If you've stuck with a fashion blog for long enough, it's always a fun trip down e-memory lane to visit its humble beginnings. And if you just got hooked on fashion's web-crack recently, a click through the archives is an awesome (and sometimes hilarious) way to get an idea of how your favorite blogger got started. Because, style is always evolving, even for the hottest fashion-things out there. Click through for then-and-now pics of fashion's It-Bloggers, as well as a sneak peek at Refinery29, 1.0!
Style Rookie www.thestylerookie.com
Start Date: March 31, 2008
The pocket-sized blogger was even tinier when she started out at the ripe age of 11. Since then, Tavi has traveled into the world far beyond her suburban hometown outside Chicago, and her fashion sense, writing, and even her hair have stirred the fashion pot. Style Rookie? In a couple years—months even, at the rate she's growing—she might not be able to use the novice moniker anymore!
Sea of Shoes www.seaofshoes.com
Start Date: April 2007
The blog started off as a mother-daughter project filled with collages and enough shoe-shots to last a foot fetishist a lifetime. The blog slowly transformed into Jane's own personal site where we saw her tastes mature, develop, and get a whole lot less boho (thank God).
Bryan Boy http://www.bryanboy.com/
Start Date: November 30, 2007
The flamboyant Filipino is like the granddaddy of fashion bloggers, and according to his photos from a whole three years ago, you can see that while his love for fashion hasn't changed much, his tastes have grown from embroidered hoodies and pique polos to avant garde creations by some of the industry's edgiest designers.
Fashion Toast www.fashiontoast.com
Start Date: November 3, 2007
Knee socks, sweet dresses, and that signature dark eye makeup have been around since the beginning. But Rumi's move from NorCal to SoCal toughened up her act, sexed up her duds, and launched Fashion Toast to mega fame. Who remembers those fringed boots?!
The Sartorialist www.thesartorialist.com
Start Date: September 27, 2005
It was all distinguished men in sharp suits in the beginning, but while Scott has expanded his repertoire, his agenda still hasn't changed much: To capture the extraordinary style that defines street fashion, season to season (with a few consistencies, of course).
Style Bubble www.stylebubble.typepad.com
Start Date: March 8, 2006
Susie's eccentric style has been with her since the beginning, and—unsurprisingly—it's only gotten crazier since. Thrift store-fueled concoctions slowly found their mix infiltrated by special designer pieces, and before you knew it, Susie moved the digital camera away from her face, got a lens man, and became the blogging legend that she is today!
Start Date: July 10, 2005
Wook at how widdle we were! Back in the day, we were a collection of shops, with a smattering of stories, and one really weird logo. Fast forward a few redesigns, a handful of staffers, and five years of practice, and we think we've moved up a few notches! Check the Way Back Machine for more iterations of R29, and watch our progress from the fast lane!