Timeless Style Combos That Always Work

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Jenna Lyons with her signature bun, dark rimmed glasses and her classic preppy style. Carolina Herrera in her full, flowy skirts with a classic white button-down shirts. Emmanuelle Alt’s go-to skinny jeans and pointed toe pumps. And Anna Wintour’s crewneck sweaters,timeless bob haircut and jeweled neckline.

For each individual, in time a signature style begins to be revealed. Sometimes it is conscious and sometimes it is only upon reflection that we discover what works well and what we love. Last fall, the Why Not . . . ? post proposed the idea of choosing a work week ‘uniform’, and after contemplating the go-to outfits the ladies above present as well as my own along with many other style icons from the past, I wanted to share a list of six combinations that will always work no matter the woman wearing them. Some involve skirts or dresses and some pants and denim and some incorporate particular details. All of them offer a foundation, a dependable constant upon which you integrate your personality, preferences, hues and signature touch.

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1. Fitted Skirt to Body Type or Pants/Jeans & Loose Blouse or Sweater or Blazer

When it comes to style, a basic rule is balance. Loose with fitted, short with long, large with small. Loud with subtle. And so is the case with the clothing we choose. A fitted pair of skinny jeans with an over-sized cozy sweater, or a fitted skirt with a tucked in boyfriend button-up shirt. The key is balance.

What They Wear: 11 Celebs With the BEST Cold-Weather Style via @WhoWhatWear:

#winter #fashion / oversized turtleneck knit + leather pants:

For an effortless look this autumn, get oversized jumpers (or normal ones but at least 2 sizes bigger than your size). The bigger the neck, the better! Style it with any type of jeans, shorts or skirts – it’s as easy as it gets but you’ll look oh so sophisticated! Add a boyfriend shirt underneath for another layer of cool. Start with this one: asos.to/1vSU8HE:

2. Loafers & Jeans

Casual, mixing feminine and masculine attributes, the loafer is comfortable but also undeniably stylish. Make sure the loafer gets its just due by pairing them with jeans.

 31 Outfits To Copy In March:

Seersucker and Saddles. White knit poncho+flare cropped jeans+leopard print loafers+black belt with golden details+black and leopard print handbag+sunglasses. Fall Casual Outfit 2016:

Susana Fernandez | A Key to the Armoire - animal print is not for me - I would trade for classic penny loafers and satchel bag:

J.Crew women’s Rhodes blazer, selvedge chambray shirt, striped tissue turtleneck…:

From: Wachabuy:

3. Pencil Skirt & Pumps

No matter your size, a pencil skirt will flatter your figure. The key is to always wear a pencil skirt with heels, and preferably pointed to elongate your leg. No matter the height, the heel will slim your physique, as will the body-skimming skirt.

 Eva Longoria Parker    WHAT SHE WORE    Longoria Parker chose a polka dot Dolce & Gabbana blouse, an Antonio Berardi pencil skirt and Brian Atwood pumps for Dinner With a Designer Celebrating Brian Atwood hosted by InStyle and the CFDA at West Hollywood's Soho House.:

Fashion Inspiration | Chandelier Earrings & Loose Chignon:

Victoria Beckham: Sunglasses and purse – Victoria Beckham  Skirt – Balmain  Shoes – Manolo Blahnik:

Black button-front shirts and blouses add a bit of European flare to an otherwise classic look. In-person or virtual Presenting Your Best You style sessions available. www.meredethmcmahon.com #imageconsulting #personalbranding:

4. Black & Everything Else

Black is easy. Black is seemingly safe, but black can be deeply seductive and engaging when either a pop of color is thoughtfully added or a particular cut, texture or design is employed as well.

 this is vaguely military in like a sexy way and I am. into. it:

Love the Chanel pin and the black and beige.  Oh and the YSL bag...oops missed it!:

hey beautifuls! pinterest- @livcakee :

All black is never a bad thing.:

Andrew Gn Pre-Fall 2012 Fashion Show: Complete Collection:

Sachin & Babi Pre Fall 2016 l Ria women fashion outfit clothing style apparel @roressclothes closet ideas:

5. Personality Pieces

Each of us will have a hue that we prefer, a cut that flatters our figure, a length that we most feel ourselves. Selecting what to wear is one of the simplest choices when it comes to putting together an outfit. Choosing bold, expressive and statement pieces that express who you are can never be wrong.

 Jacket: Burberry (similar here, also love this Burberry coat on sale). Top: Brandon Maxwell. Boots: Dolce and Gabbana (old, similar here, here and here). Skirt: Goen J. Sunglasses: Linda Farrow. Lips: Stila ‘Beso’. Thank you to...Read More:

Dion Lee at New York Spring 2017 (Details):

See this Instagram photo by @luxyfashion • 18.8k likes:

http://lornaluxe.com/2016/10/27/new-season-must-have-statement-tops/:

Who made Jennifer Aniston's black off the shoulder tie sweater?:

6. Tailored Classics & a Great Coiffure

The hairstyle we choose is what frames our face that we share with the world. The sparkle in our eyes, the curl of our smile, the warmth in our expression can all be amplified with a flattering hairstyle and be undeniably powerful.

Viola Davis:

Beautiful in blue!! /Regilla ⚜ Melania Trump:

katie Holmes - In Style Magazine...plus this pic kinda makes me wanna cut my hair:

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