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Mix classic and contemporary. I’m personally drawn to clean lines and easy-to-wear, understated pieces. I can’t say that I’ve always been super confident about my style, but I’ve certainly been true to myself with how I dress. Confidence has come with age but finding this blend always gives me a good starting point.
Nail your proportions. I see myself as a minimalist and tend to sway towards more streamlined, simpler pieces. The thing I get asked often is how to make neutrals less boring, but honestly, I don’t see them as any less interesting. I do think styling makes a big difference though, so opt for cuts and fits that feel more elevated.
Visualise your pieces as building blocks. This is my favourite way to build an outfit, my biggest rule is comfort first. In warmer climates, I sway towards fabrics that are cooler and perhaps opt for lighter shades. Finding those hero pieces and working your outfit around them is a fail-safe approach.
Opt for longevity over seasonality. I rarely follow trends and instead, I prefer pieces I know I’ll be able to wear for years to come. A great way to incorporate fashion trends is to find something that still retains some sort of timeless element. Think about whether that piece will still be relevant next year. It helps to look at brands that nail that timeless vibe. I’ve been really into Ninety Percent and TOVE Studio, lately. Their pieces are really considered. I'm also obsessed with Bouguessa, her pieces are the perfect ratio of classic and contemporary - its refined minimalism to a tee. Sandra Mansour creates the most stunning pieces, like wearable art and I recently came across Abadia, they are a little under the radar but certainly one to watch.
Find your staples. These don’t have to be as simple as a black blazer or a pair of jeans – experiment and invest in the pieces that feel right for your wardrobe that you can re-wear in multiple ways. For example, a chunky platform loafer helps add dimension to so many of my outfits. I have a pair from Maje and I love the detailing. I've been following Dana Hourani for several years now - an artist with the most beautiful voice. She has a really unique sense of style and oozes that cool girl vibe. Also, Oumayma Elboumeshouli for her artistic flair.
Stay on the hunt for fresh inspo. Tove Studio, for example, just presented its SS24 collection, which was a great indication for what’s to come in spring. I loved the tailored boxy suiting, dresses and slipper flats. Elsewhere, I recently came across Elinor Nystedt, who has the most effortless style – pared back but elevated at the same time. Maria Kaas also has a great feed, she always looks really polished but it looks like it's taken her no effort at all.
Find a warm weather evening look you love. A good silk dress is always one of my go-tos, Asceno has a great selection. Another formula that always works for me is trousers, a simple top and killer heels. Malene Birger has a great selection of statement trousers. Lighter weight fabrics and looser cuts are especially chic. Adding heavy jewellery instantly adds polish, too.
Invest in your accessories. I’ve just gotten my hands on some Neous pointed toe heels. They are geometric and feel very statement – great for elevating a look but equally good with wide-leg denim. I was also recently introduced to Sapir Bachar and I am obsessed with all of her pieces. The Gold synthesis pearl necklace is going to be on my neck for a while. I love it with a plain tee or even a knitted jumper. I’ve worn her pieces before and always get compliments when I do. Finally, I’ve had my DeMellier clutch for a while, but it’s still my favourite bag. I love that it can be worn in multiple ways.
Stick to your own rules when getting dressed. This helps you stay on track and make sure that you feel happy and confident in what you’re wearing. For me it’s about choosing clothes that make me feel good – keeping comfort at the forefront. A second is to not overcomplicate things – less is more, after all – so it’s okay to keep it simple. Finally, like I mentioned before, consider balance and proportion as it can instantly add polish to an outfit. The way you dress and your style is a personal reflection, so experiment with what works for you and own it.
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