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The Ugly Christmas Sweater Phenomenon

Hello friends,

the holiday season is officially here, holiday parties and gatherings are upon us. What to wear?

What I’ve found out to be really interesting when reading through work holiday party invitations or just by talking to other people around me is that dress codes suggesting wearing something with a holiday flair are quite common. But what does holiday flair exactly mean?

I asked a few Americans (who I figured should know) about what it meant. I heard everything from it being a color scheme containing red, green or silver and gold shades. Or that it meant to simply wear ugly Christmas sweaters.

I might be totally mistaken but I feel like Christmas sweaters aren’t as huge of a thing in continental Europe like they are here in the US (besides Mark Darcy rocking them in the Bridget Jones’ films of course. This man can wear everything and still look sophisticated). But I wanted to know more, where do those ugly Christmas sweaters come from, what’s their story?

Where do Christmas sweaters come from?

Christmas-themed sweaters were first produced on a grand scale in the 1950s, when the Christmas holiday was becoming increasingly commercialized. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the Christmas sweater gained mainstream adoration. This trend has steadily moved upward and as of 2010, ugly Christmas sweaters are once again highly fashionable.

Image via FPG / Getty Images

But why do they have to be ugly?

That’s a difficult one. Doing some research on it online won’t really bring forward a clear response but two arguments seem to keep resurfacing: Nostalgia and an obsession people have with fashion. 

Firstly, ugly Christmas sweaters seem to have that vintage Christmas appeal that reminds us of the days when Christmas meant going to bed early so Santa could bring those presents. Secondly, the ridiculous designs quite likely break every known law of fashion–and that’s the point. To liberate yourself from all fashion conventions is a good thing, so why not? Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters with pride;-) Also, if you want to wear a nice and NOT an ugly sweater it is absolutely fine. YOU DO YOU. 

If you feel like you need a Christmas sweater know, find a bit o inspiration down below to get you started (the ones shown below are all still available on amazon if you fell in love with one specifically):

Do you like to wear Christmas sweaters for the holiday season? If so, what is your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below. Have a great holiday season!

My 5 Favourite YouTube Channels At The Moment

Ok, so I promised to be real around here.

And I am. If I have a guilty pleasure it has to be watching YouTube. Today’s is going to be about my top 5 favourite YouTube channels.

Yes, I know know. I watch YouTube for escapism reasons (all of my fellow media and communications friends will know what I mean). Anyways, in case you want to relax and just consume something entertaining (because the thought of actually actively doing something seems difficult or watching something too complicated and demanding). So, those are my 5 favorite YouTube channels, maybe there’s something in for you, too. (I just realized that selection might be a bit more feminine, sorry guys).

#1 The Anna Edit

Well Anna, if you’re ever reading this. I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND! While that might make you feel all cringy I think we’d really hit it off. Yes I do. For all of you who are interested in lifestyle, beauty, food and bits of fashion but all in a really cool and easy and not over the top kind of way, this is your channel. Also, can we take a moment to just listen to this beautiful English accent, so nice!

#2 Estée Lalonde

I’ve been following Estée’s channel for a few years now. She’s Canadian but moved to London for love and is now making videos about all things London lifestyle, beauty, interiors, style in general, books and the list goes on. She has also made a few videos on the topics of feminism and the stylishness and the house Estée lives in are JUST ON ANOTHER LEVEL. So beautiful.

#3 Pick up Limes

I’ve discovered Saida’s channel only a few months ago but really appreciate this nutritionist’s videos on minimalism, vegan recipes and just life tips and hacks in general. You really see the effort she puts in every video and her voice has just something so soothing to it. Don’t you think?

#4 Sarah’s Day

This Australian girl is just so nice. Her accent is, too. She also seems to be super easy going and approachable. Besides showing us the great life of living in Sydney she is all about that healthy fitness and food lifestyle. Check her out if you’re into that!

#5 SORTEDfood 

It’s all about the food. Need I say more? Cool (is it ok to still use cool?) and inspiring channel, check it out yo.

And last but not least, my all time favorite not needing to be in a top 5 because it is just the best…is…..you might have guessed it: Yoga with Adriene!

Let me know what your favorite channels are if you have any!

Cheers!

My Summer Capsule Wardrobe And How To Make Your Own

Guys,

remember how I had talked about kind of having a capsule wardrobe in this post a few months ago?

Well, I wanted to give it a go again (forreal this time) and do my first ever summer capsule wardrobe. Before I jump in, here’s a refresher on capsule wardrobes, in case you want to read about it in more detail again. Without further ado, here comes how I did it and how you could attempt to do your own little wardrobe summer experiment!

Step 1 – Make a huge pile

What’s the classic first move of all decluttering action? Yes, taking out everything and spreading it out on the floor. Move warm sweaters and the like out of the way on a store away pile as well as trousers, “thick” jeans and flannel shirts. It will help you figure out what has to be stored away for fall and what to keep and use for your wardrobe in summer.

Step 2 – Separate tops from bottoms from shoes

It’s interesting to separate your clothes along those three categories as you will very quickly see where your priorities lie. My obsession definitely seems to be tops, while I have less bottoms and even less shoes. What about you? Which category of clothes is your favorite one?

Step 3 – Go through each category and sort out what you don’t want to keep

What helps is seeing what type of colors, patterns or materials you have lying around in your bottoms or shoes pile if you’re going through your tops pile for example. While you don’t really know what you have in your crammed closet it helps seeing it all in one pile. Seeing all my stuff on a pile made me realize that my color scheme is rather neutral, monochrome, with the odd pattern and color dash. It also made me realize which brands I tend to always turn to (in my case Cos, And other stories, Uniqlo, Zara and H&M).

Step 4 – Count your tops, bottoms and shoes

I ended up with a total of 36 pieces in my summer wardrobe including tops, jackets, bottoms, dresses, and shoes (meaning I’d get to have one extra piece, which will most probably be comfortable Birkenstock sandals, which I’m currently missing in my selection). Disclaimer: As we’ve moved here I obviously couldn’t bring all of my stuff, back home I’d have to get rid of way more stuff.

Step 5 – Plan on what you need to buy/get rid of

If you’ve got your total down you’ll most likely realize that you don’t need any new things. But if you feel like you want to replace a top/dress or shoe go for it. As mentioned below I’ll most likely invest in one new pair of comfortable every day sandals.

The Overview

Tops

18 t-shirts and shirts: As mentioned above, I seem to be a total t-shirts and shirts kind of girl. They’re so easy to wear, you can dress them up or down and they’re just comfortable. Most of my shirts are from Uniqlo as I really think the quality is very good for the price you pay. Most of those shirts are already a few years old and they are still in pretty good shape. Highly recommend! Most of my t-shirts are from Cos and H&M. Simple but good. 

2 special shirts: For lack of a better description. Those are a black top and a white silk top with a cutout in the back. Also, yes, I don’t currently own an iron. No judging here. Thanks.

2 sweaters: For the odd more fresh day in summer I have a white ripped cotton and slightly cropped sweater from Cos as well as a light grey cashmere sweater by Zara.

2 jackets: A white blazerish jacket and a more funky bomber to throw on a t-shirt or a shirt.

Bottoms

6 trousers and shorts: A mix of my trusted Wedgie Fit Jeans, a black linen trousers by And other stories, dark navy jogger pants, shorts in navy and print and a midi skirt.

3 dresses: I’ve got a casual stripy cotton dress, back home a green coppery Cos dress (see featured photo of this post) as well as a denim shirt dress by Uniqlo are waiting for me.

Shoes

3 Sneakers, silver sandals and black loafers: That’s it. I’m shocked myself to write that. But hey, it’s really not a huge deal. In fact it’s really nice having a manageable selection (#firstworldproblems).

Do let me know if you give the summer capsule wardrobe experiment a try, ok?

Have a lovely day!

On (Kind Of) Having A Capsule Wardrobe

Hello you

Another day, another minimalism-related post for you. Today’s post is going to be centered all around clothing, shoes and accessories, basically all the good stuff. Or should I say rather the lack or minimal amounts of them? We’ll get to that in a second. Grab a cup of tea and get comfortable.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

I first learned about the whole concept of capsule wardrobes about one and a half years ago. As far as I know the blogger Caroline from Un-fancy (absolutely check out her blog here) started the whole movement by documenting her own experience of living with a small, intentional wardrobe by posting her style photos every day.

Her approach in a nutshell:

  • Dress with only 37 pieces* of clothing for three months (basically one season of the year)
  • AND: Not to shop during those 3 months.  Sounds adventurous, right?
  • To plan and shop for your next capsule during the last two weeks of the season
  • How much you buy is up to you but Caroline reminds us that less is more

Ok, now that we’ve got the whole definition down, you’re ready to get your own capsule experiment going. One last input provided by Caroline that I found really helpful to get the whole thing started was the Capsule Planner (you’ll find it here). It is a great way to reflect on your wardrobe, what type of colors, materials and pieces you are drawn to and if they match your lifestyle.

Why you should try it

Imagine a world without you standing in front of your closet desperately saying one of the following statements (btw total first world problem alert):

  • “I don’t have anything to wear” (even though your closet is technically full…very full actually)
  • “I don’t know what to wear”

The capsule experiment will help you in narrowing down your overcrowded wardrobe into just the items that really work for you, that you really like and that you will actually wear. So that the above mentioned scenarios will never happen again.

Sorted.

Why I kind of failed at having a capsule wardrobe

Sooo. I read everything about how to get started with my capsule wardrobe and I actually did (kind of) go through with it for about one year.

I marked four reminders in my calendar as to when I could shop again and I can’t tell you how I excited was I could shop again. Instead of dipping into the stores every once in a while, staying away from them and THEN going back in will make you more aware of what is on offer I found (as opposed to seeing it all the time).

Also, you will appreciate the clothes you have even more and it really makes your life a whole lot easier. Where I failed, however, was the amount (damn you tshirts, shirts and shoes, I just love you too much). I surpassed the number of 37 (I was more hanging around 100+ back in Switzerland). Still, when we moved here I managed to get to 56 (yay). It’s all small numbers and details that don’t matter in the end.

Happy to have talked to you (even though it was kind of a one-way conversation so far). Would love to hear your thoughts on the whole capsule wardrobe thing in the comments below. Do you have one? Would you consider creating one?

Have a lovely day y’all!

* Your 37 pieces should include: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. Your 37 pieces should not include: workout clothes, jewelry, accessories, purses, swimsuits, pajamas/loungewear, underwear, and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room.