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Posted on May 1, 2017

The Holy Grail of Fashion: The Trenchcoat

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel

The same applies to the classic trench coat. A permanent resident in your wardrobe and the ideal staple to stroll in the city when the autumnal wind is whistling or the spring rain is pouring down on you.

The best trench coats come in all shapes and sizes, from neutral shades in classic shapes to stand-out voluminous, textured and colourful styles guaranteed to liven-up your wardrobe. It’s a timeless classic I believe every girl should own.

What I wore: Trenchcoat by Jaeger, jeans by Max Mara Weekend, Shoes by Graceland

Posted on April 17, 2017

Spring coats: Of Kitten and Waffles

Coats/ Featured/ Romantique

Yay! What seemed liked an endless, cold winter in Berlin is finally over! Now we play the typical April game of bouncing between sparkling summery weather and cloudy grey gloom! 

It’s time to hang up my snuggly arctic parka and opt for something lighter: My current key pieces are a cutesy kitten print coat and a waffle coatigan! 

Admittedly, you have to look closely to spot the kitten heads within the floral pattern of my jacquard coat by Paul and Joe Sister (The French designer known for Parisian chic with a twist and a dollop of kitten sweetness on top). Thanks to Rebel for snapping this up for me at TK Maxx! 

My other favourite spring coat is a Chanel-esque coatigan by Max & Co. A few years back I photographed a stylish Londoner wearing a similar quilted waffle coat in baby blue at Fashion Week. While she totally pulled this off, the colored pattern dangerously bordered bathroom robe chic. What I love about my coat is the easy wearability with dresses or denim, plus its black colour gives it a grown-up, elegant feel reminiscent of a black quilted chanel bag. 

I am wearing: Quilted knitted coat by Max & Co. Cropped Jeans by AG Jeans. Straw Bag by Sicily Bag. Pink satin sneakers by Superga. Banana earrings by N2 Les Nereides.

Spring feeling at Prenzlauer Berg

Meow! Who can spot the kitten heads within the florals? Coat by Paul and Joe sister. Boucle bag by Zara.

Flashback to 2014 London Fashion Week and this fabulous waffle coat!

Posted on February 12, 2017

Why the shearling coat is worth investing in

Coats/ Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Just a few weeks left of this longest winter in history, or at least it feels that way! Winter is still keeping us in it’s freezing grip as if to prove it still has a few weeks hold over us!

It’s hard to find a coat that keeps you warm as well as looking decently stylish.  The shearling coat is one of those and went through a renaissance last year thanks to Acne’s biker style shearling coat, worn by many celebs including our favourite style icon Alexa Chung.

Formerly knows as sheepskin coat, the toasty jacket looks modern in urban shapes like a parka or a biker jacket. Its versatility is the biggest plus: Wear it up or down, pairing it with  your cocktail dress or your jeans and breton shirt like Parisians do!

I’m giving my shearling parka (Stefanel)  a French makeover, paired with red beret, casual jeans (Boss Orange) and chelsea boots (AGL). Sicilian embroidered basket by Sicily Bag. 

Street style London in Soho

Alexa Chung going all British on us with her Burberry scarf and Acne velocite shearling jacket.

Karli Kloss prooves that the shearling jacket can also be rocked over an romantique plaid skirt and boots.

Red beret by Seeberger.

Read more about my favourite coats:

The pink eggshape wool coat

The arctic parka 

The Duffle coat 

The French caban jacket aka the peat coat 

The patterned statement coat 

 

 

Posted on December 11, 2016

Berlin Cold Weather Style

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Rebel winter pea coat berlin streetstyle

Winter style doesn’t have to be boring! Sub zero temperatures mean you can experiment with lots of knitted accessories, layering and toasty cocoon coats and throws.

On a recent trip to the opening of the Christmas markets in Berlin, Rebel and I wrapped up warmly in our favourite winter staples to combat the cold.

Rebel winter style:

“Never without my converse chucks” is Rebel’s motto in winter too. Pop a lambskin insole into your Converse and you’re good to go in the colder season. Complete the look with laid back, perennial French  basics such as the beret and the nautical pea coat. A red checkered scarf provides a pop of colour in the bleaker season.

Rebel winter pea coat berlin streetstyle

Rebel is wearing: Pea coat by Calvin Klein. Beret by Seeberger. Culotte denim by Jbrand. Red checkered scarf by Gant. Personlised converse chucks.

Romantique winter style:

After moving from London to Berlin a few months ago, I decided I need an arctic parka to keep me warm in Berlin’s notoriously cold winter. I’ve been pampered by the ever so grey and wet but mild marine climate in the UK. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! After plenty of research I invested in a classic green down parka with an over-sized, straight cut. It goes with virtually everything from my beloved round collar dresses to denim or skirts. I can even walk 4 km to work in this baby in -4 degrees and not feel the cold.

Winter parka hox berlin style

Romantique is wearing: Arctic down parka by HOX. Teal coloured bucket bag by Sophie Hulme. Bordeaux oxford lace-ups by Max Mara.

Berlin winter street style nutcracker

Keeping the memory of summer alive with fun banana earrings.

ebel winter pea coat berlin streetstyle

Overlooking Berlin's most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

Overlooking Berlin’s most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

Posted on November 13, 2016

Archive by Alexa – A classic Chung Coat

Coats/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique

emplar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

I’ve always adored Alexa Chung’s French flair. Rebel and I often reference her effortless style. So what a lucky coincidence it was when I visited London on the precise weekend that Alexa launched her Marks & Spencer collection “Archive by Alexa”.

Alexa raided the fashion archives of M&S to hand pick standout pieces and relaunch them, some with a contemporary twist. One of my good friends secured the pea coat coat “Templar” and I was sold instantly. The sailor coat with double breasted gold buttons, velvet stitched collar and princess cut is a French chic dream come true. Originally a children’s coat in the 90s, Alexa upsized and remodeled this gem to give 2016 a much needed boost!

The good news for all Pan European fashionistas is that M&S deliver across Europe! So we can all indulge in a bit of Alexa Brit Chic!

Style this classic coat like me with opaque tights and flat, knee-high boots, or try classic Alexa style with ankle boots and jeans. To make your ensemble even more “Alexa”, pair with a Jane Birkin style Sicily Bag or other straw accessory!

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Bucket by Sophie Hulme and brown flat boots by Sergio Rossi.

Archive by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencer coat Kensington

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Posted on April 3, 2016

Black or Beige Trenchcoat?

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel

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Do you prefer your trench coat in black or beige?

With it’s classic shape, timeless appeal and effortless chic, the trench coat is a classic outerwear piece for transitioning from summer to fall or from winter to spring .

For over 15 years I’ve owned a beige Burberry trench coat.  I never thought about a black trench coat up until this spring, when I was looking for a more subtle, sexy and feminine version of the trench. With a black trench coat, I could be that sexy French girl, avec tousled hair!

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Christy Turlington looking radiant as always – Elegance, privacy, class, education, yoga and a happy family life helps!

Black Trench Turlington

Alex Chung’s Black Trench

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Have a happy springtime with or without the classic trench coat!

Posted on December 15, 2015

Sisters Style Staple: The French Caban Jacket

Blazer / Jackets/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Berlin Street style caban jacket pea coat

The Caban Jacket, known as a “pea coat” in English speaking countries, is a classic sailor jacket, the coat equivalent to the striped Tee. It’s a French style icon worn by the “usual suspects” – the heroines of French chic: Alexa Chung & French Vogue Editor Emannuelle Alt.

It comes in a variety of styles so there is one for every body type: From short jacket to longer hemmed coats, traditionally double breasted with gold buttons and a wide collar.

Let’s see how we style this classic in our two different styles, Romantique and Rebel:

Rebel Street Style Berlin Pea Sicily bag straw bag

Rebel:

For me, the best way to style this shorter length caban jacket is casual with skinny jeans and flats. This is my Sunday morning brunch outfit, relaxed yet still chic without looking over-engineered. A striped mariniere shirt is also one of my favourite combos. After all, I live in Hamburg, near one of Europe’s biggest ports so the sailor style is always en vogue here up north.

Rebel is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Skinny jeans by JBrand. Pointy boots by Buffalo.  Adorned straw bag by Sicily Bag.

Berlin Street Style pea coat sicily bag straw bag

Romantique:

I decided to go for a risky experiment: How about pairing the sailor pea coat with a sailor skirt? Straight cut navy twill with a double row of white buttons. At first I was afraid of the clashing buttons but it turned out well! The navy beret brings the whole outfit together, parfait!

Romantique is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Navy skirt by Claudie Pierlot. Leopard print flats by Kurt Geiger. Navy beret bought at John Lewis. Embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Miu Miu.

Berlin Street Style pea coat caban jacket beret

Photo location: Berlin Museum Island.

Emmanuelle ALt Pea coat caban jacket

French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt wearing a caban jacket with gold buttons.

Alexa Chung wearing a long navy pea coat

Alexa Chung wearing a long navy wool pea coat

Posted on November 27, 2015

Sisters style: One coat, two styles

Berlin/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Rebel Berlin Street Style Egg Shape Coat

Romantique and Rebel are back together again for another weekend in Berlin. This time, we replicated what we always did when we were kids: Raiding our mum’s wardrobe! Oh the perks of having a stylish mother.

We chose a chic herringbone egg-shaped coat by Max and Co and decided we would both wear it, showcasing how one piece of clothing can look different depending on how you style and pair it, all based on our different personalities.

Rebel:

To ensure a curving coat looks chic, think about what you wear underneath. It is a silhouette that works particularly well if your general way of dressing is skinny-legged, i.e. slim trousers or short skirts. I paired mine with skinny jeans and pointy boots. Pointy shoes, whether they are flats, heels or boots, always elongate the leg.

Avoid wearing knee-length skirts or wide legged trousers or you will look like a marshmallow!

Romantique egg shape coat Berlin Street Style

Romantique:

Egg-shaped coats are cleverly romantic and feminine without alluding to the traditional hourglass silhouette.

The voluminous shape of the cocoon coat lends itself to pairing it with a shorter skirt and ballet pumps.

The leopard-print pointy ballet pumps serve as an eye-catcher against the grey colour and a mini pattern clash with the herringbone coat.

Sometimes, grey can drain the complexion so I perked up my make-up with a matte, pigmented red lipstick (blue based) to pop against the coat.

Romantique Street Style Berlin Egg shape coat and BERET

I’m wearing: Coat by Max & Co. Black turtle neck jumper by Max & Co. Grey knitted pleat skirt by Stefanel. Leopard printed flats with leather bow by Kurt Geiger & navy beret by House of Fraser.

Rebel Berlin street style egg shape coat beret

Rebel Stret style Berlin Egg shaped coat beret

How would you style the egg-shaped coat? A la Romantique, with skirt and ballet pumps, or like Rebel with skinny jeans?

Romantique street style berlin egg shape coat

Posted on November 16, 2015

Romantique and Rebel’s Top 5 Timeless Statement Winter Coats

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Romantique navy blue duffle coat bogner london

Slowly but surely, stormy gales and wet, dark days will take over from golden autumn. Time for Romantique and Rebel to dig out our favourite, timeless coat favourites for inspiration and a guide to what you should buy if you’re looking to invest in a new winter coat this year.

Taa daa! The following  winter coats and shapes have stood the test of time and trends and will serve you well for years to come.

The Duffle Coat (Romantique)

Hailing from Belgium, duffle is a coarse, thick woollen material. This quintessential British wardrobe staple typically comes with signature toggle fasteners .

Romantique’ s tip: The duffle coat is a sporty, casual choice. Pair it with dainty, feminine dresses or shoes for a modern clash of styles. Best in classic colours such as navy or cream.

Above: Romantique is wearing a navy blue duffle coat by Bogner. Black doctors bag by Prada. Penny loafers by Sebago.

The Candy coloured egg shape coat (Romantique)

The egg shape coat stems from my favourite fashion era, the 60s. The voluminous shape fits best with slim silhouettes like skinny jeans, cigarette pants or short skirts. Candy colours such as powder pink, lemon yellow or mint green are the perfect companion for this kind of coat.

Romantique pink coat sicily bag notting hill london

The Parka Coat (Mummy Romantique)

The perennial parka coat is another style classic you can’t go wrong with. Made winter proof with cosy fur or fleece lining for bitterly cold January days. Similar to the duffle coat, this is an easy, cool basic, best styled with feminine hemlines and shoes for maximum effect!

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Winter parka coat by Witty Knitters Hamburg, skinny jeans by J Brand, ankle boots by Candice Cooper, cat eye glasses by Gucci.

Fur Parka Berlin street style chic at 62

The fire engine red coat (Rebel)

Red is a signal colour and a real show stopper. This colour works best with a minimalistic, straight blazer cut. Chic, sophisticated and not to be confused with Santa Claus.

Rebel is wearing a red coat by Calvin Klein. Peter Pan collar shirt by Zara. Sneakers by Converse.

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The checkered plaid coat (rebel)

Think Kurt-Cobain flannel shirts meet grown-up Parisian chic. The black and red pattern garnered a lot of interest a few seasons back when Saint Laurent created a winter collection around this theme. Plaid coats are a great statement whilst still being classic enough to integrate into a variety of outfits

Rebel is wearing a black and red plaid jacket by Cerruti, skinny jeans by Blessed & Cursed glasses by Stella McCartney.

Plaid coat street style Hamburg

Fashion inspiration by our favourite icon Alexa Chung. Whatever she throws on, she always looks pulled together, casually elegant and chic.

alexa chung plaid coat

Alexa Chung navy duffle coat

 

 

Posted on April 30, 2015

Pastel Pink Notting Hill

Coats/ Featured/ London/ Romantique

Notting Hill London Street style pink coat Max & Co

One of my favourite corners of London is Notting Hill. When I lived in Kensigton , it was only a 15 min walk away. The pastel coloured houses instantly put me in a good mood. They look particularly stunning paired with blue skies and remind me of the Bo Kaap quarter in Cape Town. The area is home to my favourite Italian restaurant, Osteria Basilico, as well as Hummingbird Bakery (try the cheescake brownie), lots of amazing brunch places and boutiques.

Notting Hill is always brimming with celebrities: we once bumped into Kate Moss and Agnes Deyn, and on another day it was fellow German Boris Becker with this then pregnant girlfriend Lilly. Just two weeks ago, we wined and dined with Caroline, Princess of Hanover, aka Caroline of Monaco, daughter of Grace Kelly (photographic evidence below)!

Despite all of those glitzy visitors, Notting Hill has managed to keep it’s down-to-earth, authentic flair, offering a variety of great eateries and shops in all price ranges. Avoid Saturdays, when the neighbourhood is flooded with too many tourists!

Notting Hill London Street style pink coat Max & Co

I’m wearing:

A pink coat for the nippy British spring weater, to melt in with the background.

  • Pink coat by Max & co
  • Pink patent Oxford Lace-ups by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Duty pink bag by Coccinelle
yes, that's Mr Romantique in a gingham shirt with Princess Caroline of Hanover!

yes, that’s Mr Romantique in a gingham shirt with Princess Caroline of Hanover!

Notting Hill London Street style pink coat Max & Co

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