A Perfect Look. Secrets Of Eternal Beauty. Part 10
The basics every woman should own
It is not a secret that Christie Brinkley is a fashion icon. She has a wonderful sense of style and in this article she will tell you the main aspects of her wardrobe. If you want to look beautiful and fashionably, follow her tips and you will be impressed with the results!
In addition to my eclectic travel finds, I’ve also accumulated a wonderful wardrobe of truly classic pieces over the years. Trends come and go, but certain timeless items are always in style. Build a wardrobe of these go-to pieces (in go-with-everything colors like black, gray, white, khaki, and navy), and you’ll never be left with that “I have nothing to wear” feeling. And it’s worth it to spend a little more on classics that will last through the years. Then mix them up with all those fun, personal accessories you collect to truly make them your own.
ARE THESE TIMELESS PIECES IN YOUR CLOSET?
- Always a chic option, rain or shine!
- Another of my nautical necessities—a short pea coat is a great jacket to throw on for around town.
THE PERFECT WHITE T-SHIRT
- White helps to brighten up your face. Find one that fits your body perfectly—it should have a little Lycra in it.
- White is classic, but I also keep a couple in black, khaki, and gray and layer them under everything from T-shirts to dress shirts to blazers.
STRIPED SAILOR SHIRT
- Looks as great with jeans as it does with anything else you can think of!
A CRISP WHITE DRESS SHIRT
- A cotton men’s-style dress shirt never goes out of style. Wear it with jeans (tucked or untucked), with dressier trousers, or a pencil skirt. And as Sharon Stone once proved at the Oscars, it really can take you anywhere.
A GREAT SIMPLE JACKET
- A tailored blazer or a bomber jacket (which is an updated version of a blazer) can go from the office to your kid’s soccer game.
OVERSIZED TURTLENECKS & CREW NECKS
- Everyone needs a comfy sweater they can throw on with leggings, jeans, or even a slim skirt.
A PAIR OF REAL PANTS
- A classic trouser that goes straight down from the widest part of your hips, with maybe a slight flare at the bottom, is a true wardrobe staple.
A SELECTION OF JEANS
- Classic cuts or trendy, make sure they really fit your body. (More on these in a minute.)
A SIMPLE PENCIL SKIRT
- You can pair it with your white dress shirt and jacket for instant polish.
A FULL SKIRT
- One in a “fancy” fabric can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair with it.
A PAIR OF GREAT PUMPS
- In whatever color you wear most (black, brown, navy). Also, having a nude pair that exactly matches your skin tone is a great way to make your legs look longer!
A PAIR OF COMFORTABLE FLATS
- I always have white leather Stan Smiths, navy espadrilles, and tan leather sandals in my closet.
- I love to wear flat, knee-high, or over-the-knee boots with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. And a slightly refined version of a motorcycle boot updates a look.
A COOL PAIR OF SNEAKERS
- I like slip-on versions, like Vans, in a fun print like leopard or camouflage.
A COUPLE OF GREAT HATS
- I love fedoras, berets, Panama hats, and beanies. A hat can complete a look in a fun way. (And help rescue you on a bad hair day!)
Jeans: your wardrobe’s best friend
I really do live in jeans. And that’s easy to do these days, because with the variety of styles and colors available, you can wear them almost anywhere. Jean styles change so fast today that I think it makes following “jean rules” kind of an obsolete notion. If a pair flatters my figure, is super comfy, or holds special memories, I keep them. That said, here are some guidelines for finding—and wearing—that perfect pair:
- Don’t try to pour yourself into a too-tight pair for size bragging rights. We can’t see what size you’re wearing, and jeans that are too small are not only uncomfortable, but unflattering too.
- Find the right rise. The “rise” is the technical term for the distance from the seam at the crotch up to the waistband. One that’s too low can leave you over-exposed (and even create a muffin top you didn’t know you had!), and one that’s too high just screams “mom jeans!” Look for a flattering mid-rise that keeps your butt and tummy covered but still falls several inches below your belly button.
- The color of your denim is up to your personal preference, but the most flattering, slimming choice for most women (especially those past their forties!) is a dark blue wash. I call these my “fancy jeans,” because paired with a blazer or nice cashmere sweater, they work even for a casual business meeting or dinner out.
- My jeans collection features every style you can think of, but if you’re going to invest in only a few key pairs, go for classic styles—like straight leg, boot cut, or trouser—that can be dressed up or down and worn for work or on weekends.
- Just as with the rest of your wardrobe, pulling together the perfect jeans pairing is all about proportions. Wider leg styles (boot cut, trouser) look best with chunkier heels, while skinnier, straight-leg styles go well with more delicate pumps or slim boots. I still love slouchy boyfriend jeans, but you have to be really careful what you wear them with or the look will put on pounds. I often wear them when it’s warmer so that I can balance them with a strappy sandal and a top that shows some skin to make the look more feminine.
- When you get your jeans hemmed (and you’ll need to, in order for them to look chic, not sloppy), make sure to ask the tailor to cut off the original hem, shorten the jeans, then reattach the original hem.
LOSE THE LOVE HANDLES
If you’re getting dressed in your jeans and don’t like the way your stomach looks, let that be your impetus for cranking out a set of planks (see here for details on how to do them correctly). Relating your exercise directly to getting dressed will help you stay motivated. Just think how much better those jeans are going to look if you keep this up!
ALL DRESSED UP: A few tricks for a beautiful night out
Everyone has an event now and then (whether it’s a wedding, a school reunion, or just an anniversary dinner out on the town) when you really want to go for the “wow factor.” When I’m getting dressed for a big event, I often go outside my comfort zone a bit. But I think the key to pulling off a successful—but still “wow”—look is to be selective in what you choose to highlight.
For example, if I’m going to be daring and show some cleavage, I won’t also have a skirt up to there and lots of makeup. I’m going to try to make the rest of the look very polished and ladylike. Or if I choose a very short skirt, well, I’ll let my legs do the talking and make sure the rest of me is fairly covered up and modest. You get the point—highlight one feature at a time, not everything together!
An evening out is the perfect opportunity to show off a little skin and try something a bit sexier than your everyday attire. And I think every woman has some feature that’s worth highlighting. The trick is to stop focusing on what’s not working and concentrate on what is. Look for a dress that gives you a little detail somewhere that accents what you think is working. Maybe it’s a long dress that’s mostly covered up but with a peekaboo slit to reveal a sexy flash of leg. Or you could conceal your arms with long sleeves but have a plunging neckline that calls attention to your great cleavage.
Long sleeves also work with a looser, off-the-shoulder sort of top that highlights a beautiful neck and collarbones—plus, there’s always that tension of maybe it will fall down too low! If your back is in great shape, look for a style that’s covered in front and open behind (or has a sheer lace inset to give the illusion of skin without actually revealing much at all). The point is, draw attention to whatever looks best, and no one will even notice that little underarm jiggle or love handle you’re so worried about!