Fashion wardrobe essentials

Seven easy principles you can follow to help define your personal style.

Dec 26, 2011
Anya Georgijevic
Fashion wardrobe essentials

Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent famously said: “Fashions fade; style is eternal.” But what exactly defines a style-savvy woman? The most fashionable women’s style is always refined, never laboured by current trends and always effortlessly cool. She knows how to mix old and new, high and low, tweak things to suit her, and, most importantly, be herself. Follow these simple rules to achieve your own personal style.

Know your body
Regardless of size or shape, the most stylish women in the world know how to dress their body types regardless of fashion trends, and the learn how to play with their proportions. That’s not saying that you shouldn’t wear what you love, but knowing how to emphasize your best features is an art in itself. It might mean becoming best friends with your tailor to adjust the seams here and there to find the best fit. A little cinch on that shift dress might bring accentuate your hourglass shape. Similarly, if you’re long and lean, try out a peplum dress or shirt to create curves.

Invest in classics
Instead of splurging on fleeting fashion invest in good quality classics that will carry over year after year. Think of that timeless camel coat Ali McGraw wore in Love Story, or the little black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fill your closet with classics like pencil skirts, cigarette pants, crisp white shirts, billowy silk blouses, and blazers, and your shoe rack with ageless loafers, pumps and boots. When possible, invest in designer pieces; they will stand the test of time.

Mix high and low
That said, every item in your wardrobe doesn't have to be right-off-the runway designer finds. Do scour fast-fashion stores for some of those of-the-moment items that will keep you happy this season. Cheap chic allows you to experiment, so if you are set on trying out the latest crazy trends, like scuba wear, or if you want to challenge your inner Lady Gaga with a supersize platform, it won’t break your fashion bank.

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