How would you describe your blog? PreppyBeast is a niche men's fashion blog, which primarily focuses on classic and preppy style. Through the blog, I try to show how classic traditions in men's fashion can be brought into a contemporary context.
How would you describe your style? My own! In creating my own style, I like experimenting with combining several different looks. The basic elements of my style are obviously taken from classic men's fashion, with the shirt, tie and jacket combination appearing frequently. I pair these formal pieces with sneakers, a hat or a bomber jacket, in order to create a more casual contrast. If I had to put a label on it, I would definitely call my style "preppy" or "ivy".
Photo from PreppyBeast. Scarf from BESOS.
What inspires you? My inspiration comes from the catwalk, as well as trends on the street. I spend a lot of time surfing the web for great street style photos. Using these photos as starting inspiration, I try to identify the key elements in each look and pull them together in different ways in my head.
What's your typical everyday outfit? My typical everyday outfit consists of the following elements:
- Blazer with white pocket square in the breast pocket
- Oxford button-down shirt
- Cropped chinos or slacks with turn-ups
- Black leather brogues
- And as soon as the weather allows it: Italian socks
How do you dress for special occasions? My normal formal attire doesn't really differ from my everyday look. My philosophy is that one should dress well every day! I strongly believe that how you look communicates a lot about who you are as a person.
Photo from PreppyBeast. Silk scarf from BESOS.
What's the most important item in your wardrobe? My most important item is actually something that very very rarely gets used. This summer I bought a multi-coloured seersucker blazer from my favourite designer Thom Browne, which is very distinctive and special. It's my most important item as it was the first thing that I purchased from the revolutionary designer, and since then I've been filling up my wardrobe with Thom Browne!
What do you think about accessories? Accessories are essential to any outfit. With accessories you can express yourself on a whole other level and put your own personal stamp an outfit. For example, I NEVER wear a blazer without a pocket square.
What's your next buy? A new navy blue blazer from Gant Rugger or Thom Browne.
How would you describe your blog, StyleStories.dk? My blog is my little forum for sharing my interest in fashion and my inspirations with others. My day job is in a completely different industry, so my blog is the perfect outlet for my love of all things fashion. I complement the blog with Instagram (@stylestories), which I'm pretty hooked on.
How would you describe your stye? My style is very minimalistic and Scandinavian-inspired, without too much embellishment or "noise". I love black and grey, so my wardrobe includes a lot of pieces in these tones, but I also like spicing things up with prints and patterns in muted colours and contrasting fabrics such as leather and cotton. I love raw detailing, for example in zippers and leather, but always balance this out with something feminine, otherwise it becomes too much.
Photo from StyleStories. Mette's scarf is available in new colour combinations on Besos Scarves.
What's your typical everyday outfit? There's no particular dress code where I work, so I can wear most of my wardrobe during the week. My typical outfit is a pair of skinny jeans, a t-shirt and a little jacket, with a pair of ankle boots (either with a heel or flat), or pumps and ballerinas in the summer. I love cut-off jackets, and I have a lot of them.
What inspires you? I am inspired by a lot of other blogs, through Instagram and by online shops, but also by people on the street. I often take walks around central Copenhagen to "people watch" and take a lot of inspiration from that.
Who is your favourite designer? I do not know who the designer behind Billi B is, but I really like their shoes! I am not actually very into designers and high-end brands, and buy most of my clothes from high street shops such as Zara, H&M, Mango, Marks & Spencer and COS - I think they offer pretty good quality at good prices, but I also spice things up with more expensive things from time to time. I am, though, pretty fond of some of the Danish designers such as Designer's Remix, By Malene Birger, Day and Inwear, but I don't often buy from their collections as I think they are often a bit too expensive. In other words, I much prefer several perfectly good items than one expensive thing, although the trend in "blog-land" is to say precisely the opposite. If I were allowed to dream, though, I would say that I'd love several bags from Mulberry :)
What in your wardrobe couldn't you do without? I don't think I have any clothes or accessories that I will keep for life. I can understand, however, how someone might feel that way, if they had a Chanel bag or something like that. I guess I feel that way about several things in my home, that I have received as gifts from a special someone or have inherited. For example, I inherited a porcelain figure (a polar bear) from Royal Copenhagen and a 'Blue Flower' dinnerware set, which I am very attached to and will never get rid of.
Photo from StyleStories.
What do you think about accessories? I love accessories, especially bags, shoes and scarves, and I have a lot of all three! Most of them are in black, but I also try to venture out into other shades from time to time. The problem is that nothing in "colour" ever gets used as much as something in black. With scarves, I usually try find something with a lovely print or colour that can jazz up all the black and grey in my wardrobe. I have never been especially into jewellery, but I always wear earrings and a watch, and when I go out, I usually add a few bracelets and maybe a necklace.
What trends are you really excited about at the moment? I'm really crazy about leather at the moment - I love the softness, texture and fragrance of the material. Adding leather to an outfit seems to really upgrade it and give it the perfect finishing touch. I am also quite into animal print - whether leopard, crocodile or snake print. Adding a great print or structured piece really livens up my simple outfits.
Words and photos by StyleStories.
How would you describe your style?
My style is classic, but is also influenced by Scandinavian minimalism and the season's trends. As a blogger, I definitely need to keep up to date with the trends, but at the same time pick and choose carefully, so my style remains my own and not just a reflection of "what's in". This is easier said than done, but I'm definitely getting better at it!
Photo from Fashion Manifest. Scarf from Besos.
Where do you like to shop the High Street?
London is, without a doubt, my favourite city, but I also think Copenhagen is pretty good. I live right next to the shopping street, Strøget, so I often check out the high-street stores like H&M, Gina Tricot and Zara. The Danish high-street brands, for example Just Female, are also favourites. Otherwise, I do a lot of shopping online, including at ASOS.
Who is your favourite designer?
Maybe it's a little corny, but I love Isabel Marant. I am totally hooked on her simple everyday style, which always includes a few feminine details. I think there's something really powerful about her as a woman, which always shines through in her collections. She sets the benchmark for fashion, and is therefore someone to take notice of.
Who is your favourite Danish designer?
In my opinion, we have many talented Danish designers, among them Malene Birger. However, I think MUNTHE is very strong at the moment. The collection can be worn both everyday and for dressing up, which, for me, is really important. I am so excited to see how Naja Munthe develops the brand in the future.
What is the most important item in your wardrobe?
I have so great items in my wardrobe, which I am really grateful for! As a blogger, there are always so many new additions to my wardrobe, which means I am always getting rid of old things (otherwise I'd simply drown in clothes, shoes and bags). There are, however, a few things that I'll never get rid of, including my Balenciaga bag.
Photo from Fashion Manifest. Scarf from Besos.
What do you think about accessories?
For me, accessories are the most important part of my wardrobe, as they complete every outfit. They can make a cheap outfit look expensive, or, on the other hand, an expensive outfit look cheap! I, therefore, always choose my accessories very carefully. My motto is: Quality over quantity.
Which trends do you love right now?
Spring is well under way in Europe now, but starting back in winter we began to see a lot of pastel colours used in, among other items, coats. This trend is clearly not over yet, and I therefore look forward to combining my basic wardrobe with items in baby blue and pink. And a little bit of colour on my skin, of course.
About Fashion Manifest
Fashion Manifest is my blog and my sanctuary, where I write about everything that interests me including fashion, beauty, home, food and training. I always take a personal approach in my posts, so that readers get a glimpse into my daily life. I think it's really important to be real with my readers.