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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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