What To Wear #66: “We’ll Always Have Paris”

It’s not quite as dramatic as all that – we’re talking about just a T-shirt here, after all. Still, I can’t miss an opportunity to quote a classic.

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I picked out the T-shirt a few years ago while rummaging in those numerous tourist souvenir (kitsch) shops near the Louvre, and not only does it have some of my favourite landmarks from Paris on it, it also has some glitter sewn on it! Score. The scarf is an addition due to Hamburg’s typical weather forecast for today, namely, we don’t know, and I don’t want a sore neck due to a draft. The boots work well both in the autumn and during warmer seasons, and the heel is comfortable both for balance and walking longer distances in. They also go with almost any outfit. Jeans? Mais oui, bien sur, the classic combo with an individual twist.

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T-shirt: souvenir shop in Paris

Scarf: flea market

Jeans: C&A

What To Wear #64: Lace and Leggings and Layers, Oh My

We are promised two days of summer weather, and today is one of them. This means, based on the local forecast and years of experience in the city of Hamburg, that while I can wear a sleeveless T-shirt, layering and leggings, my trusty standbys, are not to be dismissed.

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While the lacy crimson shirt is not completely see-through, it still works better with a longer tank top underneath, and so far my favorite combo is with a black one. Since the top shirt is not completely red, there is no devil Halloween costume color scheme going on here – which I have, by the way, successfully tried out once, but ’tis not the season just yet. It’s still summer, whatever the weather forecast says.

The scarf has been featured before on this blog, a flea market find from years ago and one of my favorite scarves in my * cough * modest collection. It also doubles as a party accessory when I don’t feel like wearing a necklace, but want something extra, thanks to the glittering gold thread running through it.

The gold earrings are some of the most versatile I have, picking up perfectly on the aforementioned gold bit in the scarf, and the ring adds a shot of brighter green against the subtle hues mixed in the, again, scarf.

Leggings will complete this outfit, need to decide on the color, as well as the black (I like to think) ballet-inspired flats. The ribbons complement the feminine pattern and delicacy of the lace top, and being tipped with gold fastenings, they also round up the choice of jewelry.

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Lace top: most likely Amazon

Black tank top: H&M

Leggings: Esprit

Shoes: Asos

Jewelry: SIX

What To Wear #62: Scarves, Dahling

Well, just the one, but still an impressive one. It is scarf awareness day all over again.

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The trusty sleeveless black, but how to liven it up? Because I feel like a splash of bold color! And inevitably a scene from a 1993 adaptation of A Secret Garden, which I loved watching as a child, pops in to my head. Martha, a maid in the manor where Mary, the main heroine has come to live after the death of her parents, holds up several dresses for Mary’s choosing, and attempting to cheer up the young girl with some humor, she asks her which one she wants to wear, “Black, black or black?” “Are you blind?” Mary responds icily. “They’re all black.”

My black dress usually says, “Dude, where’s the rest?” Who am I to ignore signals. The scarf is a souvenir from my recent jaunt to a flea market in Kiel with a friend, and it was only upon spreading it out that I noticed the pattern of the Union Jack in the background. With flowers strewn across it, it’s less official and absolutely wearable.

The accessories pick up the blue and white in the scarf, since the red speaks for itself. I saw these dainty earrings a while ago and liked the tiny and charming detail of the silver leaf against the dark blue, while the ring with the flower was found by my mother during a relaxed afternoon browsing a market in Spain once. The shoes remind me of the 90s every time I look at them – perhaps it’s the combination of black velvety material and the heel style? Another comfortable pair I can log a lot of hours in.

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Dress: Zalando

Scarf: flea market in Kiel

Shoes: Deichmann

Jewelry: I Am, Bijou Brigitte and market in Spain

What To Wear #58: Another Summer Day In Hamburg…

…means layers and longer sleeves once again.

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The weather report was fairly optimistic, but a glance out the window proves that nature might not have made up its mind just yet. Sticking my head out sends me scurrying back to find a scarf, because the cool breeze that is no stranger to these parts has made itself known.

This dress arrived in my closet during an acute phase of wanting to try out new prints and cuts, and I have not been disappointed with my choice. If I’m completely honest, the dress does look a bit better if one has been exercising more regularly a few weeks before, but then it’s made from a nice, stretchy jersey, so why beat yourself up? The splotchy, graphic print is eye-catching, while the black and white makes the dress both acceptable for a dresscode-free workplace and good for a multitude of combinations in terms of accessories and other colors.

It also makes me fantasize about working in an art gallery or heading an event management agency. There she goes, visible artsy streak with a touch of flamboyance, but decidedly German as soon as she opens her appointment book (she’s got a hankering for retro as well, no smartphone calendars here)…I’m sorry, am I talking about myself too much? Of course I am!

My one rule if including a scarf is to pick either one without a pattern or a very subtle one. Today’s choice is one of my favourite scarves and also a go-to combination with darker colors, as the brightness of the scarf both stands out winningly against the darker color and tempers its possible severity. The shoes have been featured here before – once again the comfort of a thicker heel is confirmed, and this is another shoe color that goes well with a lot of combinations.

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Dress: Asos

Scarf: probably C&A, though I can’t be sure

Shoes: Deichmann

Hoops: Claire’s

 

What to Wear #54: Jeans and T-Shirt Girl

I am no exception to this combo…which could literally mean anything, considering how varied jeans have become and the multitude of T-shirt types out there.

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I do, however, firmly believe, that the statement “I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl” translates as either “I’m literally just interested in being dressed to go outside in some of the most practical garments invented by mankind” OR “I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl as long as the T-shirt is fitted to my and only my personal preferences, which is so damn hard to achieve and I can’t afford one from The Row, despite agreeing with the importance of perfect fit; the jeans don’t reveal half my butt when I sit down or bend over, and I look carefree, put-together-casual without anyone knowing how long I’ve searched for this T-shirt and these jeans!”

From mermaids to the trusty cheeky Disney Princess T-shirt and a scarf with a subtle gold shimmer that was a family gift. The shimmer means I can go for (not real) gold accessories, so it’s multiple rings once again with one of my favourite sets, and some slightly retro-looking earrings. The shoes are the second part of the recent sneaker haul on sale and I’m very pleased. Suitable strut after quoting my own T-shirt slogan at people guaranteed.

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Shirt: Visual Statements.

Scarf: Accessorize, though I can’t be sure, it was a gift.

Jeans: a bit too worn to be featured here, and I can’t remember where I got them, but they are a classic jeans blue.

Rings: I Am, unless I am (feeble, but still) contradicting myself and they are actually from another brand, which I may or may not have mentioned on this blog.

Earrings: Bijou Brigitte.

Shoes: Deichmann.

 

 

What to Wear #48: Pass the Sass

Maybe it’s the contrast between the scarf and the dress that’s making me feel sassy. Scarf awareness week is drawing to a close and I want to finish with a bang.

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Yet another flea market find – in restrospect, I see a pattern emerging. Pun? If you like.

Both the dress and the scarf seem to pick up on each other’s vibrancy, while the black leggings bring in a touch of low-key to avoid it becoming too much.

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What to Wear #46: If It Ain’t Broke

Like with a favourite dish at a restaurant. There are some places I will occasionally go to for lunch, and the thought of trying out something new is tempting at first, but then I see my tried and tested choice on the menu and I happily go for it again.

I liked yesterday’s shirt and maxi skirt combo so much that I decided to go for it again. Feeling like something white, so my trusty “I’m a Disney Princess, That’s Why” T-shirt will have its moment, paired with a dark-red jersey maxi skirt (H&M, very comfortable). A scarf? Mais oui, bien sur!

The purple bracelts are among my favourite costume jewelry pieces that I’ve had for almost nine years, bought on my first ever Christmas vacation in Europe. I found the multi-coloured one somewhere else later, and it went so well with the pack that I just kept them together.

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