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SheFinds Asks You: Are Fashion Magazines Good Reading or Better As Firewood?

September 17, 2007 by SheFindsTara
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The Debate: Fashion Mags Are Useless

Their View: Time Out New York published an article about fall fashion in which they took a stab at fashionista bible, Vogue, calling it "useless" and "impressively heavy." According to the fed up posse, "New Yorkers looking for actual clothes to wear had to sift through 727 pages of ads, only to find a spread featuring an amazon in an explosion of “dyed fox fur spliced with plaid taffeta” and Sienna Miller wearing what looked like a turkey stitched to her back."

The Rebuttal: Good point, Time Out, but your argument is ridiculous. In case you haven't noticed from years and years of September Vogues, they aren't exactly known for featuring mainstream fashion, let alone anything wearable or affordable. If you want a magazine that appeals to what real women would actually buy, rather than an artistic indulgence in all things lavish and unattainable, read Lucky.

Fashionista raises two questions in response to the article: Are fashion mags useless, and if so, why do we keep reading them? That's simple. Have you ever tried reading SheFinds online while commuting on the subway? There's not exactly any Wi-Fi down there. And how about bringing your laptop to the beach? Sand in my MacBook? I don't think so!

Fashion mags, heavy as they may be, are bright and digestible anywhere you go, which is why they make for perfect entertainment. Sure they're not as up to speed as we are on the Web, but they still have their valor and I wouldn't give them up. Would you?

Your Thoughts: Give us a shout out at SheFinds and tell us what you think. Are fashion mags as useless as they're made out to be or is there still a special place in your heart for a good glossie? We think you'll agree that they're better for reading than burning.

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