minimalist me.

…back to fashion.

i’ve deviated a bit the last few posts, but let’s get back down to it. i’ve got a triplet of lesser known designers for you to ogle at. while i’d describe my style as eclectic, the common thread that binds all my looks together is this: minimalism. i like clean lines, structure, and practicality in my clothing. i’ve only just recently begun a foray into color and clothes that move, but i always anchor those pieces with a simple one. for example, i would pair my vintage blue, black polka-dot and billow-sleeve silk blouse with a pencil skirt, skinny jean, or straight-leg trouser. i’m not saying a bolder person couldn’t pull off a head-to-toe multi-color ruffle extravaganza; i just know that’s not what i’m comfortable in. i think my number limit on colors in a print or pattern scheme is 3, and that’s being generous. to my sensitive eye, one more line of color in the burberry check would be like willy wonka on acid (or, would that be more acid…). i like severity and simplicity with a touch of the unexpected – albeit, a simple surprise.

now the wordy preface is over, and one will understand why i love the next three designers. first up is danish vanessa bruno, who i first came across about two years ago. next, more recently discovered house of dagmar, a swedish line. finally, my favorite of the three, tiger of sweden. obviously also from sweden, this designer churns out both men and women’s clothing, but i prefer their men’s designs over their women’s.

i realize that all three of the above have scandanavian origin… i’ve always had certain looks i was drawn to, and once i began discovering swedish + danish fashion trends, i realized that they epitomize what i’ve always liked. their clothes are consistently simple, clean, with a limited palate and a subtle addition or twist to show a deliberateness. a great example of what i’m trying to explain is when i bought my doc marten boots: when i first put them on, i laced them up only halfway, and wore them with long black socks, which i pushed down a little above the top of the boot shaft. afterward, i was delighted to find many similar examples on numerous scandanavian blogs – casual deliberation; effortless chic. p.s. take a looksee at acne (they’re swedish, whadyaknow!) and la garconne for more like-minded garb. also, word to the boys – the september issue of gq is a winner (great edit of suits, sneakers…etc.), go buy it.

*photos courtesy of vanessabruno.com, houseofdagmar.se, & coutorture.com, respectively.

vanessa bruno f/w 2009.

vanessa bruno f/w 2009.

house of dagmar s/s 2009.

house of dagmar s/s 2009.

tiger of sweden f/w 2009 (1-3 of 6).

tiger of sweden f/w 2009 (1-3 of 6).

tiger of sweden f/w 2009 (4-6 of 6).

tiger of sweden f/w 2009 (4-6 of 6).

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