I believe every woman should have a style icon. It’s a bit like having a mentor for your wardrobe…only in most cases; you never actually meet this person. Instead, you study her style habits and put what you learn to work for you. I find that having a style icon helps me to get dressed and keeps me on track when shopping.
Let me explain.
My style icon is Ines de la Fressange. Although my icons do change, Ines has been at the top of my list for years. Her look appeals to me for several reasons...
She’s French. And I don’t really need another reason:-)
She is mature and still looks amazing.
As I get older, I find this makes imitating her style more realistic for me.
She dresses in classics and always looks refined and elegant.
Ines is not trendy, yet she always looks current and chic.
She wears the same quality pieces again and again.
Reminding me to purchase quality and wear it often.
My daughter will often remind me of my litmus test when considering an outfit or a new item for my wardrobe…
Would Ines wear it?
So find yourself a style icon. Pick someone who will challenge you to up your game a bit. That means no celebrities who are wearing sweats every time they appear in public. The idea is to select someone who helps you stretch to improve your style.
Stalk her on Pinterest. Create a board of her looks that you love.
What do you like about her style? How is it similar or different from your own?
Next time you get dressed; see if you can pick something from your closet that your style icon might wear. Have fun with it. Think of it like a grown-up version of dress up.
It’s fine to have more than one style icon. Most of us are drawn to several types of looks. Use these women as a starting point to fine tune your own style. I find that I make better wardrobe choices when I imagine Ines standing beside me offering her guidance.
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I’d love to hear who you choose as your style icon.
Thanks so much for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,