The quest of the Holy Graal … that is once again about THE STYLE

… it’s like the never-ending story, I mean discussion about the style, chic and/or class, magazines vie with one and another to deliver the best, most complete list of tricks and hints how to be stylish (just to be clear I always enjoy reading those lists) … but come on, let’s be realistic it is not following of those hints that makes you stylish, it can make you look like someone stylish … but that’s something different, isn’t it?
… it’s so much easier to create the certain image then to become an exceptional personality, the second option requires more efforts …

… but as I mentioned, I like to read all of those lists and pick those elements which I find interesting, so please find below the collection of some points which according to my observation are often characteristic for people who I admire, people with class and style:

– it’s rather unlike that you’ll find this person standing in front of a camera and listing which stylish clothes she’s wearing at the moment
– stylish look is mostly a combination of something modest and something impossible to be missed

– stylish way of clothing means expressing your attributes, attitudes, knowledge and always a bit of auto-irony through your outfit; it’s such a cliché but if you pack “no-personality” into the most beautiful outfit it will always remain “no-personality” wearing beautiful outfit

– stylish person do not dress herself to prove something and definitely not to show her superiority over those poor little guys with bad taste …

– now-a-days she is also brave enough to follow the mainstream when she likes it or to go her way when she finds it more appropriate

– she dazzles with her self-confidence but is never cheeky

– she is open, tolerant and no judgemental (but with clear opinions)

– she reads, watches, drinks and eats, travels and goes to yoga classes without informing the whole world about it … but if she does it, it makes you feel happy for her instead of being jealous

– paying her compliments makes her happy, not proud

– what she says is what she does … have you noticed how many people keep repeating that the best style means mixing designer with vintage and budget cloths … I become fed up with this statement (although I find it true) because the same people never or very seldom wear anything except   of designer … you need to be true to be chic …

and some more hard facts … in addition to what I already mentioned in random thoughts about fashion and style … episode 1

– she is usually the fabric freak; I also believe that you can hardly be wrong when wearing
something of good quality and YES, everyone can afford it, there for we have outlets, sales and all kind of shopping conveniences for hunting great pieces for reasonable price, so no excuses here …

– I like when a person who buys designer clothes buys also “the designer”, what I mean by that is buying also the philosophy behind, why is Isabel Marant such a success ? because women adore her; for me this is a very good way of expressing your attitude through your clothes (ps. I keep my fingers crossed for Sandro and Maje)

– I do agree with Nina and Inès de La Fressange that it’s worth to invest in bones but also let us not get crazy here, we do not need to have it all … and for every person invest means something different … so you do not need to sell your TV set to buy yourself the Balmain blazer (of course I also would love to have one but …) … you should know your limits and find something appropriate at your price level, it is possible !

– chic person often smiles when reading this kind of hints … because she already knows them

Please expect I will continue with this topic !
The final statement which I have to make: you can not learn how to be stylish, you either have it or not … and I fully support Karl Lagerfeld opinion regarding being stylish (he mentioned it in one of his interviews for net-a-porter) if you are asking what to do to be stylish most probably you already lost your chance … ha !

Nina did a good job !

I have to admit I like the current situation with trends … I mean there is nothing new under the sun so all are coming back to basics, classic pieces. Do you know Nina Garcia book The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own ? or maybe Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange ? If not, just have a look and then you know the latest trends already … they turn out to be the very classic ones. I have to admit I like both those books. If you can handle the whole drama about fashion staying cool, it’s a really nice reading then and you can find some helpful hints.
So what do we have in menu now: definitely leather pants (YES!) and tuxedo blazer (best from Balmain or YSL) which actually hasn’t been on my list so far … but I think I could change my mind … oh and of course the stripped shirt (PetitBateau is the king here)
and if you remember,  last season -> the leather biker jacket was experiencing the big rebirth, not mentioning the trench coat !
… but coming back to my main thought, Nina did a good job for us (hunting for clothes and never having the appropriate thing to wear) and for the designers – we are all coming back to classic !
There are two thoughts which I totally share and I found them both in Nina’s book (they might be actually from the other book – The little black book of style, anyway) – one is that the real style means you keep wearing same, favourite, meaningful things for many seasons … like for me the ring
and the other is that you can also be one step behind the trends – ha ! which means you do not need to get crazy when sth new appears, you wait until everyone has it, wear it and leave it … and then you come, with half-price paid for the thing and just when everyone is already running after sth new !
just an opinion …