|Dark wash jeans, grey marle cosy knit top, black ballet flats|
I've written before about the 'fashion uniform' and was even interviewed by USA Today on it. Today I thought I'd show you my transeasonal uniform (you can click on the photos to see them bigger). I work in a semi-casual environment (retail) and my favourite clothing colours are navy/denim/blue-grey, black, grey marle for clothing and black, plum and nude shoes. Currently I use my tan Michael Kors bag and wallet every day (and have done since I bought them 2.5 years ago).
|Bright blue wash jeans, black merino cowl neck top, black sneakers, gold cuff|
Even though scarves are tres Francais and I always think they look chic on others, I've not been wearing them much. I like the simplicity of an outfit without them, instead using a few pieces of jewellery to accessorise. This may sound weird, but if I wear jewellery and a scarf and my hair goes curly that day if feels like too much. Simplicity calms me so I keep it simple in the way I dress.
|Blue-grey knit top (slightly see-through) with navy camisole, dark blue-black wash jeans, nude patent ballet flats|
I have four pairs of jeans that I rotate currently - three are Diesel and one is Maison Scotch (the pair just above), and a few more tops than the ones shown. In these photos two tops were gifts and the other two - hearts and cowl neck - I bought recently from Farmers (a mid-price department store a bit like Macys from what I saw in Hawaii). I don't shop a lot so I had hardly any autumn/winter tops. These two have topped up my autumn range nicely and I will wear the merino one into winter.
|Black and cream cotton heart knit top, distressed mid-blue jeans, plum patent ballet flats|
Quite a few years ago I started a 'Fiona's Personal Style' Word document and noted down good and not-so-good clothing styles for my figure, along with favourite colours to wear. I didn't even need to refer back to it that often to remember that slant pockets and defined waist dresses are to be skipped when I'm browsing in clothing shops (round bottom and high waist respectively).
After looking at a few figure analysis books I came to the conclusion that I am a soft hourglass (not really exaggerated, but a defined waist and equal-width shoulders and hips) with a high waist (short body, long legs). I have to be really careful with my waistline - if I tuck something in or wear a belt on my natural waist it can look like my belt is up under my arms...
I'd definitely recommend doing these things for yourself, they are really useful exercises. Here's my personal style notes:
Fiona’s Style Rules
Mantra: ‘sexy and sophisticated’
Elegant, feminine, clean lines.
Classic trouser/jean styling. No side slant pockets, no side zips, mid waist (not low cut or high cut).
Vertical darts, one piece. No horizontal line at the waist. To finish just on the knee or below, but above the curve of the calf.
A-line, just on the knee for summer.
Fitting, medium length, not too long, not too short. Scooped neckline or deep, soft v-neck. Too high is unflattering and a sharp V is too severe. Sleeves either bracelet length, fitted elbow length or short/capped-ish. Not full length unless they can be pushed up and will stay up, not mid-upper arm and too fitted as it makes arms look chunky.
Fitting, medium length, not too long, not too short. Big enough across the shoulders, darted. Long enough to tuck in if very fitted. Enough room across the bust so buttons don’t pull. Sew a dome on if they do.
Soft and muted, mid tones
Light grey or blue/grey
Pinks – light pink, peony/coral pink
Light mint green
Buttermilk soft cream/yellow
Possible Colour Combos
Cream or off-white/black
Black or charcoal/blush pink
Light grey marle/denim/tan