Would You Take Fashion Advice From Strangers?

Gone are the days of asking for fashion advice from friends or relatives. With the increase of social media and voyeuristic websites, women and men all over are turning to people they don’t even know to critique wardrobe choices and style looks for the day on new sites like Go Try It On and Fashism which have exploded in the last year. Each has the same basic function: upload an image of yourself in the outfit you want to wear and wait for the comments to roll in. Thanks to the speed of the internet, and the volume of users, you’ll have an answer in a matter of minutes — whether it’s good or bad. While friends might feel the need to sugar coat your decision so as not to hurt your feelings, a total stranger will likely give you a true assessment. What’s most interesting, however, is that users come to the site not only to receive advice, but also to dish it out. In today’s world, where everyone can be a style blogger, these sites are now making it possible for anyone to be a stylist or fashion editor as well. Are these sites you use or would use? Would you want to get and give style criticism to/from strangers? [NY Times]

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