By Helen Byrne
Whether it's about swatting up on the latest fashion trends, getting inspiration for your next dressmaking project, or ogling over designer catwalk shows, we love a good fashion blog, so we've scoured the internet to bring you our pick of the best ones.
Coco's Tea Party
Ella Gregory, a self-confessed magazine junkie, trawls glossy monthly magazines so we don't have to – giving honest, and often witty, takes on their cover stars. She bridges the perfect gap between glamorous celebrity fashion and high street budget buys – which is exactly why we love her. Want to know who's rocking the red carpet this week? Or gossip about the next designer/high street collaboration? Make Coco's Tea Party your first port of call.
Ceri Garthwaite has made it her business to review, recommend and gossip about all things plus-size. Delve into her wardrobe and see her outfit creations, read her appraisals of plus-size ranges from the high street, and share her loud-and-proud attitude to her figure. What's more, she also has a make-up blog and YouTube channel full of make-up tutorials.
A collection of stunning portraits of older women, New York-based Advanced Style celebrates everything fabulous about mature ladies. Spend an hour on this blog and you'll be wishing away the years until you can be featured, and with a tagline like: 'proof from the wise and silver haired set that personal style advances with age', who are we to argue?
The Online Stylist
Having given up a 15 year career in finance, The Online Stylist's author Amanda Start has turned her focus to fashion for the 40-plus. Yes it’s packed with practical fashion advice and gorgeous on-trend but sensible fashion buys, but the jewel in the crown of this blog is her tailored style advice service: for a small fee, she will ensure you're never stuck for a fabulous cocktail dress again.
Clothes on Film
Born out of a desire to examine the relationship between clothes and film, Clothes on Film was set up by editor Chris Laverty in 2009. Featuring interviews with prolific film clothes designers, film reviews with a focus on costume and fashion, and profiles of Hollywood royalty: if you want a full appraisal of Anne Hathaway's Catwoman costume, this is the place to go.
Pioneer of all things retro in her hometown of Norwich, author Gemma Seager started her blog in 2008 as a way to promote her online vintage shop. Since then it has snowballed into a one-stop shop for fashion trend advice with a vintage twist: our favourite posts are 'Three ways to wear a beret' and her ongoing red lipstick reviews.
Tilly and the Buttons
If you like the idea of making your own clothes but stumble at trying to thread a needle, Tilly and the Buttons is the place for you. Packed with step-by-step tutorials on how to make vintage-inspired clothes and accessories, Tilly offers simple, unpatronising needlework tips, and shares her favourite handmade creations.
Style Bubble, better known as Susie Bubble, has been around since 2006 – a lifetime in blogging years. She averages over 35,000 visitors a day, is a regular on the fashion front row, has guest-curated a Topshop collection at their flagship London store, modelled for GAP and guest-edited Selfridges' newspaper. And she still manages to post up to three times a day. Frankly we're exhausted.
That's Not My Age
'Proof that style begins at 40' – that's this blog's mantra, and one we're really happy to hear. The author will always champion a chic shift dresses over a sparkly sequinned number, and looks for classic items over on-trend fashion fads. Look out for her wellbeing tips, spa reviews and interior design insights, too.