Monday, July 6, 2015

Style Lessons via Coco Chanel

Chanel is known for a certain effortlessly luxurious look. Just think of how many crave and have worn the "double C" logo.

Coco Chanel is one of the most-quoted women in fashion. She revolutionized the industry and still has a significant impact on fashion today. Chanel was known for her quotes on style and celebrating the individual. Here are some of my favorites...

I. "Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity."

Style is flair that's best when combined with a certain degree of subtlety and balance. True style is fashion that is innate and effortless. Overt, in your face style can easily come across like you're trying too hard.

II. "Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress."

Amazing details, patterns, fabrics and colors are never quite so amazing if they don't flatter. Clothes, makeup and hair are best when they are enhancements to the woman ... When the focus is on the complete package.

Everything you wear should help you look your best. Wearing something that does nothing for you is like throwing money in the trash and setting it on fire ... A tragic, total waste.

III. "Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."

The goal is to present the best you possible.

The confidence of knowing you look your best carries through in your voice, how you smile and walk, and how well you interact with others. Proper fit is also key to looking flawless. Tugging at ill-fitting clothes is distracting and detracts from your confidence.

The prettiest dress is just simply a dress if it doesn't fit well. Knowing your body type helps you understand what cuts will look best on you.

I found this body type calculator to be the most accurate calculator to date. Here is the link:

Although I really like this calculator, I find the recommendations to be a little too limited ... They focus on fit, but I strongly believe that eye-control is also very important. Draping, the boldness of the print and color blocking are important, as these elements can help control the eye-flow (focus).

IV. "The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you."

Learn what colors are your colors. Do you look best in icy, pale greens and blues, jewel tones, muted peaches and grays, warm yellows and beige or some blended combination?

Do a color analysis and try on different colors. Take note of what looks great on you. No trend should override this rule.

Here is the link to a free, online analysis that is pretty good:

I generally agree with the results but I did find them to be a little general. For example, my predominant color is deep. This was applied to both deep categories. However, what works for deeps with red undertones can look totally different on deeps with yellow undertones.

Understanding your coloring/undertones is not only important when selecting clothing and hair color, but also with finding the right makeup.

More of my tips on coloring and body type are coming soon.