While models and celebrities dazzle with perfection, sometimes it’s nice to get style inspiration from people who do not depend on a posse of fashion experts to make them look awesome.
Turn to the blogosphere for the independently chic and stylish, such as Dutch fashion student and blogger Iris Gravemaker.
Based in Middelburg in the Netherlands, Iris has gained a following worldwide through Fashionzen (fashionzen.blogspot.com), a blog that could satiate the style-hungry.
We love her penchant for bold prints and color, as well as her ability to style items for a variety of looks.
For instance, she would wear a pair of jewel-toned platforms with a graphic dress and ochre blazer, and for another day’s entry, with printed slacks and loose black tee. An H&M floral jacket could go with matching pants, and then be used again to complement a sporty ensemble.
Iris clearly loves her blazers, biker jackets, statement heels and large clutches. She’s a fan of Celine and Isabel Marant, and loves to shop at high-street brands Zara, H&M and Topshop. Netaporter, Mytheresa, Matches, ASOS and Romwe are her favorite websites for online shopping.
But it doesn’t mean the girl can’t put together looks to inspire fashionistas from a tropical country like ours. She also has an eye for vintage wear.
“I often combine bold prints with a simple black blazer, and I always try to combine vintage items with modern pieces to keep a look updated,” said Iris.
Fashion magazines, online style hubs and other style bloggers have featured Iris and reposted images of her from Fashionzen. European casual-fashion labels have also invited her to style looks and create style diaries for their collections.
Considering her hours are divided between studies and a part-time job, Iris has come a long way as a style blogger, with fashion sensibilities that can transcend time zones.