Chic is a fashion term that has earned a coveted spot in the English dictionary. It describes people, social events, and styles of dress that exude smart elegance and sophistication.
The word is so popular that it has even made its way into product names: CoverGirl, MAC, and Chanel all offer glosses or lipstick with the name Chic. Yet, its elusiveness and indefinable quality remain intact.
The first step in living with style is to wear clothes that fit well. Whether you’re short, tall, thin, or thick, well-fitting clothing is flattering. This doesn’t mean skin tight, but it does mean that the garments lay close to your natural shape and avoid emphasizing every curve or lump. The fit should also be roomy enough that normal movement is possible.
Think about the times you’ve worn pants that billow at your waist or blouses that give you a muffin top appearance or the sloppy, baggy Starter jackets you once owned. When you have well-fitting clothing, you’ll look polished and confident. This will not only boost your self-esteem but will also help you perform better at work or in other social situations. Plus, your wardrobe will last longer because it won’t be stretched or ripped by ill-fitting clothing.
When it comes to minimalist jewelry, less is more. Rather than a crowded collection of dainty rings and bangles, look for a sleek ear cuff, a delicate chain necklace or a minimal ring stack. These dainty pieces are easy to wear and add a stylish twist to your everyday look.
Aim for thin metal chains, uniform use of stones (no more than one kind), and clean, simple shapes that aren’t too bold or obtrusive. A piece that reminds you of a meaningful trip or has significance in your life can also give your wardrobe some personal touches.
For an ethical alternative to designer jewelry, try a piece from the queer-owned and -centric Praxis Jewelry or gender-non-specific pieces from Automic Gold. Both are size-inclusive and use diverse modeling in their online shop. These small businesses make gorgeous fine jewelry that’s both modern and classic. They are worth a little extra research to support. In addition to their gorgeous jewelry, both are made in the US.
Elevate Your Wardrobe
Having high-quality wardrobe staples is essential when it comes to living with style. These pieces can elevate your outfits by creating a polished look. However, upgrading your wardrobe doesn’t mean buying a bunch of expensive designer clothes. Instead, focus on getting the best quality you can afford and invest in classic staples that will last a long time.
Adding pieces that fit you perfectly to your wardrobe is also crucial when it comes to living with style. Ill-fitting clothing creates a sloppy appearance and detracts from your elegance. Consider tailoring or having your clothes custom-made to ensure that they fit you well.
Another aspect of elevating your style is considering the looks and trends that best reflect who you are. This can be accomplished by reassessing your current closet and eliminating any items that no longer speak to you. Then, shop your wardrobe for new outfits to wear. It’s also a good idea to limit how many outfits you have hanging in your closet, as this will help you save money.
Accessorize with a Link Bracelet
Achieving a chic lifestyle requires time and commitment. Start by reorganizing your wardrobe and doing a closet cleansing to ensure that you are only keeping items you love to wear. Also, make sure to avoid buying a lot of trendy items that will quickly go out of style. Instead, invest in timeless accessories that you can wear forever.
For example, a link bracelet will look beautiful when paired with a simple silk dress. You can even stack a few of them to create a chic and sophisticated look. However, don’t overdo it with jewelry as this can detract from your overall look.
Ultimately, a chic lifestyle is about living with elegance and serenity. By following the tips above, you can develop your own personal style that is uniquely yours. Ashley Ryckman is the CEO of a fashion boutique and style consultation company, Chic Lifestyle, Inc. She believes that every woman deserves to love who she is on the inside and out, regardless of their circumstances. The company’s online community serves as a platform for women to share their personal stories and inspire one another to live their best life.