With vintage, the chances of someone wearing your outfit was slim to none. I recall just a few girls enjoying vintage in my younger years. I'm a strong advocate for knowing thyself rather than being a copy of someone else. Sure, there are times when I see something on another and say, "Wow, that's great." But realistically speaking, I probably am not going to buy it. I think before I pull out the wallet. I've got two smart, young men who are headed to college. That investment far out-weighs the latest big thing.

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  2. Glenda. I love your outfit. Well loved, well worn pieces. Just the best. You know, there will always be those that will run out to buy the latest trendy thing. But those with a brain and a conscious know that fashion blogging is mostly about inspiration, whether that involves an enormous bank account and a gigantic closet or not. I like to support creative designers. I'll buy the rare, well-made thing occasionally. But mostly it's about making what I have work for the moment. I'm inspired by bright ideas not necessarily fancy new things.

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    1. Connie, I wonder if I were super wealthy would I buy just to buy. I ask myself that question often. I believe we, more seasoned women, use blogging as a form of community and inspiration. I guess my heart is with the younger, more influenced generation who may not understand that over-spending can get you in a world of trouble. Been there...done that. Now, they can watch their idol (the influential blogger) on YouTube showing off their latest acquisitions...it is very tempting to cave in to the want...rather than the need.

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    2. I used to be a hostess at the star studded restaurant The Ivy in LA. Do you know it? Anyway, it was frequented by wealthy celebrities and high end film executives all dressed it up their Rodeo Drive best. However, it was the thrift shopping girl that worked the cash registers for minimum wage like the rest of us employees that had the best style of all. She could throw on a second hand skirt and a home-made sweater and look ten times cooler than any movie star.

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    3. Yes, I am familiar with the Ivy. It's still the place to spot a celebrity. I've driven by on my way to certain destinations. I know exactly what you mean. That young woman had that certain something that made you take notice, and it had absolutely nothing to do with what she was wearing. That's cool.

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  3. Hello Glenda! I must say I was really touched by your post today because you addressed a subject that is so true and happening with bloggers today. I haven't been blogging for long, nor did I followed any blogs or YouTube's channels prior to becoming a blogger so I had no idea how this whole blogging world was. I am still learning and I will admit that it can get a little overwhelming at times but I love the fact that I am able to do something I love. Since I am older, I am able to remain focused and always remember my purpose and reason for doing what I am doing. I totally agree with you. Having style has nothing to do with fashion or going crazy buying clothes. Style comes from within and is an expression of who we are. I happen to have a teenage daughter who wears my size so I get to borrow a lot of the things I wear from her but I am now more into wearing what I currently own and love, getting rid of the things I don't wear or haven't worn in years and investing in long lasting, staple pieces that will stay with me for a very long time and I that I will be able to pass to her when I get older:-) You look beautiful today. Everything you are wearing is timeless and an expression of who you are, beautiful and classy. Thanks for sharing this amazing post and guess what? Your blog was one of the first blogs I visited prior to begin blogging back in June. You inspired me and continue to inspire me very much and I thank you for that:-) Have a blessed week my sweet friend. xoxo, Jeannette
    www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

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    1. God bless you Jeannie! You are such a sweet and kind woman and I appreciate you. I am completely flattered that my little blog inspired you to move forward in doing what you love. We, more seasoned bloggers, seem to have a different perspective when it comes to dressing ourselves. I tend to hold on to my clothes for years and years to come. As a matter of fact, my most treasured possession is a pair of riding boots that I got when I was 18...30 years ago! I just hope that others will glean from us and realize that they don't have to over-spend to find their perfect style. What they're truly seeking isn't in their closets.

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  4. Glenda,
    Thank you for mentioning my last post , I knew you would relate to it. I am so glad you brought up the topic of over spending ...it is such a danger for so many people , am I do feel somewhat responsible to set a good example, in that people's should buy what they love, what they can afford, and always, shop your closet first !
    I Do love what you are wearing. I love the sweater with that gorgeous neckline , and warm tweedy hues..The shoes : I adore them more each time I see you wear them, and it brings home the example of a balanced composition, in which YOU are the composition and what you wear are the artistic elements... You are always balanced and chic, which I think must come from a sense of peace, and confidence in who you are . Those things, plus your own pretty radiance, are clearly projected as " style".

    And it works flawlessly.
    Love your quote bout style form Cornell West!
    We are expecting a big storm here,and I am due to fly to warmer climbs... Eek ! So,I wanted to respond right away to your great post. I great appreciate bloggers who are writers, too....
    Xx, elle

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    1. Cornel West is one person who I would love to invite to a dinner party. I would love to pick his brain. I can relate to the over-spending dilemma. I went through this when I first began working. I found that something was missing in my life and to replace whatever it was, I shopped. It was an endless cycle that I found to be very detrimental to me. I later discovered that if I was a more mindful shopper and purchased only what I truly LOVED, then I put myself in a better position.

      Thank you for being you, Elle!

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  5. This is a really important issue, and I am often frustrated seeing so many (especially younger) identikit bloggers hawking whatever label they are sponsored by. Real style is an expression of individual taste and aesthetics, and can be done on any budget. I do have a few " luxury" items ( bags, way too many sunglasses...) but I think they are for life, not to be discarded at the end of the "season", replaced by the latest thing. Expensive items in particular should be for keeps, to be worn with anything, and for decades (how else could we justify the cost?). I'm firmly opposed to throw-away fashion, anything in my closet has to earn its place, and will be worn (and feature on my blog) again and again. But this is something I learned at home, from my very stylish, frugal mother. And to this day I tend to buy mainly good quality clothes and wear them for many years.

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    1. I completely agree with your statements, Tiina, especially, "I'm firmly opposed to throw-away fashion, anything in my closet has to earn its place..." On occasion, I have purchased a cheap brand, sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised, but often I'm not. But then again, when I make the purchase, my attitude is always, "Well, you get what you pay for."

      Thank you so much for joining this conversation. I really appreciate your views!

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  6. Dear Glenda,
    a wonderful post with a very interesting topic about which I've often thought. I must confess that I've bought a couple of times things just because I thought I'd need it urgently for my blog to bring more variety in it. I do not do anymore. I have often read comments where visitors of my blog wrote, oh that's what you wore before. Sure I did! I have no disposable clothing! I buy my clothes, wash them and wear them again and again and again. I find it much more interesting to see how a blogger can bring their style of existing things expressed by the gift of personal combination. We are, after all normal women who go to work, have a family, a home, many have professions that have nothing to do with fashion and, above all, we all have no budget of millionaires who can buy expensive designer clothes and bags and shoes and jewelery every day. Therefore, this also does not make a sense to ignore all these facts and pretend as if you lead a different life and would have a very different lifestyle of celebrities and very affluent people. Furthermore, I try to stay true to my personality and not let me influence of each peace and everything I can see. I MUST not have to buy all these things to be happy. Unfortunately, blogs are more popular and get much more attention in which everything is shown that I want to avoid.
    Then there is the issue of the environment and sustainability. We are now unfortunately become a society ony buy en masse and throws away en masse. Our environment would be that much cleaner if we stop doing that.
    Unfortunately, I have a feeling that this was even more enhanced by the massive emergence of many blogs as it was previously and a lot of women can be just way too easily influenced and join in without really realizing it.

    sorry for my bad english :)

    Dana

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    1. When I was in my late teens, I often shopped. I remember wanting more and more. I never seemed to have enough. Then one day, while purchasing a garment, I asked the sales associate, "How do you stop yourself from buying all these cute clothes?" What she said was very poignant and true. She said, "There will always be something cute. I make my choices wisely." That statement remains with me to this day. When a garment has run its course in my life, I always donate it to charity. I can't recall ever throwing clothes in the trash. Your statement, "I find it much more interesting to see how a blogger can bring their style of existing things expressed by the gift of personal combination." Is what I enjoy about the blogs I frequent. It's so much more inspirational to see how others shop their own closets, than running to the store every other day.

      Thank you Dana!

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    2. Regarding what the sales assistant said: One thing I realized a long time ago is that I almost never regretted not having bought something, because there will always be the next thing. I cannot say this about the opposite. So now, no impulse. I give it 24h. Unless it is very very special.

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    3. There has been one occasion that I should have nabbed something. I still think about it to this very day. But overall, I have adopted the same philosophy as you. I give it 24 hours.

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  7. Hi Glenda! To be honest, I personally don't think about it that much... I don't think that far I guess. It sounds selfish but I blog mainly for me, you know. I know that sounds out kind of bad, but I don't mean it like that. My blog is just my little home on the web where I do what I love. And I love that I can provide my readers with honest reviews and help them make educated decisions when buying cosmetics. I never thought about the fact that I might actually be promoting materialism and the buy buy buy spend spend spend culture, oops.

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    1. Melissa, my dear, your blog doesn't fit the mold of over-indulgence. I read your blog because I don't know much about cosmetics and your reviews are relevant and I can tell the subject comes from your heart.

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  8. Hi Glenda. Great post. I hate those haul posts or videos, to tell you the truth. I think they are disgusting. I don't mind when a blogger shares a special piece or two, especially if there is a story behind it, but when the subject of the blog, and every post on it, is about more more more, of everything, I get bored pretty quickly and cross it off my reading list. I'm looking for something more meaningful in blogs I read, something that delves further into the subject of fashion than magazines are willing to go. I don't think bloggers necessarily have to be more conscientious in their content, I think most bloggers just want to share what they love and most are not great writers, but for me as a reader, it makes it more special when I do come across a relevant and meaningful post, such as this. It reminds me why blogs are part of a greater revolution taking place today! But haul posts? Meh, maybe fun for the blogger but it's boring for the reader! XO, Jill

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    1. Hi Jill! When I first began, I almost jumped on the haul bandwagon, but then I stopped and realized two things - First: I don't shop that much and Second: Like you stated, it isn't very meaningful. Having a meaningful blog is important to me. I've always felt like there is so much more to us than what we're wearing, and as I get to know each of you, I have discovered an incredible group of women and men.

      Thank you for chiming in!

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  9. Your post strongly resonates with me and I agree about rather creating a signature look with unique style as opposed to becoming a slave of fashion and blindly following trends! My second last post is about buying key pieces of quality instead of random fast fashion! Great writing Glenda!

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    1. Thank you Nicolene, I'll have to stop by to read your viewpoint on buying key pieces - a topic that I strongly agree with!

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  10. I love the mix of high and low so any bloggers that has a balance I like reading

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    1. Thank you Yvonne. I appreciate your comment!

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  11. I love that you posted this! First off you look amazing! But more so because fashion is not all about buy, buy, buy, yet so many think that it is. It is about being true to you and expressing yourself in another way wearing whatever fits who you are. It doesn't have to be the latest trends.

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Agreed, Cara! And you exemplify exactly what you stated. You definitely have your own style, and I admire it!

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  12. You are pure style whatever you wear, dear Glenda.
    Thank you so very much for joining Share-in-Style once more, a true honour
    Ps: do not forget to vote on Thursday please, please
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  13. I would hope that people wouln't overspend just because their favorite blogger has an item. Hopefully, they realize that the bloggers/vloggers are earning an income which allows them to pay for some (or all of the items that they are purchasing). I don't think that it is the bloggers responsibility to worry about how other people will spend their money. I think that the bloggers should just be honest and shop within their means.

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    1. We would hope they wouldn't, but unfortunately Sonya, that isn't the case. Which is why fashion companies partner with bloggers...they know that followers will indeed follow. Which is simply business. I get that. I just fear the over-spending that can come back to haunt.

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  14. I often wondered. . .when I see the haul videos, "she must have a limitless budget"! I am a strict budget shopper and never pay full price for anything so I am not tempted to run out and buy an item because Ms Blogger is wearing it. I like to see You styling & profiling because your outfits are reflective of who you are and you always have a great story to tell. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thank you Neti. You're so sweet! I think the same thing when I see hauls...they must have money to burn.

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  15. No I do not feel the slightest bit responsible about what I blog. I feel responsible towards mankind, my loved ones, the earth and animals but not to my audience. I write about what I like and the women who read it, have their own responsibility what they do with it.
    As for your outfit, I love it. It still seems strange to me that you can wear a knitted sweater and open sandals (that to me is hot and cold) but it looks great.
    Unfortunately we don't have many, and certainly not great consignment stores in The Netherlands.
    Greetje

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    1. Ha Ha Greetje! The California weather is very unique...or should I say, Californians are unique in how we gauge temperature. For us, below 70 degrees is considered chilly. On this morning, it was about 69 degrees. Cool enough for a sweater, but not so cold that you can't wear open-toed shoes or sandals.

      I guess I'm a softy. I do feel somewhat of a responsibility to not taunt myself as a person who has money to burn on continuous shopping sprees. Truthfully speaking...I don't. I have bigger priorities - a son headed to university for one!

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  16. Oh Glenda, this is a very thought provoking post. As a blogger, I don't feel a responsibility because my blog is an advertisement of sorts. However, just as our readers view ads on television for dish-washing liquid, cars, or cough syrup, it is entirely up to them as to whether they do or do not purchase a item. Fashion is an industry and someone has to buy something to keep it going. I don't encourage or discourage, I just share what I like.

    And of course, your outfit rocks, especially the shoes, very sexy. Great post!

    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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    1. Thank you for sharing your views, Robin! And I'm glad you like my look :)

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  17. TIME TO VOTE today dear friend . Time to really look at each other( Rosy and I are excluded )
    Tons of love.
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  18. I cannot say what someone else "should" or "shouldn't" do, all I can say is what I am doing. On the About page of my blog, I state that "I don't haul, I curate". That's pretty much my philosophy. I don't excessively buy new clothing, or shop all that often. And a good amount of my clothing is from thrift shops, flea markets, etc. My outfits constantly feature "old" stuff. I must be pretty boring for some people ;-)

    I do not talk a lot about it, but I hope that by showing that you can be stylish without always rushing off to get new things, just by remixing what you got, I can maybe get people to appreciate what they already have. The idea is to teach not by preaching, but by example.

    Do I still feature some shopping options? Why yes, Mam. After all, I never said I don't shop. I like it just as much as the next, only I try to be a little more concious about it. That and I am not the Momma of my readers. When I blog about the latest designer collection, I don't ponder whether someone runs off to buy it.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. Alex, your comment really resonates with me. I too have the same beliefs when it comes to my shopping habits. I try not to talk too much about it, but I hope that persons who read So What to Twenty understand that true style comes from within and not what is hanging in the closet. However I am somewhat of a softy where I don't want younger readers to get themselves into trouble by shopping, shopping, shopping.

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  19. I always enjoy your posts, and this topic is something I've been thinking about often myself. Personaly, responsible shopping habits are a must for me and my goal is to relay that to my readers. I'm so passionate about personal!style and I think it's important to have a true sense of style rather than worriy about fashion & trends. To me, personal style trumps trying to be trendy every time.

    I do feel some bloggers may think being trendy keeps them relevant, and to that I say to each their own. I enjoy those bogglers who take the trends and make it their own. I try to do the same as well. All this to say, I do feel we bloggers are responsible for what we put ourselves there. My approach to style blogging is to "Keep it interesting, keep it honest and keep it relatable". ;-)

    P.S. Your outfit is great! Lovely oversized sweater & jeans!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. *sorry for the typos; typing on my iPad and this spellcheck...Lol!

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    2. Thank you for chiming in, Whitney! I recently saw an article about blogger selling out when they reach a certain status. I have seen this happen. When they first began, their content was unique, however now they seem to just be a commercial. Perhaps that's the nature of the beast.

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  20. Great Post, Glenda! Another FB&M major here and btw, great shoes!!

    I have been thinking about this question and believe that it depends on the blogger. People follow bloggers for different reasons. If you consider yourself a high fashion trend blogger then I believe your readers are expecting you to stay relevant with the latest looks and trends. On the flip-side, readers may follow vintage, thrift, or classic bloggers for different reasons, although all have great style, these bloggers may not need the latest trendy clothing to stay relevant. As a blogger, I show a bit of both. I like to stay relevant with trends, choosing which one works with my style aesthetic and sometimes using a trend to help me step outside of my box.

    Lastly, I am very conscientious when it comes to letting my followers know when a garment is gifted. Other than that, I share my style and the reader can decide what to do with that information.

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    1. Great response! Thank you, Delilah. As I read through the different comments and see the different takes on the subject, it truly is an important subject. For myself, I want my readers to know that they are their style, clothing is just a small portion of the big picture.

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