Let’s admit it: we all love clothes and many of us get super excited when it comes to fashion. And that makes sense: the image we create for ourselves is our business card.
People will look at you, judge you, admire you and simply form an opinion based on your appearance. Of course, it’s not only about the clothes – your hygiene ( including makeup and hair choices) and body language will also speak tons about your personality, intentions and motivations.
While you are in control of every aspect, it is crucial to stay true to yourself: to your body, proportions and personality, when it comes to building your dream image. That’s why I decided to give you a hand by sharing a few of the most essential basics you need in your wardrobe ASAP and how to choose them wisely.
The blue jeans
The good old blue jeans are simply a must. Choose between mom, boyfriend or flared jeans, all made from thick denim. Get your inspiration from Jane Birkin. Or from the ’90s.
Jeans come in so many shades, shapes and sizes that it’s impossible not to find your perfect match. If you are looking a great pair, both expensive-looking and flattering, look for non-stretch, high waisted denim, ideally straight. Mid blue is a great choice which can be worn throughout the year, while lighter blue is ideal for summer. Indigo jeans are also gorgeous and can be worn with basically everything – the easiest shade to be dressed up or down. Try to avoid skinny and stretchy jeans, unless you look like Kendal Jenner. They won’t compliment you in the way you now think they would. Trust me.
Always, but always make sure the jeans you buy, whether vintage or new are your true size – the number on the label doesn’t matter as long as they have a fab fit!
The white button-down / T-shirt
Let’s turn towards Jane Birkin once again, the master of jeans/shirt combo. Just look at her outfits and see how great she looked in such simple pieces. Her attitude and confidence simply made her shine, whatever she used to wear.
Opt for natural fabrics such as cotton, poplin, silk, linen in the summer, avoid by all means synthetic fibres. Besides the health benefits of letting your skin breathe through natural fibres, they have a prettier texture and once again, look and feel expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I have countless cheap pieces in my wardrobe which could pass for designer, and vice-versa. Go up one or few sizes or simply opt for an oversized fit for that je ne sais quoi.
The camel coat
A timeless wardrobe staple, which you won’t regret investing in. It will never (and I mean never ever) go out of fashion and it simply works with everything. Once again, natural fibres such as wool, cashmere, camel hair, alpaca fibre, etc. last longer and also age nicely. Opt for a below-the-knee, slightly oversized fit for that timeless vibe. Wanna know a secret? Max Mara is your go-to label when it comes to investing in your dream coat which you will wear will pleasure and confidence for many years to come.
When it comes to shoes and accessories in general, it’s all about quality. Never compromise when it comes to staple pieces as you only need a few and each of them has the power to completely transform your look – no matter what you choose to wear clothes-wise.
Imagine a gorgeous-looking £15 Primark dress with Gucci Horsebit Loafers. Yes, it looks fab! I am a huge fan of such combos and I always choose to invest more in my shoes than in the rest of my clothes because of their huge power to transform, it’s close to magic.
Choose loafers which are comfortable, first of all, but which also look and feel timeless in shape and details – the simpler, the better.
The leather jacket
I know many of you are vegan and I am a vegetarian myself. But when it comes to leather shoes and jackets, I prefer the real deal. And let’s be honest you have options: choose between brand new, vintage or roam the charity shops in search of the perfect leather jacket.
What to look after? The quality of the leather first of all. Second, choose a jacket in one colour – same principle as with the loafers (the simpler, the better) and last, make sure it fits you. And by that I mean you can still get a jumper underneath, zip it up or simply breathe. I promise you, a piece of clothing that doesn’t feel right now will never do so. And there is nothing more awful than wearing things which are too small – they look disgusting, and will never get the chance to flatter you.
Go for quality, instead of quantity. A pair of statement or gorgeous earrings is usually more than enough, purely from an aesthetics point of view. Balance is the key when it comes to accessories: you either opt for stacked necklaces/bracelets and nothing else, either settle on earrings and few rings. Never put them all together, unless it’s Halloween.
Same story with the bags – you only need two – one for day and one for special occasions. But make sure those two are each chef-d’œuvre.
I simply cannot finish my writing without a kindly reminder to always pay attention to your makeup and hair: make sure to apply your makeup to fresh, clean skin and ensure to wash your hair every time it’s needed. Too much makeup is a no-no and so is greasy hair. There is no excuse whatsoever when it comes to personal hygiene, as no matter what you wear and how expensive your clothes are or how beautiful your body and face are…nothing looks good on a sloppy canvas.