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During the nine years that Kate Middleton has been in the public eye, she has gone from being known as “Waity Katie” to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and from dressing like the college co-ed she once was to becoming the style icon she was meant to be. The refreshing thing about Kate’s fashion evolution is that during her transformation she has stayed true to herself. She dares to wear off-the-rack High Street clothes one day and Couture the next and all the while seemingly never missing a beat. She truly exemplifies how women in their twenties and thirties can develop a fashion sense that is both contemporary and classic without sacrificing their individual personalities. As Anne Hathaway put it during an interview with USA Today, “I’m just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again”.
Kate has learned over the years the aesthetic value of clothes that are sleek and simple — they have a certain feeling of timelessness to them. Kate also realizes that the quality of a garment is not dependent upon the price. This has allowed her to skillfully maneuver between the two worlds of High Street and Couture in a way that no Royal has done before her. The result is a professional wardrobe for the working woman that is never dowdy or boring and always reflects a bit of her own personality.
While visiting riot damaged Birmingham, Kate wore a wool-crepe skirt and a silk georgette blouse by Alexander McQueen. The entire ensemble with its military look and streamlined skirt exudes professionalism while the slit in the skirt adds personality.
On the day that she and Prince William announced their engagement, she wore an electric blue silk wrap dress by Issa. Drawing subtle attention to her waistline, the dress with its fabulous drape, for which Issa is known, included a ruched neckline that kept the v-neckline from appearing too revealing.
For the official engagement picture, Kate wore a white dress by Reiss that featured a paneled waist band and side pockets with an overlay on the front skirt. Interestingly, she bought the dress two years prior to wearing it for this photograph.
Recently, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour, Kate wore a classic jade jacket and skirt by LKBennett. She gave the outfit a personality infusion by cinching the jacket at the already nipped waistline with a black belt. The result: a hint of the currently trendy peplum look.
Even when dressing casually in jeans, she achieved a sophisticated look on their Canadian Tour by pairing them with a ruffled white shirt, tucked in to accentuate her waist and curves, navy blazer and espadrilles. Wearing the same pair of jeans again on their Tour, she topped it with a Burberry shirt and wore Sebago Bala loafers giving the ensemble a put-together, yet relaxed look.
With the return of Spring and Summer comes a host of social occasions for the classic woman: bridal showers, weddings, graduations, barbeques … the list goes on. The classic woman knows that being the perfect guest requires an adherence to certain social rules.
1. Arrive on time; do not be late. Also, never arrive more than a few minutes early, your host may be busy with last minute details and not quite ready for receiving guests.
2 Upon arriving at the social function, the first order of business is to find the host, greet them and present them with a gift such as a bottle of wine, a bouquet of flowers, or a box of chocolates.
3. Start conversations with others in attendance. Breaking the Ice is always a little awkward, just remember to ask questions of the other person and keep the subject matter light and cheerful. Never, never, divulge too many personal details to a total stranger. The goal in mingling is to meet new people and make new connections; it is never a substitute for a therapy session.
4. Avoid stepping into a conversation that is already taking place, rather look for someone who is not talking to anyone and start there.
5. When talking to people, always look them in the eyes. Even if you have a million other things on your mind, make them feel that they are the most important person in the room at that moment. Ask the other person questions and wait for him to answer. After he is finished, add your own thoughts, always being careful not to hijack the conversation. Remember, good conversation is like a game of ping pong, each person must have a turn to talk and then to listen.
6. Although considered a bit old-fashioned, it is still a good idea to avoid discussing sex, politics, and religion unless you are quite familiar with the other person’s viewpoints. Not everyone is comfortable with a lively debate and a party atmosphere is not always the best place for that discussion. Instead, start the conversation by asking general questions. Hopefully, you will hear a response that will trigger a mutually shared interest; if not, try talking a little bit about yourself or something you have done and let the conversation branch off with some questions from that angle.
7. Additional conversation pitfalls:
8. Barbara Walters’, in her book How to Talk With Anybody About Practically Anything (1970), states: “Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.”
9. Always inform your host that you are leaving and thank them for a wonderful time.
10. Although not required, sending a thank you note after attending the party is always a lovely gesture and, in today’s social environment, often quite unexpected. Your thoughtfulness will neither go unnoticed nor unappreciated.
There was a time in the mid-90s when girl power was all the rage (thank you, Spice Girls!). While midriff baby tees might have fallen out of fashion, now more than ever bloggers prove that girl power is still in full effect.Whether it’s donning a lacy top, a beautiful lip color, or even raising a glass to the original girl power movement of Rosie the Riveter, fashion bloggers know better than anyone else how to celebrate being a woman! In honor of National Women’s History month, check out these posts that are all about the things that make being a woman fun.
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Today’s classic woman knows that the key to building a functional wardrobe is to lay a good foundation. She is keenly aware that a few elements are absolutely essential for a sustainable wardrobe. The common thread for all of her selections is not the price point or the designer, but the quality of the fabric, how the fabric drapes, the craftsmanship, and the fit. The mark of quality clothing is that the fabric holds its shape, the seams are straight and finished, the buttonholes are all the same size and bound with thread, the color is even throughout the garment, the patterns match at the seams and, if it is lined, the lining hangs comfortably. Also, when pieces are purchased off-the-rack, they often must be tailored to fit perfectly. Tailoring can make the difference between looking good and looking great.
If you could peek inside her closet you would find:
1. The Little Black Dress. The one dress that can take a classic woman anywhere. Depending on the accessories, it goes from day to evening without ever missing a beat.
2. A day dress. Although pantsuits take a woman most places, there are times when only a dress will do. Simple lines and solid colors work best.
3. A black suit: dress pants, skirt, blazer, and shirt Black is still the power color that classic women rely on. It should be well constructed, tailored to fit flawlessly and made out of seasonless fabric.
5. T-shirts — black, white, and a signature color.
6. Dark wash jeans. When buying jeans, the classic woman understands that fit is of the utmost importance. It is better to have one pair of great fitting jeans than several pairs of jeans that don’t quite measure up. Quality over quantity is always the classic woman’s mantra.
7. A pair of khaki pants.
8 A swimsuit.
9. A coverup.
10. A couple of great pairs of pajamas with a robe and a pair of slippers.
11. A lightweight cashmere twinset.
12. A trench coat in either black or tan. The classic styling of the trench coat has proven to be a fashion stable for the past several decades. It is a great transitional piece going from spring to summer and from fall to winter.
When it comes to buying shoes, the classic woman knows that leather is the material of choice, although ostrich and snakeskin are great choices as well. She also knows that looks can be deceiving, so she always checks the tags to verify the materials used in the shoe. The seams, just like in her clothing, must be straight and firmly sewn in place – a little tugging will not cause them to become undone — and the color throughout the leather should be uniform. Also, the sole of the shoe will not pull away from the upper part of the shoe with gentle tugging. She looks for shoes that have linings made from natural materials rather than from man-made materials as they are better for perspiration absorption. Although high quality shoes cost more than shoes of a lesser quality, the classic woman knows that they will not only last longer than their cheaper counterparts, but that they have the added benefit of being more comfortable to wear.
1. Neural -colored Flats
2. Nude Pumps
3. Black leather pumps
Actress and philanthropist Audrey Hepburn, known for her style and grace, continues to be one of Hollywood’s great style icons. Hepburn once said, “You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyze yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.” In other words, her philosophy on life and on fashion: Be true to yourself; know what you do well, what you wear well; and do it with confidence.
Always understanding the value of simplicity and line, Hepburn made the little black dress a classic wardrobe essential. The LBD could be worn as a simple dress with little jewelry or taken to the next level by adding the right accessories.
Not surprising, Givenchy, known for his contemporary, ladylike clothing, designed for Hepburn on and off the big screen. His on-screen creations can be seen in Sabrina, How to Steal a Million, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In later years, Ralph Lauren would be added to her very select list of favorite designers. Although it has been said that pale pink was her personal color of choice, she was rarely seen in it. Instead, she predominately wore black and white. Hepburn’s standard daytime look was a pair of skinny pants, a turtle neck and flat shoes — all in black. A look that is still as classic today as when she wore it.
What Hepburn did for the LBD, she also did for the white shirt. Hepburn’s criteria for the shirt was that it was plain, nothing fancy about it, and often tied at her 20″ waist. Her mantra “less is more” heavily influenced her accessory choices: a simple pair of studs, a strand of pearls, a neutral-colored long scarf, and a pair of dark sunglasses.
The Classic Woman’s Lessons Learned from Audrey
1. Analyze yourself honestly and dress accordingly, accentuate your positive characteristics.
2. Be true to yourself, do not fall victim to trends that do nothing for your appearance.
3. Simplicity speaks volumes.
4. Clothing must-haves: a little black dress, a plain white shirt, a fitted suit
5. Accessory must-haves: a simple pair of studs, a strand of pearls, dark sunglasses and a neutral-colored long scarf.
With spring around the corner, the classic woman takes her cue from the latest trends to update her wardrobe by incorporating them into her personal style. She chooses her accessories wisely so they accentuate her assets while never dominating her look. The Spring /Summer 2012 collections with their emphasis on being “feminine” and “glamorous” provide the perfect accents for the classic woman.
For the classic woman who does not mind drawing attention to her legs, she has several options. This season’s high heel is higher than ever and boasts sexy pointed toes. For more casual occasions where comfort is the motto of the day, the flat espadrille is eagerly waiting to become Cinderella’s new daytime slipper. Also, the basic flat is back in a big way. For those in-between moments, the loafer has reinvented itself as a fun, unpredictable shoe. Regardless of the heel height or lack thereof, this season is all about the details: bows, buckles, jewels, metallics, shiny fabrics, rivets, and lacing. When it comes to color, everything goes — brights to pastels. However, the nude shoe continues to maintain its foothold (excuse the pun) as a fashion staple. Not only does the nude color make the perfect “go with anything” shoe, but, as models have known for years, it elongates the leg. Although the wedge, the bootie and the gladiator are also popular this Spring, the classic woman avoids them as they are too overtly trendy. She prefers a shoe that quietly commands attention, like the platform heal, not one that steals the show.
Shoes: Classic and Stylish
Perfect with a fitted suit:
With a skirt or pair of pants, a pop of coral
or simple elegance:
With a pair of shorts or a pair of jeans, a shoe with comfort and classic style: