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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Starting a Male Fashion Blog < FAIL >



















Most of the clothes I own I've been given, the rest come from Sports Direct. That means my wardrobe only really gets updated twice a year: birthday and Christmas. 

This April I was given a £45 gift voucher for Amazon. Seeing as I can download music and films illegally and books are for losers, I decided to buy clothes. With all the new apparel that this would bring into my life I knew it was the right time to start a male fashion blog. I was reading a lot of blogs at the time and most of them were begging to be parodied. Here is some of my inspiration.


Top 3 male fashion blogs


This Boy Ben

London Mckenzie

Chivalrous


My intention was to make a spoof fashion blog. I wanted it to be as cringe as possible. To make this work I had to make it seem like it was not a joke at all. So I had to be myself, keep it real, and as I wasn't a naturally inclined fashion blogger, it would prove to be tricky. I would have to adopt a new persona for a while.


Choosing a name for your blog


First of all I had to pick a catchy URL that would also be the blogger-brand I'd go by. Some options I considered were:

  • ChrisXcouture.Wordpress.com (Chris Cross Couture -  too high fashion) 

  • SportsDirectFashion.Wordpress.com (too sponsor hungry)

  • SportySkaterStyle.Wordpress.com (just too much)

  • ClothesForBlokes.Wordpress.com (:-0)


In the end I decided upon ChrisGetsDressed.Wordpress.Com (had a nice ring to it)

















I thought my strap line 'Chris Gets Dressing' was particularly clever using 'Gets' to mean 'Understands' in addition to something that I do.

The header image (above) was not actually going to be this one. I was going to do a digital illustration of myself.

Next I wrote an about me section, where I defined my style as nautical-inspired-city-practical.

#mystyle

The clothes arrived and I organised a photoshoot but I never got round to posting the result or doing anything at all on Chris Gets Dressed. I had so many great ideas but my heart just wasn't in it. 

However I can no longer deprive you, the public, of the magic that was created when I posed in my garden wearing brand new outfits. So here it is. I think I would have called the article: 



3 Spring/Summer looks for £45*

From spring showers to summer sunshine, use these four simple items to create a range of outfits that are great for BBQs in the garden or football in the park.

Chris wears:
- Hanes Mens Slim Fitted High V-Neck Cotton T Shirt £4.08
- Piazzaitalia Light Knitted Cardigan (Turned out to be completely different to the online picture) £6.99
- Pierre Cardin C Chino (Good trousers but the buttons keep falling off - also got a free mug because the order was fulfilled by Sports Direct) £10

- Unisex American Style Fleece Hoodie (Forrest green) £11.99

*All available from amazon.co.uk - prices do not include P+P

























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    1. Thanks man, glad you liked it - I hope you manage to keep on blogging!

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      We at The Little Box Boutique would sincerely like to apologise for this posting.
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      I can see from your blog that you have taken great care and effort creating something very special, so once again please accept our apologies.
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  5. Hi Chris, I regularly find myself hunting for good blogs as I like to get as engaged as possible and I have to say that what I have just read was not only the most entertaining but really endearing. Your honesty is refreshing and I admire the fact that you're just being you. I will definitely be putting you on my regulars list- Richard

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