Lindsey and I mentioned in yesterday’s Style Wise conversation (5 Tips for Transitioning Your Style) that we are currently in the midst of that process. Today I wanted to share the elements for my “new” style which is all the chic vibes. I put “new” in parenthesis because in a way it feels like I am coming home to what my style has always been. I feel more comfortable and confident in the clothing choices I am currently making because they are truly for me, not to fit into a mold, or somebody else’s idea of what style means.
Chic by definition simply means “elegantly and stylishly fashionable.” To me it also includes adjectives like bold, confident, unabashed, self-aware. You see the chic woman has a quiet confidence. She knows what she is wearing perfectly suits her definition of stylish and she doesn’t cater to outside opinions or emotions. The chic, or fashion-forward woman puts things together that you wouldn’t have thought of but it works. And the fact that it works has more to do with the woman wearing it than the clothing itself.
All of this is what I’m going for. And for once it doesn’t just feel like a show or go with the flow. It feels like I finally have the confidence to step out of the main stream and believe in my personal sense of style. It’s a good feeling.
Obviously, when you aspire to a certain style vibe you can find people that emulate the vibe you are going to to an extent. I’ve created this Pinterest board below that includes people I feel emulate the look I am going for. No, I don’t like everything they wear (this is normal!) but I gain inspiration from fashionistas like Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively, Meghan Markle, and Valeria Lipovetsky.
I’ve compiled some of my favorite looks from these beauties and others in the Pinterest board below.
Elements of a Chic Wardrobe
1. Texture & Pattern Play
We fell in love with Pattern Mixing in one of our first Style Wise Conversations. I’m currently loving mixing patterns and textures. Like we said yesterday we are breaking all of our former style rules!
In this outfit for example every piece is a different texture. The shirt is taffeta, the skirt is a metallic tweed (reminiscent of Chanel, with a $20 H&M pricetag!), the bold patterned scarf is satin, and the shoes are a faux leather. The patterned scarf and the tweed skirt don’t compete because they share a common color scheme.
2. Bold Pops of Color
Before this past year your girl was scared of color. Legit scurred. I wanted all white in my home and barely strayed from neutrals in my wardrobe. It feels like a whole new world has opened up to me style wise. Totally having an Aladin moment. Haha!
This neon lilac purse was a $5 Target Clearance find that I had my eye on for weeks before I pulled the trigger. Each week it just enticed me that much more.
I also scooped up this bold red/orange belt from the clearance section. It looks so pretty with the rest of this neutral pallete.
Oh and red used to be one of my favorite colors with my complexion. For probably the last 10 years the only way it has shown up in my life is on my lips. I’ve been missing OUT!!!
3. Attention to Detail
Typically what sets a high end piece apart from the rest is the attention to detail. Since my budget is not ready for a high end wishlist, this is something I focus on even when scoping out the clearance racks.
This shear embroidered top from target is a great example of this. The teared ruffle sleeves, boxy cut, and monochromatic embroidery definitely set this beauty apart.
4. Structure, Structure, Structure!
Honestly, it is no surprise to me that a chic look includes elements inspired by menswear like blazers, button downs, and structured outerwear. The chic woman knows that she deserves a seat at the table.
I can’t stop, won’t stop loving the oversized blazer look. And the blazer dress gives me all the heart eyes.
Also, this shirt is all business in the neckline and slim fit, but the bell sleeves are the star of the show!
5. It’s Unexpected
No, you wouldn’t expect one to pair sparkly vintage inspired heals with a pair of high waisted distressed denim crops but this is the name of the game. (Pictured above!)
Or to purchase these pointy toe tennis shoes (they had every size on clearance for weeks!)