I hate to admit it, but I recently realised that the looks I choose to wear on a daily basis are much less a reflection of my mood, my soul, my inner self, than they are of my surroundings, the city I’m in, the people I am out with. That is not to say that I would ever compromise on my personal style of course. No, my style is my style, and no place or person can change that.
After moving to London and being exposed to so many stylish people, I never again cared much about my appearance when visiting my tiny village near Hannover. No offense to the people living there, but it’s such an unstylish place with hardly any fashion-conscious people. Dressing nicely in Hannover is like wasting a perfectly fabulous outfit on an extremely boring day. I’m sure you understand. Don’t we all hate it when that happens?
In London, I usually kept it either casual-cool, wearing wide-legged pants, turtlenecks and booties, or a little fancier, with midi skirts, heels and a bright red pout being my favourites. Yes…the red pout. I’d hardly ever leave the house without wearing lipstick. The brighter the better.
Since I moved to Berlin, though, I haven’t really worn any lipstick. Only once actually, when Paul and I went for brunch at Kopps and took these pictures. Can you believe it? I didn’t even realise it until I started writing this article. It was never a conscious decision. It just happened…very organically.
Berlin is like an edgy caricature of Paris. It’s just as effortless, but much less chic. The makeup is simple, almost invisible (I literally forgot to put on mascara before I went to work the other day), the hair undone, and the style? Dark, oversized, layered and very casual. Not only the people, even the buildings exude this super carefree vibe. And it has clearly rubbed off on me. I almost enjoy dressing like I just stumbled out of bed…it’s so much fun and totally liberating.
T-Shirt – ASOS
Shirt – Tophop (similar here)
Trousers – Zara (similar here)
Coat – ASOS
Sneakers – New Balance
Scarf- VYVYN Hill
Necklace – Engelsrufer
(Pics by Paul)