What to Wear #52: Roses and Stripes

Unless they are peonies, not roses, but in any case, they are pretty flowers set against a winningly contrasting background.

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I was visiting the city of Kiel last weekend and it was raining steadily the whole time. Welcome to Norddeutschland! My friend and I were, however, undeterred in pursuing our plans of browsing at the local flea market. Like a child I heard on the street today answering her mother about where she wanted to go with “Da! Wo das Eis ist!” (it is summer, after all), I too had a purpose. I spent several minutes going through clothes at a table overseen by two nice girls who looked like they had a style similar to mine, and apparently I impressed them with something, because they asked me where my “accent” was from and said they thought it was southern German. I was both surprised and amused. That particular accent is very distinctive, after all, and feeds the saying that Bavaria is another country within Germany. Have to think of that Fun with Flags episode on The Big Bang Theory with Amy dressed up as a pretzel and Sheldon wearing Bavarian gear. “Good evening, das YouTube!”

The hooded cotton top found its way to my bag, and it goes well with the dark-teal coloured sleeveless dress that I probably wear once a week. I’m feeling pleased about the comfort level of the combination and a flower pattern always makes me smile. A few well-worn, but still acceptable (not real) silver rings and rose-shaped stud earrings accessorize this Hamburg summer ensemble. The shoes are part of a successful sneaker haul during a recent sale. It’s funny how I used to be averse to the idea of combining sneakers with a dress, but that was before there was so much choice with this particular shoe. Add the combination of the changeable local weather and a bad ankle sprain two years ago that made me question my relationship with heels (I know, such a problem), and I was sold before I realized it.

Ready to go.

Top: flea market in Kiel.

Dress: Zalando.

Rings and earrings: the usual suspects, Bijou Brigitte and SIX.

Shoes: Deichmann.


What to Wear #39: Roses

Not actual roses, though that would be cool, but I woke up with roses in my head and I have previously mentioned on this blog the special meaning that they hold for me. It’s going to be another warm day, so a sleeveless outfit is the desired choice, but with evening weather changes possible, black leggings will join this slightly shorter dress, and some beaded green earrings picking up on the tone of the leaves on the dress. I find tones of green work with most flower-patterned items. You know, flowers, leaves, nature, green etc.

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What to Wear #20

All this Beauty and the Beast viewing has me hankering after red roses again, so I’ll put on this white sweatshirt with red roses. I got it in H&M (many will probably know which one I’m talking about) for 5 euros during a lovely weekend in Utrecht, a charming town I hope to come back to again.

Surprise, surprise, it’s still chilly, so I shall once again work with layers. A long black tank top goes underneath the sweatshirt – it extends from underneath it and adds proportion to the rest of the outfit, as the sweatshirt is a bit on the shorter side. I’m still inspired by the I’m-a-flower-green-bottoms-as-a-hypthetical-stem idea from yesterday, so not-quite-olive-green leggings join the crew. The black leg-warmers (yeah, I’ve kind of become a fan) compliment the black top and add the laid-back vibe I was also going for with this outfit. It is chillier, but it’s still too warm for boots, but I don’t want chilled ankles.

Red and green are another color combination I enjoy experimenting with, because this presents one constant challenge: not to end up looking like a Christmas tree when it’s not Christmas.

Not that I’m going to see Beauty and the Beast for the fourth time, or anything.