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Lifestyle Blog By Shauna Young

Fashion Magazines, a Thing of the Past? I Hope Not!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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Has shopping for magazines become a thing of the past? Are they just not relevant anymore? 

For the past few weeks I have been struggling to get my hands on the latest September issues of all of my favourite fashion magazines. There was a time where I could walk into any pharmacy and the latest issue of Vogue would be waiting for me… but now that just doesn’t seem to be the case. 

More and more magazines are becoming a thing of the past. From the move to digital publishing, to simply a lack of interest in print media, I can’t help but wonder what the fashion industry will look like without the coveted September issues. I remember as a child watching movie’s like Devil Wears Prada and hearing about The September Issue. Even though the start of the new year for most of us is in January, in the fashion world, September marks the start of a new season. 

What are the hottest trends of the moment? Which runway collections is everyone talking about? And of course, how do we get those looks for less! Inside, those issues (sometimes double the size of regular monthly issues) would hold page after glossy page of beautiful photography and editorials. 

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My favourite kind of day is the one where I can get up, take out the latest issue of a magazine, make myself a hot tea and just read through from front to back. Folding the tops of pages I want to go back to and even circling the exact items and trends I need to buy. 

That has been a tradition in my life for years, and now with the interest in magazines dwindling, I’m holding on for as long as I can. This was where I would get my inspiration for the season. Of course now with social media and apps like Pinterest, I’ve built my own curated inspiration board…. But it just doesn’t feel the same. 

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the environmental aspect of cutting down on paper media, but are we going to get rid of books and novels because of that too? I think not. I like the idea of magazines moving towards seasonal issues, since there is still a forum for people to share and immerse themselves into the industry. I love reading the interviews of the cover star, the editorial inspiration behind the major shoots, and just imagining myself in those beautiful clothes and accessories. 

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I blame it on the movies and shows that engrained this message in my brain that without magazines, there’s no real media for fashion. But I just can’t imagine a world without Vogue. Yes it’s a magazine, but its also an experience to gain knowledge on topics like culture, art, business, etc. Behind the beautiful imagery of expensive clothing are interesting topics and bringing attention to people and companies that are making a change in the industry. 

As fashion and the business world in general develops and evolves, I somehow feel the need to hold onto this one item of the “early years”. It might be my issue with change talking, but how much change do we really need. Instead of removing why don’t we just evolve. As great as it is that I can now download an app for Porter Magazine and look through previous issues, it just doesn’t give the experience that I love. 

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The reason why I choose to buy magazines and will continue to buy them (especially the September issues) is for the experience that comes with it! For someone like myself who has always had a fascination with the fashion industry, these magazines are an opening for us outsiders. For 50-100 pages, we get to peak into this world that is unlike anything else. For a second, I get to feel apart of the industry. 



Do you still read magazines? If so which one’s and if not would you say it’s because of social media? Let me know in the comments below! 

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OOTD

My outfit is super casual and extra comfortable, but there’s something about it that felt city chic for those hot days where you still want to look good. My style hack for this look is by layering a graphic tee over a jumpsuit. It’s creating a completely new look for the jumpsuit, especially if it’s printed like mine! If I wasn’t walking around for hours, I probably would have worn slides with this, but that’s not reality for this girl.. so sneaker it is! Throw on some sunnies and grab your shopper bag and you’re outfit is complete 

Details 

Jumpsuit: H&M

Graphic Tee: Zara 

Sneakers: Keds x Kate Spade  

Canvas Bag: Forever 21





6 comments:

  1. I love this post! My friend and I were just discussing this the other day and our feelings with your post are mutual. Magazines used to be my jam and it saddens me to see the magazine section of stores be cut in half because there's just less of them available and more have gone digital. I feel like at the moment print magazines are hanging on a thread for the most part and it makes me sad to think that some day there may be none. I no longer collect magazines, but I will find my way to THE September issue lol.

    Alyssa
    ninethreezero.blogspot.com

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    1. Ugh same here! I used to love seeing the magazine sections of stores and I remember there even being smaller stores juts dedicated to magazines... seems like a lifetime ago! I just started collecting them again recently, I used to a few years ago and I missed it. Glad you enjoyed the post and let me know which September issue you go with haha

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  2. Loved this post- I'm still a fan of printed magazines, and whenever I'm home with my mom, it's our tradition to buy a bunch of them and spend half a day just commenting on all the latest trends. I think there's still something about holding a printed magazine, one that you can take out at your favorite cafe to read while relaxing and disconnecting from the online media.

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    1. Aw such a sweet tradition to have! I couldn't agree more about holding an actual magazine in hand! I just hope they don't stop completely. Thanks for the comment :)

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  3. I love having something to hold and flipping through magazines! I am always excited for the September issue!

    xo, Whitney

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    1. Same here girl! I could spend so much money on trying to own them all haha :)

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