Oui, they may be taller, thinner, leggier, and have exponentially more fashion resources at their disposal than I. Still, my Style Crushes* have helped me to refine and have more confidence in my own style. Each of these women has something of a signature look, and elements that I’ve borrowed and embraced.
From Emmanuelle Alt (editor of Paris Vogue):
- Black and white can always look fresh
- Pointy toed pumps still own my heart, and add a shot of grown-up glamour
From Ines de la Fressange:
- The right jacket can make the most basic outfit look pulled together
- Mix soft and tailored, and different levels of formality within an outfit
- Flats can be as elegant as heels
From Francoise Hardy:
- A black leather jacket has no age restrictions.
- If you’re going to wear it, rock it.
From Annette Bening and Linda Rodin:
- Skip the demure, don’t-notice-me eyewear; embrace bold statement frames.
- When in doubt, don a pair of killer sunglasses.
Common threads that run through the styles of all of these women that speak to me and have reinforced my own instincts:
- Simple trumps fussy every time.
- Avoid the overdone (too coiffed, too made-up, too matchy)
- Mix masculine and feminine elements.
- When you find a formula that works for you, don’t be afraid to stick with it
*To me, a Style Crush is slightly different than a Style Icon. Icons are more timeless while Crushes are of-the-moment and may change over time. Crushes interpret current fashion in a way that speaks to me, whereas Icons transcend fashion.