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All 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. By Fareeha Qayoom

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

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audrey hepburn page 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 3 marilyn monroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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