Figuring out what to wear when the polar vortex hits upon us is no easy task as options are limited, but here are 10 minimal winter outfit ideas to beat the cold in comfort and style. Scroll down to get some major outfit inspiration when you run out of ideas of what to wear when it’s cold outside.
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I am a firm believer that the greatest talents and the most passionate artists have had the greatest characters. Their sensibility is a testament of their inner beauty. Besides, it takes infinite courage to put your soul into your work and show it to the world.
Marlene Dumas (born 3 August 1953 in South Africa but currently living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is, without the slightest doubt, one of the most passionate, soulful, and influential artists of our times. Since she began painting portraits in the 1980’s, she has changed the narrative of race, sex, gender, and economic inequality through her work, which has placed her as the most expensive female living artist in the world. However, her name is inexplicably still relatively unknown.
Personally, I would say her work is a mixture of social realism and expressionism, although it is unique and very contemporary in its exploration of human topics (feminism, gay rights, ethnic and social inequality, etc).
Differently to most artists, she doesn’t use models, but instead works with images from the media as well as from her own photography. Her paintings, where Egon Schiele could be named as an influence, are mostly composed of oil on canvas and ink on paper, where she wipes the pigment to create distorted and smudged faces and figures, which is one of the main characteristics of her work.
Scroll down to explore a selection of some of her most important works along with some of my favorites.
The third and last part of my best outfits of 2016 consists of my edgy outfits, which portray my
badass rocker facet. Constituted predominantly by faux fur coats, leather garments, ankle or biker boots, and ripped or deconstructed denim, this side of my style is where I experiment a bit more with fabrics.
Do you have a favorite facet of my style? Which facet of my style would you like me to post more of? Let me know in the comment section.
Scroll down to find these looks and the links to each below each picture.
During the past year, I’ve realized that there is a huge difference between people who really love fashion and people who just love shopping (though, of course you can love both). The former buys something, where craftsmanship and the love of design play the main roles and are the main factors, whereas the latter shops for the sake of shopping. This is why you’ll never, ever find the former doing shopping sprees, but instead carefully selecting what they think they’ll love/wear forever.
Personally, I hate shopping, since obviously I don’t need more clothes, shoes, nor bags, which is why it makes me feel kinda guilty. This is the main reason why I mostly take months and even sometimes up to a year to finally buy something I truly love and which I believe I will wear always, even if I don’t need it. I think everything is just about finding a balance and being careful in selecting pieces that fit right, are comfortable, and wearable (that’s why last year I stopped purchasing shoes that have a heel higher than 8cms).
There is are also that kind of person who wants to actually express something with their outfits and the other type who just seeks outfit inspiration to get ideas in order to solve the ‘burden’ to get dressed everyday. This is why the latter looks exclusively for practical, casual outfits. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with either kind and you can indeed create something unique and practical and at the same time express something with it. However, fashion is about having fun and playing with proportions and silhouettes. Therefore, this might not always have a practical, casual outcome. And there’s nothing wrong with that, since fashion doesn’t always have to be practical, nor casual. It can be elegant, whimsical, it can be crazy, and it can even be highly impractical, as long as you feel comfortable and fabulous in it. Art and expression doesn’t always have to fulfill a function, it only needs to say who you are. This is the main reason why I mostly disagree with the ‘I only post what I really wear’ mentality. What if sometimes I only post something on my blog to express something, even if I didn’t wear it the whole day? Why is there something wrong with that? That’s right: there isn’t. My blog and my outfits are my outlet of self expression and even though my outfits are not always practical, they say who I am, plus if I feel comfortable and fabulous in them and this for me is more than enough. Additionally, I think fashion is about taking risks, getting out of your comfort zone, but most importantly: having fun with it.
The second part of my 2016 outfit recap consists of my best minimal luxe outfits posted last year. These are elegant monochromatic outfits with clear lines, playful silhouettes, and architectural elements. If I could dress like this every single day, I would, but unfortunately, now it’s too cold to wear something as playful as the pieces that warmer weather offers, which is why as you can notice these are mostly my summer outfits in contrast to my previous best outfits of 2016 part I consisting of casual, minimal sporty winter looks. Scroll down to find my best summer looks and best minimal luxe outfits of 2016 with the links to each post below every picture.
I can hardly believe it’s 2017, because time flew during last year. 2016 was a tough year for the world and honestly, partly for me as well. On the other hand, I think I had a great outfit year despite all the obstacles I faced. I guess that’s the positive side of difficult times, since they make you grow, evolve, and they might even push you to bring out the best in yourself. Or at least I’ve realized while working in this post series of the best outfits of 2016 consisting of three parts, that I am really content with my work during the past year, as I had so many outfits to choose from, outfits which you guys loved the most and which were quite successful on social media.
Stylewise, I think 2016 was a year that went much further in defining my style and what I want to portray and express with it. I learned better which pieces and recurrent characteristics compose my outfits and which are my go-to combinations. It kinda set my trademark style and even made me realize I do, after all, have a few uniforms in a way. Every year I realize better what suits my body best and this is why each time I skip more and more trends. Finding your brand of personal style is definitely a process that takes years.
I’ve realized my style is divided in three facets: Minimal sporty and relaxed, edgy, and minimal luxe or minimal elegant. It’s not so weird as it does have to do with my lifestyle, as I wear everyday for work or go grocery shopping something sporty minimal, go out to the movies or shopping dressed edgy, and go to parties or to the beach in minimal luxe.
The first part of this outfit recap series consists of minimal sporty style, aka the style I mostly wear, especially when I am too lazy to get dressed. I’ve linked to every post under each picture so you can find the outfit details and what I am wearing. Scroll down to see which where my most successful minimal sporty outfits this year mixed with some of my favorites.
Wearing: Weekday Coat (old but find similar here, here and here), Acne Studios Adriana Sneakers, Cos Pants (from several seasons back, but shop similar here and here), Zara Turtleneck (buy alternative here), Mango Earrings, and Céline Caty Sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses
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Wearing: By Malene Birger Faux Fur Coat (on sale here! and an awesome alternative here), Topshop Slip Dress (find similar here, here and here), Cos Choker Scarf (shop similar here and here), Zara Sandals (super old, but find similar options here, here, and here), Céline Sunglasses, Mango Earrings, and a J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag
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Featured: Amazon.de Minimal Christmas Tree, String Lights, and Star Ornaments, By Lassen Kubus Bowl c/o Connox, One Must Dash Posters c/o One Must Dash, DIY Origami Trees, and a Cos x Hay Cement Pot
If you are not into traditional Christmas decoration, opting for a minimal Christmas tree is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also saves lots of space. Found this ladder Christmas tree beauty on Amazon, whilst looking for Christmas wrapping supplies and I just had to click it away home. I stuck with simple star string lights and ornaments, although I wanted to add minimal abstract trees. However, less is more, so I left it at the end like this.
Do you also love alternative / minimal Christmas trees or do you prefer the traditional ones?
My best wishes to all of you lovely readers and thank you for your support during the years. Wishing you all a wonderful time with your loved ones and may the desires of your heart come true (besides getting all the
shoes stuff you wanted).
Merry, Merry Christmas! x
All items c/o Hansemann.de
Still in search of simple and fast last minute Christmas gift wrapping ideas? I’ve teamed up with Hansemann.de to give you some major minimal gift wrapping inspiration. Below you find ideas and tips to create different black and white minimal gift wrapping designs with things you might already have at home.