Did van-life change my style?
Personal Style Files 💌 Looking back at a year of #vanlife
Obviously, I never saw this three-layered head piece coming. But in this case I had no choice, but to put on my Indiana Jones hat over my noise canceling headphones (to be able to listen to a podcast in our noisty campervan) on top of bandana covering up my vanlife coupe
Practicality over looks is definitely the key take out.
Which makes the answer: Yes! 14 months of van-life changes the way you dress.
My happy camper collection is worn down to the thread. Not to my biggest regret. While I still love my wide collection of crazy print pants (yes, that actually a serious theme in wardrobe) or worn down groovy vintage Tees, there is such a thing is over-wearing.
Going back to “normal”
After a year+ living in a converted 90s military ambulance exploring the Portugese coast it’s time to go back to living a normal life; meaning a house, school, work etc.
The ‘happy camper’ part of my wardrobe didn’t make it into our new Portugese home; where we moved in last week.
And so didn’t most of my pink collection. On some days I really looked like that crazy pink lady from Familie Knots. It’s that over-wearing again.
The winners of a year of van-life
Van-life really pushed my wardrobe detox skills through the roof. I just had to keep it clean to keep overview of my tiny cabinet. If I wasn’t already, I may consider myself a detox guru now. If you’d like to become one too click this button.
Small wardrobes really challenge your styling skills. Basically it means you’re mastering the #repeatwear trend to the max. Would not have been able to do this without keeping it clean and orderly (luckily I’m a guru now). This made me divide my wardrobe into 3 figuratively compartments; a capsule wardrobe, style crushes (obviously pink) and occasion wear (hallo happy camper). This way it was easier to vary between different styles and see new unexpected combinations.
I’m super curious what the next year, in this new Portugese countryside/ beach life, will bring into my closet. Will it be airy prairie dresses? Permaculture chic? I do aim for a touch of Maryam Nassir Zadeh style beachwear…
The absolute winning item turned out to be the slide-in sandal. From eco-friendly Crocs alternative to babouche slipper. I even turned it into the ‘Slide in, Slide out’ Style Edit, the biggest one I’ve ever made.
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