How to Choose a Women's Magazine
Magazines make great reading material for long plane rides, poolside days, and any day when you're not in the mood for an entire book. But if you're one of the many women who've faced a newsstand full of magazines and wondered which one could possibly fit your interests, read this article to choose an enjoyable read for you.
Decide whether you prefer heavier photography or more articles.Some popular women's magazines, such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and W, are devoted primarily or exclusively to covering developments in couture fashion and often feature many photograph spreads. Others, such as Marie Claire, More, or O Oprah Magazine, tend to favor longer articles and more text.
Consider your age, lifestyle, and interests.Most women's lifestyle/general interest magazines orient themselves to a particular demographic of female reader. For example, More, O Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal are typically geared towards women over 40. Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour and Cosmopolitan are marketed towards younger women in their 20's and 30's, while Nylon targets a younger, more "alternative" minded woman. Other magazines have a narrower focus than lifestyle magazines. Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and W emphasize couture fashion, Allure focuses on hairstyles and beauty, Self and Shape on health and fitness, and InStyle, Lucky, and People StyleWatch on a more mass-market, "shoppy" type of fashion.
If you have time, page through magazines that interest you.If a cover headline or image attracts your attention, flip through the magazine to see if it looks like something you'll enjoy.
Subscribe to magazines you consistently enjoy.A so-so magazine is okay when you're spending .99 for something to read on a flight or take to the beach, but don't spend the money to subscribe to magazines unless you genuinely enjoy that particular publication.
- If you have time, quickly browse the websites of magazines that interest you to get a feel for the types of articles the printed editions will have.
- Ask your friends and relatives for recommendations. You may find you'll like the same magazines.
- Don't assume you "have" to read a certain magazine. If you're a 20-year-old woman who loves Good Housekeeping or a 60-year-old woman who never misses a Glamour, so what? Don't think your age or "profile" automatically needs to dictate your magazine choice.
- Be aware that some women's magazines, mainly Cosmopolitan, often contain fairly explicit sexually-oriented material. Use your discretion.
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