Seconds The Infinity Dial, there are more than 2 million podcasts and more than 177 million Americans have tuned in at one point or another. The space is full of shows covering everything from unsolved murders to football to dating advice, and more are added every day. It’s never been easier to find your niche, but that same abundance can also make it hard to find quality in all the static. For those who consider themselves fashion and beauty fans, the best podcasts have found their legitimacy through their intimate knowledge of the industry while providing perspective and entertainment in a way that keeps listeners coming back.
While it may seem counterintuitive to tackle tactile and visual topics like fashion and beauty through a podcast, there’s a lot to explore just through conversation. “I love that podcasting doesn’t have images,” says Avery Trufelman, host of the fashion podcast Articles of Interest. “I think it’s easier to talk about fashion, because sometimes fashion can seem so alienating and unpleasant, or someone might think they don’t want to learn about clothes just because they don’t like how clothes look. And that makes sense: fashion is very personal. When you remove the visuals, you can just focus on the meat of the story.”
Ahead, fifteen must-have podcasts covering both fashion and beauty. Be sure to fill your queue for easy and insightful listening during the long holiday journey.
For the third season of Items of Interest, host Avery Trufelman delves into Preppy fashion, tracing its history from the Ivy League to Japan and beyond. The show, which began as part of the 99% Invisible design podcast, delves into what you wear and the hidden history you may never have known. In the past, the show has explored a wide range of topics, from knock-offs to wedding dresses. “I was going to do Season 3 like I normally do, with each episode about a different theme,” says Trufelman. “Preppy was going to be just one theme. But as soon as I put my toe in, I realized that this was too interesting and complex for just a 20-minute story.
Obsessed with all things skincare or deep product dives? Then you’ll want to make sure you’re listening to Naked Beauty, which Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli started in 2016. The award-winning podcast explores everything from the rise of male celebrity beauty lines to motherhood to the creation of ‘a skin care calendar. She touches on doctors, celebrities, and friends, and you’ll feel like you’re sitting in on the conversation with DeVard Ozaydinli’s intimate style.
Beauty journalists Sarah Tan and Kirbie Johnson explore the intersection of beauty and entertainment in this playful podcast that has amassed a guest list that includes Hailey Bieber and Scarlett Johansson. “Sara and I really love each other and I think it comes across easily through our convos,” says Johnson. “We also balance each other out: she’s very diplomatic, I can go off on passionate tangents … but we’re both nuanced, too.” Listen if you’re always looking for the latest IT ingredients and want to know the biggest trends in the beauty industry.
Described by Trufelman as “canonical”, this podcast delves into the history of fashion, touching on topics ranging from an investigation into the messages behind Lady Diana’s style to the design of the outfits worn by athletes olympics For those who want to learn more about the many facets of fashion and its long history, there will be plenty to learn by tuning in.
Designer Recho Omondi is the host of The Cutting Room Floor, a podcast that has become a favorite among fashion insiders and those who want to know more about the current state of the industry. Omondi interviews a wide variety of guests who mix the next era of up-and-coming talent with longtime powerhouses (including elusive designer Peter Do and Mickey Drexler). Her thoughtful questions spark conversations that offer a candid look at what’s happening in fashion now, from those who helped shape it.
Another Trufelman favorite, Blamo! is a podcast that delves into the personalities who make their mark on modern fashion, including athletes, designers and musicians. The diverse cast of characters presents a broad vision of how fashion can be an integral part of life and a source of creativity. If your interests run beyond traditional women’s fashion, you’ll find inspiration in deep dives with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig or writer Naomi Fry.
If you’ve been following the rise of Into The Gloss and Glossier, you’ll want to subscribe to this podcast hosted by alumni Annie Kreighbaum and Nick Axelrod-Welk. The duo take on a mix of modern beauty topics, giving their take on the latest news and reviewing the products they love. Get ready to find your new favorite cult beauty products when you hear it.
Want to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes the fashion industry tick? The Business Of Fashion’s weekly podcast not only features the names that make up the modern fashion industry, but also tackles practical issues like how a legacy brand chooses its next creative director. Informative topics are a must for anyone who wants to expand their scope of knowledge.
Moda Operandi Beauty Director Jessica Matlin and reporter Jennifer Sullivan have turned their breadth of knowledge and industry connections into an informative and entertaining podcast about all things beauty. The twice-weekly show delves into industry trends and the latest products, and also features interviews with celebrities and industry experts. While her insightful interpretations will keep you informed on all things beauty, it’s her playful banter that will keep you tuning in.
You know Net-a-Porter for its wide selection of designer goods, but the retailer also has a podcast that touches on fashion and creativity from fashion director Kay Barron and content director Alice Casely-Hayford. In its five seasons, the podcast has featured women from different disciplines who have forged their own unique paths, including designer Supriya Lele, actor Keke Palmer, and model Quannah Chasinghorse. Tune in for a big dose of inspiration.
“If you want chaotic good, Fool Coverage with Manny MUA and Laura Lee is a lot of fun,” says Johnson. Hosts Manny MUA and Laura Lee bring exuberant energy to this playful podcast that covers the beauty industry from an influencer perspective. If you want to laugh while you listen, this is the podcast for you.
Claire Press, Vogue Australia’s former sustainability editor, hosts this podcast focused on education and sustainable fashion. As one of the most pressing topics in the industry, there is a long way to go. Whether fair trade, circularity or natural dyes are your area of interest, you will discover new ideas here.
Marianna Hewitt, an influencer and founder of skincare brand Summer Fridays, hosts this podcast that uses her friends and business network to discuss style, beauty and life advice. “We personally love Marianna Hewitt and what she’s doing with Life With Marianna,” says Johnson. “It’s such an easy listen.”
Set up notifications for the latest Aime Leon Doré? Are you a collector of Supreme collaborations? Then Throwing Fits is the podcast for you. This menswear-focused show covers the latest news and hottest releases, ensuring you’re always up to date.
Looking for a dose of humor with your fashion news? Pop fashion is a favorite Women’s fashion tips Subreddit for its fun and accessible coverage of the latest industry news. His examinations of infamous fashion crimes and designer dramas are equally appreciated.
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