Real Chic in a Fake Fur

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Real Chic in a Fake Fur

Faux-fur… I have never imagined that one day I will write about this… In fact I have never imagined that I will be writing a blog either.  🙂

Life is unpredictable and this is fantastic!

Speaking about fake fur, I must say that I have never been a fun of this kind of cover-up but this year something snapped in me.

I am not sure what caused this change, but I am happy this is happening, because furs are so classy! To be honest with you, I am very glad the fake furs have been finally noted and appreciated. They look equally elegant as the real one yet they save a lot of lives and do not cause the allergies. Perfect choice for the AD people like me! J

Even if you are not convinced to fake fur now, I strongly encourage you to give it a try. There is so much choice on the market that every girl will find something for herself. You can choose between cropped jackets or long, oversize coats. If you feel this is too much for you to handle, try with the fake fur vest or scarves. They will bring a texture to your outfit.

If you are looking for an on-duty combination, here is an idea: crispy white shirt team with black sleeveless fake fur gilet, pair of black slim jeans and boots. Simple, cozy, and ultra-chic!

And no matter what, remember:

“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur” – Karl Lagerfeld

Chic cover-up

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Chic cover-up

In one of my prior post I mentioned the importance of having an elegant cover up for glamourous events. Today I would like to focus on this matter.

When you think about an elegant coat, one thing comes to mind: classy coat must cost a fortune. Nothing could be more wrong! Indeed there are luxurious coats that will be more expensive than others, yet nowadays you can find equally stylish alternative for less money. Just make sure you do your homework before the purchase. The key question you should ask yourself is how often you have a chic night outs. Based on the answer, you will set up your budget. Keep in mind that the more numerous evenings you have, the more qualitative cover-up you should buy and the more money you should invest in it. At the end the more you wear your coat, the best ROI you will get. You should also take into consideration the climate you live in and your general style.

In the event of doubt remember: you can’t go wrong with black, classy, and minimalist piece.

Tuxedo – a nice alternative

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Tuxedo - a nice alternative

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Since we are still in the evening glamour topic, please let me present you a tuxedo, a nice alternative to gowns.

Tuxedo does not have to be masculine. You can stylize it in various ways and believe me, you will always get a chic and elegant final result. To master the look, learn from ladies who got it right.

There are many positive sides of wearing tuxedos. One of them is a comfort that floor-length dress will never give you. The other important thing is the versatility of tuxedo. You can combine the tuxedo pants or jacket with casual pieces to get fabulous on-duty look. The possibilities are countless! Just try and you will never stop!

Evening Glamour – Few more tips to look like a Star

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Evening Glamour 2

 

Internet is full of advices how to choose the right evening outfit, therefore I am not going to reinvent the wheel. In this post I just want to talk about few issues that some girls tend to forget about or diminish the importance of them when they have a glamorous evening/night out.

First of all, invisible part of your attire can make or break your look, so make sure you select the right undergarment to your dress that will work for you and the best flatter your figure. Do not be shy to ask the sales person for help if you are not sure what type of lingerie is the best for your gown.

Second of all, I strongly advise you to not experiment with the make-up and hairstyle. Stick to something natural and simple. If you want to try new look, make sure you will do the rehearsal before the event. You’ll save yourself embarrassment and unneeded stress.

Third of all, the coat is equally important as the evening gown. I saw a couple of times “ladies” in evening dresses, elegant high heels and…. down jackets… Believe me, no matter how luxurious your dress is, if your coat does not compliment your look, the spell will break.

Last but not least, nice and elegant attire that is in line with the dress code is a one thing, but even the most fabulous dress will not safe your face if you can’t move like a lady therefore be realistic when you choose the shoes and, as Oscar de la Renta was saying, “Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

I look forward to hearing from you about your fancy-dressing rules!

Evening Glamour Dress Code Guideline

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Evening Glamour

Christmas time undoubtedly is associated with elegant dinners, banquets, parties and other glamorous social events. Some of them are more formal, the other are informal. Even if there are little chances you will be invited on the red carpet, it’s worth to refresh the knowledge about the dress code. At the end you never know what life will bring!

White tie (in other words: full evening dress) is the most formal evening dress code in fashion. It is worn to ceremonial occasions such as dinners, banquets, balls, weddings, the opera, theatre, musicals or to embassy and diplomatic events. If you receive an invitation for an event and it’s marked “White tie dress code” know that a floor-length gown is an absolute must. A wrap or the gloves are optional, yet they can nicely complement your evening attire.

Black tie (in other words: formal) is a dress code of formal wear for evening events. Worn only for events after 6 p.m., black tie is less formal than white tie but more formal than informal or business dress. A black-tie attire requires floor-length dress, although a luxurious and stylish knee-length gown can also be appropriate. If you are not sure if your dress is enough elegant, follow the simple advice from BAZAAR: “Imagine yourself on the arm of a tuxedo-clad man and make sure you are not going so casual as to appear mismatched.”

Cocktail attire (in other words: semi-formal) bridges the morning look with the evening glamour. A LBD (Little Black Dress) with fun jewelry is a great choice. In fact any knee-length dress or elegant office outfit appropriately accessorized with high-heels and stylish clutch will do.

Festive dress code is very similar to cocktail attire but with a holiday twist. Here bold colors, sparkles, and shiny fabrics are very welcome. 

Now, when the dress code has been decoded, it’s time to find THE dress, so stay with me!

Glamorous at work

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Glamorous at work
Christmas time is all about magic! I love this period, decorated streets, shops, houses. Million of colourful lights everywhere! More importantly this is a period where you can let yourself shine even more than usual.

To avoid the effect of Christmas Tree though, all you need to do is to “downgrade” your crazy piece with casual pieces. To do this just follow this simple formula 1:2 (1 fancy piece : 2 easy-going pieces). I also suggest to leave the bijou at home when you decide to wear a shiny outfit. Now let’s practice: choose one of your favourite crazy piece and mix it with two casual clothing. Isn’t it lovely?

If you want to learn more how to wear shiny fabrics, read my previous post Let’s get shine this winter!

Chic Eagle Eye

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So Chic!

Glasses…It’s funny to see people who do not need them, yet they wear them to look more professional, cool, or/and fashionable. When I was 7 years old and the doctor prescribed me correction glasses, that was the biggest nightmare of my life. I cried my eyes out! First of all because I was a child and no child likes wearing glasses. Second of all because the choice of the frames was very, very poor and I looked horrible…

Thanks God these times are over!

I did have a time when I was glasses-free, but since I love working with pixels, this is a past. But you know what? I like my glasses a lot! They complete my look. I have 3 pairs of glasses (grey, camel, black); each of them have been carefully chosen. I like when they match my outfit so I swap them quite often.

If you want to learn how to choose the glasses to your face shape, have a look at this fantastic Face Shape Guide For Glasses done by Erin Taylor-Mitchell!

White Chic

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White Chic

Do you remember my previous post about the winter jackets? I suggested investing in neutral colors. I still think this is the best option, however if you can afford more than one high quality winter jacket, think about white! White is so awesome! I know, I know, not very practical if you have to commit to work on a daily basis, but other than that it is so chic!

Winter jackets worth of investment

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Winter jackets worth investment

Believe me or not, winters in Switzerland can be long and quite cold especially in the mountains. Since I am a thermophilic person I decided to invest in a long doudoune Moncler few years ago. Today I can tell you that this was the best investment in my wardrobe ever! Before the purchase, I did a solid research because I wanted to buy a jacket that will keep me warm and serve me well a couple of years.

Here is a mini-guideline for everybody, who wants to invest in a good winter jacket:

1. Choose the right filling for your needs.

Ducks’ or geese’ feathers or down is almost a standard.  Fluff is a soft and fine bird feathers and it has a very good thermal insulation properties. While feathers are the feathers of a bird with fluff. They are heavier and their thermal insulation properties are a bit worse.

Polyester fibers – they are soft, light, dries much faster, are non-allergenic and resistant to mold. However polyester fibers are not as good thermal isolator as down or feathers.  

2. Cut is important

The best known is parka – military style. Great for the weekends and if you have a casual style.

Puffy Coat – I find this fashion not only the most practical but also the most chic. Works very well with dresses and the trousers.  Depending on how you accessorize your outfit, you can easily get the classy, casual or sportive look.

3. Color makes a difference

Since this is a quite an investment therefore stick to the neutral colors like black, navy blue, taupe, beige, grey etc. Neutrals work well with almost all colors and you will not get stuck in the dry cleaner every month.

4. Right size is critical

Trying the jacket once you are wearing a blazer is a very good idea. Make sure the jacket fits well on the shoulders and on the hips. The frequent mistake is to buy a jacket too tight on the hips – the result is always the same: the jacket will pull up itself to the top. Not chic at all!

5. Credible brands specialized in this type of garment:  Moncler, Peek Performance, Canada Goose, Victorinox

 Hope it helps! 

Let’s get shine!

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Let's get shine!

Some of you may already know that I am not a trend follower. I prefer invest in timeless classy pieces than in something that will be out of fashion in next few months.

However if I really like a trend and I think it may become a classic or I want to twist my outfit, I buy 1 or 2 trendy pieces. I never spend too much money on it though. Depending on the item, I find a quality of Zara good enough for my needs. Lower quality can ruin your classy look; too expensive piece can ruin your wallet.

Metallic fabric is one of this season’s trend. It is funny yet dangerous trend, because it is very easy to overdo it and end up looking tacky instead of classy. So today I would like to give you few tips how to wear the shiny fabrics in a classy way.

First of all, yes you guessed, less is more. Choose only one metallic item and keep the rest of your attire neutral.

Second of all, keep metallic wardrobe pieces simple and understated.

Third of all, for work choose the fabrics with metallic yarns woven in them rather the shiny ones. They will look much more elegant and less flashy.

Last but not least (advice for girls with skin condition but not only): metallic fabrics reflect the light so I do not recommend to wear them close to your face, because they will highlight any imperfection of your face, therefore rather choose skirt than top.

If you want to buy something timeless yet trendy, I suggest you to buy a pair of nice shiny ballerina flats/pumps or a handbag. With these items you easily upgrade your everyday look and the return on the investment will be much faster. And remember, sharing is caring, so share with me how you shine.