According to the biggest fashion bloggers in Berlin
We know everyone is obsessed with how glamorous Italian women are, or how exactly to dress like a French woman. But have you noticed how stylish German women are? Trust us, we were at Berlin Fashion Week, and there was some sterling street style going on.
How would you define German women’s style?
Alexandra: 'German women show a wide range of styles. We have classy and luxurious ladies or casual and sporty types. Then there are rocky or glamorous ladies. I guess it is always a matter of the occasions they are heading to or simply what they prefer to wear. All in all German women are classy and prefer a clean look.'
Sofie: 'To me, the German woman is all about expressing herself through strong pieces that are set apart by their meticulous quality; luxury is a well-made piece rather than an expensive one - something I can totally align with!'
What are your top style rules?
Alexandra: 'Feel good and be confident. Wear whatever you like but wear it with pride. Mix up different looks and wear luxurious pieces with casual ones. And always add some colour!'
Nina: 'It’s all about the details! I’m addicted to eye-catching bags and shoes which are perfect to give every outfit a special twist.'
Sofie: 'I don't like to think about styling in terms of rules. In fact, my last book Mood of the Day is all about how to choose your outfit of the day in a way that perfectly reflects your mood. That's one of the most powerful aspects of fashion to me, and one of the main reasons why I love it so much!'
What clothing items couldn’t you live without?
Alexandra: 'My shoes! And of course a cool pair of denims, a fancy handbag and a leather jacket. They all are so multifunctional and can be worn with any style.'
Nina: 'My comfortable ripped boyfriend jeans and my white sneakers. They are the best pieces for a casual but cool everyday look.'
Sofie: 'A good pair of pointy backless loafers to run around in, and oversized statement earrings to instantly add some glam to your look.'
Which German designer should we look out for?
Alexandra: 'Marc Cain is a classy and innovative label. The high quality of materials and the cool designs underline every woman’s natural beauty. Every look is unique and you can see the handwriting of the label. I always find my perfect outfit and there are plenty of pieces that I enjoy mixing up with my personal style.'
Sofie: 'I love Marc Cain's take on powerful pieces for women! Rather than literally stating it, the collection is full of items that make a statement through their colours (lots of hot red and bold prints) and cuts (structured and fluid) - just the way I like it.'
What are your fashion week essentials?
Alexandra: 'My fashion week essentials are of course my calendar and my phone. They always let me know when to be at what event. Next to all my fashion looks I always bring a cool pair of flats to give my feet a little rest in between all my appointments.'
Nina: 'My portable charger, gums, Business cards and lip balm.'
Sofie: 'Seamless nude underwear that complements every outfit, Verso Deep Hydration sheet mask and Dior Fix It concealer to look camera ready, and Primal Pantry power food bars for on-the- go nutrition.'
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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