Now hear me out, friends: Lady magazines are notorious for pushing overpriced clothing, weight-loss tips, and demeaning sexual advice. And while Bazaar generally skips that third category, it hits the first two in nearly every issue. Nevertheless, I find the actual fashion- and style-related bits fascinating and valuable. Here’s why:
- Bazaar boils down the season’s runway trends into digestible chunks.
- Loads of photos with helpful descriptors make it easy to create your own versions of high-fashion looks.
- Everything is SO outrageously expensive, that I never even feel a twinge. Other mags that mix high and low can lure me in with the occasional bargain piece, but Bazaar is pure inspiration.
- They manage to showcase trends without being irritating about it, and typically offer several takes on each hot item or look.
- I find the writing, layout, and overall feel of the magazine less snotty and intimidating than Vogue. Even though much of the same ground is covered.
- There is some truly entertaining, compelling, and thought-provoking writing in there.
- Even looking at the preposterous “Buy, keep, store” and “In/Out” features that seek to manipulate me as a consumer, I feel less condescended to somehow. Writers and designers are genuinely thrilled about their subject matter, yet refrain from beating the reader over the head with overly-enthusiastic adjectives. (I’m looking at you, Lucky.)
- I get more amazing ideas for color pairings from Bazaar than anywhere else. For really.
Are you a fan of Harper’s Bazaar? If not, do you prefer a different high-style mag? Avoid fashion rags altogether?