Images by Birgit Sfat for Cup of Jo.
“The way in which I feel is in colour,” says painter Irene de Klerk Wolters. “Within the morning, I determine what colour temper I’m in. If I want confidence, I’ll put on blue. White feels cheerful, so I would put on it if I’m having visitors for dinner.” After a decade in Copenhagen, Irene and her household not too long ago returned to the Netherlands. She now lives in Haarlem together with her husband, Arjan, and two sons, Beau, 17, and Pepijn, 12 — plus a latest addition, a canine named Lou. Right here, she shares 5 appears which are equal components stylish and cozy…
Denims: Mister k. Striped shirt: classic Saint James, however available new. Blazer: Girls of Dust “from just a few years in the past,” similar. Boots: ATP Atelier, similar.
“In Copenhagen, our rental didn’t permit canines. Our youngsters actually, actually love canines, so we promised that we’d get one once we moved again to the Netherlands. Lou is the glue of the household. Strolling a canine, you meet folks in a really spontaneous method. We weren’t even totally unpacked, however our canine right away helped us be a part of our neighborhood.”
Jumpsuit: Closed, similar. Sneakers: Birkenstock.
“Eighteen years in the past, I used to be a lawyer however needed to work extra creatively. Though I used to be already portray on the facet, I used to be scared to stop. My job was all or nothing; there was no solution to do it half time. I knew I’d take an enormous monetary minimize and add plenty of uncertainty. However I wanted to strive. I bear in mind my supervisor saying, ‘No matter you do, I do know you’ll do a superb job.’ That was so encouraging. I went from sporting heels and skirts to no matter I needed. My model continues to be tailor-made — blazers, lengthy pants — simply extra snug. And no extra excessive heels.”
“I’ll be sporting new denims and assume, Oh, I simply wish to end this one factor, after which get paint on them. In fact, it all the time occurs with new garments! The paint I exploit is water-based, so I can get it out with some effort. However I do like some paint splatters right here and there.”
Trench: Mister k. Sweater: I Blame Lulu. Denims: Classic Levi’s, similar. Sneakers: ASICS, similar.
“In nations the place the local weather isn’t that heat, the primary impression you get of someone is usually of their coat. I will be sporting pajamas and a pleasant coat strolling the canine, and I nonetheless really feel put collectively. Just a few I inherited from my mum that I bear in mind her sporting. A high quality trench will final ceaselessly.”
“For getting groceries, operating errands, or seeing pals, I journey my bike. It’s one thing I’ve achieved all my life dwelling within the Netherlands and Denmark. We load up our bikes with kids, too. I bike in all my garments. If it’s a flowy skirt or a gown, I simply maintain a bit in my hand so it doesn’t find yourself within the wheel.”
Shirt: “From my mom,” similar. Pants: H&M x Giuliva Heritage (2020), similar. Sneakers: Adidas, similar.
“My hair went from blonde to white fairly early; and, particularly in Copenhagen, it was very costly to paint it. At a sure level, I made a decision I wasn’t going to do that anymore.”
“I really feel superb in a monochrome look. Carrying one colour, I’ll play with texture, like mixing wool and silk. And I discover neutrals calming. If I wore shiny colours, it will make my thoughts stressed.”
Coat: Massimo Dutti from just a few years in the past, similar. Denims: Isabel Marant. Sweater: I Blame Lulu. Sun shades: “They’re previous Celine frames I put my prescription in,” comparable. Earrings: Lie Studio.
“We deliberate to maneuver to Copenhagen for 2 years however ended up staying for 10. Among the best issues about dwelling there may be the native markets. From spring by way of fall, residents of various neighborhoods arrange out of doors tables to promote garments, sneakers, residence decor, toys — and it’s actually good things. I used to be in heaven. I’d be on my bike, doing my factor, then see a neighborhood market and go take a look round. I purchased plenty of nice secondhand stuff, together with these Celine sun shades. I hardly shopped at precise shops.”
Sneakers: Blundstones. Socks: L’envers, similar. Coat: Massimo Dutti from just a few years in the past, similar. Denims: Isabel Marant. Sweater: I Blame Lulu.
“I like Blundstones and Birkenstocks and Arket rain boots. Once we have been transferring again to the Netherlands, we weren’t positive the place to dwell. I mentioned, ‘Properly, let’s be near the ocean!’ Swimming within the sea is one of the best treatment whenever you’re feeling pressured or not pleased. All of us love coming to the seashore to run round, together with Lou.”
Thanks a lot, Irene! You may observe her on Instagram, in the event you’d like.
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(Images by Birgit Sfat for Cup of Jo.)
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