While it may seem like magazines are all alike (interviews, opinion pieces, advertisements, etc.), the quality of the advice and the writers’ experience makes a huge difference in the quality. In addition to that, you actually need to like the clothing and accessories you are reading about.
Here are a few other tips that will help you choose the magazine:
Age and Lifestyle Appropriate. We doubt a 40-year-old woman will find much useful info in Seventeen magazine, so that that age might be a factor in the decision-making process.
Of course, you also want one that appeals to your interests, and a magazine subscription is only useful to you if it flows with your lifestyle and interests.
Amount of Photos vs. Amount of Text. Some magazines dedicate more surface area to photos and go light on the text. Others do the opposite.
Decide which is more useful to you: written suggestions, visual suggestions, or a healthy mix of both.
Find out How Many Issues They Print Annually. Are four issues enough to give you your fashion fix, or would you prefer to get one every month?
We know that many of you will choose a magazine regardless, but it’s something to consider. If the one you like is seasonal and you can’t stand the wait, think about getting a second subscription to a monthly fashion magazine.
One other thing to remember is that some magazines offer a bit more sexually-oriented content than others (Cosmopolitan). Some of you may love the advice, and others may not be interesting or comfortable reading magazines with this material, so consider this as you compare and contrast.
It turns out that all of the magazines on our list are aimed at female audiences, which made us realize that some female readers, maybe teens.
Young girls can head to the local drugstore and pick up the latest issue of any magazine they like, but you’ll have more of an opportunity to monitor the content they are reading when it comes to getting a subscription.
Since these are delicate years for every young girl, finding the right magazine for them can be difficult.
Seventeen. If they’re interested in beauty, fashion, hair, pop culture, and celebrities, this is a great magazine for girls in their late teens to early ’20s.
StyleWatch. StyleWatch is a good alternative for older teens and young women.
It’s great because there is nobody shaming involved in their publication. They want to present their readers with the idea that a person’s size, shape, and economic status don’t matter because fashion can be fun (and affordable) to everyone. A very positive message to send young girls who are still trying to find themselves out there in the modern world!
Try to avoid anything that will cause your young teens to start the “body-shaming.” Give them an issue of Vogue and teach them who Audrey Hepburn was, instead!
Harper’s Bazaar is a place for women who want to stay up-to-date on the latest high-profile designers and high-quality fashion advice.
They’ve been publishing articles since 1867 and are still regarded as one of the best fashion magazines in the modern world. In addition to fashion tips, you’ll also find some great food and fitness tips. We like how they remind us how style and fashion have evolved from decade to decade and keep us updated on all of the modern trends.
They print monthly issues, which is great for those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on the latest fashion trends.
If you’re looking for something that dedicates plenty of space to fashion but incorporates a mixture of other useful info, then InStyle is definitely something we’d suggest for you.
You’ll feast your eyes on loads of tips about the home, beauty, hairstyles, and celebrities, although we must say that they do cover the celebrities heavily. They are incorporated into most of the magazines, which is fine for some but overkill for others.
This is a good magazine for those who love to follow the latest celebrity trends without all of the tabloid gossips.
A subscription here gives you 13 issues in a year.
Teens and girls in their early 20’s will most likely find something that appeals to them in Seventeen magazine.
This hits on everything from celebs and fashion to beauty tips and going to prom. There are also plenty of articles that discuss current events and real-life situations that young girls face today.
Some of you parents out there might want to think twice before giving the magazine to younger teen girls. Skim it to make sure that you approve of the advice and articles they’ll be exposed to, and if you give it the green light, be prepared for more makeup sessions in the bathroom and shopping trips to the mall!