It's called Lagenlook and you are nodding your head and laughing at me, aren't you? 'lagen' is just a German word for layers so I suppose having declared my love of layers long ago I have not been completely out to lunch. (Let's throw in some cliches while we mix metaphors too.) It's just that I didn't know I could Google it and find tons of examples, that people sell clothing and make clothing deliberately meant for layering, made out of my preferred natural fibres and jersey fabrics.
While I do find earthy tones, slate blues and charcoal grays pretty and appealing, I like a little more colour than typically seems to feature in the Laganlook ensembles I see online. I do find the tone on tone look pretty so I decided to do some experimenting. I would estimate my wardrobe is about 40% blue through to blue-greens, 20% black, 15% purple, 10% red and the rest is made up of browns, whites, pinks and oranges and patterns that mix these colours. I decided to play with making layered outfits that were predominantly one colour family, unless a bit of pattern introduced another colour.
I didn't try these outfits on, as that would have been way too exhausting. I arranged them on hangers, hung them on my door and photographed them. This was an enjoyable and artistic sort of endeavour for me, playing with colour and layers, collecting ideas. They won't all work once I go to try them on but I came up with over 80 outfits before I got too tired to continue. I worked mainly with what hangs in the closet, and tee shirts, and left out leggings and pull over sweaters that would be added in colder weather.
I won't be rushing out and imitating the Lagenlook I see on Pinterest for many reasons, but now I know there is a word for this style of dressing that I like and that there are inspiration images out there so I have a source for ideas if I happen to run out of any. My version of Lagenlook is definitely more thrift shop, more high-low mix, and I like fabrics with a little more drape to them. Much of what I see is a bit stiff looking and somewhat angular. Lagenlook and boho definitely work together. Okay, I confess to adoring Helena Bonham Carter and wishing I had her hair, but I will have to make this look mine, not copy anyone. My version has a pixie cut and nerdy glasses so I'm already not quite the poster girl for Lagenlook.
Lagenlook is a bit more challenging in hot weather. Who wants to pile on the layers when it's over 80 degrees? Well I WANT to, but I can't always and not everything I own cooperates with any massive degree of layering.
Here is today's example. I'm wearing this arrangement of lovely thrift shop finds, a sundress with straps I need to shorten and a blue peasant blouse that is a few sizes too big. I tied it and the tie is hitting the tops of my hips, which feels more comfortable to me than tightness around my waist. My bra is showing so I'm pretending that is on purpose. I chose my laciest one.
The flounciness of this skirt would look great with a flouncy underskirt but I don't have one. Or rather the one I have that would be perfect is the same length as this dress so it wouldn't show enough. I tried a dark blue longer skirt underneath and while it was okay, I didn't really think it was working as the skirt is too long and straight. Flouncy underskirts do not show up in the local shops, second hand or retail so I may need to make one.
See what I mean? Not really working. Not even when I pull out any of the poses my Russian supermodel cousin taught me.
Did you know that flounciness is not a real word? I know! I am shocked too! I've added it to my dictionary.
So the long blue skirt came off again and the goth fairies approved.
They have asked me to stop scribbling them while doing other things so I can pay attention to giving them nicer wings and some variety in their outfits. Perhaps they would like some layers!
Now, the fairies and I are going to join Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style See you there!