Long before I learned the term Lagenlook I knew of a clothing company called Magnolia Pearl, the creation of Texas designer Robin Brown. I'm fascinated by the clothes, and find them beautiful but odd and impractical all at the same time, not to mention expensive. They look like Victorian underwear at best, and like a collection of rags and hankerchiefs at times. In photos they are always styled with grubby looking boots and big ratted messy hair.
From the online shop, here you can spend a thousand dollars just to get a top and bottom piece and go out looking either like a peasant or like a lady in her undies. Clothing is deliberately faded, wrinkled, frayed and unraveled. Colours are pale and soft.
Another clothing company making Lagenlook designs is blue fish clothing. These styles are usually layered, loose and large, with the dresses pairing well with pants or leggings, and some lovely maxi-dresses that look great on their own. This company is quite fond of black and purple. Prices are about half that of Magnolia Pearl, but still beyond my budget.
Bloomers and harem pants are a popular under layering if you don't want to layer two skirts or a dresses. I'm quite accustomed to wearing leggings or tights but feeling a bit curious about venturing into bloomer territory. I am NOT going to pay $300 for something I could make though. These slim cotton pants with ruffles look easy enough if I get ambitious.
You can make Lagenlook quite big and baggy.
Or you can choose pieces that are more fitted to your shape. All of these images are from blue fish online shop.
There are lots of designers selling their Lagenlook clothing on Etsy as well.
Sometimes pieces are shown in simple stylings without much or any apparent layering but the designer refers to them as Lagenlook pieces because they lend themselves to the Lagenlook style. They tend to be loose, easy, unstructured pieces in neutral colours.
I like neutrals but couldn't have a wardrobe of nothing but because I crave colour too. I'm quite drawn to the green pantaloons above though an entire ensemble in that green might feel like too much to me. I love mixing monochromatic colours and I also love analagous colour combinations, colours found side by side on the colour wheel, such as red and purple or blue and green.
If you like bright colours and whimsical patterns, Swedish designer Gudren Sjoden might be your style. Prices are similar to blue fish clothing, still generally beyond my range unless I am treating myself to something special. I have to admit I'm drooling on my keyboard.
I love the colours in this tunic, and actually love all three of the colour options. The Gudrun Sjoden webshop images are not easy to pin onto Pinterest and didn't like being lifted onto my blog so they have shown up in poor quality and while I could get some I couldn't get most of what I wanted to show here.
The internet is full of layering inspiration and a search using the term Lagenlook brings up certain types of clothing pieces created by designers, small scale or large, who have taken the idea of natural fibres, unstructured pieces and layering from many influences such as antique underwear to Asian and African cultures. The layers might be somewhat stiff and geometrical or soft, flowing drapes. They often look like things worn by the humanoid inhabitants of other earth-like planets on an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. We all wear layers to some degree and plenty of people are dressed in Lagenlook but don't know it by that name, they just know it as "this is how I dress".
Lagenlook is about really emphasising the layers, using different lengths, colours and textures. I would venture to guess that if anyone cared to debate the issue, and I really hope everyone has better things to do, there would be different opinions on what does and does not constitute Lagenlook. I don't happen to care. For me, discovering the term, learning how it is variously interpreted and knowing I can take from it what is useful to me and discard the rest is what I think dressing oneself should be all about. I enjoy looking at images for inspiration and now that I have a new term in my style vocabulary, I can easily find the sorts of images that appeal to me when I want visual inspiration.
I won't be defining my Lagenlook by the vision of clothing designers so much as having fun creatively layering the pieces I have and when buying new or new to me items, considering how it will play the layering game. I don't want to look like I am in a costume, and I don't dress myself to stand out, I dress myself in clothing that makes me feel good and feel like myself. Discovering the term Lagenlook and finding so many images online has helped me to refocus on what styles make me feel good. I was amazed at the emotional reaction I had. If I were not such a reserved sort of person I would have shouted, "Yes that is me! Those are the clothes I want to wear!" I shouted that inside my own head. It has given me some direction when before I felt as though I were drowning in a sea of style options, so many of which were not right for me. I have always known I had hippe/boho leanings, so Lagenlook feels like it just rounds out the picture for me. Of course I do like things in threes so maybe I just wanted three words.
I will end this horrendously long post which you have not actually read and only skimmed, by offering up some advice I stumbled upon somewhere online and my apologies to whomever said it first. I am not certain of the original source so I will paraphrase.
With Lagenlook there is a fine line. Done right you will look artsy. Done poorly and you will look like a homeless person.
Mary-Kate's look was referred to as 'dumpster dressing'.