New York blogger Paige Secosky is on the top list of trendsetters we adore at the moment. In these days it's rare to find any to top that list, so when we find those creators who present genuine content, we hold on tight. Anyone with a versatile style and love for vintage can draw inspiration from looks that she creates on her IG here. So far about 101k are obsessed with her feed. Our Q+A with Paige below reveals a recent moment of truth she's had when it comes to the fashion world and a few must read realizations to staying authentic in your work.
When did you start blogging, and why?
I started filming videos for my current YouTube channel at the beginning of high school. I always had a passion for filming and video editing. When I was younger, I made videos with my friends with our stuffed animals and music videos! I always loved creating content and the production behind creating something. Seeing everything come together is one of my favorite things. Therefore, I eventually realized I was too old to continue making videos with stuffed animals and found myself watching videos centered around fashion/beauty. That is when I decided to start a new channel around mostly fashion but some beauty as well. I always loved dressing up for school and putting together outfits, so I began creating videos around those concepts.
You see a lot of macro bloggers promoting large brands with little to no sustainable standards, what are your thoughts on this?
I would be a hypocrite to say that I never promoted large brands with little to no sustainable standards until I was educated on the fast fashion industry. I think a lot of people do not understand how awful fast fashion is. A lot of people see a cute shirt for $15 and think its a great deal, but do not understand why the product is so inexpensive. I just hope that more macro bloggers research the products that they are promoting because content creators really do have the influence to change the way their follower's shop.
Your favorite blogger moment?
This is really hard for me to answer because I cannot think of one exact moment. However, I would say one of my favorite things about being a content creator is all the amazing people I have had the opportunity to meet. I have created some life-long friendships, and I love meeting people that have the same interests as me. It is nice to meet creators that have the same values as you and you can inspire each other in different ways.
How do you plan to use your voice when it comes to the fashion industry?
Since my main platform is YouTube, I want to start creating videos around sustainability and the negative impacts of the fast fashion industry. I want those videos to be very informative though, so I need to gather more facts and information before creating those types of videos. Also, I am currently a student and have a full-time internship, so I haven't had enough time to dedicate to those videos yet, however, it is a goal of mine to focus more on those topics this summer.
What are some of your favorite vintage/ vintage-inspired pieces?
I absolutely love vintage/vintage-inspired clothing! That is one of the reasons that I love thrifting so much because you can find so many great gems. I would say that my favorite decades in fashion would be either the 80s or 90s. I love animal print, lace, and structured shoulders so I am very happy all of these styles are coming back!
You announced that you will only be working with sustainable brands, what made that pivotal decision In your journey?
I took a class last semester in college called "Sustainability: the Future of Fashion," and it really opened up my eyes to the fashion industry and how fast fashion is killing our environment. I love the Earth, especially the oceans, and learning about what the fast fashion industry has been doing to our planet really left me heartbroken. That is when I decided to stop shopping and promoting fast fashion altogether. I was uneducated on this topic before so I want to use my platform to inform others of this industry.
What advice would you give to others who want to create a successful journey in fashion blogging?
I know its cliche, but just be yourself! I tried so hard to fit in with others, follow trends, and "be cool" for such a long time, but when I started to just be myself, I think more people were able to feel more connected to me. I used to create makeup videos because I thought that's what I was supposed to do since it was such a trend a couple of years ago, however, I found myself stressed out and frustrated filming those videos. I stopped creating videos everyone else was creating, found what worked for me on my platform, and have never been happier!
Where there any moments that made you realize that you did not want to be working with major corporate fashion labels?
As mentioned before, taking that class in college really is the reason why I decided that I no longer wanted to support fast fashion companies. I also watched a documentary titled "The True Cost" (everyone should watch it), which shows people around the world making clothes for large fashion companies. The documentary really broke my heart and made me realize that I do not want to support a company that produces clothing unethically.
What do you say to those that think fashion blogging has no substance and no difference can be made through it?
I would say that everyone has a voice! You do not need to be a macro fashion blogger to be heard by others. If you could influence just one person in the right direction, then that is good enough because that one person can influence others as well. Just one person can leave a great impact on the world, and I would encourage everyone to voice their opinions because people will hear you.