STYLE IT THREE WAYS: THE CHECKED PANTS

Today’s focus is on the checked pants. Casual and comfortable, you might be surprised to find out that they are versatile too. You will unfailingly add interest in your wardrobe with a pair of plaid pants, but remember to think of at least three ways to wear them or you will soon end up bored of reaching out over and over again for the same combo.

Whilst in today’s suggestions you will see three completely different ways to wear a pair of checked pants, let me share a little trick of mine. I actually used the same logic for all three looks: selecting a top in one of the main colors from the plaid pattern.

The checked pants are great for women who need to highlight their hips and bottom, focusing the attention below the waist, as in the case of the inverted triangle, the rectangle or the neat hourglass body shape. The length and the style of the top will also depend on the body shape as well as on the style personality.

Here is my #1: THE COZY LOOK FOR A SUNDAY MORNING…MINDFULLNESS CLASS

This idea is a winner for those of you who prefer casual styling and hate a cluttered look. Trousers worn with flat shoes translates in maximum comfort and practicality, but you still need some accessories to complete the look. In a canvas-like- combination, I opted for a long necklace as a statement piece. If you have a waist, a belt in the same shade as your necklace is a beautiful add on (great for hourglass body shapes, not ideal for rectangles). I know that many women are confused about their body shapes and proportions and what are the best clothing lines and accessories to wear. Booking a Style Makeover with a personal stylist will help you gain all the knowledge you need in order to always look fabulous! I am here to help you with your style dilemmas 😉

#2: THE CHIC LOOK FOR A DAY FILLED WITH MEETINGS

If you want to blow in and make your friends, business partners or competitors feel envious of your striking appearance, this one is for you. Tunics are one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you can own and one can really get creative with an interesting tunic. In this look, not only the long chiffon tunic with side slits reveals and complements the pants, but it also makes a statement. What’s more, it is comfortable to wear. This look is ideal for tall women.

The perfect accessory for long-bodied women as myself is a wide, statement belt. Remember to accessorize with an unusual necklace too.

#3: THE ‘MEETING-WITH-A-CLIENT-FOR-A-STYLE-MAKEOVER’ SOPHISTICATED LOOK

This is naughty! So naughty that on a Friday afternoon of a hundred years ago, I would most certainly have ended up in prison. Fast forward in 2017, as a modern, emancipated woman, I can use all my imagination to play with outfits. For this outfit I needed go no further than to my husband’s closet 😉 I love the roominess of his shirts. Ok, there is quite a lot of space for big shoulders, but this creates a relaxed look over a female body and I did feel like I had more freedom compared to when I am wearing my own tailor made shirts. As for the accessories…what better way to cut the mannish look than a long pearl necklace and a belt with an interesting buckle? Playful and sexy! Isn’t it?

STYLE IT THREE WAYS: HOW TO STYLE A CLASSIC WHITE SHIRT

Hello Style Lovers! I am starting a regular column in my blog called STYLE IT THREE WAYS. Once a month I will focus on one piece of garment and recreate three different outfits with it. Why three? Simply because I believe in the statement that every time we shop we must think of at least three ways to incorporate the piece we are buying in our current wardrobe. Make it a rule! And, with my suggestions, you will soon understand how…easy it could be.

Today’s central player is one of my absolute best-loved MUST HAVES, the CLASSIC WHITE SHIRT. Uma Thurman wore it iconically in Pulp Fiction. Sharon Stone broke all of the fashion rules when she paired her husband’s with a Vera Wang skirt at the 1998 Oscars.
This is a staple. A perfectly tailored white shirt evokes an air of cool sophistication. Fitted waist, straight waist, crisp, relaxed. The choice here is about body type, but even more about lifestyle. Where and how to wear it? Under a suit, tucked into jeans, tied at the waist over a bikini? Figure out which cut and material make the most sense for you. If you opt for a fitted one, keep in mind that it should skim your body, with no gapping at the bust or pulling across the shoulders, and you should be able to move your arms across comfortably.
Yes, you can pair a classic white shirt with your dark denim jeans, your black skirt or a blazer. Put it under a sleeveless black dress! And, because it is so versatile, I could not stop at only three versions. In fact, I am going to style it in 6 different ways based on the different style personalities out there.

Let me begin with those of you who choose over anything else a timeless, neat and elegant look: the CLASSIC LADIES. Always well turned out and elegant, you would not opt for a daring colour combination or a mix of contrasting textures, nor did I in the classic look. I used two wardrobe basics, a pair of gingham cigarette pants and my favourite black pumps. Vittorio loved the look. How about you?

Let’s see what happens if we add a couple of interesting accessories. How about a long green gemstone necklace and a checkered fedora hat? Here is my suggestion for those of you who enjoy their clothes and absolutely love accessories, sometimes spending more on bags and shoes that on an outfit itself: the CITY CHIC ladies. Will I surprise anyone if I said that I fall into this group?

A sneaker/ballerina addicted, an easy-care, non-iron, no-fuss lover? You are a NATURAL! We know that feeling comfortable in your clothes is the most important factor for you. Let’s try a relaxed look with your boyfriend’s jeans, a pair of fabulous dressy sneakers and a cross body bag.

Feeling ROMANTIC? Pair your crispy white shirt with a long silk skirt and ballet flats. Want more romance? Add a flowery patterned chiffon scarf and a loving sausage dog. All set for a night out! Ok, leave the dog in!

Ah, the DRAMATIC! Ladies, it’s not about the Ouch! It’s more about the WOW! The dramatic girl needs WOW pieces. Wherever she goes, she makes sure she will be noticed. Think of Katy Perry or Selena Williams. From time to time I love striking outfits too. What is more striking than a burgundy leather skirt with a deep side slit? All dressed up with yellow gold accessories and leopard print heels and handbag. Meoooo? Nope. Rooooaaarrrr!!!

My last suggestion is for those ladies who were born CREATIVE like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Every piece of this look screams uniqueness and adds interest, from the black flared leather skirt and the unusual idea of wearing a vivid chiffon top over a crisp white shirt, to the camel suede boots and a black ascot cap, a statement pair of heart shaped blue earrings and a watch in the same shade. It’s all on her and no one can stop the CREATIVE lady from going out dressed like this. What? Yes, she does!

Not sure what is your Style Personality? You will find out that and much more during a Style Consultation or a Style Makeover. Remember! Booking a session with a Personal Stylist is one of the best ways to invest in yourself!