If you are over 25, I urge you: PLEASE do not be put off by the title of this post. I've included teenage fashion bloggers in my fashion blogger series simply because I think that they, like 40+ bloggers, often feel excluded from certain parts of the blogging community simply on account of their age. However, a quick glance at these eight amazing blogs will hopefully prove to you that they deserve recognition in the blogosphere as much as any of us because they are incredibly stylish, hard working and produce excellent content, despite their lack of years on the planet.
What is so great about the teens I follow is that contrary to what what we think of the average teenager, these girls don't all dress the same - at all. The creativity shown on their blogs is incredible, and many of them are on a student budget which makes me admire them all the more (it's also quite refreshing to see faces devoid of heavy make up and sometimes completely bare faced.) I truly believe that readers of all ages would get inspiration from these girls - for example I think that my blogging friend Sacramento (50+) would love a lot of the outfits that Ellie (16) wears.
And finally - please don't think these girls can't write. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the best writing out there has come from some of these teenage bloggers, putting many older bloggers to shame. They have so much to offer... I hope you agree.
Clothes, Cameras & Coffee (19)
Rosalind's photos are as wonderful and ethereal as her outfits: romantic, ladylike and from another time. She's heavily influenced by the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and writes the most fascinating prose to accompany her outfit posts. You'll get lost in her world, and love every minute of it.
Joli House (16)
My good blogging friend Lily may only be 16 but she must be one of the hardest working bloggers out there: as well as writing her blog, she makes many of her own clothes, has a incredibly mature approach to her health and fitness and somehow found the time to get 10 A*s in her GCSEs this summer. Her style is fresh, youthful and wonderfully feminine, but with just a little bit of an edge. She also has a lot of intelligent things to say about blogging, life and finding her way in the world. One to watch.
Strut in Her Style (19)
I found Ellie's blog a month or two ago and it was one of those "wowww" moments when you find a new blogger whose style you love straight away. She nails every new trend going - including those oh-so-difficult-to-wear culottes - and has a great edginess to whatever she puts together. With a wonderful taste in prints and to-die-for colour palettes, she's my new favourite blog to pin to death. Catch her while she's still a teen - only four more weeks...!
Fashion Rhapsody (17)
Rose is the perfect example of fashion on a budget: creative, inventive and totally unique. She studies fashion at college (it shows), and I love how she has that whole "thrown together beautifully" look going on. Her style is a little bit 70s vintage, a little bit bohemian; it's basically how I think I'd dress if I were 17 again and had those endless legs and a student budget.
Rose and Vintage (16)
I just love, love love, Ellie's style. The end. Seriously, though - she dresses in a way that makes me want to cut all ties with Asos and just shop in Beyond Retro and all the vintage stores I can get my hands on forever more. For someone so young she absolutely has her own sense of style - she knows what she likes and it's beautifully mismatched, kitsch and quite playful. As mentioned at the beginning she reminds me of a young Sacramento: all crazy prints, skirts and dresses and wild accessories.
How to Survive as a Fashionable Teenager (15)
I've had the pleasure of meeting Roisin [pronounced "Row-sheen"] when we sat next to each other at the Bath in Fashion Blogger Awards last year - she was only 13 at the time and I was amazed at how clued-up she was in all things blogging and fashion. With her stunning pre-Raphaelite hair and eclectic style, she deserves her place in my Top 8 not just for her style but for her writing. DO NOT miss Roisin's writing. You'll think you've stumbled upon the blog of someone who writes for Vogue, she's that good. So remember you read about her here first, and I'll leave you with one quote... I need say no more.
"While the world is battling with ill-fated history, the young, creative minds of the Western world are busy regramming Mean Girls quotes and writing think pieces on the cultural significance of Cher's Clueless outfits. We are constantly reminiscing the halcyon days when the measure of maturity wasn't positive credit rating, but simply owning a lava lamp." [more]
Tolly Dolly Posh (14)
Tolmeia (Tolly) is a serious blogger... do not be fooled by her age. She's already collaborated with a brand to produce a range of socks and tights for girls, and her press/featured page is impressive for one so young. (Remember, Tavi Gevinson started her blog aged just 12.) Tolly wears just what a teen should be wearing but with no ties to the latest trend or "must have" item - it's just her own kooky, fun style. Oh, and follow her on Twitter @tollydollyposh too - she's got a lot of sensible stuff to say.
Into the Fold (18)
Probably the most streamlined, urban style of all my teen bloggers, Camilla oozes sophistication and sportswear chic in clean lines and an almost monochromatic palette. The photography is beautiful, and I love the contrast of her messy, blonde bob (she has her Scandinavian roots to thank for that) with her simple, sleek pieces. She is a classic example of how age shouldn't make a jot of difference to who you follow and whose style you appreciate.
I hope I've done my job in convincing everyone that age makes no difference when it comes to blogging - if you like someone, then like them. Whether you're 14 like Tolly or in your 80s like Daphne Selfe or Carmen Dell'Orefice, there's something to learn from everyone. I know I harp on about my age a bit when it comes to my own blog, but that's mostly to do with saying to others my age that it's okay to make an effort with your appearance, or write a blog. The same applies to teenagers.
What do you think of these amazing girls? Do share in the comments!