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Famous French designer Coco Chanel once said, style never goes out of fashion. As you’ve probably guessed from the theme of my blog, I love European styles, particularly the French style. And, as I mentioned before, French style is not only about the clothes you are wearing, but it’s about how you wear them. Some women, whether they have bad attitudes, are depressed, or are just plain nasty, can’t pull off the most flattering LBD (little black dress). Yet others can wear a navy tee shirt, khakis, and ballet flats with confidence and a bit of charm, and their style-meter goes through the roof.
In the past year, I’ve been trying to weed through my wardrobe, donating items that don’t fit, don’t flatter, or are simply too dated or worn to wear again. Using this strategy, I’ve easily given away 3-4 huge bags of clothes, including some very expensive, designer styles. After donating at least 1/3 of my wardrobe, I opted to slowly add in new pieces to reflect a more distinct style – my style.
What’s Your Style?
But then I thought, what is my style?? Am I preppy? Casual? Modern? Retro? Well, I’m definitely not retro unless you count me jumping for joy when The Times London reported that wide-leg trousers were back in style again. In looking at what was left of my recently thinned-out threads, I noticed a pattern. Lots of trousers, khakis, study solid-color long and short sleeve tees, few floral and/or fancy pieces, and a handful of well-tailored blazers. All of these pieces are those that have stood the test of time, being easily dressed up with a bit of bling, or dressed down with denim. But, the most important thing about these pieces is that I feel great in all of them – again, confidence in your clothes and your own skin goes a LONG way.
In thinking about my style once more, I came across a new Bistro Chic site fave – Shabby Apple. Interestingly enough, Shabby Apple has just released a brand new French clothing line for the Spring season – ooh la la – a fitting name for a French clothing line! I’ve never purchased anything from Shabby Apple but that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the amazing styles. Think back to when you smelled ice cream for the first time as a child – you didn’t know what it was but you knew you wanted some. Immediately, when I discovered this site, I thought – I have to buy something – anything. So many ice cream flavors, so little money.
It may take me until the end of the year to buy something from the site, but in the meantime, I’m having fun using Shabby Apple’s nifty style widget. Take the quiz and get to know your own style. What’s my style? Classic of course! Ciao!