If you’re anything like us, you spend a sizable portion of your life trying to emulate the ways of stylish women. How do they look so good while also retaining that effortless edge? Which designers are their go-tos? What are their (style) secrets?
That’s why we’ve launched Style Commandments—it’s a new series that nails down the daily habits and style philosophies of chic women, from how they get dressed in the morning to their tried-and-tested approach to investing in fashion.
This round? The Amsterdam-based street style extraordinaire and online influencer Linda Tol, whose androgynous-yet-feminine aesthetic has earned her a loyal Instagram following and plenty of appearances on the pages of glossy magazines à la BAZAAR.
Take it away, Linda…
I love the style of Leandra Medine, Evangelie Smyrniotaki, Pernille Teisbaek, Véronique Tristram, Gilda Ambrosio and Jan Michael Quammie. What I love about their style is that they wear the trends of the season but style them in their own unique way. Personality is very important. I would love to raid Anna Dello Russo’s wardrobe. She has a seemingly endless supply of all designer clothing, vintage and new.
I would call my style angrogynous with a feminine twist. Oversized jeans worn with a blouse and ankle boots or a mini skirt with a hoodie and trainers. It’a all about the mix and match of both styles.
Experience, knowledge and age have all influenced my style. My look has definitely become more sophisticated in the last few years. It’s cleaner, but I still love to wear colours and prints—just in a more sophisticated way. My favourite labels are Celine, Loewe, Jacquemus and Prada. And I’m obsessed with everything from Balenciaga at the moment. I love the latest collection so much because it’s a reflection of my style. The combination of the colours and the prints, the oversized silhouettes, the menswear inspired looks, I love it all.
At the beginning of each season I create a list of must-have items which I mix and match with the basics in my existing wardrobe. I’ll ususally buy one or two bags every season, because I love to buy them, and one or two pairs of shoes. I never invest in total looks.
Nowadays fashion is more about ‘It’ items than about trends, but I always keep to my own style regardless of what is currently “in” or “out”. You can use the same items season after season, you just need to learn how to style them in a different way. I’ll buy ‘It’ pieces every season but I’ll style them in my own way. I don’t copy the look from the runway.
I love to dress according to my mood and the weather. I’m not in the mood to dress up when it’s dark and rainy outside. If I have a office day at home I keep it very comfortable in jeans and sweatshirt, but if I have to go out for appointments I wear something more interesting. Maybe jeans and shirt with a blazer and ankle boots.
I have so many clothes that I sometimes get lost in my own wardrobe! So I came up with this idea to select my favourite pieces. Each week I put my favourite pieces on a special rack and try to wear the same items on repeat all week. This forces me to be more creative with my daily looks.
The most prized possessions in my wardrobe are a second-hand black Saint Laurent blazer and my pair of high-waisted vintage Levi’s. I wear them both so much because I can style them in endless ways and they are perfect for every occasion.
I really believe that style is an expression of your individuality, it needs to reflect your personality. It’s interesting to see how you can describe someone’s personality through the way the dress. I love to express myself with fashion.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/graduation-gowns | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/red-carpet-dresses