By Fareeha Qay­oom

 

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ll the major style books advise you to first cre­ate your own inspi­ra­tion board – this will help you plan the wardrobe of your dreams. Your style choices should allow you to express your­self. So in an idle moment today – I decided to cre­ate my own…

 

My per­sonal Style state­ment

Be true to myself. Go my own way, do my own thing. Not inter­ested in being a fash­ion vic­tim.

 

I look for clas­sic but casual sil­hou­ettes, com­fort­able, in a great fit, durable and time­less pieces which are low main­te­nance and no– brainer type of clothes that might sound expen­sive at first glance but last for years so actu­ally pro­vide great value for money.

 

I describe myself as a uni­form dresser. I like to be com­fort­able and am not inter­ested in mak­ing a splash or indeed a style state­ment – one of my friends (Aar­zoo) described my style once “as a hippie-inspired and very bohemian”…when she met me for the first time, I was wear­ing this denim skirt (con­verted from my brother’s dis­carded jeans), a t-shirt and sil­ver jew­elry (rings, ear­rings, and neck­lace) and bal­let flats.

 

No I don’t dress sloppy. My clothes are always clean, well pressed and neat. I just don’t mind wear­ing really old but much loved clothes or acces­sories, mix­ing them up with new stuff – some of my clothes like a black turtle­neck sweater that has seen bet­ter days or one wedge heel glad­i­a­tor shoes have been part of my wardrobe since the last fif­teen years for exam­ple…

 

I always look for

  • Qual­ity and value for money
  • Buy only durable, long last­ing, organic mate­ri­als like denim, twill, cot­ton, leather…
  • Com­fort and Fit
  • Great design
  • Price

 

grace kelly

Grace Kelly

 

Style Icons that inspire me (casual look)

  • Grace Kelly
  • Audrey Hep­burn
  • Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe

 

My favorite stuff

Here’s a list of my favorite stuff in clothes and acces­sories…

 

Wardrobe sta­ples that I keep mix­ing and match­ing all the year round for work and leisure

  • Clas­sic woven but­ton down shirts
  • Woven tunic tops
  • Basic scoop neck knit t-shirts in basic and fun col­ors
  • Knit tank tops (camisole) to wear under but­ton down shirts or sum­mer jack­ets
  • Jeans – slim, straight, boot-cut, flare and only one pair of skinny
  • Chi­nos – black, brown and khaki (for those times when you can’t get away with jeans!)
  • Jack­ets and waist­coats
  • Denim skirts

 

Acces­sories

Pre­fer drop ear­rings, neck­laces, rings, toe rings and anklets, am not ter­ri­bly attracted to ban­gles and bracelets. For belts, I have quite a col­lec­tion going from basic leather belts to even a cou­ple of bling, bling ones…

 

Jew­elry

 

  • Sil­ver jew­elry inset with semi pre­cious stones
  • Unique or unusual motifs in cos­tume jew­elry  like but­ter­fly, flower, or geo­met­ric shapes
  • Big dial watches – square, round, col­or­ful, plas­tic, seri­ous or fun

 

Shoes

  • Flat shoes
    • Dr. Martens
    • Bal­let flats
    • Flat penny loafers
    • Deck or boat shoes
    • Flip flops
    • Birken­stock san­dals
    • Con­verse type sneak­ers
    • Run­ning shoes

 

  • Girly shoes
    • Wedge heels
    • Chunky heels
    • Flat san­dals

 

Bags

  • Back­pack – sporty or in leather
  • Big, roomy, chunky, kitchen– sink shoul­der bags

 

Belts

  • Basic leather belt in brown and black – square and round buck­les
  • Fun belts

 

My Inspi­ra­tion Board

grace kelly - page 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

audrey hepburn page 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 3 marilyn monroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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