If I had to name my style, it would be called minimal chic. I simply love neat, petite clothes in black, white or grey – usually worn with jeans*. But isn’t ‚minimal‘ just code for ‚boring‘? As my friend J. says; if you don’t want to do something, you’ll find an excuse. „My clothes aren’t that exciting“ was one of my excuses to never post an outfit on A HUNGRY MIND. I’m just not a fashion blogger. People won’t buy that. And there are no interesting ‚first times‘ in fashion, anyway. When ABOUT YOU, one of my favourite online shops, mailed me for a cooperation, I finally had to be honest with myself. I loved the clothes. So why did I still hesitate to do a fashion post? The truth is: I was scared. Because I have been laughed at before.
It was my last year in school, and someone from our small town had apparently found my blog, on which I talked about the things I was interested in at the time: books, movies, makeup, and, yes, clothes. What I got as a consequence for showing the world what I liked was a massive, anonymous shitstorm from my everyday social surroundings. First cyberbullying, then obvious whispers behind my back and dirty sneers to my face. I knew it was their lack of horizon and not my lack of self-recognition. I know it was their ugly character, not my ugly face.
But some small part of me could not forget. Some part of me thought that, even though they were the shallow kids whom I laugh at today when I return home and see they still haven’t achieved anything they’re proud of, they might have been right about one thing: Maybe my style wasn’t special enough to call what I wear „fashion“. Maybe I really was boring, and, therefore, a bit ridiculous. You know what? I probably was! God, I was 19! And I will probably think the same about today’s post when I’m 29. But if there is anything I have learned, and anything I am trying to convey through my work on this blog, it is that, if you feel inspired to do something, if you are passionate about an idea, you should always overcome your doubts and do it anyway.
I accepted the challenge. This is me. This is my first outfit post without shame.
Spring in Hamburg is supposed to be really awesome and I am eagerly waiting to strip my clothes rack of thick scarves, hats and gloves to put all winter stuff into boxes. Though I might have to wave goodbye to the very sunny climate of the south: Spring in Nothern Germany is still going to be windy. I needed a light coat* to accompany me on my first walk across Elbstrand and my weekly visit to Jungfernstieg. To give the look a slightly more casual angle, I added my first destroyed jeans. I might be late to trends, but when I commit to one, I’m sure I can own it.
Having said that, I might want to add a little „+“ to the name of my personal style. Because, to all those really basic, almost scandinavian items, I really like to add one or two pieces that break up the minimal chic. Normally, that element is something like a crazily furry handbag or zippery leather pants, today it’s the holes in my jeans. What do you think? Can minimal chic become cooler from adding casual elements?
Mantel: Vero Moda (via ABOUT YOU)*
Destroyed Jeans: ONLY (via ABOUT YOU)*
Striped Longsleeve: H&M
Chelsea Boots: Pesaro
In the end, I enjoyed shooting my first outfit post so much! Have you ever been afraid to do something or wear something? Have you experienced bullying because you’re displaying yourself online in a creative way? Are you a blogger who thinks they can’t post certain things because others might find them ridiculous? If you are in that place right now, if people are trying to bring you down to keep your horizon as narrow as theirs – please, don’t let them. Don’t be like me. Don’t wait for five years to share all your interests with the world.
*Special thanks to ABOUT YOU for finally getting me out of my comfort zone.