When thinking of fashion meccas, most people think of New York, Paris or Milan. But it turns out that the Twin Cities is pretty trendy itself – just take it from one of our stylish bloggers. From vintage experts to plus-size mod mavens, there’s definitely an Instagram account for everyone to follow. Check out our curated list of the top fashion bloggers in the metro, each one with a unique voice – and hashtag!
A Girl from the North Country
This blog, named after the Bob Dylan song of the same name, screams big city chic with Midwestern roots. It’s described by creator Steph McCoy as, “a celebration of the work we Northerners have done to make flannel sexy and layering seductive.” McCoy’s style is part Ilana Glazer from Broad City and part 1950s housewife – two things that may not sound alike but actually work perfectly together. Follow her on Instagram @agirlnorth or check out www.agirlfromthenorthcountry.com.
Saint Paul features one of the highest concentrations of Hmong people in the world and PX.Kin (pronounced pee-axe-kin) is a definite player in the emerging Laotian fashion scene. Started by sisters Pa Chia and Xee Vang, the blog features a flair for BoHo looks inspired by the pair’s travels to various locales. The photography is out of this world and could easily be in the pages of Vogue. Visit www.PXKin.com for more information or follow @PXKin on Instagram.
Rachel Trampel founded Rachel’s Lookbook in 2011 with the goal of inspiring others to find their own unique styles in an affordable way. The Minneapolis-based blogger showcases adorable outfits along with expert beauty tips. Trampel has been featured on LaurenConrad.com and InsideInstyle so yeah, this girl is one to watch. Follow her on Instagram @rachelslookbook or head to www.RachelsLookbook.com.
Style Optimist is dedicated to fashion, beauty, and natural hair care. Jewel Laura, the blog’s creator, has a snappy sense of style with a budget-friendly edge. Most of the outfits and products she posts about are under $50, meaning anyone can look great without breaking the bank. The blog has extensive tips for styling natural hair, with Laura sharing her own personal experiences with her curly, textured locks. Check out www.StyleOptimist.com for more information or follow @StyleOptimist on Instagram.
For those still discovering what style suits them best, Already Pretty is a great place to start. Sally McGraw’s extensive blog features not just fashion, but also the author’s personal journey with body image. Her main mission is, “to show that body knowledge gained through explorations of personal style can foster self-love and self-respect.” McGraw recently published a corresponding book, Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Dressing it Well is available through her website, www.AlreadyPretty.com or at several independent Twin Cities bookstores. She can be found on Instagram @alreadyprettyblog.
Despite being a relative newcomer to the Twin Cities fashion scene, Sincerely Cecely is definitely a blog to watch. Cecely’s style is feminine yet flirty, combining versatility with originality. Her posts offer tips on how to make certain looks work for you while staying under budget. Cecely encourages all of her visitors to explore their own unique fashion sense with a fearless flair. Follow her on Instagram @sincerelycecely or visit www.sincerelycecely.com
By Rachelle Gordon