We all know that typography is a huge part of design.
And when we’re working on our blog designs, we want something that speaks to our audience and draws their attention too.
Font trends come and go and that’s ok because it’s smart to keep our blog designs updated and fresh about every two to three years anyway. So if it’s about time for a redesign of your own, here are some great fonts you should consider for your new style guide!
Before you decide to download a bunch of individual fonts here though, you might want to consider getting the latest DesignCuts font bundle* which includes ## fonts, many of which fall under most of the categories below.
While the Design Cuts font bundle I mention in this post has expired, I have switched the links for those fonts to their individual purchase pages. You should still check out Design Cuts’ latest bundle* for a real steal!
Note: I should let you know that some links in this post (denoted by a *) are affiliate links which means that at no cost to you, I’ll receive a small commission if you purchase after clicking one. You can read my full disclosure here and I appreciate your support!
My Body Copy Font Suggestions
If you’ve read my Beginner’s Guide to Font Pairing, you’ll want to select a good serif or sans serif for your body copy and probably your headlines too, so let’s start with these.
Rounded Sans Serifs
Sans serif fonts are always a good choice for blog body copy because they’re easy on the eye and have a clean, modern feel. Sans serif fonts don’t have the little extenders or “feet” that stick off the ends of serif fonts.
A popular trend in sans serifs is those hairline-thin, or light weight, fonts, but I really like the nice friendly rounded ones for feminine designs. Here are some good choices:
Open Sans from Google Fonts
Source Sans Pro from Google Fonts
Raleway from Google Fonts
Geometric Sans Serif Fonts in All Caps
Geometric and Grotesque fonts work great for headlines because they draw attention. Their uniform shapes and proportions make for great headlines that stand out. I’ve been seeing these type of fonts a lot on large hero images, landing pages, page titles, and more.
Here are a few good suggestions to start with:
Related: The Epic Behind-the-Scenes Details of the DYOB Redesign: Day 3 Font Palettes
For a more classy look, you can’t go wrong with a good slanted (i.e. italic) serif font paired with a bold sans serif. There have been some really great classic serifs that have been around forever but that I see in use a lot lately that I’d love to point out:
Didone fonts whose letters have high contrasts between stroke thicknesses are very popular in Fashion blogs and magazines because of their sophisticated appearance. A few of my faves:
For a classic feel with a slightly modern edge, go with a slab serif. Like serifs, slab serifs have extenders but with thick, square-ending strokes.
Here are some of my notable favorites:
My Display or Accent Font Suggestions
Now that you have your body copy font selected, it’s time to select an accent font if you wish. Accent fonts are entirely optional, but they do help to give your blog’s design a unique and more friendly and/or feminine feel.
I see people using display fonts for their headlines, but I think it’s too much. These are meant to be used as an accent so use them sparingly. Take a look at how I’ve used my script accent font, VeryBerry,* around this blog.
Here are the latest trends in accent fonts:
Watercolor Brush Scripts
We all know watercolor has been a popular trend for a while now in feminine design and I don’t see it going away any time soon. It’s just too timeless and beautiful. Everyday I see new watercolor brush fonts crop up, each one more gorgeous than the last! Feast your eyes on some of these:
Related: 20 Sexy Fat Brush Scripta Fonts for Your Vintage Designs
Hand-Drawn + Hand-Brushed Scripts
The hand-lettered look is quintessentially feminine and also adds some character to your designs.
You could just get the The Handlettered Fontbox from Nicky Laatz and get 24 hand-lettered fonts plus 180 vector illustrations and 12 premade logo templates to make it easy. Lucky for you, this Fontbox plus 28 other fonts is available in the latest DesignCuts font bundle.* Yeah!
The DesignCuts font bundle* also includes these fab hand-lettered fonts:
Or if you only want one font, choose from one of the following:
La Belle Aurore
Related: 9 Lovely Hand-Lettered Calligraphy Fonts for Feminine Designs
Curvy Calligraphy Scripts
Calligraphy script fonts are slightly more polished as they don’t have the hand-drawn look. Neither is better, it’s all in what you prefer to say to your audience! Fonts have personality and you want to choose fonts that match the personality of your blog and business.
Related: 20 Beautiful Handwritten Script Fonts
Hipster / Grunge Retro Fonts
Hipster or Grunge fonts have a tendency to be a little more masculine, but not these! These examples give a rustic, homegrown, hand-made feel to your designs. Most include script versions and if you use them with feminine colors, you’ve got a great combination!
Just check out these fab examples:
9 Feminine Font Trends for Bloggers in 2016
There you have it ladies! This is what’s happening in feminine design today. If your blog design has been feeling a little lacking, shake things up by trying out some new feminine font combinations.
And remember you can get a lot of the professional fonts from today’s list for a mere $29 in the DesignCuts bundle which ends this Monday!* If you wanted to buy a lot of these fonts on their own, you’d be looking at upwards of $1000, so no brainer right?
Anyways, this bundle ends on Monday night, August 22nd, so you don’t have much time! Ok, go on now and check them out* and let me know which fonts you end up with!
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Hi Marianne! Good to have you back! I really needed a font roundup as I’m kicking off a new website soon, getting by branding kit together, this was so helpful! How’s Costa Rica? So jealous! Just came back from our honeymoon in Crete and I’m missing the sun + sea + weather! Could totally live somewhere sunny all year round, fingers crossed my third approach to blog biz is the charm & we’ll be on our merry way to our own Costa Rica 🙂
I have faith that you will make it happen Vivian! As long as you have a vision and a plan!
Thanks for the sweet welcome back! It feels good to be back and so glad this post came just in time. I’ve been meaning to do one for a while now, hope you find something good!
It has been my understanding (please tell me if I’m wrong) that any of these purchased fonts will only show to readers that also have the font on his/her computer? I’ve tried to stay away from anything that is not a google font except for my logo. Can you clarify for me? Much thanks!!!
Hi Shelly, great question! Yes, for the most part that is true. Except that you can now upload fonts to your blog’s server and then link to those files so that anyone can view them, because when they visit your site, it would pull the file down from your server much like it does with an image file.
I have a post on how to use fonts that are not system fonts nor google fonts here, check it out! http://designyourownblog.com/how-to-use-cool-fonts-on-your-blog-or-website/
Awesome information- thank you for being one of my gurus:)
Aww Shelly, thank you, you are too sweet! 🙂
Thanks for such amazing information, just what I was looking for.
Hey some really great fonts and ideas. Found what i was looking for. Thanks
Awesome J, what did you go with?
Love this post!