Has the freedom of expression that Internet brings twisted our sense of originality? In an age where cultural icons are all on social media to platform their “individuality,” led the masses aspire to become their copies? Is originality even damn possible?

My feelings towards “blogger,” the mere word itself, often elicits two polar reactions:

1) That’s me, alright, and it’s the best late night decision I’ve made that has actually lasted  the test of time. 
2) Blogger? It’s a dirty word. “But I’m not like other bloggers,” is what I’d almost want to say-- I’m not a sellout. I value the written word. We’re searching for more than just #OOTDs on this space.

Which brings me to my next idea: the realm of originality. More specifically, originality in the digital age-- especially as it relates to bloggers, for the industry seems all the more homogenized by the day.

Has the freedom of expression that Internet brings twisted our sense of originality? In an age where cultural icons are all on social media to platform their “individuality,” led the masses aspire to become their copies? Is originality even damn possible?

Has the freedom of expression that

Internet brings twisted our sense of

originality?


Before I continue, let’s make the essential difference between originality and inspiration. The two exist on parallel planes, creating murky lines. But that’s not the focus of this post. Today’s we’re exploring the function of blogs in larger society. And considering the monumental size of that topic, we’ll narrow it down: Personal style blogs.

Personal style blogs thrive in their lack of definition. They are precisely what the author creates them to be-- they represent the reclaiming of style and expression by the masses themselves; no longer mediated between big name magazines and media. Relatability and inspiration at it’s finest.

Where I think personal style blogs have devolved? When every other Instagram feed hints at an all too familiar aesthetic or look. Less about the individual and more about the trend; although, trends are not the problem-- it’s the hindrance of personal agency in the face of them.

When I think about my favorite style icons, I don’t think it’s ever just their style admire. It really boils down to an unapologetic nature. Slaying the game by way of pure unrelenting confidence. My blog has undoubtedly paralleled my personal evolution of style and taste, but also an evolution of unlearning. A celebration of unapologetic, of unique. An intersection of culture, expression, and social action by way of ethical fashion.

There’s been an essential shift, then. Do things not because it is or isn’t what everyone else is doing. Dress for thy self, while of course (because alas, we’re bloggers), sharing it with the world.



PHOTOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE DIRECTION
Aditi Mayer
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANCE 
Patricia Ong
WARDROBE 
ACCESSORIES
Necklaces, nath courtesy of Banglez Jewelry
Atmosphere Mist courtesy of Atmosphere Aerosol
MODEL
Aditi Mayer

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