Having grown up watching classic style icons like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Lamour, I’ve always thought that fashion should be simplistic, elegant, and timeless.
What I didn’t know was how to achieve and project that look through my own personal style. I used to haphazardly throw “matching” pieces together and hope for the best. Of course, I was consistently disappointed.
It was only once I visited Europe in the summer of 2014 that I saw the style I aspired to all around me. Women – impossibly thin women, I’ll add – strutted in perfectly tailored blazers draped with luxe infinity scarves. Their pants and jeans always fit like a glove without projecting an overt sex appeal. Moreover, each and every woman wore a heeled shoe, despite the fact that cobble-stoned streets made tripping inevitable.
My time spent in Europe was formative to my style identity, to say the least. In fact, I still return to my photos of the ensembles I wore during our stay for inspiration every once in awhile. Here are some examples:
Here’s what I learned about how to dress like those chic European chicks:
- Don’t hesitate to spend money on a few key pieces. As a curvy girl, I’ve realized that I absolutely have to cough up some change on my pants and jeans. I love J Brand Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean because they fit me like a glove and come in a wide range of colors. I do, however, have to go up a couple sizes since this brand runs small (i.e. I wear a size 26 and wear a size 28 in this brand). You don’t have to spend a fortune to find your perfect pant, though! Check out websites like Nordstrom Rack or Saks Off 5th for designer brands at outlet prices. I also frequent Marshalls and TJ Maxx for amazing deals on brand-name products.
- Tailor your clothes. Yes, I know all of this costs money. But think of it this way: you’re going to be reaching for these pieces day-in and day-out. Don’t you want them to fit perfectly and be done with it?
- Buy neutral key pieces and incorporate pops of color via accessories. Make sure to have basic staples in neutral colors in your closet such as a basic pair of black pants, a classic pair of jeans, a tailored blazer, and a shift dress. Pair these with a pair of plum tights, red purse, or emerald infinity scarf. This way packing is simplified and your daily ensembles can be reimagined by mixing and matching your wardrobe pieces in fresh and interesting ways.
- Buy this bra: Lingerie Solutions Superlite Adhesive Bra. Seriously, you won’t regret it. Your wardrobe options will be substantially expanded while wearing this bra and, once applied, it remains firmly in place, doesn’t pull on your neck like regular bras with straps and actually lifts the girls depending on the positioning. I can now wear backless dresses, spaghetti strap shirts and off-the-shoulder sweaters. It’s the answer to my style dreams. Plus, it’s affordable and available at Target. Target, guys.
While I’m no style expert, – I just play one on this blog – keeping these things in mind has not only changed my fashion mantra, it’s changed my previously frantic morning dressing routine and consolidated the amount of time it takes for me to get ready and out the door.
Give these tips a try and let me know your thoughts!
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