Forget about what's happening in New York City, Paris or London. When it comes to fashion, Boston definitely has its own flavor. And there's no better way to stay on top of the trends, keep up to date on all of the fashion happenings or scope out the best local Boston fashion designers than by following a style blog run by a Boston blogger. Check out this guide to the best Boston-based fashion blogs to stay fashion forward.
The Boston Fashionista
If you've ever felt like you have to be a rich college kid with a nearly unlimited trust fund or a successful financial district businessperson to afford to look good, The Boston Fashionista will change your mind. Run by Kristen Uekermann, The Boston Fashionista is all about looking good and feeling good on a very manageable budget. Uekermann also tends to focus on local designers and boutiques which gives her outfit pairings a touch of Boston that you won't find mindlessly following major fashion magazines. The Boston Fashionista features clean, modern style that works with almost any wardrobe.
Boston Street Style
Boston Street Style is unique in many ways. Instead of being run by one savvy fashionista, it is run by a pair of newly engaged photographers. And rather than focusing on their own closets, they feature the best-dressed Bostonians going about their everyday lives. The blog is fantastic if you're looking for style inspiration in more than a shopping and style how-to guide. And with the upcoming nuptials, the couple will be branching out to include the best of everything Boston weddings, too.
If you've found yourself daydreaming of having a personal stylist at your fingertips, ready to give you all the fashion advice you need whenever you need it, but you don't happen to be an A-list celebrity or an independently wealthy jet-setter, the blog at Stilista is the next best thing. As part of this full-service style agency, the blog features amazing ways to incorporate the newest fashion trends into your wardrobe, advice on where in Boston to shop and an insider's look into all of the great fashion happenings around the city. It might not be your own personal stylist at your constant beck and call, but it's probably the closest the average person will ever get, and that's pretty good. Best of all, the blog features everything beauty, not just clothing, so if you're looking for a new salon, you can get great advice on that as well.
If your approach to fashion is less about something you wear and more of an all-around lifestyle, Shell Chic'd is the blog for you. While this Boston-based blog definitely features a lot from the city, it really approaches fashion from an inclusive all-over-New England point of view. With posts taking inspiration from fall apple picking or local wineries, the focus is less on where you're shopping than on where you're going and what you're doing. And really, isn't that what fashion should really be about?
The Clothing Menu
There's a lot to love about The Clothing Menu. If you are a fashion pro, you'll find all kinds of inspiration on this blog. There's everything from how to shop smartly (i.e. on a budget) to fun previews of shoes and more. But where this blog really shines is for the fashion novice. Maybe you just started a job where you have to dress a little more professionally than you're used to. Or you really just don't know how to match the right shoes with the right outfit. If you're new to fashion or have never followed a fashion blog, this should definitely be your first one. The Clothing Menu offers lots of practical advice for everyone, no matter how fashion savvy they might be.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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