Six Wardrobe Essentials…

In September last year I wrote a guest post for the lovely Kimba at Kimba Likes, on the top six wardrobe essentials {in my humble opinion} … to read the full post – including why and what to look for – click here – a brief summary can be found at the bottom of this post.

A list of essentials is an idea I am expanding on, I am creating ‘Twenty Items For a Stylish Wardrobe’. This list will be less focused on trends but on pinpointing items that are stylish, add class and can be worn throughout varied seasons, trends and occasions. There are many who have created fabulous lists of items to collect, which I will admit provided some food for thought. Most notably, my favourite list would be Nina Garcia’s “The One Hundred”,  her list is very well thought out, forms a book and inspired me… I felt encouraged to look into my collection of accessories, clothes and shoes to determine what were the key aspects of achieving my style. I find knowing this, has been beneficial in looking deeper and isolating a small but generous number of items that I feel could be essential or of extreme benefit to any stylista {or those new to the game}. Once completed the list, I will of course write about it.

Six Wardrobe Essentials {investment items to be wearing for years to come – avoid details typical of current but fleeting trends}

  1. A Good Pair of Jeans – everyone should own a well-made pair of denim jeans, in a flattering but neutral cut.
  2. A Leather Jacket – a stylish yet practical item which will keep you warm and protect from rain whilst adding instant edge and glamour.
  3. Pair of Statement Heels – will become your go-to heels, able to be added to any outfit, go for a reasonable level of comfort but with features that add instant impact to a look.
  4. Statement Accessory – Costume jewellery is ideal, offering many options in regards to size, colour/pattern, embellishment, style and price.
  5. The Little Black Dress – The LBD is an iconic item that should be simple, affordable, versatile and long lasting. Think of the LBD as a perfect backdrop on which to design an amazing outfit that shows class, elegance and style.
  6. Leopard Print – Leopard print is a classic print, it will fill you with confidence and adds sass to your look. Stay away from fluorescent and look for the iconic leopard print {or soft earthy tones} to invest in a piece that will be easy to add to your favourite outfits.
Image - Deminology

Image – Deminology

Image - Style Bistro {SJP Leather Lookbook}

Image – Style Bistro
{SJP Leather Lookbook}

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Image – paperblog

 

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Image – thebudgetfashionista

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Image – mycelebrityshoes.blogspot

mkDo you have any or all of these items? What is a must-have in your own top six?Would love to hear from you, Happy Styling, Kooklah…Like For the Style Seeking Girl on Facebook Follow Kooklah on Instagram (@saregiak)

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Fictional Character Styles I Love..

I know I’m not alone when I admit that often when watching a show or movie I am caught up in the style of the fictional characters. I love that they are often outrageous or a little larger than life, because well – they can be. Below I have five looks from different characters that I love and why…

Carrie Bradshaw in Oscar De La Renta

I absolutely love the gorgeous pink, extravagant cocktail dress Carrie was gifted from the Russian. Out of any of her outfits, this is the one I would most want to wear. I love the colour, design and shape of it. It is very elegant and feminine with a beautiful voluminous look.

Oscar De La Renta (Spring, 2004) Pic from Zimbo

Oscar De La Renta (Spring, 2004)
Pic from Zimbo

Holly Golightly’s Black Hat

There is barely a costume from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ worn by Audrey Hepburn that I do not like. The one piece that comes to mind every single time {and is the piece I would most like to have an excuse to wear} is the sensational large black hat with the pale pink sash. I wish we’d wear hat likes that for things now. Elegance at it’s finest, large but understated. Perfect pairing to the famous LBD.

Elegant Perfection

Elegant Perfection

Serena van der Woodsen’s ‘White Party’ dress

At a Hampton’s party where everyone had to wear white, Serena showed up in a gorgeous Grecian style dress {also designed by Oscar De La Renta} with an amazing up-do that included a sparkly gold hair sash. I have always wanted to re-create this look someday.. Classic, feminine and sexy.

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Oscar De La Renta gown {spring, 2008}. Pic – theskinnystiletto

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Grecian, embellished hair.
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Loreali Gilmore’s Whimsy

I loved Loreali’s dress sense, there was often some fantasy or whimsical aspect to her outfits, she often theme dressed and wore funny captioned shirts. Her fashion was fun – with bright colours, interesting shapes and fabrics with embellishment.

Love this Irish shirt! pic- coolio

Love this Irish shirt!
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(When I went to Ireland I found a shirt that says “Kiss me, I’m Irish” – not the same I know but it reminded me of this shirt so I picked it up for some Loreali fun)

Understated Floral Crown for a Renaissance wedding

Floral Crown-Renaissance wedding

Christmas jumpers.. LOVE!

Christmas jumpers.. LOVE!
Pic – A Touch of French

Double Tiered Headbands – Brooke Davis-Baker

These headbands work best with a bun or up-do (either simple or detailed) and help to add dimension to the hairdo. I think the pearl/beaded one that is part of Brooke’s wedding look is gorgeous and a different look option compared to tiaras or embellished clips/combs.

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Pearl-like bead bands
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Double bands in your hair colour keeps the ‘do simple whilst adding dimension and definition
Pic – sophiabushonline.org

Of course, I could keep adding other looks, but these are the five that came to mind. What do you think of these looks I have shared? I’d love to hear what looks you loved or hated, or even ones from other fictional characters that you love. I am already thinking of possibilities for next time!

Mwah! Kooklah xo