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Styling Practice: French Chic

French Chic 1As I was playing around with a simple red maxi dress that was purchased for one of my clients, I came up with a very simple way to accessorize it.

Since the overall theme I was going for was feminine, effortless and minimal, my mind immediately went to a very stylish French woman.  French women hands down have this “effortless chic” thing down pat.

Here are my top tips on how to add a little French Chic” to your own wardrobe:

1. Less is More

French women often swap glam and glitter with self-confidence!  To me this means a few key accessories in high-quality materials is better than loads of junky cheap accessories.

2. Highlight your best features.

For instance, if you have nice curves, show them off with a perfect-fitted high waist skirt. Or if you have a very symmetrical face, wear something that draws attention to your upper half with a beautiful necklace or a pair of earrings that flatter your skin tone. That’s part of chic fashion!

In my case, my client is tall and lithe with a small waist.  The ruching on the side of this dress really shows that off.

3. Stick with Primarty Colors & Neutral Colors

If you want to embrace French fashion keep your color choices to primary colors and neutrals.

a) Primary Colors: red, blue, and yellow

b) Neutral Colors: brown, black, beige and white.

Muted greens and purple are also a part of their main color palette – either monochromatic or in small drizzles.

When going for bright red keep it the center of attraction or main piece of the outfit.

French Chic 24. Timeless Pieces

French women focus on simple clothing, and know that they don’t need the flashiest clothes to look good.

5. It’s a Scarf Thing

A scarf is a fabulous finishing touch to an outfit.

Very French.

Wear it around your neck, let it hang loose or wrap it around the handle of your bag. The choice is yours!

6. Caps and Hats

When fall is around the corner, most French women pull out their famous winter cap. It adds a cute and quirky vibe to their outfit.  Berets and knitted caps are typical French and a must-own during colder months. For a fashion statement try a hat in a typical Fall color – such as plum and red.

7. Sunglasses

Oversized sunglasses in either black or brown are a must! Black and brown go with everything. These dark neutrals also exude an alluring look that go hand in hand with French style.
If oversized doesn’t suit you try simple aviator sunglasses or square shaped frames.

8. Handbags

For French women, a bag should balance with the rest of their outfit. Select simple bags preferably in versatile colors like black, brown or white/cream. Look for handbags with a touch of luxury and elegance, such as gold hardware and croc texture material.

But of course, if you can also carry a bag that creates a statement or adds an unexpected zest to a simple outfit. Just make sure that your clothes are simple and solid colored to help highlight the bag.
So how “French Chic” are you?

What are the pieces of your wardrobe that define your style?

Comment below!

Styling Practice: Graphic, Mod & Spicy

Graphic, Mod & Spicy


The Look:

Here’s a clean, crisp yet refreshingly modern business casual look.

The use of graphics and one of Pantone’s Spring 2014 colors in the shade of cayenne brings color and modern style.

Why I Love It:

The slim-cut black trousers and button-up cardigan are versatile, yet stylish enough to work in any business casual environment. The basic colors of black and white are timeless, seasonless, and trendless. Figures in modern fashion have always paired these two colors together and they’re also extremely appropriate in a work environment.

The personality of the fashionista wearing the look is first seen in the bold geometric print of the cardigan. It’s something that can’t possibly be ignored! To add yet another layer of interest to this look, a stunning on trend color is added as a layering piece underneath the cardigan. The cayenne blouse let’s color peak out at the neckline and the sleeves.

Symmetry is achieved in this look by color only being visible in three places. Also the color temperature of the look is raised by such a bold yet warm color being added. The cayenne blouse keeps the look fun and prevents it from being too stark with only black and white.

*Fashion Stylist Tip:

  • When wearing bold patterns in a top, pick colors that can easily be paired with a solid colored bottom in either of those colors. Preferably the darker of those colors.
  • When wearing bold patterns in bottoms should 1) aim to only include darker colors that are complimentary to the wearers body shape and 2) be easily paired with a solid colored tops in either of those colors.
  • Balance the color temperatures of a look by balancing cool/cold colors with warm/hot colors to achieve symmetry and a look that’s very pleasing to the eye.
  • When wearing bold patterns, do so in well tailored items. Think of a boxy cut blazer, sleeveless shell, cardigan, a-line skirt, etc.
  • When choosing bold colors and patterns, ensure you choose those that flatter your figure. For instance, if you are larger on the bottom, wear darker colors on the bottom and bolder colors and patterns on top–and vice versa. You never want to look like a spectacle! Leave visual spectacles to designer and haute couture runways.

So how do you feel about graphic prints?

Are they something you want to add into your wardrobe?

Let me know, comment below!


Styling Practice: Casual Sophisticate

styling practice - casual sophisticateThe Look:

This look screams urban, casual sophisticate! It incorporates the designer sweateshirt and makes it wearable for the fearless fashionable woman.

Why I Love It:

The sweatshirt is given a sophisticated polished edge by being paired with cuffed ankle trousers.

Basic black is made modern with the geometric theme of the sweatshirt.  White & black are styled in equal (meaning symmetric) parts with this color combo being seen on both the sweatshirt and in the t-strap sandals

This look is versatile and can be worn business casually (just add a collared white shirt underneath the sweathshirt and let the tails show out of the bottom) or for just running errands on a Saturday afternoon.  Lastly, this look is timelessly stylish.  I can see it being worn this fall season or in many fall seasons to come!

*Fashion Stylist Tip:

  • Pair looser shaped items (such as a sweatshirt) with more tailored items to achieve a polished casual look
  • Wear two-tone items (such as the sweatshirt and shoes) symmetrically
  • Add geometric prints & patterns to your closet in small doses to keep the look professional

With the cold weather out, is this a look you would try?

Comment below!