THERE IS ALWAYS A REASON WHY
Amsterdam-based blogger Ivania Carpio shares her unique, individual style with her readers on a daily basis, be it clothes hangers made of lacquered branches, leather-look paper bags or bangles from the DIY store. Ivania wows us not only with her many stunning outfits, but also with her cheap and creative DIY tutorials. We got talking to the blogger over herbal tea and pancakes.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
The name stands for an obsession with aesthetics, whether it is with buildings, people or even a pair of shoes. Appearance is not superficial. There is always a reason why objects or people look the way they do.
Describe your style in three words.
Basic, minimal and sometimes a bit weird.
How do you create your personal style?
I have tried out a lot of different styles, and along the way I found things that I feel comfortable in and which portray me perfectly. I don’t like fast-moving trends, so I mainly buy basics and timeless pieces.
What do you prefer: online shopping or browsing through stores?
Ivania: I mainly buy designer pieces online. But I almost only find good vintage pieces in stores.
If you could switch wardrobes with anyone in the world who would it be?
Could it be with a magazine?
Then I would definitely switch with “Dazed & Confused” magazine.
Do you have a style idol?
No, not really. I am more amazed by the people creating such beautiful new designs then those wearing them.
What are your all-time favourite pieces in your wardrobe?
White T-shirts! I wear a white T-shirt at least every other day. It is the ultimate simple, timeless piece. You can’t say whether a white T-shirt is from the seventies, nineties or 2012. I will definitely still be wearing white T-shirts in 30 years’ time.
How much money do you spend in a month on clothes?
Oh, that’s hard to say. There are months when I don’t buy anything and others where I have to have a pair of shoes for €400. I don’t buy that many clothes, but when I do, they have to be something special.
What was the last thing you bought?
A piece of leather ─ you’ll find out soon what for (laughs).
Paris, London or New York?
What has been your worst fashion faux pas?
(laughs) A jumpsuit with a silver snakeskin print. It also had shoulder pads ─ very 80s.
What will you be wearing in the upcoming season?
I love the new oversize-boxy-silhouette. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as “no-gos” ─ you should wear whatever you like and whatever you feel good in.