The Style Olympics: Germany

Since we already covered over-the-top Russian fashion and sexy, sunny styles from Brazil, today I’m bringing you something totally different — a look at urban, artsy Germany.

Duo in Vintage
Photo by DosenPaparazzi

The German Look:
German fashion is heavily influenced by the kinetic energy of its cities.

Clothing — like some of Germany’s most famous architecture — can be sleek and modern, but there’s a playful quality and a scruffiness around the edges that makes German style super-wearable and almost irreverent. If New York City is an international supermodel, then Berlin is her quirky, whip-smart art school sister. Or brother — German fashion offers up as many interesting options to men as it does to women.

German designers love playing with bold, architectural shapes and striking draping. People on the street dress down these complex pieces (which could easily look artsy or esoteric in less confident hands) with tried-and-true, rough-around-the-edges staples like the perfect leather jacket or worn-in boots.

Artsy Separates Guy
Photo by Two For Fashion – Das Otto Fashion Blog

Speaking of leather, punk and counter culture fashion has long had a foothold here and even the prettiest dresses or most classic menswear pieces may sport a subversive element. The vintage scene is thriving in Germany, so vintage clothing and jewelry make their way into even the most futuristic ensembles.

Despite their love of strong design, Germans are also a practical people. Clothing might be striking, but it’s usually quite comfortable and versatile, especially shoes. Those who prefer a more classic look can give fitted blazers, pencil skirts and bow ties a jolt of energy with bold colors and patterns and unexpected pairings.

Bow Tie Guy
Photo by Two For Fashion – Das Otto Fashion Blog

Stores I Love:
Konk: I adore this German style emporium. It’s chock full of colorful prints, edgy accessories and dramatic coats from local designers.

Mankii Vintage: This tightly edited vintage shop features brilliant jewelry, cool jackets and other statement pieces.

Zalando: This site features international brands with a sporty twist for guys, girls and kids. Shop here for lots of affordably priced layering basics and the occasional well-priced trendy piece.

S. Oliver: This homegrown German chain was one of the first major exporters of German style. It stocks basics, outerwear and accessories for men, women, juniors, kids and babies, along with a rare-for-Europe Plus Size line. Styles range from functional to trendy.

A.D.Deertz: Designer Wibke Deertz creates slouchy menswear staples and colorful bags for smart, urban dudes on the go.

Romper Girl
Photo by Two For Fashion – Das Otto Fashion Blog

A Little Light Reading:
Maxi: This has a very “street” feel and features on-trend, affordable, fast fashion, up and coming bloggers and “it” girls and home and culture updates. The DIY features for your table and your home will appeal to fans of Etsy and Pinterest as well as traditional fashion magazines.

Petra: This classic women’s magazine features breezy fashion, make-up, celeb and lifestyle tips

Joy: This is a guilty pleasure, packed with celeb gossip (including European royal families) and sexy tips.

Punk Guy
Photo by Ville Hyvönen

Street Style, Bloggers and Photographers:
Still in Berlin: This site’s vibe translates beautifully to English and if you haven’t wanted to go to Berlin before, you will after you read about the fashion, food, art and local spots featured here.

Masha-sedgwick.com: Masha’s flame red hair, red lips, and edgy style (lots of boots, layers and tough jackets) are a love letter to German Style.

Two For FashionThis street style blogs spotlights fashion at street level, introducing readers to other blogs, budget fashion staples and styling tips. I also like the “do or don’t” feature.

FashionHippieLoves: Ignore the name — this blog is about as girly and posh as they come, featuring lots of outfits and travel snaps and the occasional fashion-y still life to show off shopping hauls.

Layers Girl
Photo by bigdeals.com

Get The Look:
Now is the time to experiment with a bold new shape like a beautifully draped dress, delightfully slouchy separates or a striking, architectural jacket. If a statement piece is made well it will give your wardrobe a focal point for years to come.

Still getting up your nerve? Be bold and try a little color or a strong pattern– a statement necklace, bright blazer or color blocked shirt might just be the thing to enliven your wardrobe.

To round out your urban traveler’s wardrobe, invest in classic pieces you can dress up and down, like a blazer or the perfect leather jacket. These will pair perfectly with more conservative items and ground more artistic garments.

Leather Skirt Girl
Photo by bigdeals.com

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14 Replies to “The Style Olympics: Germany”

  1. I love German clothing! I have a good friend in Germany who gave me two scarves and a running jacket. Some of my favorite pieces.

  2. I like the first & the last pictures. I like the idea of a few statement pieces & most everything vintage. I just need somebody to shop for me & probably practically dress me, too! Maybe I could be your first such client! 🙂

  3. I really appreciate how casual everything feels, while remaining structured. Also, SO vibrant! The second to last picture is my favorite…although, pulling that look off with my short/stout frame would be nearly impossible. 🙂

  4. I like first and last two pictures. Typically German. I like to say that I get inspired by city streets and that totally worked while I was living in Germany. I love being brave in pooling up together pieces that make .”typically me” fashion statement! Fashion on European streets is influenced by many different factors: architecture, natural beauties, food etc., but still wearable!

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