17th October 17

I’ve always loved magazines. When I was a kid, they were the first things which ever sparked my love for journalism and for the written word, and made me realise what I wanted to do with my life. As an eight year old, reading Sugar and Shout, I’d always picture myself as one of the cool writers or editors, who got to meet and interview Zac Efron and talk about clothes for a living. Of course, now things have changed a little bit. The news which I read is a little different, the print industry which I grew up loving has started to lose its battle agains the internet and is dwindling, and my love for writing isn’t solely fuelled by a need to meet Zac Efron anymore (sorry, Zac).


All of this being said, my love for the form of print is still there. It’s been through a transition from tween magazines, to editorial issues like Vogue and Vanity Fair. The print magazine industry has a lot of tough competition. Most of what we can spend money on and read in the pages of a glossy fashion mag, can be found online, cheaper and more accessible. So where does that leave the print industry? For me, the sub-genre which is still really thriving is independent magazines. The ones which aren’t just plastered with celebrity gossip which can be found on any website, but contain something a little more special.


I have a huge soft spot for independent magazines and it’s a market which I’d love to see continuing to thrive in years to come, so I thought I’d share a few of my faves.




Frankie was one of the first independent magazines I ever bought. It’s an Australian fashion magazine with a slight twist from the usual mags you may have picked up from the shelf in your local corner shop previously. Complete with gorgeous illustrated covers and pretty layouts inside to match, Frankie may be the most aesthetically pleasing magazine ever. But not only that, it’s content is pretty fab too. It often features photos, crafts and interviews from different creatives. It’s a really great read for any artistic individuals who want to feel inspired by other peoples work.


The Gentlewoman.


The Gentlewoman has become a recent favourite of mine. It describes itself as a fabulous magazine for modern women of style and purpose. This, plus the covers which often feature portraits of really kick-ass women, basically had me sold. The Gentlewoman celebrates women from all backgrounds, and helps to share stories of diverse ladies who are doing well across all sectors. It showcases inspirational women and offers a really great change from seeing women in the negative light which many tabloids often share.




Dazed is a fashion, film and art magazine which does what other mainstream magazines are doing, but with a creative and artistic twist. I especially love Dazed because it focuses on literally anything, from politics and race to fashion and history. It offers a really eclectic mix of articles and think pieces from some fantastic writers, and so ends up being an interesting read each time you pick up a new issue. My favourite thing about Dazed is that it’s not afraid to cover the types of topics which other print mags in it’s sub-genre may shy away from.


Little White Lies.


Little White Lies is one of my favourite independent magazines. It’s pretty small and compact compared to some of the others, which I love as it makes perfect train reading. It also always has really gorgeous illustrated covers and pretty artwork inside to match. Little White Lies is an independent magazine which focuses on film. One of the main reasons I love it is that it always gives me dozens of really fantastic film recommendations which I probably wouldn’t have heard of from standard cinema trailers. It offers a platform to directors, actors and filmmakers who are all a little different.




Love magazine first caught my eye from its gorgeous, minimalist covers and muted colour scheme. It’s a fashion magazine with a difference and the photography ranges from editorial to artistic. Love magazine often focuses on alternative styles and fashion, and offers a really diverse look into the fashion industry. One of the reasons that I love it so much is that it offers editorial, but for all audiences and not for just one type of woman.


Oh Comely.


I know I keep saying that each magazine on this list is my favourite, by Oh Comely really has my heart. It’s the one independent magazine which I do make sure that I collect every single issue of. Oh Comely is an artistic magazine which has a different theme each issue. Readers and writers can then submit pieces based on that theme, so the entire volume becomes a tribute to one little aspect of life which we may all look over day to day. The creativity, photos, illustrations and stories which come with these themes always blows me away and keeps me feeling inspired.




Kinfolk is a really gorgeous, minimalistic magazine with a muted colour palette and fantastically simplistic photography to match. It focuses on home, work, style and culture. It describes itself as a magazine for ‘creative professionals’ and shares stories of individuals working hard in their sectors all across the world. It’s a really inspiring read for any creatives who want to learn from other people with the same mindset as them. My favourite thing about kinfolk is its focus on simplicity and the act of finding pleasure from life’s little things, be they in the home or out in the world.


Lunch Lady.

Lunch Lady will probably be the first magazine which you spot on the shelves in an independent magazine store. Its cover is always noisy, vibrant and full of colour. The layout of its covers is always so gorgeous to me, and really striking – and the inside pages are just as interestingly laid out. Lunch Lady is a magazine about food and family, and the line where these two aspects of life meet. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, this is a really happy and homely magazine to pick up and flick through and it shares some really great tips on family life and healthy living.