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What is Hygge?

Without a clear translation from Danish, it’s widely accepted as representing a specific kind of cosy. It might have the same roots as the English ‘hug.’ After a few years of French obsession, and a slew of books helping you achieve a French way of life, whether it concerned style, diets, parenting or relationships, the new craze comes is definitely Scandi. Calling it a craze doesn’t seem to do the movement justice, as hygge evokes something soft, something sweet, something enveloping. Instead, it’s an approach to life that takes delight in simple pleasures. It can be tied to material things, such as spending time with your loved ones in a sauna, lighting a candle and curling up with a book next to a crackling fire, or folding line dried laundry with your family. You’ll notice, however, that in all of the above a strong emotional connection was present. More than just an excuse for shopping, hygge is a way of living.
 

Wait… how do you pronounce it?

Now, we’re not fluent in Danish and we’re not ready to take the necessary steps to change that, so we’ll have to rely on second-hand intel. While our first instincts tell us it should read like ‘hee-ggeh,’ we hear some prefer a pronunciation like ‘hoo-gah.’ Hearing it might be helpful.
 

How to incorporate hygge in your day to day life?

Winter is the perfect time to adopt a hygge lifestyle. The soft, neutral colours nature takes (before the bright explosion of Spring), the enveloping materials you want to wear, the time spent indoors…

Be mindful of what you wear. Give priority to comfortable cuts, natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, cashmere and wool, and a neutral palette. The result? Garments that match, for effortless outfits that make you feel good.

Give your home a Winter makeover. We’re not asking you to throw away your usual decorations, instead you can just give it a bit more thought, to accommodate your current lifestyle. A few scented candles here and there to replace lamps when you don’t need electric lighting, a pile of blankets within reach… Why not also bring back some old school entertainment, such as board games?

Make sure you check in with your loved ones. When it’s cold and dreary, it’s easy to retreat inside with carbs and Netflix. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you don’t become a hermit! Instead, try to organise a baking session with your family, or a sauna date with your best friend. The glowy skin will just be a bonus.

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There it is again. January. After December’s excesses, our wallets seem empty, our closets overstuffed with things we don’t need… Does this sound bleak and make you want to book a ticket to somewhere warm ASAP? You’re probably just in need of a reset. What better way to start than a little Spring cleaning? See what’s currently in demand on Vinted.
 

Ugg boots. The original ugly boot has made a pretty spectacular return this winter. Is it thanks to Alexa Chung or just because they’re the most comfortable thing you could wear when it’s cold?

 

Kate Spade bags. The cute, whimsical bags never really go out of style. So if you’ve seen enough of it, why not sell it this January?


Lululemon sportswear.
We all know New Year’s fitness resolutions might not last the whole year, but we think you should take it as an opportunity to find your good quality sportswear a new home!

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Something we’ve been fearing for a long time has finally become part of our reality: the 80s are coming back. We thought we knew better. We remember the last time it happened. And yet - the oft-mocked decade has been creeping back on the runways and on the streets.

Read on to see how a touch of eighties style could be the update your wardrobe needed. After all, a decade that gave us Purple Rain and Like a Virgin can’t be all bad!

 

The power shoulder

They seem to come back every few years, and for good reason: not only do they make a powerful statement, they can do wonders for a silhouette. It’s all about the angles! The 2016 version, however, is a watered-down version of the 80s shoulders. Think enhancement, not replacement.

 

 

We’re blushing

Although the contouring trend doesn’t seem to be fading away anytime soon, bronzer fatigue is real. Blush is a reliable way to bring a face alive, so if you’ve been skipping that step in favour of cheekbone-sculpting, consider reintroducing your face to vivid 80s colours. The key to avoid the harsh line of yesteryear when working with red or fuchsia is to blend. Always.

 

 

For your ears only

After a few years of delicate adornments, tiny stones and thin mini hoops, we’re ready to think big again. Opting for mismatched (but still in the same colour family) earrings keeps the look current. The only question now: will you opt for bold doorknocker earrings, giant hoops or colourful clip-ons?

 

 

It’s lamé, not lame

We’ve been easing our way into metallics in the past few years, by way of shoes, bags and other necessary accessories. Full-on glam now doesn’t seem like a bad idea, but it’s easy to overdo it. When opting for a lamé wrap dress or top (or trousers if you dare!), keep the accessories on the minimal side.

 

 

And for the bold only: stirrups!

Not only reserved to ski holidays, stirrup trousers have been cropping up on the runway. Now, this is obviously not for everyone, but the look feels fresh again, if approached with caution. For a more 2016 feel, it’s best to avoid any athletic associations. Worn with a stiletto with the strap in plain view, stirrups make a glam statement.

 

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This week we are featuring Ella, a plus size blogger, Instagram influencer and more recently, Youtube star, better known as Curveella. Her blogs primarily focus on plus size fashion, beauty, events, hauls and subscription boxes, and she's a proud Filipina - "Hello, Kamusta kayo?"

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Go to her blog here to read all her thoughts on Vinted (and keep on reading to see her great posts on fashion and more!) 

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And want to see her awesome Vinted haul? Watch below! 

 

Be sure to shop  Curveella's fashionable closet on Vinted! 

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Every now and then, we like to give you a nudge in the right direction. On the fence on what to sell this month? The numbers don’t lie and this is what Vinties are currently looking for.

 

Jeans: A staple, do we really need to introduce it? With all the shapes available today, yesterday’s jeans will be someone else’s treasure.

 

Boho trend: Vinties are looking for boho garments! Must be the changing seasons...

 

Nike trainers: We all love Nike trainers, but with all the new models coming out, we sometimes get tired of ours, while they’ll make another girl happy!


Good luck and don’t forget to share what you’re selling (or buying)!

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esthermk

That’s it. There’s no denying it, Autumn is here, and it’s not going to get warmer for another six months. Super into all the new stuff you see popping up in stores and on your favourite shopping apps (ahem…) but not keen to buy a whole new wardrobe? Your summer staples get a cold weather update below.

 

That cami top or slip dress you’ve been wearing for a few seasons? Give it a fresh look by wearing a white or contrasting, fitted t-shirt underneath. Warmer, more directional, and you don’t run the risk of flashing anyone.

 

Not ready to give up on your favourite mules or sandals yet? Get super cozy by wearing them with socks. If you’re not ready to live your best hippie life, we suggest against the sock and Birkenstock combo. Instead, try fine knit, glitter, or mesh socks. They work best with delicate, strappy shoes, or even stilettos.

 

Your favourite sundress? It gets a new life with an oversized cardigan. The fuzzier, softer and more loose-knit, the better. The key is in the contrast, so if the dress you wore all summer has a flower print, a grungy grey or black will be its best match, whereas a lace or crochet dress will work better with a clashing colour.

 

The denim jacket you lived in? View it as a layering piece. Worn like a cardigan, it works surprisingly well under a leather biker jacket or a longer coat. Bonus points if you let the denim cuffs peek from the sleeves of the outerwear you’ve chosen.

 

The wrap dress you’ve adopted? Will you be horrified if we suggest wearing it over jeans? Instead of going the early 00’s route, treat that crossover dress like a kimono jacket and use it to cover a more basic t-shirt and jeans outfit. See if you prefer leaving the dress open at the front or if wrapping is necessary, then complete the look with heels and voila!

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Have we reached French girl saturation? In the past two or three years, you’ve probably read countless articles supposed to help you get closer to that ideal. Or maybe you’ve read none, and preferred to angrily close that tab. Well, we promise we won’t mention Brigitte Bardot in this roundup.

 

 

Edit your accessories wisely

You’ve probably read somewhere that Coco Chanel quote that says you need to remove an accessory before you leave the house. Who knows if she actually said that, or even if you should trust her advice, she did some unsavoury things in her time. The point probably is, you probably don’t want to look too much, or too matchy-matchy. Just avoid wearing all your jewellery at once (you don’t want to be a target and get mugged), and if your bag looks expensive, consider pairing it with your most scuffed pair of shoes.

Toss: blingy, loud accessories.

Keep: one focus point at a time.

 

Know what you’re made of

If the word timeless is often used in articles describing French style, it’s because trends aren’t that big there. As a result, people tend to re-wear clothes they’ve had for ever, or that they inherited from a generous and stylish grandmother. Do you know what keeps really well? Clothes made of the good stuff. Whether you’re buying vintage or new (that you intend on wearing for a while), look for materials like cotton, silk, linen, wool and leather.

Toss: polyester and PU are essentially plastic, you’re not a Barbie.

Keep: everything natural.

 

Forget about colours altogether

Everyone has days where it seems that you have nothing to wear, despite a messy, overflowing wardrobe. Would it be possible that… nothing pairs well together? If you remove any possible colour clash, you’re left with a wardrobe where everything goes together, with only slight variations in textures. Paris may look like a black and white movie in winter, but at least everyone looks elegant in these old classics.

Toss: any print that’s not a stripe, loud colours.

Keep: black, black, black, and off-black shades like navy, dark grey, forest green, burgundy.

 

Stop smiling

Now that you’ve eliminated all the fun from your wardrobe, you’re ready to embrace the attitude of a true Parisian. Do you know how they’re able to tell who’s a local and who’s a tourist? Only tourists seem to get any joy from being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. While you’re at it, if someone approaches you in a bar, don’t even try to look like you’re enjoying it for even a minute. No one can see if you have lipstick on your teeth if you ban smiling from your lifestyle.

Toss: fun.

Keep: red lipstick.

 

That effortless je-ne-sais-quoi

There’s always a secret ingredient that separates the real from the copycats. As stated before, the French aren’t so good at following trends, or rules altogether. They’re the first ones taking to the streets to protest, the minute some rule looks too rigid. No self-respecting Parisienne would follow the above rules to a tee, so go ahead if you want to stack row on row on row of necklaces on top of your red vinyl dress. Nothing screams more French than really going for it.

Toss: rules.

Keep: style.

 
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esthermk

These days, as long as you’re remotely interested in fashion, fashion month can feel a little overwhelming given the abundance of shows, recaps, street style and now even behind the scenes pictures. Moreover, it sometimes feels like a distant world, filled with overpriced clothes and glamorous creatures who only make it outside when there’s a chance to get their picture taken. Young fashion editor on the rise Laura Hawkins gets real about London Fashion Week for us.

What do you do?

I am a Contributing Writer for AnOthermag.com writing about fashion, design and lifestyle, from analysis of iconic fashion shows, to designer interviews, exploration of new and exciting spaces, to trend pieces.

 

What shows are you attending this season? Which ones are you most excited about and why? Any other cool events/parties?

I'm attending London Fashion Week and I'm extremely excited about Marta Jubokowski, Faustine Steinmeitz and the CSM MA show. I love how LFW is a real hotbed of exciting and avant-garde talent, and I really enjoy seeking out new designers to interview. Last season I interviewed the amazing designer Michael Halpern, a CSM MA graduate, who went to work for Versace couture after graduating, and has now dressed Beyonce, Robyn and Eve.

 

Do you plan your outfits ahead of time or do you just wing it?

I always leave it to the day before fashion weeks starts to plan my outfits, which always results in panic, frantic washing and regret that I never made it to the dry cleaners. Whatever I plan to wear, I always discard in the morning. Dressing is so dependant on mood and I find that planning ahead is never logical. By the end of fashion week I'm always in something extremely casual as I like to avoid the eyes of the hoards of street style photographers at every corner. It's never a good idea to just emulate trends or hot items for that season - if it’s unnatural to your style you'll only look uncomfortable.

 

What is your new season must-have?

Slip dresses! Velvet, check, silk, I want one in every material. The fluidity of the shape is immediately flattering, and I love the nineties grunge references. I'm also desperate for a new winter coat in heavy upholstery print.

 

Any high street buys or vintage secrets you want to share?

H&M has some amazing takes on Stella McCartney's ruffled sweaters, and Finery is an amazing brand to look to for high street prices with luxury details.

 

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esthermk

September is the January of fashion. All that ‘new year, new you’ thing you went through when 2016 started? It’s back.

Even when school years are over and done with, the thrill of buying a new uniform and shiny, brand new stationery is replaced by all the new season possibilities. Of course, it helps that September issues of magazines are chock-full of inspiring fashion stories!

Out with the old, in with the new - even if it’s only new to you - we’ll always go for the second-hand option whenever we can!

 

Tired of your straight coat? Try a puffer jacket

After a few seasons of understated normcore, we’re embracing the Michelin man vibe sleeping in all of us. Unexpected bonus? A massive jacket will lengthen your legs in comparison.

 

If you’re sick of your bucket bag, the market tote is waiting for you

If you’ve been rummaging in your bag without ever being able to find anything, may we suggest an oversized market tote? The roomier proportions will let you carry all your essentials while its rectangle shape will allow for a more organised lifestyle.

 

Try swapping your statement necklace for some dainty gold jewellery

There’s a lot to be said for the power of understated. Without being in-your-face, stacked pieces of jewellery can be just as impactful. Our favourite trick? A subtle-looking nameplate… with a message other than your name.

 

After seasons in flats, it’s time for the stiletto’s return

Yes, flats are practical, they’re comfortable, and they’re even stylish. You know what else fits under that description? Sneakers. It’s time for a bit of glam to come back into your life and onto your feet. Your new stilettos don’t need to be sky-high, as long as their graceful proportions give you that extra pep in your step.

 

Put your best foot forward in a pointy toe (forget about round toes)

While we’re on the topic of shoes, if you were shying away from an aggressive-seeming pointy toe, now is the time to embrace it. As long as you don’t threat anyone with them, everyone should be happy.

 

Give your slip dress a rest and embrace the ruffles

While we’ll always love the simplicity of a slip (or its top equivalent, the cami), a little girly touch is guaranteed to soften your look. Scared of veering into dangerously sweet territory? Pair it with black leather accessories.

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