Lagenlook, which means layered look, is a style instinctive in me. I have always liked to wear layers not only for comfort but for the look. Layers are so instinctive for me I even have two layered front doormats! My hair is layered. I am a layering sort of person, no doubt. I also find, for reasons I cannot clearly explain, that I like the physical weight of wearing layers and prefer it on all but the most sweltering of summer days. I like lots of layers in my bedding too. There is something about the weight that feels right to me, as though I somehow fear that I am going to float away.
I think of this above look as suffragette-librarian. Somehow that seems quite suited to me.
I love this ensemble but it looks so obviously like it is a set created by a designer that I would feel I am in a costume. I use it as inspiration and note that this is a jacket type I think I could comfortably wear and which would be flattering on me so long as it gives subtle waist definition. For my subtle waist. Also, while I admit to a fondness for a rumpled look and a lack of desire to iron, this is just a bit too much like it was slept in all week.
This coat looks like a style that would be flattering on me and I could comfortably wear. It also looks like something I could potentially make some day.
In this type of Lagenlook pictured below, I appear as though the birth of my baby is imminent. I have tried and abandoned this style, always feeling sort of lost in the clothes. The bright colours and chunky beads are also not me but they suit this style well. This look screams middle aged female artist, which is what I am, but this look is not for me.
There is a wide range of what is categorised as Lagenlook and it has a sister style in the Mori look. I don't worry about whether or not I am doing either or doing it right. My lagens sometimes skew Mori because the ten year old me would have loved the Mori-girl style. If it gets too girly and frilly I feel silly though and it has a costumey feel.
A skirt like this one seems both Lagenlook and boho, with a touch of pirate woman. I have skirts like this already and would probably scoop this one up if I came across it in a thrift shop.With a peasant blouse and sandals it's great for summer boho. With another skirt underneath and a long sleeved top with a waistcoat, a scarf, some fingerless gloves and some lace up boots, I'd consider it a perfect winter Lagenlook.
A note on bloomers and voluminous pants:
I have yet to try them though I am tempted. I found a pair of bloomers in a thrift shop and they await a dye bath to tone down the bright spring green. I intend to experiment with them as the weather warms up. I have some slightly baggy cropped pants but nothing as voluminous as I often see in lagenlook images. I don't want to spend much money experimenting with this but perhaps a sewing project is in the cards. Most store purchased pants, voluminous or not, are too short for me unless I want to pretend they are cropped pants.
This combination appeals to me. The overall silhouette is similar to a tunic sweater worn with a maxi skirt. I am dreaming of these trousers made in wool jersey for winter and linen for summer.
I am attracted to the pants that read as a skirt and offer a clean, flat waistline like these ones.
And to bloomers under a skirt that read like an underskirt. I would definitely wear this whole look.
Cropped full trousers with this style detail at the hem also really appeal to me, though I am wondering if they look better with heels. (Is it just me or does this poor model look like her feet are stuffed into shoes that are too small?)
I believe that a pattern for these pants above, or something very similar, is available from the Marci Tilton sewing patterns. This is where I would like to go next with my experimenting. I hope to make a pair of pants this Spring, but first I will try wearing my thrift shop bloomers. Stay tuned!