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Style Notebook: August 14, 2013

I’ve decided that I’m going to try putting outfits together digitally for a while and then I’ll slowly start feeling more confident and be able to do it in real life, I think.  At least I hope so.  Besides, it is much cheaper this way!

Style Notebook: Casually elegant

Style Notebook: Casually elegant

I want to be stylish, I really do, but it doesn’t come naturally to me at all. Historically, I’ve gone for the more practical clothing or kind of sporty looking things, and few accessories. I’m not trendy, I never will be, and I don’t really want to have that kind of look. I like classic styles and good tailoring; those are always the things that I am attracted to in stores. I think that’s probably the best direction for my style to move in too because it works the best with my body shape, as well. I really want to work on cultivating some sort of style that doesn’t scream hiking chic but is evocative of Audrey Hepburn or Lauren Becall. Of course, the hard part is that I am not really sure how to go about getting some style into my wardrobe.  I figure if I play around with putting things together here, it will become second nature to me to think of outfits this way.

The point of this isn’t that I’m necessarily going to buy any of this, but rather I just want to try to get some type of look going that I might actually wear.  Just for fun though, if I were going to buy this stuff here is what it would cost:

Wow, casually elegant has a high price tag.  Clearly though, all of the more expensive pieces are things that you could find lower cost versions of too. Though I must say I love love love those Lanvin ankle boots.  Of course, I know that you can buy lots of ankle boots in black suede for probably 1/7th of the price of those.  But aren’t they lovely?  The only piece that I’m not sure would actually work with this outfit is the scarf because it might just seem like too much going on and detract from the look that I want.  It’s certainly something that in real life I would probably put it on and take it off a few times before I decided one way or the other.

So, what do you think?  Did I succeed in getting a casually elegant look that is actually wearable?

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