Annebeth who runs The Styling Dutchman is one of my favourite Euro bloggers. Her style is as quirky as her posts and I love reading every word of her posts. She is charismatic, funny and damn good at looking effortlessly chic.
I was lucky enough to interview her. Here’s what she had to say:
Where do you find most of your amazing clothes?
I'm actually a really bad shopper: I only visit a limited number of shops instead of being aware of all the awesomeness out there! It all starts with inspiration for me: instead of just going out "to shop" I usually just catch a whiff of something online or in a TV series or movie that looks like it will complete my look or be a definite asset to my wardrobe, and then I go search for it online and in stores. Right now I'm looking for slouchy statement sweaters, doc martens, flatform/creeper shoes and faux fur! :-)
What is T2 Vintage?
T2 or Think Twice a Finnish chain of second-hand stores that collects its items from the Baltic states and sells them to me in Antwerp! :-D Best thing ever: their monthly sales, when everything gets marked down starting with 30% and going down down down for days until everything is just 1 euro the last day: heaven!
What are you studying at University?
Communication Sciences :) I love it dearly and I'm writing my thesis on Lady Gaga! :-D
Where do you find inspiration for your outfits?
Mostly online: I'm a huge tumblr fan, it's this feed of inspiration that comes from people who have similar style and taste. And from "ideas", really! I am into retro stuff so when I have a piece, I often try to style it up to what I think represents retro style. Mad Men was an amazing retro inspiration to me (and continues to be). And sometimes I get my inspiration from the weirdest places, like Robyn's video clips. She always wears this sort of modern take on 80s new wave and 90s skinhead fashion and it rocks my world.
Oh and other blogs of course! Some of my faves are http://www.calivintage.com/ , http://yourstrulymag.blogspot.com/ and http://afinedayforsailing.blogspot.com/ but I have loads of favourites really. Awesome women with awesome style.
How would you describe your style?
Right now I'm really being inspired by my main occupation (being a uni student) so I'm usually sticking to my vintage take on collegiate style I guess. I love piling on colors and prints but I still keep it quite classic. My style isn't edgy or anything, I always go for wearable and real.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully as a serious journalist? Or a communications researcher? I don't know, something that stimulates me intellectually! And married to my boyfriend of 8 years of course! :-D
Any advice or tips for new fashion bloggers?
Only start doing it if you really love it. Find your own voice and own style regardless of what other people do. Take pride in what you do and strive to be the best you you can be. And have fun! :-)