Hope Danielle Brennan is the founder and voice of Well Dressed Gentlewoman, a fashion and beauty blog where she shares her secrets on her extraordinary personal style, makeup how-tos, and unique beauty tricks and tips. The 20-year-old Long Island native just recently launched her blog in December 2014 and is already making waves due to the public’s crave for original and creative fashion sense. Besides the blog, she keeps her fans wanting more through Well Dressed Gentlewoman’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. Be sure to check them out!
Lucky for us, Hope took time out from updating Well Dressed Gentlewoman to give us insight on her style and blog inspiration, her future as a fashion blogger, and her personal favorite post so far. Keep reading to find out more!
“I am fearless when it comes to fashion and I want the world to know!”
What initially made you want to start up your blog?
Starting up a blog has always been a dream of mine, I’ve wanted to do it for years but held off due to my irrational fears of being judged or rejected by the public. It came to the point where I had to say to myself, “You’re being ridiculous, no one can stop you from following your dreams but you. Today is the day!” So I created an account on WordPress and the rest was history. Now that I started a blog, I can certainly see myself pursuing it as a career. It’s a very hard industry to break into and make a profit from and I am fully aware of that so although I’m going to work hard to make that happen, I’m also going to make sure that I keep my options open. Besides that, I am fearless when it comes to fashion, I feel very confident in unique outfits that a lot of people wouldn’t dare to wear. I take pride in my style and wanted to put myself out on a social media platform to encourage women to get out of their comfort zone and embrace the beauty in creativity!
Speaking of your personal style, can you describe it to us and its influences/inspiration?
My style is very unpredictable and eclectic, that’t the best way I can describe it. I’m preppy, feminine, and urban all wrapped up into one outfit. I’m not afraid to pair a tulle skirt with a leather vest and some sneakers, but that’s no surprise seeing as though my most influential fashion inspiration is Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City. Aside from Miss Bradshaw, Courtney Kerr and The Br0ke Chick have been my biggest fashion inspirations. The Br0ke Chick has one of the most fun, funky and eclectic styles that I have ever seen and I am absolutely in love with everything she puts together!
You have a ton of followers – congrats on that! How did you get so many people to follow your blog?
Being very active on social media really made the difference for me, as I’m sure it is for all bloggers. Marketing yourself and your work is key! Being very well aware of that, I spend a lot of time promoting my blog through social media outlets such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook so that I can reach a large variety of people. For a while I was just using Twitter and Instagram and although I gained a fair amount of followers that way, the turning point was when I created a Facebook page for my blog. Within one week, I had gained 700 more followers!
Who do you envision as your target reader?
My target reader would be young men and women who embrace the beauty in fun/eclectic fashion and do it on a dime! I make sure to put an extra emphasis on the fact that I’m a frugal shopper and that it never limits me. I’m a firm believer that with a strong sense of personal style and knowing where to shop, you’ll never have to break the piggy bank!
What’s your favorite outfit or makeup style that you’ve posted so far?
“A Very Carrie Bradshaw NYE” has to be my personal favorite fashion post to date. It’s a very feminine outfit, in fact a little more feminine than I’m usually comfortable with! The tulle skirt in that post is currently my favorite item in my closet and I’m excited to play and style it with a little more edge, and introduce it back to my blog showing my readers how versatile pieces like that can be!
Do you follow any fashion blogs, magazines, or websites?
I follow a few select blogs and websites, especially fun and creative ones like The Br0ke Chick. As far fashion magazines, I’ll occasionally pick up a copy of Vogue or Elle but I wouldn’t claim to be an avid reader. If you haven’t gathered already, I don’t typically follow trends simply because I like to do my own thing.
What do you love most about sharing your unique style tips?
Let me put it this way – my friends say, “you know that doesn’t match, right?” and “I hate to say it, but I don’t really like that outfit” more often than they would like to admit. But I love being unique and getting noticed by my outfits, whether it’s good or bad. As many confused reactions as I get, I get even more adoring reactions to my outfits. People admire my bravery and I want to inspire people to be brave as well. So what if heels and socks “shouldn’t” be worn together? Who cares? I think it’s beautiful and I want to encourage other women to wear that if they think it’s beautiful as well. What you come up with may become a trend one day!
Name a fashion rule you never personally break:
I never leave the house without a statement item, ever! Whether it is a statement necklace, a bold headpiece/hat or a bold pair of shoes I always have something on that is eye catching. As I said before, I’m fearless when it comes to fashion and I want the world to know!
What’s the biggest tip you have for anyone who wants to start a fashion blog?
Stay true to yourself. Don’t let the pressure of being “in the public eye” get to you. Don’t go out and spend all your money on new clothes for your blog, and don’t photograph outfits that you don’t feel comfortable in or that you wouldn’t typically wear. Be confident in who you are, your style and what you can afford. Make an extra effort to let your personality shine through in what you write, that’s what people are really attracted to!
Interviewed and written by: Jessica Manno