Joie dress (on sale at Shopbop + an extra 15% off with code EXTRA15)
Calvin Klein shoes – (link goes to Piperlime, but I got mine via Hautelook)
Jas M.B. bag (link goes to black version)
Moss Mills necklace via Catbird (sold out)
I saw this dress on sale at Shopbop this morning (and an extra 15% off with the code EXTRA15), so I was inspired to wear and photograph it today in case anyone wanted to buy it. But by the time I got around to getting this post up, it appeared to be sold out, but then I tried again, and if you go directly through this link, it appears NOT to be sold out…arrgh! Anyway, I wear this dress every weekend, almost all weekend. It’s my favorite right now because it’s so ridiculously soft and comfortable (and I don’t have to wear a bra – but I do – OR Spanx with it), I hardly know it’s on.
The shoes I got via Hautelook last week when I saw them pop-up and I had enough credits. I’d been looking at them on Piperlime for a while, and was trying to find something to replace those Prada Sport sandals I wore yesterday because THEY’RE TOO SMALL. They were too small (a whole size) when I bought them, but I was in love, and tried to make them work. I even got the leather stretched and another hole punched in the strap, but now that it’s Summer, my feet SCREAM at me whenever I wear them. These Calvin Klein sandals are really comfortable, and I like the neutral colors. Free isn’t so bad either.
It’s not easy to find a blogger who reviews products that she bought out of her hard-earned real income, out of sheer interest and not because she got it all for free, or used her trust fund
which I wanted to talk about a little more and see what you guys think about the issue she raises.
First, I am indeed a shopaholic (another fact Tina mentions in her comment ;)) – I have a RIDICULOUS passion for shopping online and wanting to tell EVERYONE where to get the best stuff – and I do not have a trust fund.
When I first started Grechen’s Closet and it was becoming successful, I did receive a few things to review (mostly bags) from designers who were also just starting out and valued the exposure I brought to them. I was always up front about getting things for free, but I also ALWAYS gave my 1,000% honest opinion about the product from the beginning. Mostly though, I reviewed and wore things I purchased myself and continue to do that now.
I don’t want to say most fashion bloggers’ outfits are made up primarily of comped items because there are a LOT of fashion blogs out there, but I will say that is true of most of the BIG, super-popular fashion bloggers (ahem, models, ahem). On the surface, I don’t really have much of a problem with that, but when EVERY outfit is made up of free items, and they start to not really “go” with the bloggers original aesthetic, I question the integrity of the blogger. I get the appeal of getting so much free stuff, but I don’t get actually taking it. I turn down offers for free stuff all the time because I don’t already talk about the brand, or I would never buy it – how could I possibly recommend that YOU buy it if I wouldn’t?
I’m not trying to say that I have more integrity than other bloggers, or am “better” than them, or whatever – I don’t think that – I’m just different. Obviously 😉 Although technically, I guess I do get “free” stuff because a lot of what I’m able to buy, I get with credits on Gilt, Hautelook, Rue La La, or Refinery29 Reserve that I have earned through Grechen’s Closet, but I think that’s different than relying on comped items to create an outfit.
What do you think? Are you more or less inclined to buy something a blogger wears or recommends if they’ve received it from a brand? or if they’ve purchased it themselves? Can you tell if a blogger is wearing something that doesn’t really “go” just because they received it for free? What about the financial situation of the blogger? Does that come into play at all? (the trust fund issue…) Are you more or less interested in what a blogger wears if they buy it with income they haven’t earned themselves?