Staying up to date with your fashion can be tricky especially if you’re not sure where to look for inspiration and ideas. In the past, we usually relied on magazines, newspapers and celebrities for the latest fashion trends, but these days, influencers on social media are becoming a bigger factor in setting trends.

So to help you out, we’ve put together a couple of reasons why using the internet is arguably the best way to learn about new fashion trends and stay up to date with the latest styles.

Get on Instagram

Instagram is one of the biggest social media platformers for fashion lovers and style gurus. Signing up for Instagram means you can show off your latest outfits, get inspiration from other people and even connect with influencers to see what the latest styles are. There’s plenty of information available here no matter if you’re an enthusiast or just want to pick up a couple of new ideas for the next season.

You can build quite a following on Instagram if you use it to show off your styles and outfits, but do keep in mind that it’s often difficult to get followers unless you’re a trendsetter or have something unique to show the world. Of course, you don’t need to care much about followers if all you want to do is look at the latest styles and learn more about fashion.

Start reading blogs

There are new sites popping up all the time and many of these are usually related to fashion in some way. Some of the most popular opinion pieces on fashion are actually from blogs, and there are virtually thousands that you can look at to learn about the latest internet fashion trends and also get valuable advice on how to dress for different seasons and occasions.

You’ll find that there are many different personalities on the internet and you’ll generally read content from writers that you either share opinions with or find very insightful. It’s a good idea to bookmark your favourite blogs so that you can easily keep track of them all and you can even get email updates so that when they make a new post, you’ll know about it right away. Be sure to leave comments on your favourite blogs as well to encourage the writer to keep creating content and start discussions about the latest fashion trends.

Use message boards like Reddit

Sometimes, it can be nice to discuss the latest fashion trends and speculate on what will be hot next season or even ask for advice. Message boards like Reddit are a fantastic source of information and you’ll get plenty of enjoyment from reading all the different questions and answers, and you can also interact with other users and even make friends.

Message boards can often have some rude and obnoxious people, so it’s best to avoid or just ignore these people. If it gets bad, you can report them to the website though it’s usually best just to block them and move on. If you can get past these few bad apples, you’ll find that there are many friendly and helpful people that love fashion and would be more than willing to show you the latest popular fashion trends.

Browse Pinterest

If you’re in the mood for some unique inspiration then Pinterest will always have you covered. You can simply search a term and you’ll be presented with thousands of results related to your search query. You can type in something like “summer fashion” or even a specific query like “budget retro fashion accessories” and you’ll get hits which can be inspirational and unique.

Pinterest can often have a lot of strange and spammy images, but a nice feature is being able to save images in a digital scrapbook that you can use as a reference whenever you need some ideas. You can also install a browser add-on that allows you to save images from the web to your Pinterest boards, and you can also look at other people’s boards to get some ideas for future outfits as well as keeping up with the latest trends.

Look at fashion sites

Remember all of those fashion magazines that were popular in the past? They’re still around, but they now also have online components that are just as popular and easier to access. Many fashion publications now publish their articles online as well as in their magazines and some articles and features are exclusive to the online version. This means you can get plenty of industry knowledge and fashion information in a professional format from renowned writers and influencers.

Fashion sites can often be filled with advertisements, but it’s still a great way to keep up to date with the latest seasonal trends, celebrity news and also learn new styling tricks that could be interesting to try.

Join a community

Be it a Facebook community or a WhatsApp group, there are plenty of groups you can join to get advice, talk about fashion and generally have a good time while you keep up with the latest trends. WhatsApp groups are a little more private and generally involve meeting up locally to hang out and discuss fashion-related things, but Facebook communities are generally quite open and may even include a spot of fashion trading.

There are usually different fashion communities for different styles, fashion senses and also locations. You’ll even find trading groups for particular brands and items of clothing such as sneakers and jackets.

Browse different online stores

There are a countless number of online stores that offer a huge variety of different clothes and fashionable accessories. Browsing some niche and relatively unknown stores is a bit like exploring boutique market stores that offer very unique and interesting products. Similarly, you could also browse general markets and well-known retailers to find some excellent clothing choices that you can easily order online and have delivered straight to your door.

If you sign up for newsletters of each store you like, there’s a very good chance that you’ll receive discounts and be notified about sales as soon as they’re active. This can be excellent to both keep up with fashion trends and also save money the next time you purchase something online.

Follow influencers on Twitter

Twitter usually isn’t the platform of choice for style lovers, but it’s a surprisingly effective way to connect with influencers and follow trends. Twitter still has for pictures, but the main draw is being able to follow more discussions about fashion such as the latest trends, and also follow stores and influencers to learn about the best fashion deals before anyone else.

Twitter is a convenient and easy way to keep up with fashion trends, but it does require you to follow the right people and use the right hashtags in order to stay in the loop. However, once you’ve gained some experience and know the best influencers to watch, you can very easily stay up to date with the latest in fashion trends.

Hopefully, this article has shown you just how incredibly useful the internet can be at helping you keep up with not just local fashion, but also international styles that could heavily influence your buying decisions in the future. We definitely recommend utilizing all of these methods in order to stay up to date with seasonal trends, fashion comebacks and even avant-garde styles that could become the next big thing.

Nb. Collaborative post.