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Lookbook.nu vs. Flickr’s Wardrobe Remix – The battle of “What I wore today” sites

October 28, 2009
My signature "What I Wear" style - colourful tights, flat boots and a grey dress

My signature "What I Wear" style - colourful tights, flat boots and a grey dress

A few days earlier my friend Lucy Van Pelt mentioned that she is working on something very special for White Rabbit. I got instantly intrigued and have been waiting impatiently to see what it is Lucy crafted this time.

And she couldn’t have chosen a more timely topic! Lucy compared two “What I Wear” sites in such a  funny and witty way that I just couldn’t stop giggling! Lucy, your observational skills are better than ever! Dear reader, if you are having trouble with picking the right site, this article will be very helpful.

And if you read White Rabbit regularly I am sure you will know which site I am going to join!

 

 

Are you in to fashion, have an extensive wardrobe and are fairly uninhibited?

If you answer yes to all the questions, chances are you are already a frequent poster of your daily outfits. If you have no idea what this means, let me explain.

Young people of today are pretty much born with a digital camera in their hand, right? They are used to having their lives spread around social networking sites ever since they’re old enough to know how to switch on a computer. They strike a pose as soon as they hear a click somewhere. They certainly don’t start panicking when someone gets out a camera, mumbling excuses of a bad hair day.

So what does this have to do with clothes?

Remember when you where young, and played with paper dolls? (or indeed with Barbies, even though I never got one. Bitter, moi? Or Bratz’s, but for heaven’s sake, how old are you in that case? Isn’t it past your bed time?)

In today’s technological era, that game has moved to Internet, and the paper doll is you.

Pioneering fashion sites for ordinary people to post photos of themselves in their daily outfits are My Style Diary and The Fashion Spot. While the latter one is still going and has turned to a bit of an insider’s group, the former is dead. The game has since moved on, and there are many options to all you exhibitionists out there to join the fun. I am here profiling two giants for you.

The question is, which one is suited to you?

Join Lookbook.nu if you:

 * Are young. Or if you are older, make sure you have bags of confidence. This is a very ageist group and a poster over 27 years of age is a rarity and considered over the hill.

* Are rad. If you don’t know what rad means, you are too old and too ordinary to join.

* Are absolutely up to minute with the latest trends. If you post anything you bought over six months ago, prepare yourself to be snubbed.

* Are fashion forward. This is a site for early adapters. Followers need not to apply.

* Know a decent photographer, at least one who knows how to take photos where you are the focus and the background is blurry. This is essential.

* Know someone who can pass you an invitation. This is strictly members only club.

* Are happiest when posing “The Pigeon Toe” (for those too lazy to google: Your toes touching each other).

* Own several pairs of statement shoes in the form of peep lace up booties, vests and whimsical mini dresses. Preferably worn at the same time.

* Are very slim. Even if you are a boy.

* Think “hyping” is a form of a compliment. Where in Facebook “like” expresses a positive emotion, “hype” is that for Lookbookers.

* Are able to pose in a field of sunflowers, Lower East Side in Manhattan, or in front of deserted rail road tracks.

* Want to be inspired. And slightly jealous of a 14 year old’s Chanel bag.

http://lookbook.nu/

 Join Flick’r Wardrobe Remix if you:

 * Can’t be arsed to wait for an invitation. Anyone can join this group.

* Are prepared to join yet another social networking site. This works much like Facebook, you add Contacts who’s style you like and see outfit updates from them.

* Love thrifting and second hand clothes. Better yet if you make clothes yourself, or at the very least know how to stitch together a home made canvas bag.

* Have time to write positive comments on your contact’s photos (frequently). Even if they are not wearing anything that spectacular. You are here to be loved, you need to spread that love.

* Are looking for a group where all sizes, shapes and ethnic backgrounds are accepted.

* Are not that tuned in to the latest trends, but still would like to know what’s going on in a fashion world.

* Often wear something that used to belong to your grandmother.

* Have no problem of introducing your life to the group – as they can see not only your outfit photos, but any photos you post, whether it’s your family or holidays. Flickr is essentially a photo depositary website and wardrobe_remix is just one group amongst thousands.

* Don’t get too queasy for the legions of creeps, freaks and feti+h fanatics who mark your photos as their favourites or add you as a contact. They are in to tights, scarfs, lipstick, wellies, things you didn’t ever think could turn anyone on! As Flickr is a huge global site, unfortunately there is no avoiding creepy crawlies. You can block them.

* Have time to read and understand Flickr’s many safety features to get rid of the above mentioned creeps.

* Are looking for a fashionable (but not intimidatingly so) complimentary, friendly place to post your outfits on.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/wardrobe_remix/

 Whether you wish to show off your wardrobe, get a confidence boost, come up with new combinations for your old clothes, make new friends or to get inspiration, there is something for everyone. Now all you need is to learn how to work that self timer, or train your partner and start posting away!

Lucy van Pelt.

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2009 12:11 pm

    That was funny! and so true! 🙂

  2. White Rabbit permalink*
    October 29, 2009 12:22 pm

    I know, Lucy seems to have a gift of spotting the essence if thing and present it with a twist!

  3. November 17, 2009 3:51 pm

    hehe, great post. I am a member of both. At 27 (26 when I joined lookbook) I have always been over the hill. And yes on wardrobe remix never write neck scarf or you will be favorited more than you can count 😉

  4. November 19, 2009 4:39 pm

    at 34, i am the oldest person on lookbook, because i got tired of girls young enough to be my daughter saying things like ‘i hope i’m as cool as you when i’m your age’ or ‘wow, i didn’t know people your age could dress like that.’ i promptly changed my age to 9.

    if anyone believes i’m a 9 year old girl, well, they need better glasses.

    as far as wardrobe remix, it’s so true, you have to be willing to comment on everyone’s photo. and personally as a blogger, i would rather have people comment on my blog than on a flickr profile. so i just submit, and when i have time go in and see what’s going on and comment.

    but both sites have their advantages, i like them both very much.

  5. November 19, 2009 7:32 pm

    I have been thinking a lot lately about joining a “what i wore” site before taking the brave step to actually post my looks on my blog, so this post was extrememly helpful… especially since I am 30 and enjoy “test driving” different looks and playing with style a lot. THANKS

  6. November 19, 2009 8:31 pm

    great to see you on Links a la Mode. Really good post with great information. I am such a computer idiot that I haven’t worked out how to add a post to it!!

  7. November 20, 2009 1:19 am

    creator of w_r here…

    you hit the nail on the head! totally brilliant summary!

    (of w_r anyway, i haven’t gotten into lookbook much, probably good because i would be considered ancient and irrelevant there at 34!!).

    anyway, it’s not a perfect place but clearly, if you’re getting all that from looking at it, then i’ve done my job! 😛

  8. White Rabbit permalink*
    November 20, 2009 4:09 pm

    I don’t think age should matter when it comes to personal style and fashion!

    I guess we bloggers are all on the same page; we prefer sharing our looks on our blogs! It is a bit intimidating in the beginning but it quickly becomes a lot of fun!

    I love the look of your site Tricia!

  9. November 20, 2009 4:39 pm

    Haha had a laugh about this one.

  10. December 30, 2009 3:38 pm

    Hey,

    I think your description of lookbook.nu is wrong. lookbook is a great place for all people around the world to show off their fashion. no one has ever snubbed me for making my clothes, thrifting, or altering my clothes. they actually praise me for it. just depends on how you wear an item of clothing

    • White Rabbit permalink*
      January 4, 2010 3:15 pm

      Thanks for the comment Zoe. The describtions of both sites were slightly generalised to create a caricature of the general mood. There are always exceptions to the main current. Sorry if it didn’t do you justice Zoe.

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