Laying in bed late at night, I scroll through my Instagram feed in search of some late-night inspiration for an outfit. You know those nights, where you go to sleep and promise yourself you’ll try and make an effort to look good the next day? For me, these nights occur too often, and ultimately make me feel pretty badly when I leave my house the next morning wearing only sweatpants.
Many fashion-forward people look at pictures on Instagram and fashion blogs that inspire them to get up in the morning and throw on a pair of tight, vintage, ripped jeans and a cute Madewell sweater.
But looking good is never easy. No matter how much you plan, laziness can often overpower a desire for style.
For instance, I’ll end up picking out a pair of jeans and a cute top almost every night, but after I drag myself out of bed in the morning, I find myself throwing that outfit back in my closet and swapping it for a comfy pair of leggings and a sweatshirt. How does one wear distressed jeans full of holes when it’s below freezing? Not happening.
I truly envy people who are able to dress as well as the models featured in the fashion blogs. But isn’t there at least one day, my fashionista friends, when you want to just go to school in your pajamas or a pair of comfy sweats?
The most common places to find seemingly easy, everyday outfits in town are Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters, and Free People. Essentially, these stores claim that comfy can be cute. Just “throw on” these pair of jeans and a cute top and you’re ready to go! But, it doesn’t work like that.
The Free People fashion blog portrays a look of indy and chic a mixed together, but carrying off that look requires wear an uncomfortable pair of pants and a long flowy shirt that I could never realistically wear on a cold Monday morning.
And that’s what I dislike most about Instagram blogs: they show me fashion that I am either too lazy wear, or fashion that is impossible to wear in the real world.
However, some students find fashion blogs inspiring and helpful when putting together a cute outfit.
“Manrepeller” is a popular Instagram blogger whose unique style brings flavor to the real world. Blair Gould ’15 follows this post and incorporates Manrepellar’s style into some of her outfits for school.
Harley Kowalsky ’15 draws inspiration from fashion blogs, as well. Kolwalsky follows the Danish blogger, Maja Ravn, who uses European styles to inspire others.
As for me, I will look at classic style icons, such as Kendall and Kylie Jenner, but still not be inspired enough to show up at school in anything other than a comfy pair of leggings and slippers.