Instagram Inspiration

Being a highly visual person, I find myself gravitating to Instagram (IG) over other social media channels.

Founded in 2010 and owned by Facebook, the site and app allow users to upload photos and videos that can be organized with hashtags.

However, IG is rampant with fakery and product placement, and has been justly criticized for “Kardashian-izing” beauty, as discussed in this column last August. (Link to https://www.castanet.net/news/Fashion-File/233981/Insta-Fake)

Can you find realistic style inspiration among the thousands of so-called influencers with their obviously-staged photo shoots hawking lip plumpers?

Yes. Here are some inspirational and informative fashion feeds:

@goodbyecroptop - Wendy Euler hails from Bozeman, Montana and proclaims “50 is the new 50”, reasoning she would never want to be her younger self again.

Her pictures are refreshingly candid, featuring wearable clothes from affordable vendors. I aspire to look as good as her in my 50s.

@iconaccidental - I’ve mentioned Lyn Slater before. This 64-year-old New York professor was discovered after being mistaken for a celebrity, and has since become a style icon in her own right.

Her clothes are designer and the photo shoots are professional, so I can’t say her style is achievable for everyone.

But what is so admirable about Lyn is how unique she is. She wears whatever she darn well wants to and pulls it off with 100 per cent attitude.

@daphneselfe - At age 90, Daphne Selfe claims to be the world’s oldest professional model and she is still at it. Her grey hair and facial wrinkles only add to her beauty. The epitome of aging gracefully.

@diet_prada - I have no idea who this style genius is, but I love every post. With seemingly encyclopedic knowledge, Diet Prada takes aim at the fashion industry itself by showing side-by-side comparisons of designers copying each other’s looks and exposing gluttonous commercialism. Very eye-opening.

@unitednude - This is the only brand I’m including in this list simply because their photos are so gorgeous to look at. United Nude was founded by the nephew of famous architect Rem Koolhaus and a member of Clarks footwear, and they create incredibly unique and colourful shoes. Though I have very little need for high heels with my lifestyle, one day I simply must have a pair of United Nudes.

@diamondsinthelibrary - Becky Stone calls herself a professional jewelry lover. Her feed is a feast for the eyes featuring all things glittery and shiny, while also being very informative about gemstones and vintage jewels.

@vintagefashionguild - The Vintage Fashion Guild is an international organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of style from decades past. Their feed highlights dresses, shoes and jewelry at museums around the world as well as vintage designer finds that are up for auction.

What about my own IG account? I actually feature very little fashion on my personal feed, but if you like images of nature, humour, and a cute meximutt, follow me at @mobsworld.


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Marla is best known for her 19-year career in the local charitable sector as a fund development and marketing manager with the Okanagan Regional Library, United Way, UBC Okanagan, and Kelowna Community Resources. 

In 2014, Marla and her husband decided to take a break from the work world, and, four years, later they are still enjoying Okanagan summers, winters in Mexico, and extensive travel. 

Marla has had a life-long passion for fashion, designing her own graduation dress and formal gown for the 1990 Miss Interior competition before age 20.

In 2014, she was named one of nine Style Ambassadors for a year-long marketing campaign at Orchard Park Mall. Her motto is “Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."

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