Being fashionable seems like a great thing to be. It means trendy and up with the times and fabulous. It’s the sartorial equivalent of the perfect instagram photo, taken at Coachella, with an overpriced popsicle. Essentially, it’s great on the surface, but rather empty not far below. Being stylish, on the other hand, is being chic, staying true to one’s own personal style, and not pandering to trends. It goes a little deeper than just whatever Forever 21 and Zara have decided to mass produce (no shade to Forever 21 nor Zara- they have their time and place). But how does one achieve this deeper than surface level stylishness? Read on for my top three tips.
One. It may seem contradictory, but winnowing your closet to the essentials will actually make you feel as though you have more choice, not less. I’ve worked (and continue to do so) to create a closet full of clothing that goes together, with each garment fulfilling a certain roll. By creating a foundation of great basics, you can spend more time styling each piece, and less time staring into the wardrobe abyss wondering why you have absolutely nothing to wear. Bear in mind; basics don’t actually have to be, well, basic. One of my favorite “basic” piece is a red shoe. And while a red shoe isn’t the quintessential basic of a black pump, for me, it fulfills the same role of dressing up even the most basic outfit, and going from meetings to walking in the park. My current ‘capsule of ‘easy‘ is a 13 piece collection that 13 year old me put together. Here’s what’s in it: a grey wool coat, high waisted jeans, white button down, breton shirt, black pointy toed shoes, a white tee, party dress, grey t shirt, black flowy trousers, a graphic tee, high waisted shorts, a black tee, and black pointy toed boots.
Two. Comfortable is chic. Not just that it’s significantly less glamorous to have to carry one’s shoes home than it is to plan and bring insoles, but also that it’s very easy to tell when someone is uncomfortable in an outfit, and it’s not a great look. I think it’s wonderful to embrace wearing clothing outside of your comfort zone. However, don’t be fooled by fashion magazines or Pinterest. If you don’t like it, or don’t feel your best, don’t wear it. There will always be days when your clothes just don’t feel right, but if that’s every day, it’s time for a wardrobe overhaul. Whenever I’m helping style someone, my first question is “how do you feel?” If the feeling is off, no matter how trendy the look is, it’s just not chic.
Three. Basic outfit on, it’s time to make like Elle Woods and bedazzle. If glittery rhinestones aren’t your thing, one, why? and two, pick some accessories that work for you. Regardless of your marital status, get some Tacori Engagement Rings at Whiteflash.com for a little bling. Tie a scarf round your neck/ wrist/ ankle/ purse strap. The accessories maketh the man. Sure, Chanel supposedly advised that in order to be chic, one must take off the last thing one put on before leaving the house. But to me, that seems like a potential pants-less nightmare, and advice that should be avoided.
What are your three steps to living a more chic life?