Today our podcast Fridays with Flea Style features veteran blogger Jane Aldridge. Not only do we admire the Texas native for her serious fashion chops — and love for vintage! — but for her self-taught business skills at the ripe age of 26. From launching her industry-adored blog during high school to a life-changing call from Kayne West, we talk about it all in our hour-long podcast.
Here are a few highlights. For the full conversation listen below or click here!
You’ve been a titan in this industry for over eleven years. How old are you now and how old were you when you started?
I’m 26 now, but I was 15 back then.
That’s crazy! How did you start a blog at 15? Give us some behind the scenes scoop on how it was back in 2007.
Oh man, it was so primitive back then. Literally for my first blog post I would cut pictures out of magazines, paste them on a piece of manilla paper and scan them. That was my blog post. I used to write them by hand… I kinda miss that! Back then I had very minimal skills but I was going to put them to use! I had a crappy little point and shoot camera and we’d take photos in our backyard.
What’s one of your favorite things about working in this industry?
Working with vintage vendors. I have a girl that I’ve shopped vintage with for years and she’ll say “I’ve saved all this crazy stuff for you!” It’s such a tight knit community and everyone knows each other… I love that.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t even know! I really have a lot of everything. I guess the recurring themes are that I like things very voluminous and really colorful and loud. I am not a minimalist.
Have you ever received business advice that really resonated with you or changed your life?
Both of my parents are entrepreneurs so I’ve been given a lot of great advice my whole life. My dad is a lot like me. He’s really good at the things he’s good at and there’s things he just can’t do. I’m like that too. His advice to me was to delegate where I need to and where it would serve me better to have somebody else who is skilled at that do it rather than try to do everything myself. I think all entrepreneurs know what it’s like to be a control freak and want to control every little aspect of your business but you have to know where to give that up.
What would your advice be to young girls wanting to get into blogging?
I don’t think it was that long ago that fashion was very misogynistic and elitist and that’s changing finally. I don’t think there should be anything holding someone back from wanting to get into fashion. There’s room for every different kind of voice. Young people are so capable and have so many skills – they could burst onto the scene whenever they want to and they should do it.
Dream travel destination:
We’ve been traveling a lot lately and my little chihuahua has really bad separation anxiety so I would say Austin right about now.
Number one way you relax:
Wine and my patio if I am being completely honest.
Coffee or tea:
Wake up time:
What are you watching right now?
I’m obsessed with the show Killing Eve. Everybody has to watch it because the fashion is amazing!
Dream dinner guest:
Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent’s muse.
What would your last meal on earth be?