A French Blogger Tells Us What Her Job Is Really Like
The life of a fashion blogger appears to be a true dream world through the eyes of an onlooker. One day they are in Paris for fashion week, and the next they are relaxing by the crystal clear waters of Bali. We only know this of course by way of social media and each of their carefully curated blogs. As we catch surface-level glimmers of their glamorous lives, it’s only human to find yourself envying their undeniably appealing day-to-day. That envy can quickly (and unfortunately) turn into judgment. I mean, admit it—how many times have you asked yourself, what do bloggers days actually look like?
To put all the speculations, judgment, and genuine curiosity to rest, we talked a little more intimately with Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow, a well-known French fashion blogger, about what her life is really like. Considering the amount of success Camille’s blog has had over the years, her ever-growing presence in the street style scene, and her impressive editorial experience, it came as no surprise to hear that being a world-renown blogger is actually a lot of pressure.
The fact that life is more than what it seems to be on social media should be a no-brainer, but sadly is often forgotten, and Camille reminds us of that, as she openly talks with us about her busy day-to-day, what it feels like to worry about being a “passing trend,” in addition to exciting new projects she is working on outside of her blog. And don’t worry, we didn’t pass up this opportunity to inquire about all things style-related because after all, she is one of the chicest women we know, and we have the pictures and the quotes to prove it.
Scroll down to read our interview with French fashion blogger, Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow, followed by the must-have French-girl items we are loving now.
WHO WHAT WEAR: How did you initially get started in the fashion industry?
CAMILLE CHARRIÈRE: It all started when I moved to London from Paris, where I grew up and graduated from law school. The city really gave me wings (aka the balls to go after my dreams), and after spending exactly a year working at a hedge fund, I quit my job with no real game plan. Using my blog, Camille Over the Rainbow (named so as it was the doorway into my parallel universe) as an interactive CV, I applied for a job on the editorial team at Net-a-Porter, which miraculously I got. The rest is history. As my confidence and love for the fashion industry grew, so did my voice and my blog.
WWW: How would you best describe your job to someone else?
CC: I would call myself first and foremost a blogger (as I spend a lot of time writing in the first person and sharing my own outfits, opinions, and stories, even if that is mainly on Instagram nowadays). But I also do a fair share of writing for various publications, I co-present a podcast (Fashion: No Filter, which is available on iTunes), I do some consulting and some styling. I’m part of the generation of creatives that I want to call “slashers,” who adapt to whatever job needs doing for the day.
I’m part of the generation of creatives that I want to call ‘slashers,’ who adapt to whatever job needs doing for the day.
WWW: Can you walk us through a typical day for you?
CC: That’s the best part of my job. There are no typical days unless you count the fact that—just like everyone else—I seemed to be chained to my emails 24/7. Other than that, it could be anything from shooting a campaign to styling, consulting, worrying about an Instagram caption, planning and scripting our next show, or interviewing guests for it.
WWW: What is one thing about your job no one would expect?
CC: The pressure. I think people underestimate how much most of us who do this as a living worry about being a passing trend and not having any work this time next year (I guess most freelancers worry about this). Just like any job, you have to think ahead, know how to adapt to stay on top of your game, and continue to appeal to your readers, all while being true to yourself (crucial to be happy) and striking a commercial balance (essential to pay the bills). It’s hard.
I think people underestimate how much most of us who do this as a living worry about being a passing trend.
WWW: Tell us more about your podcast—How did that come about?
CC: My journalist friend Monica Ainley and I had been talking about doing something together for a while when we had a eureka moment. To us, this was an untapped medium if you compare it to the the instant-world of Instagram. A podcast is the ideal mix between traditional radio journalism and the viral immediacy of broadcasting online. The idea of removing images and having people use their imagination again was very appealing to us, and we have had to work hard to make sure we try and paint a picture when we are out and about recording. It’s so fun finding a new way to communicate and create content that really allows to go deep into a topic and provide substantial information while keeping a fun tone of voice.
WWW: What is your main source of inspiration when it comes to staying up to date on the fashion industry?
CC: Instagram and Tumblr are great to provide visual inspiration, but I tend to get more excited by people around me. Friends or strangers even in the street tend to inspire me loads. I love spotting new ways of wearing a garment and giving it a go. Styling is key to update your look. At the moment, I love the idea of blazers pulled down on the shoulders (a la Balenciaga), and cardigans worn back to front (as spotted at a dinner party in Copenhagen).
French women also like to look good, but the look is more subtle.
WWW: What would you say is the major difference between American and French-girl style?
CC: I always think American girls are too worried about looking obviously sexy. The funny thing is, French women also like to look good, but the look is more subtle: a red lip, a flash of lace, a perfectly fitted pair of jeans.
WWW: What is your biggest advice for putting together a foolproof outfit?
CC: Remember you have to spend all day in those clothes, so make sure they make you feel happy AF.
WWW: At the moment, are there certain trends/styles you are loving? Hating?
CC: Loving all the velvet, crazy colour-clashing (pink/red; yellow/lilac), vintage-looking polka dots (hello, Jacquemus), and power shoulders. Really not so into the sudden reemergence of crocs (just no!) and the beige bandage dress look, which seems to be everywhere, thanks to the first family of American reality television.
Every French girl has a go-to outfit formula. That’s how you develop your own style.
WWW: Do you have a go-to outfit formula? If so, what is it?
CC: Every French girl has a go-to outfit formula. That’s how you develop your own style. You figure out what shape of jeans you love the most (in my case its Levi’s 501s), and then literally work around them, depending on how comfortable you need to be for the day. Knit and sneaks if you’ll be doing lots of running around, loafers and turtleneck if you have business meetings, and heels teamed with a dangerously unbuttoned blouse if you need to look sexy.
WWW: Is there one article of clothing you absolutely couldn’t live without?
CC: The aforementioned 501 jeans. Useful in any situation life could ever throw at me. Jean-ius.
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