• Marina Rinaldi x Stella Jean II •

• Marina Rinaldi x Stella Jean II •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Blouse: Marina Rinaldi x Stella Jean
Skirt: Marina Rinaldi x Stella Jean
Pumps: Valentino “Rockstud”
Earrings: Dior “Mise en Dior”
Bracelet: Hermès
Ring: YSL

Here’s my second look from the Marina Rinaldi x Stella Jean collection. I promised you an outfit that’s a bit more simple before I show you the last one, which is very (very!!!) colorful. :) The skirt’s print is definitely one of my favorites of the collection and it is also available as a coat. It was hard to choose because you know how much I love coats, but I went for the skirt and decided to show a bold look which I think works for many occasions, even though red is a very bright color. ;)

Little P.S.: excuse my annoyed face in some of the pictures. It was horribly windy that day but I was ready for the shoot and wanted to finish it. The wind tried really hard to stop me by ruining my hair, the amazing cut of the skirt (and how it falls) and my mood, but I didn’t want to let it win… Well, I persisted but it was absolutely impossible to make a video. Sorry ’bout that!

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• Private XIII | Skinny vs. Stylish •

• Private XIII | Skinny vs. Stylish •

I’ve written one of my “Private” articles for the → sheego magazine for their “Klartext” (real talk) column. Since it is only in German, I asked if I could also translate it for the blog and my English-speaking readers. I’m curious to read your opinions on this article, so please comment! ;)

One of the topics I always mention on my blog is: wearing whatever you want. No matter if someone could think that it’s unflattering or not. In fact, the reactions are often mixed – especially when the outfit is very body-hugging and you can actually see that there’s a fat woman standing in front of you.

Fat women are always told how you can “cheat away a few pounds” with the right outfit, how you can conceal your “problem areas” and that actually, a black sack is always the best choice. Because black will make you look skinnier – we all know that!

Fact is: you will only find these typical “slimming tips” in the plus-size area. Here’s how you can let your bum look smaller, there’s how you can hide your tummy, that’s how you should wrap up your big boobs and if nothing helps: go for black. That’s exactly what the main range at local stores looks like. Non-colors in all saggy-and-dip-hemmed forms as far as the eye can see. But these are actually exactly the cuts that won’t hide but simply make you look shapeless – and therefore they’re the actual unflattering clothes. But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

Flattering = look skinny/skinnier than you are
Unflattering = oh no, you can see that I’m fat!!!

I’m asking myself: why do we always have to dress ourselves in order to look skinny? Who decided that the number one purpose of clothes is to make us look as skinny as possible? Why do some self-proclaimed styling experts keep advising me on how to best conceal myself (by the way – “conceal” is a word I’d never use voluntarily!)? And who decided that this is what I want?

I don’t want to hide myself just because that’s the perception of “flattering”. I totally understand that there are many women thinking exactly the opposite – and that’s absolutely okay! We decide for ourselves what makes us feel good – and that’s what matters. Freedom when we choose what we want to wear. And that’s the freedom we shouldn’t forget: some feel great in concealing, others in figure-hugging clothes – accepting each other and not judging the others’ taste is the key!

But as a blogger who presents her own style regularly, I keep being confronted with the word “unflattering”, especially when my outfits are shared on other pages, because that’s where people aren’t open and ready for fat women being stylish – unfortunately! This stupid word mostly comes up when my look reveals that I’m fat. That is when I’m wearing tight clothes. Clothes which show what’s there, nothing more, nothing less. Especially fat women themselves are simply not used to seeing that and automatically switch into “that’s a no-go!” mode. Mind you, that’s mostly not even their own opinion but the one they’ve always learned and been forced to have as a fat woman – “You’re fat, you need to hide that!”. They may even think that the outfit isn’t that bad, but they’re totally deadlocked so they simply don’t want to think it’s good.

And this is exactly what we need to get rid off. Fashion doesn’t have to be flattering. Fashion doesn’t have to make us look skinny. Pragmatically spoken: fashion needs to dress us. Please ourselves and not others, let alone prevent others from making derisive comments about us. We finally need to learn that it doesn’t matter what others could say or think when we wear what we want, what makes us feel good – no matter if it’s flattering or unflattering in our society. Stylish is what we make of it and how we feel while wearing it.

• Lu zieht an x Anna Scholz for sheego | Khaki Lace •

• Lu zieht an x Anna Scholz for sheego | Khaki Lace •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Dress: Anna Scholz for sheego
Belt: Ted Baker “Julo”
Platform Sandals: Luiza Barcelos
Earrings: Dior “Mise en Dior”
Bracelet: Hermès
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana “Sicilian Baroque”
In cooperation with sheego.

Green is my favorite color – and I truly love khaki green, it’s the shade of green that fascinates me the most. Of course, I was instantly in love when I saw that Anna Scholz created a → khaki green lace dress for the new collection in collaboration with sheego and I knew that it was going to be one of the three pieces I’d choose for → my lookbook.

Not only is this dress super comfy because of the very soft fabric but it’s also easy to wear in different styles. You can wear it casually with espadrilles and a denim jacket, for example, or style it more elegantly with high heels and some statement jewelry.

I’ve decided to go for a modern but chic look and therefore did some expected and also some unexpected accessorizing. First, the shoes – I guess, black is always the safe choice, but I kinda felt like it would be a bit too dark since the dress already has a black base and I wanted to loosen it all up. That’s why I went for beige. And then, there’s the belt – of course, the dress looks nice without it, but I went for a size up (46 instead of 44 like with most of the Anna Scholz for sheego dresses) and that’s why the waistline was a bit too loose and also too low for my body shape. Nothing a belt can’t fix. ;) And I love accentuating my waist, so it was kind of obvious that I’d go for a belt.

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• Recap | March •

• Recap | March •

It’s finally spring again and this means: outfits, outfits, outfits! As you can imagine, for the blog, spring is the best time for photos and creating new outfits which you don’t have to make wearable at super cold temperatures. Bare legs, bare feet, bare arms – there’s nothing better! We’ve been super busy shooting loads of new looks for the blog and yes, I’ve been pretty lazy when it comes to other blog posts. So before you have a look at this recap of the month, please think about what you’d like to see more on the blog and let me know. ;)

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