The secret to looking chic

The secret to looking chic

Let’s face it – dressing for the day is often the most heroic thing one does for that day.

You’ve got to brave a wardrobe full of clothes on an empty stomach and once dressed and out the door, it’s too late to go fix an outfit malfunction. You’re wearing something that would work well on someone a smidgen smaller. Your hair needs some tender loving care – (looking for the hairdresser’s number…) and what? The same jewellery you’ve been wearing for decades?

Nooo – we’re not talking about YOU. But have you noticed that all the ‘how-to’ tips always seem to be for someone else?

When was the last time you really admired your reflection in a full length mirror? I remember a time when I had so many clothes in my wardrobe, it took an age to get dressed because of the endless choices I had. Far from making things easier when dressing, adding multiple alternatives can make dressing a whole lot more difficult. Like freedom – choice demands an elevated level of dexterity.

Funnily enough, fashion magazines are ‘rediscovering’ a more understated sense of style and sophistication (thank you Mad Men) but are calling it dressing with ease. But if you expect ‘easy dressing’ to be easy – you could be out of luck. Easy-dressing was much easier when work schedules and wardrobes were not stuffed to the hilt. It’s hard enough just to hand-write a simple thank-you note let alone schedule a hair appointment. How come people can efficiently use a myriad of computer programs but still can’t work out how to put a smart and efficient wardrobe together. By doing so with just a few well chosen basics and some fun elements – they can look so ‘put together’ and at the same time – save a ton of money, enjoy wearing their clothing and know that each item earns it’s keep after the purchase.

This is where fashion can play on our insecurities and frustrations – reminding us of what’s ‘wrong’ with us. It’s relentless quest for the next new thing – only reinforces the sense of what’s now old.

My suggestion is to leave fickle fashion to the 20 something year olds – and go for simple Chic!

  • Discover – or perhaps rediscover, your true sense of style.
  • Go for simplicity, elegance and glamour.
  • Go for quality tailoring and luxe fabrics.
  • Buy only quality clothes that look fabulous on you.
  • Buy only what you need – (oh well – perhaps one or two ‘have-to-haves’).
  • Get an updated hairstyle that really suits you – and is easy to manage.
  • If something you wear pokes or scratches someone who hugs you – hurl it!
  • Don’t wear anything you can’t describe in 10 words or less.
  • Buy less and enjoy more. It’s the next best thing to ‘having nothing to wear’ J

This foolproof list works for me – and it will for you particularly if you have to face a full wardrobe first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Now when you finish getting dressed and look at yourself in a full length mirror – I guarantee you will think to yourself “Not bad – not bad at all!”