PLEASE NOTE: Rarely Wears Lipstick is no longer updated, as of February 2019.

Hello there! My name is Lori Smith, a writer with a love of fashion in its broadest sense, a passion for intersectional feminist values, and a believer in the power of diversity. Unless stated otherwise, all text and images on Rarely Wears Lipstick are ©LHSmith. Please ask before publishing any content from this site elsewhere. N.B. Linking within posts does not imply endorsement of a product or service, the content of an article, or the website in question. The Rarely Wears Lipstick privacy policy is available here.

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 covered fashion (in particular, sustainable fashion and underwear), feminism, LGBTQ issues and reviews of clothing, books, restaurants, exhibitions and performance. I stopped updating the site in February 2019.

Many people helped to make this site what it is, 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 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.