Fashion

Why Classic Looks Are Always In Style

January 22nd, 2014 by

Often ‘classic’ styles can be considered boring, unimaginative, frumpy or too conventional. In fact, classic items will always be in style, unlike fashions which come and go. We can spend a fortune keeping up with catwalk looks, and risk looking back with ‘what was I thinking!?’ mortification. The fact is, many fashions and trends will not suit everyone, but classic items are designed as wardrobe staples – garments that you will wear and wear and always feel good in…

So how do you wear classic items and remain looking fresh and stylish?

Always wear classic clothes with a modern twist. Sure a fitted black dress is a classic look, but a bandage style or fitted tunic shape will give it a splash of on-trend tailoring. A white shirt is a classic piece, but look for modern edge in the details, such as buttons, shape or material.

Accessorising an outfit can instantly freshen it up. A tote bag, a pair of high pointy court shoes, or even a slouchy belt will finish a classic outfit with a modern feature.

Invest in some statement jewellery – Statement necklaces and earrings transform a look. A classic black top is suddenly on-trend when paired with an attention-grabbing necklace or pair of earrings. Bold colours or costume gold hues make statement jewels pop, so look for loud pieces!

The power of statement make up is undeniable. If berry red lips are trending, why not find a shade that complements your skin, eye and hair tone, and wear it to freshen up an otherwise classic clothing piece like a black turtle neck jumper? Lip shades with that ‘wow’ factor command attention and will scream confidence. On trend nail colours are far more fun to experiment with than unflattering fashion styles, so mix up your manicure with dark cherry shades, whites, aqua and browns – you’ll see what is ‘trending’ as the make-up counters are firmly on the pulse of fashions! Matching nail and lip colour to an outfit – such as a red dress with red lips and red nails can look very dated. If you’re going for red lips to match a stunning red dress, opt for neutral nails.

Remember that the outfits which truly wow on the red carpet are likely to have been wearable for decades – a flattering shape makes more of a statement than a look that everyone is wearing after all. Hourglass shapes will always suit body hugging dresses, and streamlined and gentle curves will always stun in a classic fishtail design.

Add variety in the colours of your clothes – stick with classic shapes and go for statement colours – often it is clear to see what colours are very ‘in the moment’ as soon as you walk into any fashion store – a sea of browns, lemon yellows, blues or pinks will greet you! But remember, all-black outfits are not the boring option. Audrey Hepburn was rarely seen out of her signature black, classic style, and she lives on as one of history’s most influential fashion icons.

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