28 July 2017

Being A Fashion Blogger

I feel a need to begin this post by saying that it really is so hard for me to be a fashion blogger.

I know my blog isn't solely "a fashion blog" and is more lifestyle if anything but fashion posts have always been by far my most popular posts and I'm pleased about this because, when I have the time and can be bothered, I'm a massive fan of fashion - even though I don't know too much about it.

I mean of course I know the things that I like and I know a few different brands and the style that makes them unique but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of fashion I really haven't got a clue.

When I see people tweeting about fashion week I just kind of switch off and look at the photos, but even then I don't really get it because to me, half of the time the outfits I see are really quite disgusting.

Another thing I don't really know much about either is the story behind the brands, like who are they, what do they stand for and even who is the main designer.

Does this make me a poor fashion blogger?

I'd like to think not because my blog is about me and the things that I like and how I feel about things, how, because I am quite distanced from the fashion world, I can put my opinion out there, honestly and let people know how I really feel.

Recently I was contacted by Farfetch about featuring some items of clothing on my blog from a brand called A.P.C. 

I'm going to be really honest here and say I had actually never heard of them before so I had a good look through their website and do you know what, I really liked about 80% of the items they had on offer.

There was a good mix of really plain items (which I would normally wear) and some really stand out fashionable pieces which I don't think I ever could pull off.

Once again I did the same thing I normally do, I chose what I wanted, what I knew I would be comfortable in without even thinking about the brand and who they were.

However luckily for me, I am really close to a group of male bloggers and one of them called Ryan Mules who has recently written a post featuring the same brand - The Importance Of Sustainable Fashion - was there to steer me in the right direction on all things APC.

Ryan knows tonnes about fashion and it was a real learning curve for me to read his post and it got me thinking that I really do need to do a bit more brand research with the clothing I choose to wear.

So let me begin by introducing you to A.P.C which can be purchased from Farfetch here.

One of A.P.C's most popular products are their raw-denim selvage jeans which unfortunately are not featured on this post, but the brand is also known for their stylish, very minimalist, designs and quite a few of their product kind of resemble an army-type design.

For me, I never seem to dress in anything stand out and I seem to have quite a plain dress sense, this is probably why I liked a lot of A.P.C's offerings.

Let me first tell you about the jacket, it is the Cotton-Linen Blend Light Brown Rough Jacket 

As you can see it is very plain but nevertheless it is very stylish.  It is a perfectly straight cut jacket with a top stitched band collar and a double button. The only real detail really comes in the form of the patch pockets on either side.
You wouldn't know it was made by A.P.C unless you actually knew because, in true A.P.C style, their logo is either none existent or very tiny. 

I have worn this jacket on both a hot day and a more cooler evening and didn't feel uncomfortable in either situation - not too and too hot or too cold.

I teamed the jacket with the Beige Cotton Corduroy Cap and if you have read my blog before you will know I do love wearing a cap although this style is a real change for me as I tend to go for snapbacks.

But change is good and I really liked how this cap set the jacket off perfectly - plus I don't think a snapback would have gone all that well really.

Once again the hat style is really plain and simplistic but it certainly makes a statement, looks great and compliments the jacket so well.

The T-shirt I picked out to add to the outfit is very Freddy Krueger like I know and is from a cool new independent label called Original And Unrestored who I recently worked with on a post  

I almost look like I should be spending my day watching my local football team from the terraces shouting abuse at anyone and everyone don't I...but not quite. 

My outfit has definitely got a slight typical football hooligan vibe to it but I promise that's not for me - I'm more of a rugby fan anyway.

And then to finish the outfit off, I wore these Original Penguin jeans which I have had for years and have only just been able to fit into them due to a little bit of weight loss, and for footwear, I wore my Blue Suede Barbour boots which I have also had for a few years now too.

I'd love to know what you think of the outfit and also if you are in the same boat as me when it comes to fashion.


Some items featured were sent for review, all opinions and photos are my own 

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