When it comes to dressing, mastering the simple chic style is the ultimate goal. We all want to look stunning, but very few of us have the time to sit in front of our wardrobes pondering, mixing and matching in our heads in order to come up with an outfit that is chic without looking like we were trying hard. This is why every now and then a woman needs a little helping hand, something that will point her in the right direction, and that’s what brings us here today. We’re going to dive into the basics of simple chic dressing, and hopefully these tips will spark your creativity and soon enough you’ll be ready to fly all on your own, so let’s get started.
Say it with stripes
As far as patterns go, there is nothing more classic and effortless than stripes, so the first item you want to get is either a great baton top, or a short-sleeve striper black and white tee. Make sure the quality of the fabric is great – high-quality cotton is the best, and it feels and looks luxurious yet cool. Then, you’re going to resort to dark straight leg jeans which you will fold up so you’re ankles are visible. These jeans should fit perfectly, as looking chic is all about the fit and what flatters your body type.
Now that you’ve got the basics covered, we need to talk about the footwear. In the spirit of athleisure you can definitely pull off tennis shoes with this combo, but if you’re looking for something slightly more elevated, open toed block heel sandals in nude or camel are the way to go. The emphasis is on nude and camel because these hues are neutral and considered to be one of the most expensive-looking colors, and that’s what we need. You can top this look off with a solid bag in black and white polka dots, for a bit of whimsy. If you get chilly, there is always the trendy, yet timeless, trench coat to turn to.
Nothing conveys nonchalance and utter elegance at the same time like an amazing pair of wide-leg pants, and if they’re high-waist, even better. You don’t need much to ‘chic’ this look up, and there’s no top that could make it less amazing. However, if you want a foolproof idea for the top, a camisole in either black or even burnt orange, another luxurious-looking shade, will get you there. All you need now is a pair of flat loafers or mules, and for accessories, something along the lines of womens black bags. The semi-round shape is highly trendy, but the black is classic and it goes amazingly well with everything.
A picture of a little black dress should be places next to the word ‘chic’ in dictionaries, because that’s what it is – the embodiment of chic. It can take any form and cut that’s most flattering for your body type, but make sure it’s versatile enough to dress it up or down, depending on your needs. For more casual days, you can wear it with an oversized plaid blazer, a simple camel tote, and even a pair of sneakers in a matching hue. When you need to elevate the look, just add a little sparkle with a pair of drop earrings, a geometric clutch, and black patent leather pumps that will never go out of style.
Don’t go without it
A white button-up can save your life in so many occasions, so find the best, most high-quality one you can find, because you want this baby to be in your life for a very long time. During those hot summer days, you can simply roll up the sleeves, tuck the front into your classy pair of red shorts, and instead of a belt, put a colorful scarf around the shorts – it will make for a nice yet effortless touch. Leave two buttons undone – just enough so that your minimal piece of jewelry, such as a locket or a minimal bracelet catches the attention; in the spirit of following trends just a tad, find a great round rattan bag, just to add to the summer vibes. When you need the shirt to work with something a bit more serious, like a pair of classic black trousers and a blazer – it’s there for you, whether you have a meeting or simply follow a strict business dress code at work.
When you want to look effortlessly striking without looking like you’ve spent hours perfecting the look – turn to the item that is the second easiest thing to pull out of your wardrobe – a jumpsuit. It can be any color that makes you pop – red, hot pink, emerald green, or even one of the trendy pastels. You’ll look polished as soon as you put it on, and all you need is that blazer to throw around your shoulder, your black Oroton bag and those black pumps. You’re good to go – whether you want to look dazzling at a brunch or you’re going to a wedding, you’ll be put together with time to spare.
You see, it’s all about knowing what your essential garments are, i.e. what pieces are worth the investment. Once you’ve got that figured out and stocked on all of these items, you will be free to mix and match, and never run the risk of making a mistake. Effortless chic is easy; you just have to find the proper tools and then the magic happens on its own.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Twitter | Facebook