Hello there! My name is Lorraine Smith, but my friends and most of the internet know me as Lori. I’m a blogger and researcher with a love of fashion in its broadest sense, a passion for intersectional feminist values, and a believer in the power of diversity.
I work full-time at London College of Fashion – part of the University of the Arts London – but the views expressed here are my own, not those of my employer. However, there is often a crossover as I am an ardent supporter of the Head of College’s Better Lives initiative and am constantly amazed by the wonderful work of LCF’s talented students and staff.
Since 2012, I have been doing academic research into fashion and textiles (alongside my job, and maintaining this blog!). You can find out more about that on my research page.
Contact, Copyright & Privacy Information
You can contact me via Linked In, Twitter, or email (N.B. If you are a journalism student, it is highly recommended that you read Petra Boynton’s tips before getting in touch). Please bear in mind that I work full-time and this blog is a personal site written in my spare time so I am unable to provide a swift response to all enquiries.
History of Rarely Wears Lipstick
I’ve been writing online since 2002, but this blog began back in March 2003 as a somewhat unstructured collection of personal thoughts on a vanity domain (lori-smith.co.uk). Back then, my blog posts were rather like long form versions of my tweets but a few years writing for online women’s magazine BitchBuzz helped to hone my writing skills and also created a desire to change my blog’s format. The new name came about because I am known online as lipsticklori but in real life I rarely wear lipstick.
The current magazine-style reincarnation sprung into life in 2009 as a forum to discuss fashion, feminism, sex/relationships and creativity. I celebrated a decade of blogging in 2013 with the Rarely Wears Lipstick Awards which provided an excuse to celebrate the talents of some rather wonderful people and to gather together many of the fabulous folk I’ve met in the course of my online writing career. In 2016, I permanently dropped the sex/relationships category and the site now covers fashion (in particular, sustainable fashion and underwear), feminism, LGBTQ issues and reviews of clothing, books, restaurants, exhibitions and performance.
Many people help to make this site what it is today, but the following deserve a special mention. The WordPress wizardry that gave Rarely Wears Lipstick its new look was undertaken by Amanda Runs Things. The logo was designed by Michelle Allen Davey. The illustration of me (above) that is used on my social media accounts was created by Stuart Taylor. The photograph of me in the sidebar is from a larger image made by Geoff Fenney.
Guest Bloggers and Sponsored Posts
In previous years, Rarely Wears Lipstick has featured columnists and additional writers who have written one-off guest posts on a variety of topics. Ideas for guest posts and approaches regarding sponsored posts are not currently invited, but do keep an eye on this page as the policy may change in the future. Please note that I do not commission guest posts from writers solely seeking to publicise a product or service for profit and, as this site is a labour of love, I cannot offer payment for guest posts.
There are currently no sponsored posts on Rarely Wears Lipstick and I would only be open to this from brands that would be a good fit for my site. Before emailing to request a sponsored post, please first take some time to familiarise yourself with my content.