Once again the 80s and 90s have proven to be THE source of inspiration when it comes to fashion. Lately, fishnet tights or stockings are all over my instagram feed and even the cutest girls out there are getting a badass image makeover. It's true though, fishnet tights come with a trashy vibe and I personally like them to be styled sophisticated. While most of influencers let them peek out from under the holes of their ripped jeans or show a few inches of fishnet above their pants' waistband (why though?) I decided to let them speak for themselves yet without giving them too much attention. Turns out my look is quite effortless, still playing with the current trend without being too ostentatious. The tights were a gift from my mom and I love that the net is not that big. There is still fabric in between which makes it a whole lot easier to put them on without tearing them apart.
Interning for the past seven months at different companies had me think a lot about my future career as well as how I dress. Finding your own style is definitely not over when you're 23 and it's as hard as finding the right job. But it's okay to try out different things. Media influences us a lot and all those Fashion Blogs and Instagram accounts make it even harder to not compare yourself to others and distinguish your own personal style.
At fashion school in Austria I thought a lot about the way I dress and what my choice of clothes say about me. Most of us felt that way, I guess. At uni in Vienna though, when I started this blog, no one really cared anymore and I might have been a little bit overdressed for my literature lectures, but I wanted to look chic while thinking about what Jacques Derrida or Jean-Paul Sartre said, at uni and on my blog of course.
The era of not actually wearing the outfits I posted on my blog came later. It started off with just changing shoes to appear taller and eventually led to taking up to three different looks with me and change in parking slots or on public toilets, which might sound pathetic but most bloggers do that. Question is, do I really want to be a plain blogger?
Isn't it crazy, that blogging became a stressful job where you plan your outfits in advance, scout a location and then pack your things on a Sunday morning at 7 am to not miss out on that perfect light while taking pictures? That is what stylists and fashion editors do and they definitely did not look chic all the time as they were behind the camera anyway.
While I organized a photoshoot for my application for AMD Berlin three years ago, a friend told me to always dress casual when taking photos/working on photoshoots. He meant wearing sweatpants and sneakers. For the past few months, I basically lived in my Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, a black pair of pants and a sweater or blouse. I fell into my bed after a 12-hour work day, did not bother to wash my hair and would not 'waste' a minute on thinking about what to wear tomorrow.
So I dressed all casual while driving around Berlin in Marina Hoermanseder's car, carrying garment bags full of clothes from one PR agency to another or helping photographers place props right and steam 300 items within two days. I know it's been said many times, but Fashion is not always about looking glamorous but about hard work and therefore my latest outfits have not been all dolled up or incredibly inspiring, but just plain outfits of the day, simply because I have been working and thinking more about the outcome of my work, rather than my clothes.
But here's one from about a month ago, when I had a content photo shoot with my friend Sarah. I wore all black everything with my completely worn out adidas, a statement jacket made by myself and big sunglasses to hide the fact that I am not wearing makeup, and of course, to hide from the world because this is just another simple outfit.
I recently read this really interesting article from one of my friends who's living in London at the moment. Bella, who is also studying Journalism and has been blogging for years now, is struggling with either being a journalist or a blogger. The question is, can there be a mix of both?
|photos by Sarah Fitzbauer|
For my latest collection, I made sweatpants out of my all-time favorite fabric: bouclé.
Though it goes without saying, that I am a big fan of the Chanel bouclé styles as well, I think the first time I saw this textile was when the Olsen twins launched a small collection in the early 2000s, when they sold rosé colored bouclé two-pieces, similar to the ones Chanel does.
For those of you who are not familiar with the fabric: bouclé is a type of yarn or fabric that has a loopy appearance. You can mix a lot of colors as the fabric is made from the combination of at least two strands of yarn and one of them is loose.
When talking about bouclé, one is immediately reminded of Coco Chanel’s jacket, which some people might say is antiquated but I personally enjoy it. Nevertheless, the brand is associated with the fabric and vice versa. When Karl Lagerfeld took over Chanel he promised to be modern and he really managed to interpret this old-school but iconic fabric into something new and innovative. With every collection, there was something new made out of bouclé, like the hats with the veil, (one of my personal favorites) or sneakers and bags as an accessory to the all-over bouclé look.
Although Karl Lagerfeld once said "sweatpants are a sign of a defeat", I am pretty sure he changed his mind, seeing as bouclé sweats made their runway-debut at Chanel three years ago. Transforming such an iconic fabric into a garment found in literally everyone’s closet is simply ingenious.
I paired my pants super casual with a silk blouse, loafers and a cardigan; the perfect outfit for a Sunday walk and banana bread and coffee in your neighborhood.
|photos by Sarah Fitzbauer|