Outfit: Jeans and Pearls

I bought this jeans-shirt last year at Spitalfield Market last year. It’s a jeans-shirt on the front with a fine knit white panel at the back, but it’s not easy to wear. The easiest option is probably to wear it with fake leather leggings and ballerina flats, or here with trousers-that-look -like-jogging-pants. I’ve accessorised it with a long pearl necklace, which works surprisingly well.

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Outfit: Rainy Days

Last Thursday it rained non-stop in London, which was – despite the stereotype- unusual for the period of good weather lately. So, what to wear?IMG_4857These leggings from Relax Garden, a small boutique in Shoreditch, are just amazing. They are slightly thicker than normal leggings and keep you warm. They also make an outfit instantly look better. If the sky is grey, I like to wear something colourful like this red shirt-dress and that’s also why I bought this red umbrella (from Mango).

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Outfit: off-white shirt with statement necklance

IMG_4746Those who have been following this blog on and off know that I like thinking of my wardrobe in terms of price-per-wear. As a student with a tight budget and a small closet it’s  a priority to invest into versatile pieces that you can wear on many occasions. This is why, pieces with a low price per wear are perfect. It means if I’s spent £25 on this top and worn it 25 times. It’s just £1 per wear.  This top from H&M probably has an even lower price per wear.  You can easily wear it in a professional context with smart trousers or as a more casual outfit with jeans on the weekend. Accessories make this Outfit interesting.

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Outfits that Carrie Bradshaw would like too

No series to this day, has managed to be as fashion-forward as Sex and the City.  Even, long after the last series, I found myself, picking up a piece of clothing, thinking if Carrie would wear it. Time has moved on and my style has (sadly?) become down to earth and “grown-up” – and more black and grey. One of my friend recently even pointed out that I’ve become much “more elegant and far less crazy”. Gone are the days, when I spent hours going through mountains of vintage clothing and at designer markets. I still have hope that they’ll return somehow when al the essays and exams are written but until then, I thought it was time for a little collection of my best Carrie-Outfits. Which is your favourite?

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My Kate-Moss-skinny jeans

Kate-Moss-Skinny_jeans Skinny jeans are a misleading name for a piece of clothing that usually does not make you look skinny – unless your are one of the these “stick-women”, we all hate. The popularity of jeans was somewhat always a little bit of a mystery to me: apart from the new jeggings, they are not particularly comfortable, torturous to buy (who hasn’t despaired in front of an evil changing room mirror, floor covered in jeans that all have the wrong fit, colour or price) and compared to other trousers or skirts they are often quite expensive. Yes, they never go out of fashion but this is only because everybody wears them, which makes them probably the most boring fashion-item of the century. They are not particularly good for the environment either. The manufacturing process requires volcanic pumice stones  have to be mined and shipped all over the world and hundreds of litres of water  are used for the “washed out” look.  Apparently, the Levi’s plant outside El Paso, TX, uses 15% of the city’s water supply and this is just one plant. As if that’s not enough the dye used for denim is also highly toxic. All of this for item of clothing that often didn’t even last me for a year?

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Shopping Guide: Androgynous Fashion

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1. Masculine Cut Coat 2. Michael Kors Boyfriend Blazer 3. Michael Kors men’s watch 4. Citizen Strap Watch 5. Religion Temple Trousers 6. Kookai Check Pant 7. Hackett Men’s Shirt 8. KG Brogues

Gender-Bending is nothing new to fashion but is not always easy to pull-off and the rules change – recently against boyfriend jeans. This little shopping guide helps to find the basics for an androgynous look at House of Fraser.

Nothing is more versatile than these slimming black trousers (5) from London-based fashion label, Religion, or the black blazer from Michael Kors (2) – both shouldn’t be missing in any women’s closet. Men’s watches are great accessories (4), (3) to give outfits a masculine twist and can be combined with different styles. A true essential for a the androgynous style is a men’s shirt, which is worth spending a little bit more on. You will wear and love this for years to come, so dig deep into your wallet. Genuine men’s shirts are often of better quality than women’s, so don’t buy a shirt that was made for women with a “male cut”. Best is,  to go for a traditional British clothing brand like Hackett (7) and buy a men’s shirt in the smallest size. Shirts with patterns or colour are often more versatile because they can be worn for all kinds of occasions from breakfast in bed to a walk on a beach in Italy.

Shoes are another great accessory to give outfits a new twist and an elegant replacement for pumps in the office. Shoes in a male style can be used to dress down girly dresses to make them look more grown-up and can look very sexy if matched with a figure-hugging suit for dinner. This pair from KG (8) looks good on every woman but there are plenty more good options for men’s shoes at House of Fraser. Let’s not forget a coat for winter: for coat it is often better to take a women’s coat with a masculine cut rather than a men’s coat as they are usually too big for women’s shoulders. A light colour, like this (1) coat in camel makes it look a little bit more feminine to strike an ideal gender balance.

PS: A few of these items would make great Valentine’s gifts that can easily be borrowed and re-purposed. Something to keep in mind when picking out something for the loved-one :-).

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Androgynous Fashion: Boyfriend look without boyfriend

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The gem of my closet: a men’s Cerutti 1881 suit jacket that I found on a fleamarket in Paris.

Androgynous style has been there for a while. Coco Chanel already tailored men’s jackets to suit her, more recently Katie Holmes walked around with men’s jeans and even more recently unisex models like Andrej Pejic confused catwalk audiences all over the world.

My body is definitely more on the feminine  side yet I often find myself drawn to wrapping it in men’s clothes. They are often of better quality and made to last longer than women’s clothes.There are more classics to choose from because men’s fashion doesn’t invent itself every two seconds like women’s fashion does.

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Currency-Gamble: Mango-dress €13 more expensive in the UK

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Popular high street fashion stores like Mango, Zara and H&M can be found all over the world and are generally affordable. The pricing of the clothes is adapted to the country to match the competition and be in relation to what the chain store has to pay in wages and taxes. But does the management get this right?

A recent visit to the high-street within the Eurozone and the UK revealed that Mango  takes advantages of the different currency in Britain. The Spanish clothing chain sells a dress for €29,99 in the Eurozone, which is £34,99 in the UK. It may have escaped the pricing managers attention: but the pound Sterling is  stronger than the Euro, which means that the same garment is a hefty €43,70 in the UK (if converted back to Euros).

Is it more expensive to  run the shops in the UK? No, not really:  the minimum wage in the UK is £6.19 (€7.73) per hour compared to €7.89 in Germany. The taxes or electricity is about the same and there is no other reason for MANGO to make their clothes more expensive in the UK unless the clothing chain he victim of a not-know Channel mafia coup that charges €13 per item to be shipped across the Channel or maybe MANGO just wants to express their sympathy for poor Eurozone countries?

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While MANGO is probably the most exaggerated, ZARA is less abusive towards fashion victims: a black dress with leather appliques is £39.99 and €49.95 in the UK and Austria respectively. This is pretty much accurate to the exchange rate. It seems to be one of ZARA’s policies to just take 10 off the price. A TRF Shirt is €39.95 in Austria and £29.99 (€37.49), which actually makes it cheaper in the UK than in Austria.

 

Grundtner&Söhne: menswear on the banks of the river Salzach.

Austrian men don’t always have it easy when it comes to fashion. In the midst of Lederhosen and ill-fitting discount jeans there seems to be only dim light at the end of the tunnel (in the form of genuinely stylish menswear boutiques). But maybe things just got a little bit better in the opposite sex’s fashion world. And I dare to say that as one of those women, who owns men’s shirts and trousers as part of her regular wardrobe I am trustworthy on that.

 Grundtner & Söhne, the most recent addition to the Austrian menswear scene has chosen the small town Hallein as their ‘experimenting ground’ before they make a potential expansion to Vienna reality. The owner, Lukas is CEO and cleaning ‘lady’ in one:  he manages everythngfrom the compilation of their playlists over the interior design, the online-shop, the to the selection of the labels. His brother, a fashion design student helps with selecting and discovering brands and designers and a third family member models the collection in their online-shop.

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Autumn-Outfit


Blouse: H&M

Leather Shorts: Vintage

Top: Vintage

Boots: paul green

bag: market in Verona 

It’s been a while since my last Outfit-Post but I thought I’d share this Outfit, I wore to visit a friend’s fashion boutique in Hallein – small town, just outside of Salzburg. While Salzburg is clearly the mainstream tourist magnet in the area, Hallein has an edgier feel to it and a few decent places to have a coffee and some amazing ice-cream. Check back for a full interview with the owner and much requested styling tips for men.