Fashion Over Reason: Keep It Chic, Keep It Understated

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keep It Chic, Keep It Understated

Keeping things chic and understated is always what I try to go back to when I'm faced with an ever-so-dreadful case of Closet Full of Clothes, Nothing to Wear (CFOCNTW). It's a motto I refer to upon feeling uninspired, in an effort to refresh and refocus. It's my center of gravity when things are feeling askew and I find that if I stick to those two words, I can almost always rouse something good from my wardrobe selection.

What you see yonder is part wish list, part demonstration of understated chic. Not loud, yet far from from boring. Not fancy, yet far from sloppy.

Elizabeth & James white mesh top, Topshop Moto distressed jeans, Helmut Lang blazer, Givenchy Anitgona shopper tote, black Birkenstocks, BaubleBar horseshoe bracelet, Deborah Lippmann nailpolish, Anine Bing sunglasses, Saint Laurent arty ring
Clockwise from left:
Elizabeth & James top - Saint Laurent arty ring - Topshop jeans - Helmut Lang blazer - Givenchy large Anitogona shopper - Birkenstock sandals - BaubleBar bracelet - Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Prelude to a Kiss - Anine Bing sunglasses

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Jade | The Jade Aesthetic said...

Smart motto. I need to follow this more because my motto seems to be "go shopping asap" when CFOCNTW strikes! Although... I do love the wash of those ripped skinny jeans and since I don't really own anything like them, I should probably invest in a pair to ultimately complete my wardrobe before I embark on a 'shop my own wardrobe' way of getting dressed ;)

Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

MaysaAndSunshine said...

I have just written a post about this ridiculous dilemma and your post is a perfect solution. It reminds me to stick to the basic pieces like these.

Elissa said...

Those YsL rings are so chic and classic. I am lusting for one!


Unknown said...

love those pants and the blazer. so cute!

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Stephanie said...

LOVE and i have the same motto!! Just this wwekend it helped me make the right decision at j crew. Esp when youre on a bit of a budget, making the versatile choice often makes much more sense that the "fun" one ie: the pink pumps over the nude style hehe ;)) xoxoo

rooth said...

Is it true Helene, are Birkenstocks really making a comeback?

Unknown said...

Those jeans look amazing. Super chic outfit :)

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Królowa Karo said...

Very interesting combination.

Unknown said...

I love and want everything here, totally simple perfect style! I love it. Your style is so impeccable and I am LOVING your instagram !

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Sam said...

Love this type of outfit, hits impeccably chic to the highest degree, so elegant! Thanks for your visit, hope your week is going well.

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Absolutely love this outfit sans the sandals (am just not a sandal kind of girl). Chic and beautiful and the tote is gorgeous. x