How do some women manage to look timeless and elegant no matter what they wear?
Karl Lagerfeld said it best: “Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes… You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you!”
He may be on to something. A real sense of elegance comes in the way you carry yourself and feel in your clothing.
With only a few basic wardrobe essentials, you too can carry that air of sophistication and timeless grace.
We’ve compiled the ten fashion items guaranteed to add that elegant je ne sais quoi to your everyday style.
A Dark Fitted Blazer
Here is an investment item that will last you for ages. Pick a fitted blazer that sits right on the shoulders and lightly skims the top half of your body.
The length of the jacket depends on your style – a shorter length is edgy and modern while this longer one has a classy, timeless effect.
A Pair of Black Pants
Like your denim jeans, a pair of slim-fitting black pants is one style item that will be among the most worn in your wardrobe.
They match with absolutely everything – from monochrome basics as seen here or bright and bold add-ons.
For those who like things somewhat edgier, try slim leather leggings which are fast becoming every fashionista’s modern style staple.
Similar to your black pants, a pair of high-waisted trousers can form the basis of several other versatile looks.
Either way, they remain elegant and sophisticated no matter what the pairing.
Here we have a modern take on the classic tweed jacket. Yes, you could opt for the classic boxy Coco Chanel style or something a little trendier, like this soft tweed moto style.
It fits beautifully with skinny jeans as well as over a feminine day-dress.
An Elegant Little Black Dress
Chic, timeless and instantly elegant, your cute little black dress has the power to add sophistication to any nighttime event.
You could go for a basic yet brilliant style that shows no visible detail or, for some personality, try an LBD with an attractive, unusual neckline.
The only accessories required are a pair of stiletto heels and Jackie O sunglasses.
Whether you wear them with ripped jeans or a high-waisted pencil skirt, your stiletto heels will add instant glamour to any outfit.
We love this simple combination of denim jeans and a white T-shirt plus pointed white stilettos.
Without trying too hard, the effect is casual and effortlessly chic.
A Classic Trench Coat
Here is proof that timeless can be street smart too, all thanks to a long beige-colored classic trench coat.
It’s easy to throw on over a layered look of leather leggings and a white T-shirt or, for nighttime elegance, wear it over a chic little black dress.
A White Silk Blouse
We can’t get enough of a white silk blouse. It’s less structured than a linen button-down shirt, making it ideal to style with everything from boyfriend jeans to formal work pants.
Just pair it with stiletto heels and red lips for a dressed-down yet elegant appearance.
A Classic Handbag
We know – handbags can be expensive, but if you must splurge on one signature item, make it a handbag.
Pick one in a neutral shade (black, brown or beige are always winners) and use it to effortlessly round off even your most casual outfits.
A Pair of Dark Sunglasses
Accessories are the finishing touch to every outfit. Invest in a pair of sunglasses ideally suited to your face shape.
A sleek opaque pair like this one is the ideal fit with a winter outfit of dark separates.