Local blogger Amanda Antenucci began Closeted Fashion as a creative outlet to share her love of fashion and style. She recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as a fashion blogger and took the time to answer some questions about blogging, accessorizing, and being yourself.
How would you describe your blog?
Closeted Fashion is a place where a reader can come for style advice with a dose of realistic humor. My first passion is styling, so you will find a lot of styling guides and shopping posts with sales, splurge vs. save, etc., along with outfit posts of how I style my wardrobe. I love to shop, but I regularly feature styling what you may already own in your closet a couple different ways to make it feel new.
What made you decide to start blogging?
Well, my undergrad degree is in fashion merchandising and design, and after college I worked my tail off on a visual merchandising management position which I ended up sadly parting ways with for a more stable job…at a law firm! Fashion is always on my mind so I thought, why not have a side hobby and start a fashion blog as my way to still participate in what I love and share my knowledge with others? I started it last June and have been loving it ever since.
How would you describe your personal style?
I feel like our sense of style changes as we grow, but I have always definitely gravitated towards a chic-meets-edgy style. I love playing with shapes and proportions, and I always prefer to overdress than be more casual. Some favorites of mine are fitted midi-dresses with oversized jackets and heels, my trusty skinny jeans with a voluminous boho top and gladiator sandals, and wide leg pants with a fitted crop top. The two items I can’t live without though are my collection of moto jackets and shoes!
Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
Mostly print and electronic media. I love flipping through fashion magazines, so I have subscriptions to a couple of my favorites where I get a lot of inspo from. Also Pinterest, other fashion blogs, and online sites such as vogue.com, POPSUGAR, The Cut, Refinery29, etc. I also find inspiration in the hustle and bustle of daily life around me: what I am feeling that day, how I want the world to perceive me, etc. all are factors on what I produce.
What is the best piece of style advice you've ever received?
My mom said my first big word was ‘accessories’ and she is to blame for that one! Since I can remember, before going out the door, my mom would always tell me to not forget my jewelry and accessories as they really pull the entire look together and make you feel that much more confident. She was right of course; to this day I don’t feel fully dressed unless I complete my look with my jewelry, nail polish and a spritz of perfume. It is the little things that can make you feel good.
What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a blog?
Hands down, just be you!! The blog community is so saturated today with so many different types of fashion blogs and it can be easy to feel inadequate and start to compare yourself to more successful ones. Just remember that your blog is unique to you, and that is good enough. I blog for passion and love of everything the fashion world has to offer each day; I never started it intending to be the next Chiara Ferragni or to make money off it. I started it to fulfill myself, and I think because I went in having no expectations but hoping to at least help some people, I can thoroughly enjoy it more as a hobby instead of it being another job. So just stick to your vision, write in your own voice, and focus on what you love.
For more information, follow Amanda at Closeted Fashion.