- High-fashion straight from the runway –unfortunately I would require a detailed road map to see how I could get from runway fashions to what would actually work for me.
- Fashion designed for those under 30 – enough said.
- What I call an “assault to the senses,” bright colors, loud patterns, etc.
Hi Cece, thank you so much for reading and your nice note! I think you’ve spotlighted the problems that so many of us have with fashion magazines when we’re looking for useful day-to-day wardrobe ideas. I think that’s one of the main reasons that style blogs and websites have really taken off in recent years; they are filling a niche that’s not addressed by the glossies. I still enjoy perusing the occasional Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar just for the eye-candy factor, but rarely see an outfit or styling that I’d try to emulate.
But there are a few magazines where I sometimes can glean nuggets of real-world inspiration amongst all of the visual noise or articles that are not of interest to me.
One is MORE (tagline: For Women of Style and Substance). While fashion is not the predominant theme, I do like that they don’t dumb down the style articles, or presume that women in our demographic are looking to fade into the woodwork. While like many fashion magazines, there is a focus on designer goods, there are also some broader ideas presented that can translate to any budget.
Another publication that I pick up almost every month is InStyle. Yes, there’s far too much celebrity focus for my taste, and I skip over a majority of the articles, but I do sometimes find some styling ideas that can translate to my wardrobe, or make me think about using pieces in different ways or different combinations.
While I don’t buy it often, I have occasionally found some good ideas and recommendations in Real Simple. I think their clothing articles and ideas appeal most to those of us who prefer a simple, classic framework.
For the most part, I’m getting inspiration these days from online sources: blogs, Pinterest, and even online retailers websites (especially Net-a-Porter... I often get styling ideas for my wardrobe from how they put a look together).
Cece, I hope this helps! I think a lot of magazines are struggling financially right now, and are increasingly cutting back on content. Readers, if you have other recommendations, please let us know in comments.
Pop over to Tish’s blog, where she’s tacked this subject with her usual professionalism, panache and style!