5 Random Facts About Me

Folks, I haven’t had that much time this week so I’m keeping it short today: but still a personal post as April is ending on Sunday. (and a #monthlymirroroutfit, lol). Without further ado: here are 5 random facts about me:

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  1. I’m left handed which I’m so happy about. Haha don’t ask why, but apparently only 12(?) percent of the population are lefties, so feeling all unique and everything *not really*.
  2. Not really a beauty person: For someone who quite often talks about beauty in different ways: I’ve never had my hair dyed, I’ve never done my nails at a salon. Neither have I done lash extensions or brows or anything similar. Haha going for the natural life here! And oh, my ears aren’t pierced. Which is kind of crazy as I own earrings and I adore the statement.
  3. This summer: If everything goes accordingly, I’ll take a course in trend analytics this summer. Not a fact perhaps, but putting it out in the universe: like hello, pretty please, let it happen! 
  4. Faux designer (?): The only reason I feel like  I’m not a fashion designer is that I’m terrible at sewing. I haven’t got the required patience for all the steps. If I come up with a new clothing piece in my mind I want it to pop up in front of me immediately. I don’t want to measure, cut a draft, pin it on the fabric, make a hem, sew slowly etc, make adjustments. I want it to be done quickly and I want it to be done now! Hence that: I do sew occasionally but the result is often a disaster. 
  5. Another school related thing: Except The Fashion Folks, I study. Not only one, but two separate degrees (yes, my ambition is outdoing itself). Regarding the first one, I have yet to decide if I’m going to go for fashion theory in general or fashion history in specific. You need both for both, but it’s time to decide the specialization part! Thoughts? Experience? Let me know kiddos!

And here’s this month’s mirror selfie. Find previous months here and here (it’s a thing now). This was me yesterday, out and about. Went for the jumpsuit in a burgundy shade that yellow and navy blue triangles creating a print and – an almost- same colored jacket. I decided to break off the purple life with the oversized sunnies. It looks hot, I do realize, but I had no top or leggings underneath the jumpsuit, so it was only a thin layer! And terribly sorry for the quality, bad combination of a dirty mirror and my editing program screwing things up. 

Folks! Hope you’ve had a lovely April and that May will bring all things love, light and chocolate to you all! Thank you, as always, for the love and support this month and with all things TFF I’ve so far planned for May: it might be the best yet! Have a darling weekend!
Mia, Xx

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21th Century Fashion History: 2010-2017

Folks! This series is inevitably coming to an end, which is crazy. I think there’ll be about two more posts that relates to this subject, but this is the last one in the context of history. Other than that, we’ve finally reached present time. And oh my is it hard to summarize this properly. But, here we go: Fashion History: 2010-2017

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The Society during 2010-2017

The most central thing about society today is the digital era. Even though internet and social media existed before our current decade, it have exploded in past years. The social media platforms are no longer in the early development stages, but the very peak of it. Companies, private persons and other organisations are not only existing irl, but have several communication channels through social media. Books, paper magazines and dvds are no longer the go-to choice for news and entertainment; but e-books, online newspapers and streaming services as Netflix and HBO.

We’ve digitalized the way we live our lives and the line between privacy and public(ity) is blurring. We document our lives like never before and likes/followers are the new way of being “socially approved”. The documentation, demonstration and interaction with people’s life pushes boundaries even further and social media is full of different followings. Like the hashtag #girlboss for all the female and pink entrepreneurs. Or #fitlife that underlines that fit is the new healthy. I swear people have never consumed more avocados, smoothie bowls or salads than before (and also shared it).

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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Youtube are all insanely popular and something billions of people interacts with every single day. Facebook felt more central in the early years, a position Instagram soon overtook. Youtube is the more growing platform at the moment with every other fashion blogger going for the video format. Youtube celebrities such as Zoella, Tanya Burr, PewDiePie, Jenna Marbles and so many more, are influencing people (mainly teenagers and young adults) globally with their views of life, beauty hauls, challenges and all things clickbait.

Bloggers are not as big as they used to be, but the sharing of one’s fashionable life is done on easier channels like Instagram/Youtube. There’s a great understanding in that too, as it’s easier to have all in one place rather than find bloggers on different url:s (how annoying to have to put that effort in, eh right?). Since fashion bloggers/beauty bloggers were mansplained to not be considered serious jobs (even though they’re making the big bucks) people started to use the title “influencer” as a way to re-brand and re-define what it means to talk about what you like and a few thousands might listen. The information overflow is making it harder for anything to breakthrough, which makes “go viral” the new “overnight success”.

The style of 2010-2017

Oh gosh, I have no idea how to summarize this properly as every other style seem to be trending these days. I do realize that fashion hit a new (low) point when the 90s came back and the early 00s are slowly making their return as well. And this is where it gets interesting and discussions I’ve had with you on countless occasions: is today’s fashion anything new? No it isn’t but yes it is. We’ve worn the styles before, but we’ve never styled them this way before. We’ve worn the clothes before, but we’ve never channeled them this way before.

To give some examples: Yes, people wore the off shoulder style in the 19th century with the statement sleeves. But not as blouses but decorated gowns. Yes, people wore midi skirts in the 40s, but not in contemporary styles as silver metallic but brown and green. Yes, people wore leather jackets in the 50s. But not in popping colors and embroidery.

And that’s how it goes, we take elements from the past and mix them with current trends to create something new. It’s a fashion world of eclecticism. Some elements from different decades are mixed to create something new, which in itself creates an illusion of a fashion that is going backwards, when it’s indeed is moving forward. Even though the fashion today feels like a space of acceptance of different styles (it partly is)  there are some styles that are more distinct and defining than others. I’ve roughly sectioned it to these, where the instablogger is where the mainstream fashion is centered. Jeans, sneakers, a blouse, a leather jacket and a statement bag? Yeah, pretty much so.

Instablogger

The best part about the general instablogger is their aim to strive for individuality and attempt to create something new with the current trends. But the world of Instagram is fast paced and within a few weeks every other blogger is trying the trend. The core in an instablogger’s wardrobe are fashion essentials, but often with a safety-zone twist. You have the mandatory jeans, often distressed or some embroidery or subtle embellishment. You also have the blouse or shirt in a bright color, often off shoulder with ruffles.

The leather jacket, or bomber jacket, is a must to any outfit and works as the ultimate go-to piece. As of late years, often with embroidery or patches to keep it interesting. Sneakers as in Adidas or Nike are also common and fishnet tights or socks to contrast the sporty style. A statement bag is a must whether you can afford the luxury labels or not. Céline, Gucci and Chanel are without a doubt leading that game. The overall outfit is rather colorless, only embracing some dove shades as navy blue, forest green or blush. Red, yellow and pink are however popular for accessories as bag, shoes or sunnies.

For the summer year, other important wardrobe staples are the romper, the maxi dress and the midi skirt. Preferably in a fun print, with a bohemian touch, and more likely to be more colorful. The sleeves as in statement sleeves with ruffles are the latest and every other clothing piece is working the style. Except having endless of photos of similar outfits, photos of food, coffee, quotes, flatlays or flowers are insanely popular and common. The overall feeling is quite fresh, clean, neat and soft with a bit of an edge.

Kardashians

I rarely talk about the Kardashians (and co) in terms of fashion as I have nothing to say nor add. But they have indeed inspired a whole generation of people with their minimalistic, glam, street style vibe and 90s feeling. This is the other part of Instagram with perfect makeup, pale colored clothes, overlined lips, long lashes and 50 shades of matte lipsticks. The style is really simple yet glam with a lot of tight pants and matching tops. Often monochromatic looks with khaki green, beige, blush and white being popular choices. The bomber jacket, baseball cap and sneakers are a must. Satin is a popular fabric and so is (faux) fur. Chokers are also an important feature!

The style is often sans embellishment and print, with focus rather being on the body’s silhouette. It has the feature of regular street style with hoodies, sporty outfits and comfort in center but it goes more glam with the monochrome, the blush and the elegant makeup and hair. It’s also within this style that the 90s have made comeback and so goes for the early 2000s.  I don’t need to pin down their insta feed, saying “selfie” (and snapchat filters) is enough.

Street Style Pro

The Street Style Pro look  is close to the ones of the instabloggers, but turned up a notch of two. The outfits are even more artsy, more designer and more unique in that sense. We have Olivia Palermo, Aimee Song, Chriselle Lim, Mira Duma and Chiara Ferragni to mention a few. They have their own style that is easy to identify without seeing who’s wearing the clothes. As stated, this style is similar to the ones of the fashion blogger but the fashionistas take the outfits a step longer. The details are more  of a statement, the clothes often have a fun twist and the styling is perfected. For instance, if denim is popular, Ferragni would most likely wear patched denim with a matching jacket and some crazy bag. If the midi skirt is trending, Palermo would probably wear it with a designer jacket in a fun cut.

And same goes for the rest of these girls, they take current trends and they take it a step bolder. Often expensive designer wear and pieces that are more of fashion than everyday style. They are often working more closely with the fashion industry and do designer collabs with the big brands. Their style  feels a bit “more is more” too, perhaps not the ones I mentioned but the less known street style pros. Think Gucci or Louis Vuitton, that “more is more” style. They are somewhat the top of the hierarchy. As I’ve done with the ones above: these fashionistas feeds’ are most likely to incorporate random designers and interiors no one can afford. And always  be travelling and constantly be on the way to a new destination.  

Spotlight of 2010-2017: Eclecticism

I roughly pointed out three styles of our time, but the best thing about the time we live in now is the embracement of eclecticism. Even though you might wear more vintage clothes, or you wear full on 90s, you are more accepted than before. In the earlier decades of the fashion history it was crucial for the societal status to where fashion within the frames of the current style. If you lived in the 50s, you mainly looked like you lived in the 50s. You wore the whole “uniform” and didn’t mix elements. You wore the skirt, the short sleeved shirt and matching cardigan, you didn’t think of going for sequins from the 20s.  Although it’s easy to define someone’s outfit as accurate of today, so many could almost be put in other decades and fit in perfectly. And that’s okey.

Also the fact that designers are borrowing styles from previous decades, makes it more accepted to dress more eclectic. To take some influences of the boho style and add some edge by the leather jacket. Or take the distressed denim and go for a lace crop top. Fashion of today is about contrasting different elements from different styles and create something new from it. And that’s where the fashion fun is if you ask me. Take the best (or worst) of the best and find your own style within that mix of styles.

As you may have noticed too, I don’t bring up designers here as I’ve done in previous decades (or in the 2000-2010), why? Because designers don’t have that sole influence any longer. There are way too many designers, opinions and perspectives of fashion for one designer to influence a whole generation like Dior did in the 50s. But some designers are ofc more influential and some from the 10s have been: Balmain, Gucci, Isabel Marant and Chloé.

Transition to 2020s

You know when you were a kid and you thought that the future fashion would be a true embracement of space age fashion? Like all white, all silver metallic, all minimalism, all motionless materials? Well, we ain’t going that way: yet. I think we’ll keep the eclecticism for a while and keep on trying to find different styles within styles. But honestly though, I wouldn’t be surprised if we in a few years time would see the comeback of more homogenous styles where one style is more distinct. I mean, creating contrasts in an outfit is the main styling rule there is today. That won’t be so for another 10 years, something ought to change and it might go back to more distinct styles with clearer differences.

But then again, how boring wouldn’t it be to begin to limit ourselves from choices? I hope the somewhat democracy within fashion will remain, but above anything, individuality will take more place. More space for the creative mind and less space for looking like everyone else, with or without the peer pressure.

Folks! That was a wrap on the fashion history: 2010-2017! Incredibly hard to try and grasp our generation, but a summary is better than nothing. Next week will be about…….the future! Yes, a post about 2017-future! Who knows what it’ll be about, but see you in the future (lol) on that one! Xx

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Things I do When My Outfit Isn’t Looking Right

No this is not the personal post of April (it’s due on Friday) but just more “me” than the usual “me” in the post (me-inception here). But I thought it’d be fun to go more personal in a post and talk more directly about my own style and what I do. I do usually agree with my own styling tips, would be hard otherwise, but sometimes I do things in different ways depending on the situation. Here are things I do when my outfit isn’t right (and apparently also these strangers that I’ve tracked down). I’d also like to apologize in advance for all the bad jokes I make in this post, I was tired when I wrote this, haha sorry (not sorry).

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When My Outfit Isn’t Right:

Okey Sherlock I know, the logical thing here is to change your outfit when it isn’t working. That is obviously the obvious thing to do. But often, if your outfit isn’t completely beyond saving, it’s about tweaking the details. Cause’ you do know that fashion is all about the details – right? Ask yourself what is not working and be really specific about it. Don’t just think: I look way bigger than I am or my skin looks green. Ask yourself what is it that looks wrong? The clothes? The colors? Then ask yourself again: what is it about the clothes that isn’t working? Perhaps the silhouette is off, or the length of the dress is bothering. And somewhere, in all those essential questions of (fashion) life, I guarantee that you’ll find the answer. When your have an answer, you create a solution (feel free to quote me). So, here are some random, but common, situations where your outfit might need some touches of re-styling.

When wearing a belt:

Whenever I add a belt to an outfit and I’m met with dislike from the mirror (lol), I have a few things that are usually wrong. Sometimes it’s the size of the belt. The color might be perfect but the oversized style is unflattering. So I change to a same colored belt but in a smaller size. Even more so, I often change how my dress/top is fitted under the belt. Because often you want to work that specific belt and if your name isn’t Carrie Bradshaw you probably don’t own 5 different shapes of the same color and style. So what I do is that I pull up the fabric gently to give it a more puffy style. This will create more movement to the outfit and the belt will look more natural and not something that is just there randomly placed. I also always avoid placing the belt by the hips where my body is the widest as it’ll create quite the rectangular shape (something you often want to avoid).

When working a loose silhouette:

No, the obvious styling alternative here is not to add a belt or anything that will change the loose silhouette. I like sometimes to go full on Olsen twins and wear a loose silhouette that hits midi-length or the floor. We like em’ maxi dresses long and flowy, right? So what I do is that I make sure that the rest of my accessories are neat and proper. I often work the long maxi dresses with a low bun, and sharply defined sunnies to contrast the flowy life. A clutch in a rectangular shape will definitely do and shoes that are simple (like flats or sandals) are perfect to match. If I go for a midi coat or cardigan I make sure that my pants underneath are rather straight or slim. Even a bigger styling bonus is to go for same colored pants and shoes to add that length to all the heavy volume.

When wearing an all denim outfit:  

Not sure though how often you find yourself in a situation when you wear all denim, but you should as it is THAT chic. Some think that the trick is to work different shades of denim, but I think that you’re fine working a full on monochrome scale. What you do want to do though is to break it off with a third piece. It might be a turtleneck, a tee underneath or a colorful accessory – but something that makes the denim pop. Styling tips I’m not allowed to say (due to overuse) are; tan, neon green or yellow. So forget that you read it here okey? Even if Wintour herself ask where you got the genius idea from, don’t say The Fashion Folks.

When wearing an odd color:

I’m not even sure what I mean when I say that I wear an odd color because I love all colors. But you know when a color just doesn’t come off right? And there’s something odd about it all? Well the trick here is not to think about what to add that would suit you, but what to add that would perfect the color. What color that would make the other color even better. For instance, if I’m working yellow, I try to work it with white or orange for a better effect. If I’m working a bright pink, try to deepen it with red or make it more funky with silver. See where I’m going? Go try it yourself!

When wearing a tucked in t-shirt:

It doesn’t only have to be a t-shirt, it can be any type of top you tuck in. The biggest mistake is similar to the one of working the belts: to not “puff up” the t-shirt. It doesn’t have to be much, but just enough for the top to look more casually tucked. Also making a twist somewhere in the front, or a knot, gives more life to the outfit. I often choose highwaisted pieces to go for the tuck in, as it’s more flattering doing that way by the accentuation of the waist, it creates a casual hourglass silhouette! Like, contouring your body but by clothes. Quite the genius fashion trick if you ask me…*insert upside down emoji*

So that are some specific styling situations and that’s how I solve them! How do you deal with an outfit that isn’t looking as you planned? Let me know in the comment section, Xx

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16 Ways To Wear Stripes 2017

Do you know what’s fun folks? Stripes are fun. As all trends comes and goes, stripes are and remains the best friend of anyone’s wardrobe. So yes, stripes are fun. They add a classic touch, a statement or a subtle style to any outfit – regardless of what your personal style look like. So here are 16 ways to wear stripes 2017, because….well, because:

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Wear Stripes 2017

    1. Black and White stripes with denim

      Perhaps one of the most iconic looks there is and definitely one that won’t leave the spotlight anytime soon. I don’t really know why this is so iconic but black and white stripes are a classic, denim is a classic. Classic + classic = iconic? I mean, chocolate + strawberry = iconic, so why not stripes and denim?

    2. Stripes with leo print

      Another stylish combo but with an edgy twist: leo print. The symmetrical style of the stripes are a great contrast to the natural style of the leo dots. A sweet mix of geometry and nature which gives a fashionable result. Don’t be afraid to go for black and white stripes to the classic brown/beige/black leo dots. The color combo is better than it sounds.

    3. Color blocking stripes in contrasting shades

      One of the hottest trends this year is to go for color blocking stripes. The colors should be contrasting and create a print on their own. Read more here!

    4. A striped scarf

      A scarf on its own is great for adding life and movement to an outfit. A striped scarf adds life and movement but also some print which levels up. Add a striped scarf to either a neutral outfit or have a printed piece and contrast with the stripes.

    1. Stripes with stripes

      This combination is great for anyone who feels like stepping up the fashion game. Try two different styles of stripes that contrasts each other. Or go for stripes in different colors for a fun effect, even better if they share the same background color.

    2. A knitted striped sweater

      If you have yet to own a knitted striped sweater, how on earth have you managed? A knitted sweater is cozy as it is, and stripes add a classic and stylish pop. A fashionable alternative is to layer it over a contrasting shirt or dress. You’re welcome!

    3. Stripes with dots

      Similar to the stripes and leo print, regular dots are also chic to contrast with the stripes. It’s a nice symmetry to go with stripes, but also a fun contrast of straight lines and round shapes. Why not a dress of dots with a striped scarf?

    4. A striped shirt

      If you don’t own a striped shirt, are you even serious about your fashion game? A striped shirt (I’m talking about the subtle ones) is a modern classic piece for any person out there. It gives a proper impression and comes with endless of styling options. Like preppy done with buttons up and a bow or casually with rolled up sleeves etc.

    1. Black and white stripes with tan

      I’m apparently obsessed with tan as I’ve mentioned it in every other post the last weeks. Well, tan and black and white stripes, is another classic combination that will never fail you. An excellent opportunity to pull out that faux leather skirt or faux suede tan pants. Prints and statement textures are always a great idea. The warm tone in tan balances the sharp contrast of the black and white stripes.

    2. Vertical Striped Pants

      I think this style of pants is growing in trend and I love it. The vertical striped pants elongate your legs which gives some height to your outfit = perfect opportunity to match with voluminous tops etc.

    3. Stripes with plaid

      I could also have called this post “stripes with classics” as stripes with plaid is a fine aging combination. A bit of a fall feeling to it,  but nevertheless a chic one. Try a plaid shirt and layer with a striped sweater. Let the collar, the hemline of the shirt and the sleeves hint!

    4. A striped coat

      I don’t even own a striped coat and boy’ do I want one. Coats are often a statement on their own, so yes to going full on statement with some stripes too. Why not colorblocking stripes and preferably in a midi length. Can you see it??!!

  1. Stripes with florals

    And florals are also another great contrast to go with stripes. The natural and the “inconsistent” movement of the flowers are lovely with the predictable ones of the stripes. Try a mix in the same color scale or contrast completely!

  2. Black and white stripes with popping colors

    Popping colors are great with white and sometimes great with black. So popping colors with b/w is a great combination as the color pops beautifully. Hot pink, orange, red, yellow, green, blue – any color you can imagine!

  3. Vertical stripes with horizontal stripes

    Another fun take on stripes with stripes is to go with different stripes in different directions. Go for horizontal stripes for the top or legs and contrast with the other direction. It creates a chic effect and works well without adding accessories. Aka effortlessly chic!

  4. Stripes to red lips

    Continuing my theme within this post of stripes and classics: red lips are a must to stripes. Yes folks, embrace that navy life (lol, the fashionable idea of the navy life). Pick a navy blue striped top and add the red lips. Another idea is to go for orange lips, which are also a classic!

Folks! How are you working your stripes 2017? Leave a comment below! Xx

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Trend Alert: How To Wear Green(ery) 2017

Folks! Another Monday and another post in the series trend alert. I’ve already talked about the color green for 2017 and how to wear it, but that was ages ago so I might as well talk briefly about its status for spring and summer. Here’s how to wear green(ery) 2017!

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Green(ery) 2017

So in case you’ve missed, Pantone named green the color of the year for 2017. Pea green in specific, but all shades of green are welcome. We’ve mainly seen forest green and army green if you ask me, but I’ve seen some clothes of pea green too. The best thing about a trending color is that the clothing and accessories options are endless. Take whatever piece you imagine and choose it in green. If one is to go for a trendy life though, choose a trending clothing piece in a green shade. Like ruffles in green, or a metallic shade as emerald. Or why not go for a fun piece in a statement texture like faux fur, faux suede or a knitted piece? One way to add a summer/spring touch is to go for a fun print. Perhaps a floral one or one with leaves. The green leaves seems to reappear from last year btw, which truly is a sign of spring and summer! Also, stripes in all kind of shapes and forms are also trending big time and just see how chic the Emilio Pucci stripes are above! (also need the shoes tbh)

What To Think About

As green is a color of many shades, it’s difficult to point out some specific styling tips as it all comes back to the clothing piece and the color you’ve chosen. But I wrote about some specific tips in this post. Other than that it’s always fun to take a color and put it in a context. Green is the ultimate color of nature which makes it a perfect match with other earthy shades like tan or midnight blue or pale mustard. However, it’s also a fun contrast with “artificial” shades like mint blue, hot pink or orange. This goes for both darker shades of green but also lighter. Though if you ask me personally I think forest green is one of the best shades to pair with popping colors. And heeeeey, don’t forget my current crush on neon green and denim. It’s fetch happening folks, I’m sure!

As for the style of the clothing piece, texture or print. The regular “rules” are the ones that are to be applied. Make sure that there’s a balance in the silhouette. Match statement textures with one another. Add another print to the print or go more basic with a neutral shades!

An Outfit That Works

Lastly, here’s an outfit that works. An ultimate reflection of my theory that bright green and denim is a match made in heaven. The bright colored denim intensifies the green shade and still keeps it kind of neutral. The chic layering of a turtleneck and sweater is a perfect example on how to dress for the transition of spring and skipping the jacket. The dark shades makes the outfit coherent with the turtleneck, the shoes, the sunnies and that bag. As the upper part of the outfit is quite covering and neat, the distressed denim is a nice contrast to give the outfit a bit of an edge!

Folks! How are you working green(ery) 2017? Drop a comment as always, Xx

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