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Outfit Recap | The Best Outfits Of 2016 Part II

10. January 2017
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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.

 

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Outfit Recap | The Best Outfits Of 2016 Part I

8. January 2017
Fashion Landscape | Best Outfits Of 2016 Minimal Outfits

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.

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Outfit | Dissecting The Elements Of An Ideal Minimal Outfit

6. January 2017
Fashion Landscape | Grey and white -Weekday Grey Coat, Cos Wide Leg Pants, Acne Sneakers

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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Happy New Year! | An Easy Party Outfit Idea To Try Now

31. December 2016
fashion-landscape.com | New Year's Eve Outfit

Wearing: By Malene Birger Faux Fur Coat (on sale here! and an awesome alternative here), Topshop Slip Dress (find similar herehere 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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Merry Christmas | My Minimal Christmas Tree

25. December 2016

Fashion Landscape | Minimal Christmas Tree

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

 

Fashion Landscape | Minimal Christmas Tree

 

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

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DIY | Minimal Christmas Wrapping Ideas + Design Tips With Hansemann.de

24. December 2016
Fashion Landscape | Minimal Gift Wrappign

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.

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Editorial | Annely Bouma For Models.Com

21. December 2016

Fashion Landscape | Annely Bouma For Models.com

Source: Models.com

Photographer: Driu Crilly & Tiago Martel (Lalaland Artists)
Stylist: Katie Burnett
Hair: Kei Terada ( Julian Watson Agency)
Hair Assistant: Sachi Yamashita
Makeup: Min Kim
Model: Annely Bouma (Viva Model Management London)

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Outfit | Acne Studios Deborah Sweater + Raiine Copenhagen Leather Pants + Slingbacks

19. December 2016
Fashion Landscape | Acne Studios Deborah Sweater, Raiine Leather Pants, Topshop Unique Slingbacks

Wearing: Acne Studios Deborah Sweater (in black here), Raiine Copenhagen Tahoma Leather Pants c/o Raiine, Topshop Unique Slingbacks (shop similar styles here, here, and here), Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Cluse Watch c/o Cluse, Elizabeth And James Ring c/o Edited, Edge Of Ember Ring c/o Edge of Ember, and a J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag

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Christmas Gift Guide | What Men Want For Christmas: Best Christmas Gifts For Him

16. December 2016

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Let’s face it: We women tend to think we know better what men want for Christmas than they do themselves. However, like I mentioned before in my under €150 gift guide for everyone in your life, you should avoid being overcomplicated, as guys mostly go for straightforwardness and functionality (that’s not to say women don’t, but men do this in a greater degree, something to actually learn from!). That’s right, in reality many men are the original minimalists, as they go for the essential and eliminate the rest. This is also why you should avoid buying cheapo, trendy, and low-quality gifts for the men(or anyone!) in your life. In fact, come to think of it, men deserve more investments in designer/high quality stuff, as they’ll probably wear/use them forever and because most guys avoid trends (yet another thing to learn from). Guys tend to go into a shop knowing exactly what they are looking for and knowing very well they will use it always. Regardless of any gender, we should all shop this way! With more intent and consciousness, with  less compulsion, with responsability, and by choosing well by selecting high quality, functionality, and timelessness over consumerism and trends.

(Disclaimer: I am not one to advocate gender stereotyping and I try to make every of these gift guides as genderless and timeless as possible. However, to separate Christmas gift guides for him and for her is a need, as men and women are actually physically different (e.g. broader shoulders, taller bodies, facial hair,  and err ….well, you get my drift)).

Christmas gifting shouldn’t be about shopping something for the sake of shopping something. You can actually give without shopping, like a dinner date, a little detail such as an affective letter, and a visit to an art gallery. Giving love to the people in your life should be a 365-day-thing. However, if you do want to buy something for your loved ones, it’s better to take this as an opportunity to buy something they actually need. BTW, check out my previous Christmas Guide for her here.

 

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Outfit | 1 Outfit, 2 Ways: How To Dress Up A Casual Look

15. December 2016
Fashion Landscape | How To Dress Up a Casual Outfit

Wearing: ASOS Trench (sold out, but find similar here, here, and here), Topshop Boutique Trousers, ASOS Turtleneck (shop similar here), Zara Strappy Sandals (old, but buy alternatives herehere, and here), Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, and a J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag

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