Take three classic items, each made timeless by Coco Chanel:
- Little Bouclé jacket
- Two-toned ballet pump
Et voilà, the Coco Chanel look is perfect!
I find it fascinating that Madame Chanel liberated women from the constraints of their corsets in the 20’s, revolutionising the way women dress, and nearly a century later, her influence continues to make an impact. This is largely due to the genius of Karl Lagerfeld, who manages to keep Coco’s wardrobe classics fresh by constantly reinventing them.
What is your favourite Coco Canel basic? The long pearl necklace? The tweed suit? The quilted leather handbag? Or the simple breton striped shirt?
- Stripey dress by Max & Co SS2014
- Woven leather handbag from Gharani Strok
- Bouclé jacket by MKT Studio
- Silver cap ballet pump from Hispanitas
- Sunglasses from Dolce and Gabbana
Slogan Tees are attention seeking, look-at-me garnments I steer away from – usually. There are T-Shirts for which I gladly make an exception – like this Anna Wintour Tee with one of my favourite quotes from her: “You either know fashion or you don’t”. For me, fashion is an expression of my personal style and how I want to be perceived by others, and that, you either know or you don’t
On styling the Slogan Tee, I’ve taken a style leaf out of Rebel’s book and combined the Anna Wintour T-shirt with a structured jacket (Bouclé Jacket) with limoncello Jeans from Luella.
Anna Wintour Slogan Tee from My Boo
Slogan Tee and pleated skirt for the delicate look
As seasons and trends come and go, one can get carried away when out shopping and end up with too many clothes and bursting wardrobes. Time to assess your wardrobe and invest in building blocks; Clothing that will stand the test of time and trends, that you can combine easily with other pieces in your cupboard.
Create your own style basics with your unique sense of style. Items of clothing that you find yourself each and every morningl
Here’s my countdown of the Top 10 Essential wardrobe items:
The Little Black Dress. LBD, is one of the most versatile wardrobe items. You can style it up or down with flats or heels, accessorize with a belt, combine with a cardi for work, wear in winter with tights and bare legs in summer. Chose the style that reflects your style. Mine is playful and ruffled.
The Chanel-like Boucle Tweed Box jacket is a modern classic. Wear it with a white shirt like Penelope Cruz for a classic style. Or casually with jeans or shorts. Wear a flowery silk blouse under the jacket to add some femininity. Creations are endless and up to you.
A pair of flattering sunglasses that suits your face shape is an absolute must have. I have a pair of classic dark sunglasses and a pair of “fun” sunglasses. These sorbet coloured large cat eye sunglasses are from Miu Miu.
The day dress is not to be mixed up with the evening or cocktail dress. It’s a dress for the day that you can wear at work or out at play. I love classic shapes like the above shift dress in trendy pattern and colours.
With a white shirt, you will always look pulled together. It polishes every outfit: Wear it with skirts, trousers, shorts or Jeans. Find your personal style: My above Stefanel shirt has a Peter Pan collar with green piping and ruffle detail.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my 10 essential wardrobe items next week! And tell us which items you can’t live without.
This morning it occurred to me that I haven’t worn Jeans for weeks! Casual Fridays are the perfect opportunity to wear jeans to work.
My “problem zones” are my bum and wide hips, so I always make sure that the fit of the jeans is not too low (and these days that’s quite a challenge!). Low sitting denims accentuate wide hips and muffin tops whereas in high fitting jeans, everything is nice packed away. Stretch material is a must as it slims the silhouette.
I’m wearing Jeans by Stefanel (by the way, no, I’m not being paid by them, I just love the fit and style of this Italian High Street brand). Boucle Jacket from TK Maxx, wedged espadrilles by Ras.
Like the look? get it!
Espadrille wedges from Ras and Boucle knit jacket by Zara
Jeans with skinny leg from Stefanel
Retro, Retro, Retro and no end in sight! Louis Vuitton showed 40s checked menswear, babydoll dresses and princess coats on the runway for Autumn 2012. Moschino played with 50s lace, pencil skirts and cropped capri pants for their autumn 2013 collection.
Cropped Capri pants, whose name derives from the Italian island of Capri, become popular in the late 50s. They are playful and sexy, show off your shoes and never go out of fashion. In fact, they are an all year round staple for Italians, hence the name “Italian length” – which means the trousers end just above your ankle.
Combine the capri pants classically like Brigitte Bardot did with ballet pumps: I’m wearing black and white vichy checked capri pants with Pretty Ballerinas and a Stefanel trenchcoat.
Go Retro full blast and combine capri pants with 50s kitten heels. I’m wearing a silk blouse with Peter Pan collar from H&M, Bouclé box jacket from TK Maxx, kitten heels from Logan. Retro sunglasses from Chloé.
This London fashionista has it all matched perfectly: Romantic delicate flowery silk blouse mixed with a classic Chanel-esque boucle box jacket – as a further nod to Coco Chanel, she added a quilted chain leather handbag into the mix.
Now we come to the rock part of the oufit: Skinny Jeans with zipper details and nude suede wedges complete with wooden heel and studs – double wow!
I love going back home to Berlin and re-discover some of Berlin’s most iconic sights. When you’ve been living in your hometown for years, one can get lazy appreciating and visiting the city’s landmarks. One of Berlin’s landmarks is the East Side Gallery. It is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin.
Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time.
Above: One of the best known paintings of the East Side Gallery is the Trabi knocking down the wall by Birgit Kinder. I’m wearing a tulip skirt with water colour detail from Moschino Cheap & Chic, Boucle Jacket from Trident, pointy patent leather kitten heels from Logan
The murals are under heritage protection and have been restorated in 2009. The artists transformed the grey concrete rearticulating this into a
lasting expression of freedom and reconciliation.
The painting Fatherland by Günther Schäfer combines the German and Israeli flags and is – in Schäfer’s words – ‘a symbol for peace and a memorial against any kind of fanaticism’. Read more about Schäfer’s painting here.
The East side gallery is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world and consists of 105 paintings from artists from all over the world.
Have you ever visited the East Side Gallery in Berlin? If so, what’s your favourite painting and why?
At the moment, Zara offers beautiful, classic blazers in dragee colours, all for under 100 Euros! You can’t go wrong by having a light blazer in your wardrobe, it’s a summer basic essential. The one I am wearing in the picture above has a great detail, a nude suede leather ellbow patch.
This soft pink Chanel look-a-like box jacket from Zara can also be yours for under 100 Euro. It’s an absolute classic and with it’s gold buttons, zipper and Boucle details not as puristic as a blazer.
Mix pastel blazer with uni coloured simple tops, blouses and shorts.
This spring and summer 2012 is all about oh-so-pretty pastel colours on swining 50ies dresses. And a great way to rock this trend is to inject some colour in a classic Chanel Bouclé Jacket. Think lemon yellow as see at Chanel’s Spring / Summer 2012 collection, or petit-four-pink, or fresh mint!
My pink sunglasses complement the 50ies trend perfectly. They are from Fossil, Model “Jacky Berry”, PS3897649
After a few poor seasons Mango makes more than up with this year’s AW 2011/2012 season.
Beautiful tailored dresses, rich materials (Tweed, Boucle, silk, leather, lace) and a heavenly handbag collection are guaranteed to satisfy the fussiest of shopper.
The above Bouclé jacket rocks! Combine it with Denim to avoid a dated look.
A feminine cut shift Tweed dress and pink stripes.
Mango’s handbag collection “Perfecto cuir” are handbags made out of finest leather as soft as butter. The cornflower blue classic tote is a dream as well as the ostrich leather clutch.
Leo shoes. Hard to decide whether to go for the Ballet pumps or wedged boots
My all time favourite this season, the delicate lace dress
The master of seduction Scarlett Johansson in a nude lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana