Hello Fangirl Fashionistas! It is time for another instalment of Fangirl Fashion Files, where we explore our own personal street styles, or look at ways to express who we are through what we wear. After all, My Fangirl Life is all about being you, unabashed & unapologetic, in every facet of your life. KG has previously posted about her style, which she defines as Hipster Folk Princess. The fact is that trying to fit into one category (“Glam”, “Sporty”, “Boho”, etc.) doesn’t work for most people… why would we want to be defined so basically anyways? We’ve decided that making your own combination is far more accurate… and freeing! So today I bring you my style, which is definitely street style inspired: Hipster Mermaid Grunge!
“Where do I get that title from?” you ask. Well reader, I am a hipster… but only kind of. I’m not obsessed with being ahead of the curve and I love things whole-heartedly, not ironically, but at the same time I am all about some of the more “hispter-esque” trends. Hats, boxy jackets and the current 70’s mod revival are totally in my wheelhouse. But as I said before (and as Tris preaches in Divergent) a person can be more than one thing! That’s where ‘Mermaid Grunge’ comes in. I LOVE grunge style. Scrolling through Pinterest or street style blogs I always find myself hung up on styles full of ripped knees and old band shirts. I love holes & frayed edges… but also a bit of whimsy. Hence the Mermaid. This covers the prettier things in my wardrobe and the accent pieces that might contrast the rest of my basic style.
KG broke down outfits in her Fangirl Fashion Files post, but I am going to break down my closet instead. These are the key pieces that make me feel like me:
Obviously Grunge pieces are an important part of the Hipster Mermaid GRUNGE look. What classifies as grunge, you ask? Items with wear & tear that make you feel badass. Denim, Leather and Plaid… but not just any denim, leather or plaid. Distressed or acid washed denim, like my waistcoat and high-waisted shorts above. Leathers with edge, rather than class. My faux-leather skirt is a flirty circle skirt, rather than a tailored pencil skirt. And oversized plaid flannels. Throw in retro band tees or cut-off tanks with swords piercing hearts on the front.
Boxy & Oversized
I live for oversized pieces. But in a fashionable way, not in a “I don’t know what size I wear” way. Fulfilling part of the Hipster section of my style, my closet is full of boxy shapes. The key to pulling them off is pairing them with bodycon pieces. The textured crop on the top left is great with my disco pants. I love pairing the boxy white button-up with high-waisted skinny jeans for Casual Fridays. And the purple sack-dress is short enough to be balanced out by bare or nylon legs.
Textures vs Colors
If you read KG’s post you’ll remember it was like staring into a floral patterned rainbow. I am the complete opposite. You’ve probably noticed that my photos have the odd item in army green or pale purple and the odd pattern, like plaid or other geometric shapes, but that’s it. Color and prints are just not my thing. So how do I make a wardrobe of black, white & neutrals more dynamic? Textures! My closet is full of a multitude of different fabrics from cotton to leather to suede. You can definitely wear black on black on black as long as they are contrasting & complimenting textures!
Finding How Things Fit With You
A easy misconception about my style is that I can’t wear ‘pretty’ things. I snuck the Mermaid in to account for a touch of whimsy but, even above that, anyone can wear pretty things (or grungy thing or classic things) as long as they figure out how to tailor it to them. For me, I still want pretty things… they’ll just be different pretty things than Princess KG will buy. Instead of classic laces I go for crochets, a much messier, laid-back version of the same thing. I have joggers in gorgeous fabrics, but they’re cuffed in a casual stretch cotton, bringing it back to my level. Don’t fall into stereotypical styles. Avoiding those was the purpose of making your own style label in the first place! You do you.
What is your personal style? Have you defined it in your own set of descriptors? Let us know below! Or point me towards fun things that I might like to add to my ever-expanding closet!
Love & Luck,