On her website, A Fluffy Blog, style blogger Eline describes herself as “a 21-year-old colour-obsessed illustration student” who worships “cats and meaningless fluff.” Her daily outfit posts, usually consisting of lots of vintage and DIY, are an explosion of all that is colorful, fuzzy, and upbeat, interspersed with her own intelligent musings on clothing (and the occasional requisite cat pictures).
As a little girl my mother used to dress me up in an abundance of all sorts of brands and designers because we had the money and my parents loved living the good life in every aspect, I guess. They were very close to what I wear now, actually! Bright coloured dresses with poofy skirts and all sorts of quirky prints and stuff attached. I especially remembered this one Prussian blue dress with tiny mirrors attached! I also still have a hat that has a complete country scene on it, with trees with apples and fields with carrots all 3D sewed into the scene. It’s amazing!
I wasn’t always this into bright colours but I’ve always been extremely interested in the effect of colours and most of all contrast colours (red-green, orange-blue, yellow-purple). I remember suddenly realizing I could easily implement this in my wardrobe and got so excited about the red vs green combo I wore it for over a year. In the end I got sick of that and started experimenting with other contrast colours as well as other kinds of colours vs colour. And now I’ve ended up as this jumbled up rainbow mix of colours.
Do you find people tend to be more creative with their outfits at an arts school? Does what you wear stand out?
I think people in an arts school are very focused on aesthetics and so it’s unsurprising that most end up outing this in their wardrobe as well. Strangely back in my arts high school when you did this you were kind of seen as a traitor because people were still under the delusion that an artist doesn’t care for material possessions, and especially not such a commercially influenced thing as fashion! Teenagers! Now, pretty much everyone cares for it, whether they’re dressed in rags or not, most of them are making a fashion statement in my mind.
Not everyone gets equally creative but there are certainly a lot more people than in other schools. There are probably only a handful that really stand out though and yeah, I guess I’m one of them seeing as I often get recognized outside of school when people are drunk and come up to me asking me to touch my hair, haha.
Your ensembles are so [awesomely] bright and eye catching; how do you deal with people who stare or make comments?
Well, most of the time I’m very oblivious towards what’s happening around me as I’m always in this self-absorbed bubble. Though I do notice it when people go out of their way to let me know they find the way I dress ludicrous, such as actually jumping in front of me and laughing out loud. I just can’t believe people like that, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that someone actually minds that I dress differently. They make me feel as if it’s a very offensive act to not follow the majority and I find that just completely ludicrous. I believe that the only way to achieve happiness is to completely be yourself and dressing in full on colour is a part of who I am right now so a couple of silly teens or closed-minded people are not going to change that.
Do you think fashion and style can be used to make a feminist statement? How so?
I think fashion definitely could. YSL definitely did, though I wonder if something that is so inspired on men’s clothes should have made such an impact and should have empowered women? Why is it that someone dressed up in frilly things for instance can’t be seen as someone strong? Fashion could play with this in shows and editorials but fact of the matter is that these notions are strongly implemented in (most) people’s minds so though fashion can make a statement it can’t change the way people think.
I think no matter how you face it appearance will always say something about someone before they can speak themselves. And you could definitely play with that, if you wanted to be perceived as a strong woman you could wear bold colour(s) in perfectly shaped clothing. Michelle Obama is obviously doing that, as well as Hilary Clinton and people have been consciously doing this for centuries. But I don’t agree with certain clothes always saying certain things. Why am I seen as exuberant and sweet when I am so obviously not when you get to know me? Fashion should start playing with those aspects… or maybe rather, people should start realising the difference between appearance and personality.
How many different colours has your hair been, and which shade was your favourite?
I honestly can’t remember! That’s pretty bad, isn’t it? I’ve started dying my hair just a while before my 18th birthday (I’m 21 now) and since then my hair has been all kinds of shades of natural colours (from blonde to red to black in all tones), though mostly red. Pink is my first unnatural colour if you don’t count that one time I accidentally ended up with orange hair… and then that time I purposely dyed it orange because I decided orange hair is AWESOME. I think pink is probably my favourite ever because it’s just so silly! Whenever I look in the mirror now I can’t help but smile at myself.
What are your favourite types of places to shop at?
I really love that type of shops chock full of indie designers dedicated towards the cutely and brightly coloured style with a vintage twist that I’m into, but sadly I can’t ever afford them so I just stick to all kinds of flee markets and second hand shops/charity shops. Also, I don’t ever mean to because I think their quality’s lacking but I always get sucked into H&M buys. Sometimes they just have great stuff and sometimes they brainwash me.
Eline’s Top Ten Style Icons (in no particular order)
Yuki from Judy and Mary (an awesome upbeat Japanese band from the 90s)
Cher from Clueless
Bubbles from Ab Fab