Polienne is the style diary of Paulien Riemis, Antwerp blogger extraordinaire. When she turned to modeling at the age of 16 and discovered just how much fun fashion could be, the literature graduate started Polienne, which quickly became a go-to spot for local as well as international fashionistas for inspiration and style tips (it’s a well-known fact that Khloé Kardashian once used a Paulien picture for her site to praise the benefits of overalls). Paulien is one of the most prolific bloggers around and likes to keep readers in the loop on what her mood is, even if she’s just posting a funny or inspirational quote.
Daily dose of denim
Looking at Marianne Lenaerts’ new blog, we’re tempted to clean out our closet and just go for it: all denim, all the time. Daily dose of denim is a testament to what a simple concept can achieve through killer execution. By exploring the versatile fabric through interviews with denim labels, inspiring festival lookbooks and the use of quality visuals throughout, Daily dose has quickly become a bright beacon in the Belgian blogosphere.
If you look at fashion as a way of escape, Fashionista is that rare Belgian blog that exudes luxury. Sofie Valkiers has gathered a loyal following with her combination of high fashion and her big appetite for travel, steadily creating that place on the internet you sneak a peek at during your lunch break to imagine you too are in an exotic Asian environment wearing flowing robes or stylish pinstriped overalls. Nothing wrong with a little daydreaming.
The third blogger on this list who’s based in Antwerp – it’s pretty clear that this city has the title of Belgian style capital locked down – Nathalie De Schepper used to be one-half of The Merrymakers, another Antwerp blog that did very well. Now she has taken her out-there sense of style to Yayzine, a development we can only say a big fat ‘YAY’ to if she keeps up with the lavish pictures and crazy outfits.
Time for the men to get theirs, and they more than will at Hardwearing, Pieter Peulen and Joeri Evens’ minimalist style statement. There’s no clutter and not too much color in the world the male duo is creating here, with a durability factor feeding into everything they talk about. These two could be well on their way to fashion guru status.
After almost a decade of blogging on My Fashion Blog, Emma Gelaude has recently launched emmagelaude.com. As one of the very first fashion bloggers in Belgium since 2007 and one who has the art of style down to the tee, she is often hailed as the country’s most influential fashion insider.
The Styling Dutchman
Alright, Annebeth may be technically Dutch, but she lives in Belgium, so we’re counting her blog as a win towards the smallest of the two countries. Her colorful bohemian outfits and chipper way of writing aren’t the only reason we want her in our camp either. The section of expertly written (Annebeth holds a masters in communication) feminist essays gets her a great deal of bonus points.