It’s not street style if it’s not on a street

What kind of style blogging photos are most appealing to you? Simple white backgrounds with plenty of light, curated dreamy nature photos or city shots? Are you more drawn to a person’s outfit if they are standing on a New York sidewalk or walking down a grassy pathway surrounded by apple trees?

Two of my favorite bloggers are Rebecca from A Clothes Horse and Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook. They are completely different from one another, but are very talented at what they do. Wendy’s luxurious style shot against street scenes bathed in golden hour light inspired me to start my blog. She tests and reimagines feminine silhouettes, and eloquently explains her outfits and style ideas. Rebecca self-shoots whimsical nature photos with rich color and a careful focus on details. I was heavily inspired by her to take my own photos but I don’t have half of her eye for backdrops and settings.

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I often complain about not having simple access to an attractive sidewalk in the city for shooting blog photos. For the nearly four years I have had this blog, I’ve never shot photos in a city center despite the setting being popular among the most well-known bloggers. I realize how unoriginal I am being, but it’s not difficult to see that a simple gray or white background really helps an outfit pop.

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I typically bike around my neighborhood and depend on the scenery outside of my apartment to suffice. This has led to more unrealistic forest shots than I would like, and a complete misrepresentation of the life I live. I don’t spend a lot of time among trees and farms, but it has become my “style.”

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I don’t like to give in to the pressure of making my blog into something that sells, which is why I abstain from white-washed backgrounds and excessive affiliate links. I admit that true “street style” is more appealing to the current masses than my romps in the forest in clothing repeats, but it’s what I’m working with.

This sweater and necklace are not repeats though, and they’re the epitome of fall for me. My cardigan is basically a wearable blanket, and my necklace is eye-catching enough to stand out against the large plaid print. I was looking forward to wearing this cool Dezzal find because it looks like the kind of jewelry I wish I could have made in my college jewelry-making class. It plays a trick on the eye, because it is a bit thicker in real life than how it appears in the photo, and is earthy yet modern with the geometric wood and white shapes.

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Sweater: Primark
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: Michael Kors
Necklace: c/o Dezzal

I took Coco Chanel’s advice today and removed one accessory before leaving the house to take these photos. My new wool fedora made this outfit look like trendy trash, so I’ll save it for another blog post.