Satin in the Rain

I am inherently lazy when it comes to embellishing. I don’t own (moreover, wear) very much jewelry, I tend to be reserved with my makeup- and as much as I love the idea of dressing up, I feel most confident in less. Alors minimalist.

To make up for my lack of accessorizing, I look to statement pieces to keep my wardrobe interesting. Textiles are a great hack to being effortlessly ornate.

This dress caught my eye at MANGO a couple weeks ago, shimmering on a denim rack it had obviously been ditched on. Seduced by the lustrousness of the fabric I bought it for 12,99 € (and it’s still on sale here).

I haven’t been the biggest fan of satin in the past, but the revamped texture and rich khaki color cut the tacky prom dress aesthetic. The straight halter-effect neckline and spaghetti straps play into the current 90s comeback while still looking modern and elegant.

Something about the Charlottenburg Palace under construction, in the rain, seemed reflective of the urban elegance of this look. The sneakers were a purely functional choice, but in a very Berlin fashion, ended up making the look.

Working with a capsule seasonal wardrobe that fits into a suitcase, I wear lingerie to events and tuck dresses into jeans when I haven’t shaved my legs to make the most of every piece. It’s essential to my lifestyle.

This dress has proved to be a wonderfully versatile item this season. With sneakers or stiletto sandals (I’m thinking barely there white), or tucked into a some raw denim for a little texture contrast (similar white jeans here and here) it makes each outfit that little bit more, without any additional effort.

P.S.: double layered for braless days, you’re welcome.



Photography: Paula Werdnik

Urban Gingham

Gingham can be reminiscent of picnic blankets and tablecloths blowing in balmy summer breezes; of simpler life, of youth and innocence. But the classic print broke out of it’s stereotype and dominated the SS17 catwalks at House of Holland, Peter Jensen, Prada, Carolina Herrera and Altuzarra with anything but a Southern Belle attitude.

Mixed textures, psychedelic print combinations, multicolored checks, ruffles, and floor length skirts; this season’s gingham has nobody looking like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. Redefining the fabric with contemporary cuts and colorways, it is the MVP(rint) on the scene.


I took gingham to the streets of Berlin. Featuring an open back, boxy crop and flared sleeves, this statement top checks (ha) all my favorite details without being superfluous. I paired it with raw white denim and slides to keep the look more urban than pin-up.

Choosing black and white over the retro red/green/blue checks modernizes the fabric and makes pieces more versatile. Where red gingham can end up looking a little country bumpkin, black gingham gives off a foolproof cool vibe pretty much anywhere.

 

 

Photography: Paula Werdnik

Below is a little compilation of my favorite black and white gingham pieces. I can only encourage rediscovering this print for yourself this summer. 

 

1. TOPSHOP trousers
2. ASOS ruched tie skirt
3. NEW LOOK lace up sandals
4. NEW LOOK peplum top
5. TOPSHOP pinafore dress