Smart Street Styles for the Savvy Woman

Street style fashion always has a fresh and edgy feel to it, but when a smarter dress code is required, many of these looks are simply not suitable. For all of you savvy women out there who want to incorporate some street style into your look, while still keeping it smart, here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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A Voluminous Midi Skirt
A voluminous midi skirt will never fail to add some drama to your silhouette, and are always a popular street style look during major fashion weeks. The added benefit of a voluminous midi skirt is that it can be dressed both up or down depending on what you wear it with, and can even be styled to make it suitable for a day at the office.

A Cropped Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are an investment piece that will end up being a go-to item in your wardrobe, as they are so incredibly versatile and will work with such a wide range of outfits. When paired with a feminine dress, a cropped leather jacket gives the look so much attitude, while pairing it with skinny pants and a tailored shirt will always be chic. If you are struggling to choose a color, black is always the safest bet, as this gives you the most choice when it comes to styling it with other garments.

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A Pencil Skirt and a Fuzzy Sweater
Pencil skirts are beautifully classy, and they are also the perfect canvas onto which designers can add statement details, which is why they are constantly being photographed by street style photographers. When a pencil skirt is paired with a fuzzy sweater, this creates a look of contrasts, but, when worn with some chic heels, the look is toned down quite a bit, and becomes much more wearable.

On-Trend Jeans
Jean trends are constantly changing, and street style fashion is often the best place to look when seeking out the hottest new jean styles. While jeans may not be that smart on their own, you can most definitely dress them up by picking the right elements for the rest of your outfit. From a tailored shirt and jacket to simple accessories to enhance the clean lines in your look, there is no denying just how versatile jeans are.

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Play with Silhouettes and Colors
Street style is all about taking chances and trying something new, so even if you do not own many specific street style pieces, it is still easy to incorporate the concept into your look. The majority of successful street style outfits tend to play with silhouettes quite a bit, creating dramatic and unusual shapes, and this is something that you can try with whatever you may already have in your wardrobe. You should also be brave when it comes to colorful clothing, making sure that at least some part of your outfit contains a striking, vibrant shade that really stands out.

Smart street style is all about having fun with your outfit, but refining it down at the same time. From pencil skirts to trendy jeans, these are all ideas that you can easily incorporate into your own style.

Minimalist Yet Fashionable

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It is all too easy to end up with a closet overflowing with items that you hardly wear, and this clutter is never going to be helpful in life. The best way to counter this is to try dressing in more of a minimalist style, playing with color, texture and design to put together looks that are still chic and sophisticated.

Classic Staples Rather Than Trends
Fashion trends come and go, and are likely to be the main reason as to why your wardrobe contains so many unworn items. Rather than falling whim to the tempting new trends that make an appearance each season, invest in six to ten classic staple pieces, in neutral shades, that will be able to form the base of your looks. Items such as a white cotton shirt, a black dress, some classic jeans and a black jacket are all ideal, and, if you do still want to partake in the latest trends, you can still do this with your accessories instead.

Trendy Accessories
As mentioned above, dressing in a minimalist style does not mean that you have to completely forgo the season’s trends. Accessories are a great way to give an outfit a different look, whether this may be with a scarf, a bag, or jewelry.

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Experiment with Silhouettes
Having fewer clothes in your wardrobe to choose from, with the clothes that you do have being quite cohesive, means that you can really experiment when it comes to creating new silhouettes. If you usually opt for tight fitting outfits, try incorporating a draped and artfully oversized piece into your look, and vice versa.

Choose a Focal Point
Some minimalist outfits can seem quite boring, and this is because they do not have a clear focal point. Choosing a focal point will go a long way in making your outfit seem compelling and intriguing, and will add a layer of much-needed complexity. In addition to doing this with accessories, you can also pick garments that have special design details, such as a full pleated skirt paired with a basic fitted t-shirt, or a statement jacket paired with a simple dress.

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Pay Attention to Fit
Many people find that their weight fluctuates over time, and the best way to ensure that your minimalist wardrobe will contain enough clothes that fit you at one time is by investing in a number of pieces made from jersey or other forgiving fabrics. When purchasing dresses or other garments for special occasions, try to opt for styles that will fit you if you lose or gain a small amount of weight, so that you need not worry about splurging on a new dress if your weight changes.

Many people tend to worry that they would get bored with a minimalist wardrobe, but, if you appreciate fine fabrics, intriguing silhouettes and proportions, and classic clothes, minimalism is something that you should try. While it may take some dedication to cut your wardrobe down, opting for quality over quantity, and versatility over trends, will serve you well in the long run.

Stylish Senior Fashion and Bling

True fashion has no age boundaries, and there are many pieces out there that are easily able to work across different generations. From statement accessories to wide-legged pants, here is some fashion inspiration for all of those stylish seniors out there.

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Statement Accessories
Styling your accessories in a modern and contemporary way can do wonders for your overall look. Rather than wearing all of your favorite items at once, try to stick to one statement accessory that really stands out and speaks for itself. If the rest of your outfit is relatively basic, then there is no reason why you cannot invest in some of the trendier accessories out there, as this will give your look a contemporary touch without making it seem as though you are dressing “too young”.

Wide-Legged Pants
Style icon Katharine Hepburn is a great example of how to wear wide-legged pants at a more mature age, even though this is something that many seniors tend to veer away from. However, with waistlines on the rise, wide-legged pants help to give the body a slimmer, more streamlined look, while also balancing out the hips to create an extremely flattering silhouette.

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Bold Colors
It is not unusual for many seniors to stick to neutral colors, such as black, grey, beige and white. However, this can often end up making your outfit look quite drab, and there is no reason why you cannot continue to wear bold colors in the later years of your life. Jewel tones will always look classy, no matter what your age may be, while those who are more daring can opt for a bright pop of color in their outfit, whether this may be a bright red or even gold. For those that are slightly unsure about wearing too much color, start off slowly, choosing to pair a basic outfit with colorful bags and accessories, and it will not be long before you notice the impact that these vibrant shades have on your overall style.

Make Use of Layers
With fall quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to experiment with wearing different layers, especially if this is something that you are not used to. Layering your clothes results in quite a chic look, providing that it is done thoughtfully. Wearing a turtleneck underneath a classic sheath dress, or a cardigan over a light knit, amps up the sophistication of your look, while keeping it stylish at the same time.

While many brands tended to ignore seniors in the past, this is no longer the case, and there are several out there that now deliberately target this large portion of the population. From the older models seen on major runways, to the increasing number of senior street style blogs out there, senior fashion is undergoing quite the revolution. While many may let their fashion choices fall flat as they age, there is no reason that this should happen, so keep yourself inspired by all of the style around you, and discover new ways to work hot trends into your look.

Black Business Casual Capsule

Creating a business capsule wardrobe is a concept that has been rising in popularity. This focus on a limited number of quality pieces makes it much easier to stay organized and de-clutter your wardrobe, while also ensuring that you look professional yet stylish each and every day.

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All-Black Staples
If black is going to be the main color of your capsule wardrobe, then there are a few all-black staple items that you need to have. Black shoes are a definite must, and if you are going to be purchasing multiple pairs, then try to make it a mix in terms of style, heel height, and how matte or shiny they are. The same applies to black belts, with one thinner one and one wide, statement belt. Next, a classic black blazer will always work as a great go-to item, and can be paired with just about any outfit. A couple of black dresses in different styles, as well as a pair of tailored black pants, are also easy to style, as is a classic black pencil skirt. While you may not want to purchase a black shirt, a classy black blouse is always great for work, while a black knit cardigan is handy on cooler days.

Choose Another Neutral
With black being the main neutral color in your wardrobe, it is important to choose a second neutral that can complement this. Sticking to a couple of neutrals will help to make all of your outfits more cohesive, and will also make each piece easier to style. Blouses are the main garment to buy in your second neutral color, and a simple dress will also work well with all of your other black pieces. Depending on how casual you want your capsule wardrobe to be, denim is a fantastic second neutral to work into your wardrobe.

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Color Accents
As much as you may want your wardrobe to be centered around black, having an accent of color in your outfit will help to make it pop. Depending on your own personal style, you could either go for rich, jewel tones, or for softer, pastel shades, both of which work beautifully with black. Accessories, such as shoes, belts and jewelry, are great items to use for adding color to an all-black outfit, as is a scarf or a bag.

Pay Attention to Fit
Black is extremely slimming, which is great when it is the main color in your wardrobe, but it also means that you need to pay extra attention to the way in which your clothes fit your body. Try to avoid any drab or shapeless pieces, opting instead for items that flatter your shape.

Fabrics and Textures
There are some all-black outfits that can look quite boring, while others appear stylish and chic. The reason for this is usually the different fabrics and textures that have been worn together, with a variety of different ones creating interesting focal points throughout the outfit.

When it comes to changing your wardrobe with the seasons, you do not need to do a complete overhaul of your business capsule wardrobe. Instead, keep all of your black pieces, as this works for both summer and winter, and instead go with a different color for your second neutral and your color accents, keeping them in line with seasonal styles and trends.

The White Shirt

This spring, the classic white shirt will be making a huge comeback, and whether you opt for a simple style or a more high fashion, avant-garde interpretation of a white shirt, here are some ideas for the different ways that you can style it.

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With Denim
Along with white shirts, denim is another wardrobe staple, and there is little that you can’t match with a classic pair of jeans. When jeans are paired with a crisp white shirt, the look is always fresh, clean and elegant at the same time.

Underneath a Dress
If it is still too cold out to wear your favorite summer dresses, make the most of the versatility of a white shirt and wear one underneath your summer dress. You can do the same thing with your more formal evening dresses, dressing them down with a casual white shirt, thereby making them work for the daytime too.

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With a High Waisted Skirt
A crisp white shirt tucked into a high-waisted skirt is always a chic look, whether the skirt happens to be fitted and short or long and billowing. Finish your look off with a belt around your waist, drawing attention to this gorgeous silhouette that you have created.

With a Black Suit
When you need to dress for a more conventional work environment, a white shirt will always work well with a black suit. To give your look more personality, fold your shirt cuffs over your blazer, and add a bright pair of heels to give your black and white look a pop of color.

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Paired with Light Colors
When styling a white shirt, the majority choose to pair it with a garment of a darker color, giving an outfit some contrast. However, wearing a white shirt with pants or a skirt that are also light in color will give you a soft, but smart, angelic look.

As a Layer
There are plenty of chilly days in spring, meaning that you will still need to make use of layering techniques when styling your outfits. A white shirt is a great item to include as one of your layers, as the angled collar and comfortable material allow the shirt to stand out, even when hidden underneath another garment. Try wearing your shirt underneath a smart jumper for a more preppy look, or underneath a trench coat for some chic style.

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Tucked In
For a smart and tailored look, tuck your shirt into your pants or jeans, preferably a pair that are also well tailored. Pair this look with statement accessories to add in a bit of glam.

When it comes to wardrobe staples, the white shirt is probably one of the most versatile of them all, as it not only can be worn in so many different ways, but it also has the added benefit of being comfortable, while still flattering just about every body type. Whether you pair it with jeans for a classic but fresh look, or wear it underneath a floor-length dress for some high fashion style, a white shirt is an item that everybody should have in their wardrobe.

Jenny Packham – Queen of Social Style

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Launched in 1988, the Jenny Packham brand and their unique signature style helped to revolutionize the bridal industry, providing it with a much more contemporary perspective. Now, in addition to bridalwear, Jenny Packham also creates ready-to-wear, resort, accessories and lingerie collections, with flagship stores in all of the major fashion capitals of the world. From Angelina Jolie to Kate Hudson to Dita Von Teese to The Duchess of Cambridge, Jenny Packham’s designs have been worn and loved by some of the most talented and influential women of this generation.

Caters to the Everyday Woman
London’s fashion scene is known for its eccentricity and quirkiness, but by staying away from experimental looks, Jenny Packham managed to carve out quite the unique niche for the brand. Packham’s signature floor-length gowns, that each cut a simple yet flattering silhouette, are aimed at the everyday woman. While critics may say that Packham’s designs are ‘safe’, their elegance makes them appropriate for many different occasions, while Packham’s signature detailing, from the cascading beadwork to the intricate embroidery, gives them an edge to stand out from the crowd.

Exceptional Bridalwear
Jenny Packham’s wedding dresses bring in half of the brand’s overall revenue, making them a significant part of the business. Packham discovered that unlike evening wear, occasion and bridalwear were able to hold strong against the recession, leading Packham to form partnerships with bridal companies all over the world, from the US to South Korea to Japan. When it comes to celebrity weddings, Packham has designed quite a few dresses, coming up with brilliant bridal creations for everyone from Liz Hurley to Fearne Cotton to Kim Sears. However, in order to remain accessible to her customers, Packham has recently launched a mini collection featuring nine floor-length gowns that are more affordable thanks to cheaper fabrics. With flowing silhouettes contrasting against contemporary structured shapes, these gowns are going to be extremely sought after for weddings this year.

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Jenny Packham’s Tips on Choosing a Gown
There are usually many different factors running through a woman’s mind when she is choosing a gown, which is why Packham has come up with a few top tips to help in this situation. Firstly, Packham advises that women keep it simple and try not to stress about the dress too much, as this will add unnecessary pressure. When it comes to choosing a silhouette, pick the era that flatters your body shape the most, such as the Art Deco styles of the 20’s, as this will really help to narrow down your options. Finally, Packham advises that women make an effort to live in the moment. All too often, she comes across customers that want a dress that will still be in style in ten years time. However, this is near to impossible, so rather than trying to contemplate what you may want to be wearing in a decade, live in the moment and choose what works best for you right now.

Packham’s latest collections celebrate style and energy, and, of course, have plenty of Packham’s signature glamor. Jenny Packham’s collections are available all over the world, from Packham’s own flagship stores to other well-known department stores, and can also be easily purchased online.