How would you define a sense of style?
I find it difficult to define because it is such a personal thing. I think woman (myself included) really need to stop criticizing the itty biddy parts of themselves they loath all the time and start to focus on the many many things that make them beautiful. If you believe that drenching yourself in the latest designer wear will instantly make you stylish is terrible and expensive mistake. Shopping your wardrobe by trends will only leave you with a wardrobe full of pieces you’ve have worn once, trends come and go and most of the time they are nasty. As Lagerfeld says “trendy is the last stage before tacky!” I suggest investing a few basics – like a really fabulous pair of jeans or a perfectly fitted leather jacket or trench – building a great “capsule” wardrobe. As for style, work with what yo mama gave you and confidence, confidence, confidence! Here are a few pointers I’d like to share with you, some small ways to add a bit more chic to your look…
Try a little messy
Have you noticed how the fabulously stylish girls out there, the ones you bump into on Pinterest are a little messy looking? Looking too ‘done up’ makes you look like you’re trying too hard, a little overkill. You don’t want to take this one too far, looking like a hobo isn’t what we’re going for either. (‘Hobo Chic’ on the other hand is something else altogether!) Just a little imperfection; a messy textured loose bun, a slouchy old jersey, mismatched accessories… The Olsen twins have this one down to an art if you need some visuals. (Click here for some pics)
Wear a Statement Piece
The quickest way that I jazz up my outfit is a big scarf. It can transform even the basic white tee and jeans into something with touch of glam. They are such a brilliant and inexpensive way of looking more stylish. Cotton on always has scarves with gorgeous patterns. Splashing out on a beautiful ‘statement’ watch is another way to take an ordinary outfit up a notch.
A Great Bag
Following on from the statement watch… Every girl should splurge on a couple fabulous handbags. (Yes the more the merrier but a little more money spent on one or two are well worth it). If you are lucky enough to own a Louis then congratulations – you have arrived! There are however many fabulous mid range bags that will cost you a bit more but won’t have you remortgaging your house. I love Forever New bags, they are gorgeous and are usually around the R500 mark – not bad at all. I also love Charles & Keith – they look way more expensive than they are, they also have tons of gorgeous colours and adorable styles and not going to set you back too much. I would suggest for your two must haves, a everyday bag or tote and a smaller bag for evening or days out where you don’t want to carry a huge bag around with too much clutter that you don’t need. I am obsessed with my Mandara bag and wear it out all the time. It has a long (removable) strap so you can sling it across your shoulder, perfect for festivals, markets and days out and about. You can also fold it in half, loose the straps and wear as an evening clutch – goes with everything!
Nude pumps…go with everything!
Chic, classic and elongate your legs!
My personal favorite instant confidence boost and the bigger the better! “Every day, even when it’s raining, because you always have a reason to wear them: too bright, a hangover, tears running down your face, a desire to be mysterious…” – How to be a Parisienne wherever you are.
When I feel an outfit needs a little something I turn to my pearl earrings, they never fail me.
Anna Wintour (supposedly the be all and end all of fashion) hates all black! Dare I disagree with Annie but I do love black! It’s elegant, classic and slimming. You don’t have to wear it head to toe and feel like you are going to a funeral or you can add a pop of colour somewhere like a red shoe or electric blue bag.
If in doubt – I look to the French…
I am convinced I was Parisienne in a past life or at least I wish I was… and when I’m unsure of how to put a look together, I look to the streets of Paris. French woman seem to have this wonderful take on being a woman in a superb nonchalant, low key, mysterious and passionate kinda way. They have mastered the basics, those classic timeless pieces that with save you with any outfit, helping to frame your sense of style… the trench coat, jeans, the white shirt, the perfect over sized navy sweater.
Are you one in the 60 something percent of woman who are wearing the wrong sized bra? Like a good foundation, underwear is the base to your outfit. I would seriously recommend investing in some good underwear and getting a professional to check your actual bra size. Wearing the same size you were wearing in your early 20’s is probably casuing you discomfort and doing you no favours – trust me!
Get some inspiration
Pinterest is one of the best place to gather inspiration and ideas. If you have one but don’t use it, my advice is to spend a bit of time looking for some stylish people to follow – that way your feed will be filled with great stuff that you love. Start with Love Wrendley if you like *wink wink (Click here)
Go forth in confidence & Style…
Love Wrendley xxx