In the words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashion fades, but style remains eternal.” Yet, finding your unique style in today’s fashion-driven world can feel like an elusive pursuit. The plethora of choices, relentless information overload, and the constant barrage of trends from the catwalk, shows, high street, and online platforms, including blogs like this one, often lead us astray. It’s tempting to acquire clothing on a whim just because it looks good on someone else. Unfortunately, this often results in a hodgepodge of pieces that don’t complement each other or reflect your individuality.
To cut through the fashion noise and create a wardrobe that truly represents you, we suggest one of two approaches:
- Collaborate with a Stylist: We can recommend a top-tier stylist who can help you discover and refine your unique style.
- Embrace the Art of Simplicity: Another approach is to strip away the excess and build a wardrobe around a simple, dependable formula.
The Princess of Wales recently provided an excellent example of the latter approach. She effortlessly paired black wide-leg trousers, a white jacket, a black chain-handled flap bag, and a watch. Regardless of the brands behind these items—be it Zara, Chanel, or Cartier—this look is universally appealing and easy to replicate. It’s a style that isn’t visually overwhelming and exudes chic, with a touch of that understated French elegance. It’s a versatile blueprint suitable for most occasions. The beauty of a monochromatic palette is that it never goes out of style, and you can choose brands that align with your budget.
The key to making this style your own is by making subtle substitutions. Swap the finely tailored trousers for something more casual, like well-cut denim. The blazer can be styled over a fine roll neck or in a different colour. You can introduce variety by changing your accessories, such as opting for a coloured or top-handled handbag and switching from heeled pumps to ankle boots. This is a recipe for sartorial success and a style that can be uniquely yours, whether you prefer it in classic black and white or in vibrant technicolour.
The Princess of Wales has embraced this formula, experimenting with colourful blazer and trouser combinations—her new sartorial signature. It’s a style that has stood the test of time and is a testament to the power of simplicity in fashion.
Founder at BagButler.Ldn