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Happy New Year guys! May your 2017 be fabulous. As much as I love blabbering on about what hat has been glued to my head the past few weeks or the handbag of dreams, I’m here with a different kind of post today. My outfit details are linked at the end!

From one social media addict to another – I’m totally not on board with Instagram themes. Remember when Instagram was a place where you could post whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted? I’m sure i’m not the only avid scroller (and double tapper) who’s been finding that feed after Insta feed is the same flat lay with the same marbled background. Even i’m guilty of replicating these aesthetically pleasing, monochromatic snaps, because let’s face it – they’re cool.  But what really makes me sad is people are actually deciding not to post, or even to delete photos that make them happy just because it doesn’t match up with the other tiny squares surrounding it. And I’m admittedly one of them.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m obsessed with Instagram and I appreciate it as a platform where us women in particular can support and empower one another (i’m that loser with ‘insta-friends’). However, I  definitely think that it’s lost a little bit of it’s initial charm along the way, with posts that fit in with a particular theme rather than presenting a story and there’s a bit of pressure to have your feed looking a certain way. It’s easy to get caught up in whats ‘cool’ and whats raking in the ‘likes’, and in turn forget about your own creativity and personal style.

Yep, I find that Instagram trends have a profound effect on many of my style choices and shopping habits these days. Fashion trends have always been a thing, but social media has intensified them. Last year I found myself browsing through pages of bomber jackets on ASOS and debating with myself on numerous occasions in Topshop before admitting to myself that actually, I’m just not into bombers. And in the whirlwind of Gucci-inspired loafers, I almost forgot that I really freakin’ love pointed toe brogues (and in reality, loafers make me feel a little bit short and stumpy).

Basically, what I’m longwindedly trying to say is it’s totally okay to not be on board with every single trend, even if it is the hottest thing on the gram. And it’s definitely okay to post that photo of you smiling, even if it doesn’t have the perfect backdrop to fit in with your theme.

Does anyone else feel like way about Instagram? Let me know!

What I’m wearing:

Jacket – Anthropologie (sold out, similar here)

Top – Next

Skirt – Topshop (old, similar here)

Shoes – Primark (similar)

Handbag – Primark

Posted by:Rebecca

Hello! I'm a pint-sized marketing graduate in Edinburgh. I spend too much time scrolling through Instagram, drinking copious amounts of coffee and thinking about what colour of lipstick works best with my outfit.

5 replies on “Are Instagram trends killing originality?

  1. I completely agree! We focus so much on what other people will like instead of what we like. We think if we post pictures that others find more aesthetically pleasing it will get us more likes. And it should NOT be about how many people like it! Great read!

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