Thursday, 28 July 2016

Fashion & Lifestyle Websites You Need to Know

There is no denying that the age of the internet has completely changed the way we consume content as well as our shopping habits. As much as I still love physical magazines, I'm now becoming more hooked on online magazines. They offer daily updates, multimedia and usually they won't cost you a penny!

It's great keeping up to date with fashion news and browsing online stores, however sometimes you just want to be inspired. Blogs are great for that, but there are also plenty of websites that feature influencers who aren't normally as accessible. Insight into these tastemakers' lives can help shape our own lifestyle choices. You might want to read a book recommended by an actor you admire or find out what your style icon's top tips are for vintage shopping. 

I've compiled a list of my three favourite websites which offer copious amounts of inspiration. I hope you like them as much as I do!

semaine website

I was introduced to Semaine on Sunday during a talk at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. One of the panelists was Semaine's co-founder Michelle Lu, and she explained the online magazine-meets-concept store. Every week, the website features a new tastemaker - who have so far included burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Bella Freud and the band Say Lou Lou. You can delve into their worlds and discover many different aspects of their lifestyles, from their sense of fashion to their favourite hotels or beauty products. If you're lusting after any of the featured items, you can simply click onto it and purchase straight away. 

Semaine's content is beautifully curated, with photography that captures the tastemaker's aesthetics so well. If you're a Girls fan then you should watch the video of Jemima Kirke and I'd also recommend listening to sex anthropologist/erotic jewellery designer Betony Vernon's podcast. 

dressr website

I came across DRESSR soon after it launched last year, as the founder Jessica Vince is an Instagram friend of mine. After working at Grazia for several years as the Digital Editor, she launched her own online business like a total girlboss. The concept is so simple but so relevant to the way we make purchasing decisions these days. Most of us swoon over outfits worn by our Insta-crushes, but we don't usually know where we can buy what they're wearing. The team behind DRESSR curate an edit of top fashion influencers, with links to items in their latest Instagram pictures. You'd be surprised at how many celebrities wear high-street brands! 

You can either scroll through the feed for some styling inspiration or use the search options for a particular style, occasion or celebrity. Some of the most recent fashion influencers featured include Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora and Olivia Palermo. Once you've checked out DRESSR it could easily become one of your go-to websites for some major fashion inspiration.

the coveteur website

You may already know of the American lifestyle website The Coveteur, as it was launched back in 2011. Originally, The Coveteur focused on exploring the homes and wardrobes of individuals who have a covetable personal style. It was one of the only ways you could get behind-the-scenes insight into influencers lives before the likes of Snapchat. Now the website has expanded into other areas of captivating content such as health and travel.

I've always really admired the photography in the 'closet' section of the website which captures interior details and wardrobe highlights. Having a peek at Coco Chanel's apartment and Grace Coddington's home is an absolute must!


These websites are actually making me consider branching out with by content beyond fashion. I'm thinking of adding city guides, beauty and home interiors although it's a little scary after focusing on fashion for six years! What do you think?