Modern Chic

MO2What is chic?  By definition . . . elegantly and stylishly fashionable.

I have been on a “fashion mission” for the past decade as I am trying to keep our baby boomers hip and relevant (me included!).   I have had the pleasure of reorganizing many closets and assisting my friends and clients in obtaining a “new look”.   I can’t help but bring attention to our first lady, Michelle Obama.  I’ve been talking it . . . she’s in it and on it!   She so gets the high-low vibe . . .  pairing high-fashion pieces with mainstream retail items.  I can’t think of anything more aging than wearing a total designer look head to toe.  It’s just not current.  How cool that Mrs. Obama paired Thom Browne with J. Crew at the Inauguration?  Fabulous!   Even the great Carolina Herrera buys some of her signature white shirts from Banana Republic among other mass retailers.  That’s stylish . . . that’s fashionable.  My advice is to splurge on a few classic designer pieces and mix up the rest of your wardrobe with everything else.  It’s not about money, it’s about being cool and current.

Now for elegant . . . that’s a fine line.  That word alone conjures up “old”.  It needn’t be.  Elegant is simple, elegant is accessible, elegant is confidence.  There is nothing more painful to me than to see a beautiful woman trying too hard.  It screams insecurity and it’s obvious.   If you’re not comfortable in your own skin by now . . .  pass on buying new clothes and go see a shrink!  Yes, I have strong opinions!  Even the fabulous Oprah is nailing it lately.  She wears color beautifully and pairs fabulous but minimal accessories with her outfits.  One of my favorite looks of hers is below, I just had to look at it again!  Simple, monochromatic, beautiful!   PS and BTW . . .  there’s a reason women favor solids . . . it’s simply more flattering.  Crazy, wild prints are for the younger gals, for the most part (except when it comes to animal prints, which I am a major fan of, as it’s a neutral and just one piece can hip-up an outfit).

If I could give one piece of advice and I use it a lot, I would say be INTUITIVE with everything you do.   From dressing, to makeup, to how you interact with people . . . trust that how you put yourself together is making the world a prettier and better place!

Oprah2Carolina Herrera

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