Updated: Jan 15
Effortless, stylish, timeless - the simple yet powerful words which describe timeless fashion icons who have mesmerized the world with their elegant looks. Icons' refined ensembles often consist of simple, timeless pieces paired with a touch of confidence.
As simple as this might sound, it is not easy to join the ranks of fashion icons whose styles are timeless yet fresh and innovative.
What is their secret?
To find the answer, I dove into the article, "7 Style Rules All "Timeless Women" Follow" by Allyson Payer of Who What Wear Online Magazine. The author points out a few key ingredients that are necessary to create an effortless style.
Ignore fashion trends. Fashion trends are short-lived, definite, and do not work for everyone. While it could be fun to wear an eccentric piece to an event or two, trendy pieces have a short life span. They are dated and get quickly replaced by the next season's best thing.
A structured silhouette is everything. Any stylish look contains simple but sharp lines that create volume, clear vision, and the right proportions.
Invest in blazers, jackets, and coats. There is no secret that a camel coat, classic trench coat, and boyfriend blazer are the must-haves in anyone's closet: no matter where we look, fashion icons of any decade had these in their arsenal.
For more concrete examples, I found the article "10 Timeless, Fashionable Pieces of Clothing All Women Should Own" by Jacqueline Curtis of Money Crashers Magazine. The author identifies garments that are worth adding to our effortless closet.
Blazer is the must-have. A simple classic blazer is the most straightforward and fastest way to put together a polished look. A classic blazer that hits at a hip works for most body types and offers various styling opportunities.
The black dress is a classic. Remember Breakfast at Tiffany's? Everyone woman has to have one perfectly fit black dress. When selecting an LBD, go with simple styles, knee-length, and minimal embellishments. A simple black dress can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
The perfect white t-shirt is the go-to. The ideal tee is versatile and always in style. The white color adds class and sharpness whether you are heading to a store or going to the office.
The path to elegance is simple, yet not everyone can achieve it. It requires discipline and hard choices. It requires dedication and commitment to yourself and your style. I urge you to stay focused and keep your eyes on the price. The change will not happen overnight, but it will come if you stay the course.