Style Commandment #9

Thy Shalt:  Turn Style Into Substance

Style is about more than just your wardrobe. Style extends to who you are as an individual. Your clothes, your home, the way you live, should all reveal something about you. Your style reflects your tastes, your experiences, your ideas and knowledge of the world.

You don’t need to spend a small fortune to look chic. Invest in a few good pieces to elevate any look to luxurious—a good watch, a great handbag, a silk scarf, a few simple pieces of jewellery that are worn on a daily basis—are all hallmarks of the über-stylish. One beautiful pair of diamond hoops will give you more fashion mileage than a pile of earring odds and ends.

Go for the real thingReal pearls or diamonds in a simple setting or of smaller size are better than elaborate designer costume jewellery, often of equivalent cost. A small but exquisite collection of clothes and accessories that you actually wear and use is ultimately far more satisfying than full-to-the- brim closets and drawers. Excess can be overwhelming. Simple and streamlined is a good guideline to follow. Err on the side of under-dressing, not over.

Go for long-term, not short-term. Building a wardrobe to last years, rather a season, takes a steady gaze and an eye for value. Choose only things you absolutely love. If you are in doubt; don’t buy. I’ve learnt this expensive lesson over the years: if it’s right for you; you won’t have to ask for anyone else’s opinion; you will just know.

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Fashion Should be Fun. Inject some whimsy into your wardrobe. Even the most serious fashionistas who can coordinate, accessorize, and layer like a seasoned pro, know that there should always be something slightly less that perfect—even unexpected—to make a look interesting and memorable. It’s that contrast and tension at play that gets attention. Like the starlet in a breathtaking gown, dripping with jewels, flawless make-up, and—her glossy hair in a messy bun. That’s style!

As Coco Chanel said, Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.

 

POST ARTWORK: Robert Best

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