I love dramatic statement earrings, especially now that I cut my hair short and can boldly show them off. I’m not a fan of delicate, tiny heart studs or other delicate pieces- my jewellery needs to be seen from afar! Think huge Chandelier earrings that can take any outfit up a notch, whether it’s an LBD or a jeans / T-shirt combo.
How to wear statement earrings:
- When wearing big earrings and necklaces, I like to keep the outfit simple and the pattern monochrome.
- If you have long hair, put it up in a bun to provide a centre stage for the dangling pieces.
- Statement baubles come in all sorts of shapes and colours. Whether you like bling-bling or pastel coloured gem stones like me, there’s a style for everyone.
- Statement earrings don’t need to cost an arm and a leg, you can pick up great looking pieces from Zara or Bijou Brigitte.
- Personally, I’d avoid wearing a statement necklace AND earrings to avoid the Christmas tree look. Then again, on some it works so you need to try it all out!
Above: I am wearing yellow and turqoise blue earrings from Bijou Brigitte. The pastel colours liven up any style. Sunglasses from Celine.
The darker, turqoise blue earrings from Bijou Brigitte remind me of the Mediterranean Sea, the perfect, feel-good chandeliers. Sunglasses from Blumarine.
Our stylish Parisian friend Berengere from Versailles sure knows good style. These bright coloured turquoise danglers complement her skin tone and outfit rather nicely. Sunglasses from Stella McCartney.
Advanced Style: Statement earrings are not just for the young. Our Mummy Romantique & Rebel rocks a great pair of brightening, cream drop earrings from Bijou Brigitte.
More style inspiration from the French: Charlotte Casiraghi, daugher of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is wearing glamorous, crystal-encrusted drop earrings.
This stylish street styler, layers on the statement jewellery and it works!
Today is not Sunday, but I still wanted to call this post ‘Peter Pan Collar Sunday’, as I wore it on Sunday. I associate the girly, feminine collar with a traditional, English tea time in the Savoy, pretty sun dresses and Lea Seydoux in her role as ‘femme de chambre’ (maid) in the fabulously quirky movie “Grand Hotel Budapest”. At this point in fashion time it’s especially difficult for me to hold back on purchases as so many designers and labels are paying homage to the 50 and 60s. For me, this was the most flattering fashion era of all: From Peter Pan collars to A -line shift dresses, geometric pattern and big, tousled hair – the women of this time had it all (at least wardrobe wise)!
Lea Seydoux in the movie ‘Grand Hotel Budapest’
If you’re not already sitting, I suggest you sit down now. This cooky cute tea cups necklace depicting Alice, her rabbit and cupcakes is from French luxury costume jeweller Les Néréides N2.
- Peter Pan collar top from Marks and Spencer
- My trusted denim pencil skirt from Tommy Hilfiger
- Espadrilles from RAS
- Pink hand bag from Bally
- Cups necklace (Le Tea Time d’Alice) from Les Néréides N2
“Build your look on basics and use accessories to add an extra oomph to your personal style”. According to Ines de la Fressange, this is the key to the Parisians’ style. I couldn’t agree more: Not everyone can afford a new coat every season, so a beautiful scarf can modernize and give breadth to your existing wardrobe. Investing in a quality scarf can allow you to opt for more affordable basics whilst still looking a million dollars.
For me, a scarf has to be over-sized and made of silk or cashmere, so it feels natural and snuggly like a second skin. In the photos, I’m wearing a beautifully printed silk scarf by British brand Lily and Lionel. All their scarves are handmade in Italy and the lavish prints are inspired by Botticelli paintings, cityscapes, blooming florals and timeless animal prints.
Above: Scarves always work well with classics such as trench coats and leather jackets. Make a basic navy blazer look more casual with a fabulously printed scarf wrapped in a loose tie style.
I am wearing:
- Lily and Lionel scarf SS2014 “Blossom Lavender”
- Blazer by Massimo Dutti
- Jeans from Stefanel
- Lilac bag from Bally
- Kitten heels from Logan
My favourite pattern clash? Stripes and florals. Why? It always works!
I am wearing:
- Lily and Lionel “Blossom Lavender” Scarf
- Navy leather skirt by Max & Co
- Blazer by Massimo Dutti
- Breton shirt by H&M
Uh, oh, with my penny loafers and pleated trench coat I’m moving dangerously into preppy caricature land. Lily and Lionel scarf to the rescue for an injection of fashion botox!
I am wearing:
- Lily and Lionel scarf SS2014 “Blossom Lavender”
- Navy trench coat by Max & Co
- Penny loafers by Sebago
Check out my new scarf crush Lily and Lionel’s summer 2014 collection here.
A fedora can make a bold statement of individual style but how do you style it without looking like a cartoon character? Last summer I purchased a fedora to wear with my ??? Exactly, I did not have any idea or inspiration how to wear my fedora. Then I remembered the old saying: In questions of fashion, always ask the French. Marion Cotillard inspired me endlessly with her classy ways of wearing the trendy fedora.
Marion has it what it takes to wear a Fedora because she doesn’t run the risk of looking like Dick Tracy.
Here are my Fedora Outfit extremly inspired by the stunning Marion Cotillard.
On me: Fedora and YSL Shirt by TK maxx, Pants by Zara, Jacket by Strenesse, Ballerinas by Pretty Ballerina and Sunglasses by Paul Smith
A belt is something that can take your outfit from boring to chic. A looped or knotted belt adds a creative edge to classic belts whilst addressing the issue of excess length.
I’m mixing up my goody-good-girl polka dot dress with a knotted, wide belt. Accessories can make or break your style: I like my belts wide – to define my waist and to pull the outfit together.
How to knot a belt?
- Tie the belt around your waist and buckle it.
- Take the tail end of the belt and tuck it underneath near the buckle.
I am wearing:
- Navy polka dot dress from Max & Co
- Belt: Gift from Australia (thanks to my mum-in-law)
- Macaron necklace: N2 Les Nereides
- Pointy flats: BCBG
- Leather jacket: Stefanel
- Lavender pink bag: Bally
- Umbrella: Moschino
Style inspiration from Rose Byrne in Michael Kors and Diane Kruger in Ungaro.
Do you already have all the colors of the rainbow of sun glasses? A classic black, a sophisticated brown, a fun red or a bold white? Consider a cream, beige or nude shade for your spring/ summer wardrobe 2014, just as I did. Cream sunglassses are just as chic and classy as black sunglasses but your appearance is less mysterious and glamorous. Cream Sunglasses are still very fashionable and elegant but in a very different way than black sunglasses – the effect depends on your complete outfit as we can see above on Anne Hathaway and the others.
On me: Paul Smith Sunglasses and MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick
From the fake Parisian Diane Kruger
, whose relaxed and impeccable style continues to impress us, we move over to Bérengère, a real Parisian showing us how to do effortless Hippie Chic.
Bérengère is my lovely colleague here in London, a newly married Parisian from Versailes, living in London’s little France, South Kensington.
Known as “Berry” to the non-French speakers in the office , Bérengère’s gallic style is epitomised by her skilful mix of high-end fashion with high-street, in her tousled hair style, and in the subtleness of her make-up.
Want to know more about Berry’s style? Read an in depth-interview with her on her fashion secrets here.
Bérengère is wearing:
- Aztec print poncho-esque cardigan from a shop in Notting Hill ‘Skinny Skimmer’ Jeans from GAP
- Tan Chelsea Boots from Massimo Dutti
- Nail varnish from Essie
- Turquoise ring from Gucci
- Necklace from Van Cleef
Inside Berry’s cosmetic bag:
· Pivoine Flora Handcreme from L’Occitane
· Exaggerate Eyeliner from Rimmel
· Rouge Caresse Lipstick from Loreal in “Rock ‘n mauve”
How to dress: pink with red? Love the color pink, but not sure what you should pair it with? Red and pink combination create warmth, vibration, excitement. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day or February to incorporate pink and red into your wardrobe or home. Pink with red is a Hallmark Valentine card, the kind where the roses are in bristly relief. Pink with red Yves Saint Laurent used this colour scheme in his legendary times and you know what? Red and pink it works…but
…there’s something about combining two shades that are close together on the colour wheel that makes you look quite sophisticated. The key is to make it bold and decisive, so everyone knows you are making a deliberate choice to wear red and pink together.
On me: Pink cashmere sweater by Costello, red scarf with white hearts by Moschino, Red Sunglasses by Paul Smith, black and white pattern Coat by GF Ferré, Skinny Jeans by H&M
Perhaps you’d rather start with a combination of red and pink in your living room and decorating walls, tables, pillows and flowers but the rules are the same as in fashion. A colour combination such this says: I’m courageous, happy, self-confident and have a strong feeling for colors.
We have to thank Coco Chanel for one of the most timeless and elegant fashion classics: The Breton shirt, the quilted leather handbag, the monochrome look and the long strands of pearls.
To not make a pearl necklace look dated, we like our pearls long, paired with the obligatory mariniere stripes (bien sur!) and with relaxed denim. Pop over a navy blazer or boucle jacket to complete the look.
Above: Pearls don’t have to be Chanel. Rebel’s casual, multi strand necklace is from Sum Cinque.
I love playful pearl necklaces as shown above on Anne Hathaway from the movie “The Devil wears Prada”. Consisting of several strands and playful charms thrown in. If you like your pearls whimsical like me, look for a mix of pearls and iconic Chanel charms such as the Eifel tower, the birdcage, the camellia, globes and bows.
Just like Rebel, I like my gem necklace stylish but casual: Paired with a breton striped cashmere cardigan from Galliano and denim skirt from H&M,
On my wish list: Chanel pearls and Vichy gingham bows. J’adore!
Can Socks and sandals even be chic, I hear some of you say. Of course! We are not talking about thick cotton wool socks in Birkenstocks! We have plateau sandals and colourful socks in mind as weel as sequinned wool knee-highs paired with strappy sandals. Go for a monochrome look, teaming socks and shoe colour, for a more subtle take on the look.
Rebel chose to go for bright blue socks and plateau open sandals, matching the colour of her jumper. A bright, fun look. The coordination of the jumper and socks calms the whole outfit, making it look pulled together.
- Rebel is wearing: Blue socks from Falke, Jeans from Tribeca, coat by Gianfranco Ferre.
I chose to wear black thick socks and strappy, bronze sandals. The playful bubble skirt and quirky macaroon necklace are the cherry on top of this whimsical look.
- Romantique is wearing: Navy and pink striped bubble skirt and sandals from Max & Co. Macaron necklace from N2 Les Nereides. Purple and pink patterned coat from Max & co.
Left: In this picture Romantique is wearing thin, longer pink socks, loosley bunched around the ankle. This will create the illusion of a longer leg and thinner ankle.
Right hand picture: Rebel is rocking blue striped socks and leopard pointy heels. A true Rebel look!