Angela’s Lab | Own Your Style

When asked to define my style, the three words that immediately jump to the forefront are ladylike, classic and tailored. I love jackets, sheath dresses, fine knits, and flirty skirts with filmy blouses when dressing up. I tend to prefer solid colors over prints, although I will absolutely rock the right print. I love statement jewelry, from necklaces to cuffs and chandelier earrings. When it comes to jewelry, I embrace the sentiment, “go big or go home.”  That said, I don’t like to be overdone or over the top or over accessorized, and live by Coco Chanel’s rule of “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

My style is not eclectic or boho. I know what works for my body type and what I feel good in. You will not see me in a maxidress because it is not a good look on me.  You will never see me in Birkenstocks. I don’t care that so-called “glam” Birkenstocks and camp sandals are all over the runways this season — they do not look chic. My everyday look almost always involves denim and a “casual glam” top. I believe that you can never have too many designer handbags or fabulous shoes. They have the power to take any basic outfit from blah to wow. Packed on a few pounds while indulging in too much pasta and wine over the weekend? Shoes and bags don’t care. And take care of them and they will be with you forever.

Today, I attended a luncheon celebrating super fashionable and philanthropic “trendsetters” in my community, one of the trendsetters being a dear friend of mine. When choosing what to wear, my self-defined style is showcased here to a T.

trends lunch 1

Dress, Chanel // Handbag, Chanel // Shoes, Stuart Weitzman

One of the great things about getting older is you really find and embrace your style. Fashion changes and evolves, as does our closet and day-to-day look, but our style trumps all and once we know it, it stays pretty constant. Again to quote Coco Chanel, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” Can you tell I like Chanel?

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