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Fashion doesn’t have to be all about the flashy runway. There’s a difference between fashion and style, though the two terms tend to get mixed up in everyday conversation. It comes down to personal expression — how do you present yourself to others? It’s not so much about showing off as it is about framing your personality, and why wouldn’t you want to present yourself in a fitting way?

I confess that I despised anything related to fashion for the first 24 years of my life, but my attitude changed when I looked a bit deeper into it. Now, I dress in a way that complements who I am and I have more confidence. What about you? Sure, a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for beautiful covers.

Whether you’re a style aficionado or a style novice, you may be interested in the following online fashion communities. They’ll help you to learn the basics of fashion, to see how other people choose to dress, and to develop a personal sense of style that’ll enhance you as a person. Be sure to check out these men’s style blogs 7 Men’s Fashion & Style Blogs That You Should Follow 7 Men’s Fashion & Style Blogs That You Should Follow Ever since the proliferation of services like Blogger (formerly Blogspot) and Wordpress in the mid-2000's, blogging has grown to become one of the largest corners of the Internet. Recently, this corner has been dubbed the... Read More and women’s style blogs 7 Womens Style & Fashion Blogs That You Should Follow 7 Womens Style & Fashion Blogs That You Should Follow Let me start this post off with a sort of disclaimer: I'm not a woman. Because of that, this article will inevitably be skewed in a certain way. I’m not a woman, so I don’t... Read More , too.

Ask Andy About Clothes [Men]

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Ask Andy About Clothes is a website/forum led by Andy Gilchrist, who is extremely passionate about men’s style and desires to teach others about the fundamentals of style. He’s well-respected and has been published in Men’s Health, Money, Forbes, GQ, and even the Wall Street Journal. If those credentials aren’t good enough for you, I don’t know what more you’d expect.

Andy’s website is a great resource for newbies to men’s style. Under the Apparel section, you’ll find tips for style basics as well as pointers for what to wear in which circumstances. He has a column called Andy Answers where users can submit style questions to him for his thoughts. Plus, he writes Product Reviews so you can know whether or not something is worth its price.

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But the best part is the forum, where users can discuss men’s style together. Ask questions related to style, have users critique your outfits and purchases, and even find incredible deals when items go on sale.

StyleForum [Men]

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Styleforum labels itself as the “premier online community for men’s style,” which is a lofty claim to make but there are few who would rebut it. It’s true that every style community has their own biases regarding which styles they favor, but Styleforum covers a lot of ground, including classic, denim, streetwear, and more. Plus, it’s one of the largest style boards on the Internet.

Despite the name, Styleforum is more than just a forum. Yes, you’ll find a lot of discussions going on related to style, including newbie questions, fit checks, style critiques, inspirational galleries, and more, but there are some other great aspects of Styleforum. For example, the marketplace where users can buy/sell/trade articles with each other.

My personal experience is that the Styleforum community isn’t the most mature bunch — which is to be expected when the community grows to be as large as it is — but there are worse places to be, so if you can put up with it, this is a great place to frequent.

/r/malefashionadvice & /r/femalefashionadvice [Men & Women]

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One of the best reasons to use Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit Read More is that users can create and lead their own subreddits, which are basically like their own insular communities. People have created some wonderful subreddits over the years, including Male Fashion Advice (MFA) and Female Fashion Advice (FFA), the former having proven itself as extremely useful.

At their core, these two subreddits are all about giving advice to style newbies. If you’re 30 years old and still rocking hoodies and baggy jeans and you’re happy with yourself, then by all means continue, but if you want to kick it up a few notches, these two subreddits will get you started with the basics right away.

You’ll find a lot of cool variety here. There are What Are You Wearing Today (WAYWT) threads where people can post their outfits and receive critiques. There are Fit Checks where newbies can post new articles to see if they fit properly. There are inspirational threads to show you what’s out there in the world of style and how you can continually evolve your wardrobe. Lots to learn, lots to enjoy.

The Fashion Spot [Women]

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The Fashion Spot is a huge style forum aimed at women who want to discuss all things related to female fashion, including design, models, trends, celebrities, cosmetics, and shopping. I don’t frequent this community so I can’t tell you what the community is like, but even a quick glance will tell you that this is a wonderful online resource.

The main website has sections for fashion trends, tips, and styles found on the streets. There are articles meant to guide you through the relevant season’s styling options, whether it’s Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter. There are Looks of the Day to give you inspiration and there are celebrity photos to give you styling ideas.

The forums are active and cover a lot of ground. Discuss designer fashion or personal style, whichever you’re more interested in. There are forum sections for discussing accessories and shoes, product reviews, personal critiques, and more. It’s not the only female fashion forum on the Internet, but it sure is one of the largest.

LookBook [Men & Women]

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For those of you who already have a strong sense of style and are more interested in experimentation than learning the fundamentals, LookBook is the place to be. It’s a social network for style enthusiasts, allowing users to upload photos of their outfits for others to vote on and comment on.

Have you ever browsed through the clothing catalogue for a particular brand and found models wearing full outfits? Those photos make up the “look book,” which is a quick glance at what sorts of outfits are possible in that brand’s particular style. LookBook is based on that idea: other people post up complete outfits which you can study and incorporate into your own wardrobe.

LookBook is an international entity, stretching from North America to Southeast Asia. You’ll find tons of different styles represented here, including European, workwear, hipster, street, scene, and more.

Polyvore [Men & Women]

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Polyvore, like LookBook, is a social network that offers a place for users to create complete outfits. The website has grown into such a powerful force in recent years that it has a real influence on fashion trends and stylistic changes in society. While Polyvore is popular for its fashion, it can be used for cosmetics and interior decorating as well.

How does it work? Basically, people post up photos of outfits, whether piece by piece or as a complete set on a model, with shopping links to each of the pieces. Users can vote on and comment on these posts, but the best part is that if you want to purchase the pieces, the links are right there. It’s a shopaholic’s dream come true.

In true social network fashion, you can follow users who frequently post outfits and ideas that you love. The community is so large that the ideas never stop, so beware that you don’t get too addicted.

Conclusion

Again, don’t confuse style with all of the glamorous fashion you might see on TV. Not everything in the fashion world is avant garde and experimental. There are tried and true style basics that don’t even require much work, yet can propel you into new levels of self-confidence and self-expression. These communities will help you get there.

For those of you passionate about style, what other online communities do you frequent? Which ones have you found useful? Which ones haven’t made the fashion cut? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Image Credit: LookBook

  1. izal
    November 14, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Hi bro and sist,
    This great one site of fashion, if you looking for a T- shirt grafic design mybe this can be optionhttps://teespring.com/happyness9?utm_swu=29#pid=2&cid=581&sid=front

  2. Basant
    November 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Nice site for fashion

  3. Amit Kumar
    July 19, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Yeah! You described well about confusion between style and glamorous fashion you might see on TV. Some good fashion sites like TogoFogoLooks is keeping fashion trends, tips, and styles in proper way. Lets update with latest fashion world.

    • Joel Lee
      July 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Amit! I'll check that site out, never heard of it before.

  4. Heena Kumari
    July 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    It's really helpful post. I really enjoyed it. It means a lot for everyone. However, the clothing portals, communities and sites like WOOWCREATIONS also make a strength on the web to buy online women fashion etc.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Heena! Yeah there are lots of other useful sites for fashion out there too.

  5. Saree.com
    April 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Great information and style guide.

  6. catroina
    March 4, 2016 at 9:24 am

    wonderful
    www,newfashionbrand.com

  7. Umbert Vohiden
    February 17, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Great concept, nice work

  8. Geoff Currey
    December 21, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Very useful information for men and women looking to establish a style of their own.

  9. Anna Wang
    September 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

    nice try

  10. susan maria
    July 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Hey, that looks like a great site and great concept. I’m interested to see how it will evolve by the time it’s out of beta. Good luck! :)

  11. MFrannie
    March 11, 2015 at 1:31 am

    For me, cause I just prefer watching fashion pictures, Google+ group is my cup of tea....

  12. Gioiamilano14
    February 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

    This is seriously a nice concept and a huge contribution towards society. Hats off to you guys, and this article will surely help those who are looking for dresses for women too.

  13. Alyssa lemuda
    March 5, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Very cool.................interactive post, which increase more to reach these products..........

  14. Anthony
    December 10, 2013 at 10:12 am

    When it comes to fashion, men are often ignored. Vounter (http://vounter.com) is a fashion community dedicated to men. We're trying to provide men with a place to improve their fashion sense.

    Users can find inspiration, shop and get advice from the community.

    We'd love to have you on board. Come check us out!

    • Joel L
      December 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Any site that works to bridge the gap between men and style is a thumbs up in my book!

  15. Ian Campbell
    December 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Hey Joel, thanks for your list! I think you'll enjoy my new community, What Goes With This? (http://whatgoeswiththis.co). It's a community for finding outfits to match anything you can buy online.

    It's for both men and women - though most of our users are currently women, they love to provide style advice for men too.

    I'd love for you to take a look and let me know what you think - drop me an email anytime.

    Best,

    Ian

    • Joel L
      December 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Hey, that looks like a great site and great concept. I'm interested to see how it will evolve by the time it's out of beta. Good luck! :)

  16. Jeremy G
    November 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Don't forget tumblr - porn might be its main use, but I reckon fashion is at least within the top 5 topics.

    • Joel L
      November 21, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Yes, good mention! Both Tumblr and Pinterest can offer a lot of inspiration when it comes to fashion.

      • Taanya Rawat
        January 13, 2016 at 8:03 am

        I'm agree with you Joel L.

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