In this post, I’d like to share things I learned while studying in Italy and working as a shopping assistant. Incorporating trendy pieces into the wardrobe and shopping at a fast fashion retail is fun. Yet, you must consider investing in quality pieces as well. I mean classic, timeless basics. These garments have high-quality tailoring that compliment your body shape, as well as your personal style. Each basic must be practical and versatile for day and evening. Here are 10 items every woman must own. Splurge on these items, even if you have a tight budget.
Trench coat. Invest in a great quality trench coat. I recommend Burberry with its distinctive tartan pattern lining. Company founder Thomas Burberry designed this item.
Leather jacket. Splurge on a great leather jacket. Loewe, Spanish luxury fashion house based in Madrid, is world-famous for its leather craftsmanship. Its clients have clothes and accessories tailored to their own personal requirements. Also, you can find great quality leather jacket at good value at www.yoox.com
Striped shirt. Traditional striped cotton shirts (“La Mariniere” or Breton shirt) originated in Brittany, France. Sailors wore these uniforms throughout Northern France. The distinctive block pattern on shirt made them easier to spot in the waves. The traditional Breton shirt usually has a boat neckline. The uniforms inspired Coco Chanel and she introduced the design through her nautical collection in 1917. For more information about Chanel click here. For info on how to pull off a stripe look click here.
Little black dress. Coco Chanel also designed a timeless classic piece that every woman must have. The little black dress is worn during the day and evening.
Capri or cropped pants. Numerous celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn, Jane Russell, Kim Novak, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, wore the capri. They were designed by the Sonja de Lennart. She named those pants after her favorite holiday destination ― an island on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy.
Pant Suit/Skirt Suit. Based on your body shape, you must have a pant suit or skirt suit. Avoid buying yours in fast-fashion retail strips. I can instantly recognize a cheap product from a high-quality tailored one. A great suit is timeless and worth of splurge. I personally recommend choosing from Hugo Boss, Emporio/Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, Costume National or Calvin Klein.
T-Shirt. You must have at least one high-quality designer T-Shirt. This item will go through multiple washings but always look like new. A great T-shirt gives a youthful touch to any outfit and can be combined with other basics. Choose one that can be worn during the day and evening.
Pencil Skirt. The right pencil skirt flatters any body shape when combined with the right pieces. Choose one that has a lining, which indicates quality, especially in suits and pencil skirts.
A pair of jeans. No commentary needed. You must have a pair of great fitting jeans.
White Shirt. If you purchase the right one, a classic button-down shirt looks amazing. It is necessary, however, to choose a high-quality fabric and a style that has a well-tailored design that compliments your body shape. It’s a versatile piece. Pair it with jeans and it’s polished and casual. Wear it with a pencil skirt and high heels for a chic office look. Accessories and jewelry will change the appearance of just one simple classic shirt. Click here for more details.
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Time magazine named French designer Coco Chanel one of the 100 most influential women of the 20th century for a reason. She had exuberance, passion and ambition that changed the industry and the cultural milieu of the modern woman. Her designs created a paradigm shift in the fashion world. We are all thankful that she liberated women from wearing stifling corsets. She introduced a unique, androgynous style by wearing trousers in public. High society women began to wear Chanel No. 5, which was considered inappropriate and provocative at the time.
Coco Chanel was so many things. An artist, a rebel, a thinker. But most of all, she was a shrewd businesswoman.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
Entrepreneurs typically share similar personality traits. They like to get what they want, personally and professionally. They are determined, self-absorbed and persuasive. Does this conjure up images of a selfish monster? Guess what? Without these traits, it’s impossible to succeed. These traits are necessary, even essential, to move interests forward against societal norms. You have to be selfish and have a courage to stand up for your beliefs.
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”
Again, I refer to Chanel.
Industry and cultural leaders criticized her designs, aesthetics and vision. However, she maintained her self-confidence, which served as the foundation of her extraordinary success.
The journey of entrepreneurship has its pitfalls. You will meet people who will throw stones, and be negative about you and your beliefs. Ignore this disapproval and surround yourself with mentors and friends who wish you success. Some of your friends will end up obstacles. You even may lose some friends. In the end, ask yourself: Were they true friends, anyway?
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
You are the creator of your life. If you feel unhappy professionally or personally, change it. Go deep inside yourself and ask questions. “Why are you unhappy in your current relationship?” “What excites me?” “What do I want achieve in life?” Take a break and travel. Meet new people. Get inspired by different perspectives. Traveling offers so much.
“In order to be irreplaceable one must be unique”
Don’t beat yourself up by comparing yourself to others. Don’t even be tempted to compete with others by copying ideas. Instead, focus on your unique strengths and develop your strategies, based on your skills, experience and knowledge.
“Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.”
People may even tell you that your ideas are delusional. They will say condescendingly, “You’re just SO creative.”
Well, the truth is you are creative. In this era of rapid technological development, innovative thinking is required. Embrace your creativity, do what you love and experiment with your gift. Diversify, rather than solely focusing on one thing. Be creative in the way you connect with people, sell the product, solve the problems and learn new things.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Embrace your hobby, your passion. Cultivate it. Make it part of your lifestyle. Experiment.
Chanel, for example, throughout her career, innovated. Fashion was a part of her lifestyle, not just solely the vehicle for her business. Russian Orientalism and the Ballet Russe. The clothing from her male lovers. All of these elements became part of her fascinating designs. Designs that will last forever.