Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Maryland based fashion curator Nife is the sole contributor to SkinnyHipster.com. She is best known for mixing classic shapes in bold colors and prints to create a unique sense of style that has been recognized by blogs and magazines, including Refinery 29 and Lucky. With over 6,000 “likes” on Facebook and over 2,000 Instagram followers, Nife plans to continue to inspire and expand her platform with Nife Now (a series of networking and socializing events) and various pending collaborations. The busy blogger spoke with us about the importance of online media in the fashion world, how to become a successful blogger, and her top trends for 2013.
Q: What prompted you to start your website?
I have always had an interest in fashion, and always loved creating colorful and vibrant looks. One day, I decided to start a blog where I would showcase these looks, but I would only post every once in a while. I started getting some great feedback, posted more frequently, and now here I am.
Q: How important is online media for the fashion world?
Online media plays a vital role in the fashion world. Once upon a time journalists from the big wig fashion glossies were leading the pack in terms of how trends and styles were regarded and conveyed to the general public. With the popularity of blogging and the overall praise for “street style”, citizen journalists like myself are able to play a small role in the fashion world; but have such a great impact.
Q: What does the name “Skinny Hipster” mean to you? How important is choosing the right name for a blog/website?
I am from a culture where curves are glorified and appreciated. I would get a lot of slack from family and friends about being “skinny”. I decided that I would take this term and use it to empower my efforts as they pertained to the blog. “Hipster” was more or less a trendier reference to the objective of the blog: all things fashion and style. I actually decided on this term shortly before it became the go-to in describing the now popular subculture. Choosing a name for a blog is important, but as a fashion blogger one’s style speaks louder than the name ever could. If what you convey is keeping your readers’ attention, a cool name is just an added bonus.
Q: How would you describe your style? Is it hard putting your personal fashion on display for the world to see and critique?
My style is edgy, bold and colorful. In the beginning, putting my personal fashion on display did make me a bit nervous. I wasn’t sure if it would be well received. Almost five years later, and I’m extremely comfortable with presenting my style to the public. Surprisingly, the biggest critiques I receive…are about my hair (go figure).
Q: How do you decide whether an outfit is “blog-worthy” or not?
Getting dressed is a creative process for me. If I think my outfit is something my readers will enjoy, I post it. I also consider pieces and accessories that are on trend, and try to keep these things in mind when creating looks–just as a means to inspire the readers to create looks from their own wardrobe.
Q: If you could live in one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Q: You have already been featured in Lucky Magazine and Refinery 29 for your awesome sense of style. Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years and what role do you think your website will play in all of it?
Thank you! In the next couple of years, I see myself working as a full-time fashion stylist. It’s something I have always wanted to pursue. Even beyond fashion styling, someday I will open a clothing boutique. The blog is vital in this pursuit as it serves as a live portfolio of looks and inspiration. Every now and then, I’ll get an email requesting my styling input.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring fashion stars looking to start a blog/website?
Be dedicated and passionate. Most of all, have fun!