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Posted on November 14, 2014

The Icons: The Barbour Jacket

Blazer / Jackets/ Coats/ Rebel


Rebel Barbour jacket street style BCBG Hat Converse chucks

The feel and smell of a waxed Barbour jacket evokes memories of walks in he British countryside, Diana in the 80s or most recently, Alexa Chung wading in the mud of music festivals in Wellies and the perennial staple.

The Barbour is a classic because it’s never “in” – hence it can never be “out”. If you own this British legend, you can sit back and relax while hysteric fashion-junkies are running after the latest trends.

How to wear the Barbour Jacket?

  • An oversized Barbour, slung over girly dresses or sexy shorts will give any outfit that British dishevelled, cool-as-ice look.
  • Pair the subtle jacket with a bold accessory – a red-hot hat will liven up the 80s image of the jacket
  • Throw a pair of converse chucks into the mix for added sprinkle of nonchalance
  • Clash shamelessly: Alexa Chung (below) is combining pearls and ruffle blouse with the classic

I am wearing:

  • Barbour Jacket
  • J Brand Denim
  • Converse chucks
  • Red hat by BCBG
  • Mirrored sunglasses by Paul Smith


Rebel Barbour jacket BCBG Hat Converse chucks


Ruffle blouse, pearls and the Barbour jacket.

Ruffle blouse, pearls and the Barbour jacket.





Posted on October 11, 2014

Autumn Look Lepard Print Coat

Coats/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

Leopard coat Zara streetstyle hamburg

“Leopard skin is vulgar. Black makes you look slimmer. Slim-fit is for skinny people. Navy blue is what your mother wore. Nobody wears mini skirts after 35. All of these cliches immobilise and intimate us when we’re casting about for a style of our own.  …. We can develop our own style, even if to do so we have to go against the trends and the cliches”. – from the Book “Paris Street Style” by Isabelle Thomas and Federique Veysset. Our beloved inspiration guide.  

Truer words have never been spoken.  The leopard print coat has become something of a signature look for me. My coat  is not from a high-end designer like Dolce & Gabbana, who’s made the animal print it’s signature. Quite the opposite, it’s a steal from Zara and looks classy and chic despite it’s modest price tag. I pair it minimalistically with skinny jeans, pointy flats and a sober jumper, there’s no risk of slipping into tacky territory.

I am wearing:

  • Black and white leopard print coat from Zara
  • Black skinny jeans from Zara
  • Pointy flats from Kurt Geiger
  • Light blue jumper from Uniqlo
  • cream sunglasses from Paul Smith
  • Belt by Just Cavalli
  • woven black leather handbag from Falorni

Leopard coat Zara streetstyle hamburg


leopard print coat kate moss, alexa chung, jackie kennedy, emanuelle alt

Inspirational fashion icons in leopard prints throughout the times:

1. Jackie Kennedy – even 50 years after her hey-days, her style still doesn’t look dated.

2. Emmanuelle Alt, Editor in Chief of French Vogue

3. Alexa Chung, London’s coolest kid on the block

4. Kate Moss – Mossy in one of her best outfits

Hamburg Street style uniqlo shirt zara skinny jeans

Autumnal street style in Hamburg. In the background you can see the Press head quarters of Der Spiegel, continental Europe’s most influential magazine.


Posted on September 14, 2014

London Fashion Week Street Style – Edit by Romantique

Accessoires/ Beauty/ Coats/ Current Affairs/ Dresses/ London/ Romantique/ Skirts

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Les nereides alice earrings

I loved getting amongst the inspirational, stylish like-minded bloggers and designers at LFW September 2014.

Romantique’s round-up of the hottest and most romantic street styles of London Fashion Week!

Street Style 1: Tea Time in Paris

Gorgeous designer and blogger, Love, from The Girl Named Love is rocking jewellery from Les Nereides. The small Alice in Wonderland from the “Tea time in Paris” collection is to die for. Apart from her name, I also love Love’s laid back, chic style. Checkered sneakers, checked poncho and that rebel red lipstick! (Fire and Ice by Revlon).

ondon Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Les nereides alice earrings


London Fashion Week Sept Street style Gingham

Street style 2:  Brigitte Bardot Style in London

What’s not to love about this look? The Vichy gingham checked blouse – casually knotted, the A-Line leather skirt, the flat ballerina pumps and the natural make-up.  It’s like an excursion to the Cote d’Azur in the 50s.

London Fashion Week Sept Street style waffle coat

Street style 3: Fondant coloured Autumn Look

This sugary pastel blue, quilted waffle coat makes me long for chillier autumn days so I can wear coats again. The flat,  gold-chained slippers  mirro the gold buttons of the coat beautifully. The embroidered mini bag is the icing on the cake.


London Fashion Week Sept Street style lilac and purple

Street style 4: Lilac and Turqoise

In this outfit, lilac and turqoise go together like toast and Nutella! This is a romantic princess look with the little sparkly crown, embellished collar and soft dress. The clashes of the colours give it just the right amount of edge to balance the sweetness.


London Fashion Week Sept Street style sicilia dolce and gabbana

Street style 5: Greetings from Bella Italia

Ah Sicilia I miss you! This street style makes me reminisce about our holiday back in July. The cart wheels on the Dolce and Gabbana T-shirt look like a statement necklace.  Knitted pencil skirt from Ekaterina Kukhareva.

Posted on September 14, 2014

Fashion Sisters at LFW – Day 2

Accessoires/ Coats/ Current Affairs/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Shirts

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style pink coat max and co

Day 2 at London Fashion Week! Today I dressed for London’s ever changeable weather in a pastel pink coat, topped off with cat ears. Rebel went for the classic look in black skinny jeans,  a white shirt and brimmed hat to catch the tiny raindrops that descended upon us during the day.

Rebel is wearing:

  • White shirt from Gianfranco Ferre
  • Black Skinny Jeans from Zara
  • Leopard print pointy flats from BCBG
  • Blue hat from BCBG
  • Chained cross body bag from Gianfranco Ferre

Romantique is wearing:

  • Pastel pink coat from Max & Co AW2014 as seen on Hanneli Mustapari who’s fronts Max & Co’s new AW campaign
  • Black skinny jeans from Topshop
  • Pink bag from Bally
  • Snakeskin flats from DV Dolce Vita
  • Gelato pink sunglasses from Dolce and Gabbana
  • Macaron bracelet from Les Nereides N2
  • Cat ears alice band from Bijou Brigitte
  • Lipstick: Ruby Woo by Mac

London Fashion Week september 2014 Streetstyle

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style pink coat max and co

London Fashion Week september 2014 Streetstyle

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style pink coat max and co macaron bracelet les nereides London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style pink coat max and co

Posted on April 3, 2014

Vogue Festival London – Best of Street Style (Part 1)

Coats/ Denim/ Dresses/ Wardrobe

Russian girl Vogue Festiva Valentino

Last Saturday, I spent a fun-filled day at Vogue Festival on London’s Southbank, with my lovely  colleagues Berengere and Gledis. We went to see Alexa Chung and Lucinda Chambers speak on “Personal Style – Do you have it?” As it often goes with these type of events, the actual, one hour long talk, was not the highlight of the day.  The real fun was to meet and photograph like minded fashionistas, to be inspired by different, creative styles and to generally indulge in ‘girly nonsense’ (as Mr Romantique would call it).

I’m excited to share with you my Best of Street Style – gorgeous bloggers competed for the photographers attention and the girls were more than happy to pose.

Above and below: Head to toe in Valentino, the King of Glamour. Russian blogger Sofia Serdiukova  impressed with a black lace dress (including sheer panels) and a gold brocade coat. The string of pearls and long, curly hair added even more femininity to the already drop dead gorgeous outfit.

She perfectly epitomises Valentino’s mantra on women’s style:   “A woman must decide whether she wants to look ok or whether she wants to look too much, I prefer it when a woman wears an enormous skirt, a beautiful blouse with simple shoes, rather than a dress that that is too much and not elegant. A dress has to live, it can’t be wooden.”

Russian Blogger Valentino Vogue Festival

The must have accessory of the day was a statement lip: Cherry red, shocking pink or classic Hollywood, lips were bold. It illustrated beautifully how you can transform and add to an outfit with eye catching lips.

London street style vogue festival

Boyish, relaxed sexyness in torn denim, a hat, black heels and the ever pesent statement lip! Graphic, big prints were popular too.

Vogue Festival Streestyle 2014 London  How cute is this dress? I loved the rural print at the hem and the jewelled collar. No, unfortunately this dress is not from Zara but was bought on holiday in Japan :-(.

detail street style vogue festival London No lack of either creative or colourful accessories: Pointy pom-pom heels and A1 handbag candy. I have style envy!

Vogue Festival London Street style

Last but not least, the fash pack Gledis, Berry and myself.

Gledis is wearing: Top handle gold bag from Moschino

Berry is wearing: Black coat with leather sleeves from Zara. Sunglasses from Stella McCartney.

Romantique is wearing: Vichy Gingham shoes from Marc Jacobs, Vichy trousers from Gant, crossbody bag from Moschino,  broderie anglaise coat from Max & Co and sunglasses from Versace.

Posted on March 22, 2014

Fashion Sisters: Imitating our Icons BB & Jackie

Coats/ Denim/ Icons/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Rebel BB Ballet

Brigitte Bardot as a Ballet dancer and Rebel practicing ballet at the Ballet School as a 15 year old in East Berlin.

As part of our Fashion Sisters series, we are channeling our favourite fashion icons this week, Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy!

Rebel: Just like me, Brigitte Bardot initially intended to  pursue a career as a Ballet dancer before she was discovered as an actress. Her style is super feminine yet casual,  I especially love her signature  Capri pants and flat ballet slippers.

Look inspired by BB. Below I’m wearing:

Ballet pumps from Pretty Ballerina, floral jeans from Citizen of Humanity, sunglasses from Céline, headscarf from  Hermés, black jumper from Tk Maxx.

Brigitte Bardot Rebel Style Romantique and Jackie Kennedy

Romantique: For this week’s sisters challenge, I chose to style myself like Jackie Kennedy! Rebel always says that I look like her, especially my profile. I can’t really see it myself, but I gladly take this compliment on board! After all, Jackie Kennedy personifies  good taste.

My favourite fashion eras are the 50s and 60s, the most flattering time for women. Jackie Kennedy’s style repertoire included all of my favourite wardrobe items of this time: Sleek shift dresses dresses, A-line mini dresses, trench coats, midi-heeled shoes and fabulous sunglasses, all worn with an inimitable elegance.

 I am wearing:

A-line black mini dress from Max & Co, bug like sunglasses from Chloé, trench coat from Max and Co, mini bag from Gianfranco Ferré.

Jackie and Romantique Navy Trench coat Max & Co BB style. Floral  citizen of humantiy  jeans, pretty ballerina

Posted on March 12, 2014

Fashion sisters: One look, two styles. The classic trench coat

Coats/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

classic trenchcoat burberry fashion sisters

The Trench coat is a non-negotiable wardrobe stable, re-interpreted and worn a million times, I’m sure you have one in your cupboard, too. Rebel and I are no different, we love wearing our trench coats every season, they never look dated.

Rebel: My trench coat is the classic Burberry trench which I bought in London back in 1998! Yes, it’s 14 years old, as good as new and it proves the theory: Buy staples in good quality. If you look after them, they’ll serve you many, many years. For me, the trench is totally fashion forward. From business to casual, from spring to fall, from Hamburg to Sydney – the trench is perfect for any time of the year.

I prefer wearing my trench with skinny jeans on the weekend for a sleek, timeless look.

Romantique: I think everyone should own two trench coats so you don’t wear one out too much. Maybe have a classic one and a trendy one. Or a light coloured one and a black / navy or khaki trench coat.

Like my whole wardrobe, I like the classic cuts with a girly twist. My timeless trench coat gets it girly factor from the playful pleats at the bottom. If you’re like me, look for coats with clean lines and girly details like flounces and ruffles at the hem / sleeves or pleats.

Rebel trench coat look

REBEL is wearing: Burberry trench coat, batik skinny jeans, powder pink blouse and rhinestone sandals by Steve Madden.

Navyblue pleats trench coat Max and co
ROMANTIQUE is wearing: Navy trench coat from Max & Co SS2014. Soft pink bag from Bally, ballet pumps from Rouge bunny Rouge and purple tights from Falke.



Posted on December 10, 2013

Wearing a Red Coat should not intimidate you

Coats/ Rebel


I love my red coat but actually never wear it because I think that I look like Santa Claus from the Coca Cola commercial. Of course I don’t, these are just my own thoughts and it’s all a question of styling. If you would like to wear a red coat in the festive season, then don’t be shy because between all the dark coats and jackets in the street you will definitely stand out  in a positive way – be gorgeous in red, doll! What an incredible color on you!


On me: Red Coat by Calvin Klein, black Skinny Jeans by Zara, Converse, H&M Breton shirt above, Peter Pan Collar Top by Zara

Posted on December 5, 2013

Classic Black Coat & Python Print Bag

Bags/ Coats/ Romantique

Black empire line coat and snakeskin bag

As much as I love my statement winter coats, I’m glad I have my classic black coat to fall back on, especially when I’m wearing striking dresses and accessories.

In my opinion, every girl should own an empire line coat, which is a high waisted coat, emphasized by a horizontal seam. The reasons why are simple:

  • The high waist creates the illusion of endlessly long supermodel legs
  • The girly shape of the coat takes years off your age
  • The A shaped coat looks  great both with dresses / skirts and trousers

Pair a black, classic coat with sexy animal print accessories that pop and stand out! Subtle, understated coats and dresses just scream for an injection of glamour with a sexy snakeskin bag. After all, 2013 is the Chinese year of the snake.

Alberta Ferretti Snakeskin effect bag

I am wearing: High waisted black coat from Max & Co, ankle boots from Goertz, scallop mock collar from COS and tights from Falke. Make sure the faux python print is made of good quality like my leather bag from Alberta Ferretti or you’ll look like Kim Kardashian!

Black Coat and python bag Alberta Ferretii




Posted on November 23, 2013

Fashion 50 plus: Top 10 Styling Dos and Don’ts

Blazer / Jackets/ Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Style Advice for women over 50

Our mom is 62 years old and has always been an aesthete with a passion for beautiful tailored and crafted fashion. Hitting her twilight years doesn’t mean she has to wear dowdy clothes and hide herself. Throughout the years, her body inevitably changed. She now has a figure that many middle aged and older women share:

· Fat stored around the waist

· Skinny legs as the body loses muscles as we age

· Heavy chested

Being old doesn’t mean to stop caring about the way you look. You can still feel fabulous, you just have to tweak your wardrobe to emphasize your positive body parts. It’s also important to not lose sight over your personal preference.

Mummy romantique and Rebel put together her top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of fashion for women over 50! Share your thoughts with us and let us know if you have a fashion secret you’d like to share with us!

  • DON’T: Avoid pattern on shirts and jumpers. They only emphasize a big chest. No florals, dots, animal print. Go with moncoloured tops.
  • DO: Flaunt what you got and emphasize your slim legs in skinny jeans and printed trousers in rich fabrics like brocade. Cocktails pants are bang on trend right now and a great way to look chic and stylish.
  • DON’T: Short Blazer’s and boxy jackets only show off a muffin tops and a tummy.
  • DO: Wear longer, men-cut blazer with a walking slit. Try oversized overcoats in boyfriend style, egg shape or dropped shoulders with kimono sleeves. Longer cardigans will flatter a fuller figure.
  • DON’T: You don’t need to draw attention to your bigger midriff with tight waist belts. It’s best to avoid them like the plague.
  • DO: Wear scarves to cover your neck, one of the weaknesses in older age. There are some great statement scarves, made from luscious materials you can snuggle in for winter.
  • DON’T: Unless your name is Iris Apfel, stay away from oversized statement jewellrey and too much bling bling. You’re not a Christmas Tree.
  • DO: Invest in classic, pop coloured bags and shoes. Bold colours can look to over the top when you’re older. Try Oxfords lace-ups in ruby red and royal blue handbags to spice up your wardrobe without making it look too carnivalistic.


50+ Styling Advice Printed Trousers

Floral trousers from Riani. Sunglasses from Dior. White sandals from Prada.

Grey oversized coat with dropped shoulders and kimono sleeves from Max & Co. Powder Pink Oxford Lace-ups from Jil Sander.

Grey oversized coat with dropped shoulders and kimono sleeves from Max & Co. Powder Pink Oxford Lace-ups from Jil Sander.

Style Advice Fashion 50+ Boxy jacket

Style Advice Fashion 50+ Skinny Jeans and Blazer

Style advice Fashion 50+ Long cardigans

Fashion styling advice over 50

Stick to classic, eternally flattering shapes like shift dresses and pencil skirts. Navy dress from Gant. Shoes from Pretty Ballerina.

Stick to classic, eternally flattering shapes like shift dresses and pencil skirts. Navy dress from Gant. Shoes from Pretty Ballerina.


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