Continuing my monthly "Bloggers You Should Know" series, I've been absolutely dying to share the European bloggers I follow with you. I can't speak for all Brits, but I'm pretty sure that despite being in Europe we generally don't think of ourselves as European at all. When I hear the phrase I think French, Spanish, Italian... anything but British. It also gives me the perfect opportunity to showcase my favourite bloggers from across the channel and beyond, and I'll treat you to fabulous Brits another time.
I'm sure that Europe breeds eclectic style - it's not always as straightforwardly classic as you might think. These girls take risks, they enjoy the dressing up part of fashion, they look like they're having fun. You may not necessarily want to emulate their style from head-to-toe, but I don't always think that's the sole point of following style blogs. Sometimes I want to enjoy the locations, or take inspiration from colours they've paired together, or dare to step outside my comfort zone and try on a wig or some ruffles (even just for fun).
So grab une tasse de café and enjoy these fabulous ladies, mes chéris...!
Frassy (France)Audrey is the ultimate American in Paris. One of the first fashion blogs I ever found, I've watched her blog grow and her style develop over the years, but she's never lost the ability to make me smile. Here is a blogger who you can tell loves her work and loves her clothes - and adores Paris. The city is as much of a star in her photos as she is, and it provides the perfect backdrop for her über chic and (somehow at the same time) über funky style. She's never too perfect and she's never (ahem) up herself, and for that I love her.
Fashion Zen (Netherlands)One of the coolest bloggers in Europe, Iris is what I call pared-down-Dutch-chic-with-a-twist. Often seen in a hat (lots of fedoras and beanies) and a fabulous coat, her colour palette is minimal but there's often a surprise thrown in with a lovely rich tartan or a fierce pair of boots. Like the British, I think Dutch style is greatly influenced by the weather, so I'm often drawn to it - it's not easy to pin down a solid description of what it is exactly, but I know I like it, and it works.
Aminta Online (Spain)I don't think there's anyone whose outfits I've enjoyed more than Aminta's during the years I've been following blogs (my 15 year old niece is also a huge fan). She embodies "crazy cool" and it's impossible to pigeon-hole her style... it's totally and utterly unique and will change radically from post to post. With her amazing collection of wigs (I love her with purple hair) you'll be hard pressed to recognise her if it wasn't for that gorgeous, mega-watt smile she'll flash now and then. Do not miss the opportunity to be totally inspired by her boundless enthusiasm and creativity.
Beeswonderland (Austria)Borjana's most striking feature is that platinum blond crop - but in the time I've followed her she's gone from long, dark curls to a black crop which then went a fiery red, and she seems to have settled (for now) with the blond. This Austrian chameleon wears more statement pieces than I've had hot dinners, and each is as striking as the last. Without that long, perfectly highlighted, curled hair we see so much on the bloggesphere she stands out - and for all the right reasons. I love how it only complements the tailoring and the beautiful fabrics she wears.
The Styling Dutchman (Netherlands)Looking like the long-lost triplet of Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, Annebeth is another fabulous Dutch blogger. (You may see by the end I really have a thing for the Dutch.) With legs to die for and huge eyes you'll simply get lost in, you're as likely to find her in heels as you are in chic sports wear. Her style is beautifully simple with a lot of black, but she throws in well-thought-out flashes of colour and gorgeous textures here and there - all the time killing me with those big baby browns.
Beauty in Insanity (Bulgaria)If you're afraid of colour and pattern - be warned... Katerina (who also goes by the name Keit) does both unashamedly. She owns motif sweaters and t-shirts, she owns brights-with-neon colour combinations, and she owns in-your-face layers and accessories. Like Aminta, her style is no-holds-barred - and her playfulness and unconventional attitude towards fashion is what I admire and enjoy about her style so much.
Tie Bow-Tie (Turkey)Viktoriya's style is ladylike, enviable and very elegant - a reflection of her graceful stature, no doubt. In each series there's generally one blogger whose wardrobe I would happily steal and wear just as they do, and Viktoriya's is it for the Europeans. She'll rock a classic pattern (stripes, florals, dogtooth) and add it to distressed denim or a boxy jacket, top it with a fabulous hat - and she's effortlessly radiant. The colours are sometimes soft, they're sometimes bright; the fabrics are sometimes tailored, sometimes not, but this is style perfection in my eyes.
Lovely by Lucy (Netherlands)So my Dutch blogger obsession wouldn't be complete without lovely Lucy. If you want to know how to do sports luxe, go NO further - Lucy is the expert. The simplest (barely there) colour palette, relaxed silhouettes and an amazing collection of sports shoes all provide a gorgeous foundation for that show-stopping haircut. She's as instantly recognisable for her brunette blunt-cut fringe as she is for her sneakers; I deeply admire how she has that very cool sporty aesthetic, but never lets it stray into tomboy territory. There's a lovely contrast between her gorgeous, delicate features and the surprise that sports wear provides... not a touch of pink or hint of chiffon in sight: perfect.
Let me know if you've found any new blogs to follow - I hope you have! As I've said before these are my personal favourites; it's hard to choose just eight for these features. Are there any other lesser-known European bloggers you want to suggest? Let me know in the comments!