By dressing solely to mimic trends, people sometimes unwittingly condemn their personal styles to monotony. There is hope yet, though, people — it’s a new year, and it’s not too late to differentiate your look from years past. Instead of seeking inspiration from celebrities and Vogue, though, check out these five lesser-known fashion bloggers:
Rian Phin’s style is just cool. The funky patterns, cuts and silhouettes she wears create a very experimental, yet streetwear-inspired look.
Phin combines eclectic thrift shop finds and newer — often American Apparel — pieces that wouldn’t appear to mesh well to most humans, but styles them in a way that they just do. Along with video lookbooks, Phin uploads relatively easy and inexpensive clothing DIY tutorials. Find Phin’s creative styling and DIY ideas on YouTube.
Jenn Im, a.k.a. clothesencounters, puts her own alternative twist on Los Angeles’ multifaceted style scene, taking from tomboyish streetwear, witchy-grunge and girly trends.
Im’s stylings explore trends that Big Brother (@Anna Wintour) tends to ignore, but this doesn’t make her styling videos reminiscent of a try-hard hipster. They instead inspire viewers to take fashion risks in a way that pushes their comfort zones, but not so much so that they mask their own original styles and looks. Im’s lookbooks and other styling videos are on YouTube.
Samantha Maria is a YouTube fashion vet who wears a lot of black and white. Her style is very minimal, but still interesting due to the silhouettes, textures and pops of color she puts together.
The blogger catches onto trends before they’re picked up by the fashion world, and likewise experiments with her look quite a bit. She mixes edgier styles with “smart,” business-casual ones to create a very signature look. Her lookbook and styling videos demonstrate to viewers that basics don’t always denote a boring style. Find Samantha Maria on YouTube and her blog.
Svetlana D is similar to Rian Phin in that she’s quite the seasoned thrifter. She takes the old and adheres it to our generation’s counterculture style tendencies.
Her look mirrors those seen on Tumblr, featuring grunge and normcore influences. The silhouettes, patterns and colors are pretty eclectic, which makes stylings seem to clash a bit sometimes, but she pulls it off very well. Find Svetlana D on YouTube.
Chiara Ferragni, a.k.a. The Blonde Salad, is currently the most highly-paid and most famous fashion blogger in the world. This isn’t a surprise from a style standpoint — each of her stylings are extremely experimental and different from anything you’ll see in Vogue.
Ferragni’s thrift-inspired, often androgynous style reflects the avant-garde editorials published in i-D and Nylon. She mixes miscellaneous vintage pieces with those straight from the runway to create her original look. Her stylings feature a variety of influences, ranging from sportswear to streetwear and vintage to new-age. Check out Ferragni’s blog or her Instagram page for style inspiration.
Brenna Bailey is an aspiring journalist, creator and student living in Tucson, Ariz. She loves the arts, sarcasm, social justice and singing (borderline yodeling) in her car. Catch her drinking obscene amounts of cold brew and writing in her natural habitat — any coffee shop.