Swedish blogger, designer, and fashion icon Elin Kling is one of those people whose style (and personhood) is best summarized as "cool." More than an edgy, sexy, or experimental brand of cool though, it's an effortless, sophisticated kind of cool we wanted to study. Her ensembles are often quite simple, with sometimes just two pieces involved: a turtleneck and jeans; tee and leather pants; or striped top and skirt, but she always looks on-point. Below, some of the keys to her look.
She rocks an oversized blazer with aplomb - a nod to the '80s that doesn't look dated when paired with classics such as crisp denim, minimalist footwear, and black or white basics (tees, tanks, and turtlenecks). It's a reminder that a blazer can spruce up the most simple look with little effort and maximal cool factor.
With the exception of one leopard clutch (pictured below), we exclusively found pictures of Kling carrying black bags. Whether a structured satchel, clutch, or hobo tote, she switches up the style but keeps to the sleek color, which elevates any ensemble.
Kling knows and harnesses the power of a high-impact knit. From interesting braided details to unexpected colors and dramatic drapes, she'll balance the statement sweater with a streamlined bottom - almost always a slimming skinny jean.
Denim is one of the hallmarks of Kling's cool style. Whether in the form of jackets, shorts, jeans, or shirts, she keeps to a palette of blue, black, and white when wearing denim pieces; favoring an effortless cotton tank and timeless footwear - a true California girl after our own heart.
She wears leather the same way she wears denim: in pant, jacket, and skirt form; usually with a cotton t-shirt or long-sleeved top; in a neutral color palette; to sleek effect. The pieces she chooses are never too embellished or adorned with hardware or graphic details - they're simple, quality staples that are effortlessly styled.
Lastly, she embraces a good stripe - paired with a black bottom and little else.
Unlike most of the other Style Breakdown subjects, Kling is truly a classics girl who values ease of wear more than fashion as art. She prefers pieces pared down to their essence (streamlined staples such as blazers, skinny jeans, jean jackets, white tank tops, pointy-toed pumps, and black leather basics) versus more noticeable fashion editor fare (sweeping silhouettes, architectural pieces, billowy midi skirts, colorful coats, clashing prints, statement shoes, etc.)
Because she doesn't wear much sweetheart-y stuff, her style definitely leans masculine. For example when embracing the rare floral print, it's on a stick-straight jean versus a blouse or skirt; and when wearing the rare pleated piece, it's in a utilitarian khaki fabric paired with rustic brown boots. All in all, she masters a perfect blend of casual, comfortable, cool, crisp, practical, and polished.
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