7 Crucial Reasons to Stop Idolizing Fashion Magazines ...


7 Crucial Reasons to Stop Idolizing Fashion Magazines ...
7 Crucial Reasons to Stop Idolizing Fashion Magazines ...

In flipping through the glossy pages of your monthly selection of trends and tips, have you ever wondered what it would be like if women could stop idolizing fashion magazines? From Elle to Vogue, each issue could seem full of indispensable advice, for which we would be lost without reading every month. But between the pages of these magazines could lurk a hidden message that you wouldn’t easily recognize. With these 7 reasons to stop idolizing fashion magazines, you’ll know how to take tips and trends and leave the negativity behind.

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Fashion Magazines Can Promote Excessive Spending

Fashion Magazines Can Promote Excessive Spending Of the reasons to stop idolizing fashion magazines, the incessant sales pitch is something we’re especially targeted by on every single page. From the newest beauty products to the hottest designer wares, magazines are constantly selling us something. While it’s wonderful to make wish lists, constantly blowing the budget to follow the advice of a fashion magazine is financial sabotage.


Women’s Bodies Are Overly Scrutinized

Women’s Bodies Are Overly Scrutinized If your body is measured at anything more that 110 pounds and anything less than 5’10” tall, there’s a strong chance that your silhouette isn’t represented within your favorite fashion magazines. And if you have an athletic build, a petite frame or a curvaceous body, seeing thin bodies in fashions sized to a thin ideal can feel rather exclusionary. And here’s some food for thought: some studies even suggest that there’s a statistical link between the influence of fashion magazines and the prevalence of eating disorders.


Real Women Aren’t Airbrushed to Perfection

Real Women Aren’t Airbrushed to Perfection Women have laugh lines, wrinkles, dimples, freckles and even the occasional breakout, but you would never know that from the smooth as silk skin in which the women of fashion magazines are digitally bestowed. Until we everyday girls have a team of professional makeup artists, photographers and Photoshop masterminds following our every move, we’ll never look as perfected as the models of fashion magazines seem to appear.


There’s Little Room for Personal Style

There’s Little Room for Personal Style Being told what to wear is effectually limiting how you choose to visually present yourself. Of course, you can examine the trends and the seasonal lines of your favorite designers for inspiration, but your style should reflect who YOU are, not who you’re told to be. If you don’t feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, no matter how hot the trend may be, your discomfort will be palpable. You pick the clothes and wear them. Don’t let the magazines have the clothes wearing you.


There’s a Serious Lack of Racial and Ethnic Diversity

There’s a Serious Lack of Racial and Ethnic Diversity From the fashion spread models to the presumed skin tone of the beauty products being reviewed, Caucasian women are represented as the marketable common denominator. African American women, Asian women and Latina women are consistently under-represented in fashion magazines, much to the disappointment of young girls looking for models, celebrity covers and beauty tips that can embody their own racial identity and ethnic heritage.


The Women of Fashion Magazines Never Have down Time

The Women of Fashion Magazines Never Have down Time Believe me. I know my washed and worn yoga pants or bunny slippers don’t belong on the pages of any magazine. And while it’s lovely to own so many embellished and beautifully structured outfits with shoes and bags to match, one must wonder if the moguls of the fashion industry think we never take some time away from the catwalk. If you’re cleaning the house or cozying up on the couch with a good book, are you dressed for a night out on the town? God, I hope not. Forget the fashion rules and go for unapologetic comfort.


That Inexplicable Feeling of Guilt

That Inexplicable Feeling of Guilt Taking cues from the stylists, beauticians and fashion experts of your favorite magazines is not a crime. I often find myself flipping through fashion magazines, admiring the craftsmanship and creativity of a designer’s line that speaks to me. But if the exorbitant price tag or the limited sizes of the latest fashions only evoke feelings of inadequacy or depression, it might be time to shelve the magazines for a while.

By all means, subscribe to the magazines that you enjoy for their content, but don’t subscribe to a notion that makes you feel anything less than beautiful. Magazines sell ideas just as they do products, and if those ideas include body exclusion, unrepresented racial diversity or the claims of some unattainable perfection, it’s time to cancel your subscription and start your own personal guide to style. Do you follow the trends in magazines or can you take them or leave them?

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i think this is so stupid! have you ever read any chinese or japanese fashion magazine? they re full of Asian models just because every magazine talks to the people of his area! and most of magazine promote cheap but fashion pieces and if you go and buy street style magazine there are plenty of models in their down time! you have to be passionate and informated to write about fashion this article is so cliche

I wholeheartedly agree with number five.

Stopped buying them in my 20's

I think some men could take note of some of these tips. Men have high standards of women, all they see are tiny airbrushed girls in magazines.

I completely agree with you Jessica. I love to read the articles on this app to pass the time, but a lot of them are hard to take seriously because the pictures promote the same things mentioned in this article. If this app is truly geared to women, how about represent all women, not just supermodels...

I agree that it increases spending but even the mainstream mags feature pieces that most readers can't and won't afford to buy in their lifetime. That being said, I get inspiration for outfits that I can put together to quasi imitate, and yes I spend - but my first stop is always a thrift store and next is a resale shop. I refuse to pay retail and I seem to be able to pull it off as I get compliments on my appearance ( style) all the time and only my underwear and bra was purchased brand new!


Omg love #5 !!!!! Agreed!!!!

Great article ! I totally agree.

I love fashion mags though.. Wait- what teen girl doesn't! I don't believe that the women's bodies are scrutinized that much, but I am a twig.. 77 pounds of laziness. Lol AND NO IM NOT ANOREXIC WHATSOEVER! Too many times I've been asked that.. And I love it when mags tell you the prices of things so I can find things so similar for less. I also love the articles and vogue photos! I LOOOOVVVVEEEEE FASHION. I can't get enough of it! I want to be a model or a fashion designer I'm choosing one or both.. :)) can't wait for college! Just got to pass HS but yeah ilovetanning this article you wrote. It I love fashion mags so I'm unfortunately not taking this advice... :) sorry but you are an amazing writer

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