Inspiration Board: My Look Book

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Denim for me is an absolute favorite wardrobe staple. You might have noticed if you have ever visited before (Check out: Denim, another fashion note from the trenches ; Like their style, style muse ; My inspiration board ; Retail Therapy: my basic wardrobe staples wish-list ; Wish list: shopping and retail therapy ; Denim, fashion note from the trenches ; Book Review: Hadley Freeman’s The meaning of sunglasses ; Forever in blue Jeans ).

I have nothing against the traditional form of dress (except it feels like a formal dress, even when its intended for daywear), besides, it’s just a regional/cultural variation of a top and a bottom. So jeans and a t-shirt wardrobe is not all that different – just more international and universal interpretation of the basic top and bottom theme, not to mention, tad more casual, convenient and low maintenance too.


With my basic jean and t-shirt wardrobe, I get the freedom to create hundreds of permutations with one basic design. Check out my Style Icons basic look book on Pinterest. It’s a great site that helps you create a visual board of your mind maps).


I refer to certain images unconsciously when I buy new stuff for my wardrobe. Some of it, I have already shared with you in two earlier posts, “my inspiration board”:


  • Grace Kelly – Crisp button down shirt, jeans and penny loafers, and Rolled jeans, shirt and Mary Jane flats
  • Marilyn Monroe – Denim Jacket, crisp white shirt and jeans, and girly feminine top and Skinny Jeans;
  • Audrey Hepburn – Monochrome dressing – one color from top to bottom with flats (ballet flats and penny loafers)


And “Like their style: style muse”. My favorite dressed TV Characters – (the board is also available on Pinterest! Yes, I got carried away…)


  • Jo Danville from the show CSI New York (over­all work ensemble including her accessories – love her necklaces!)
  • Jane Rizzoli from the show Rizzoli and Isles (her work uniform – dark pants, tee and blazer)
  • Audrey Parker from the show Haven (her work uniform – dark jeans, tee and jacket)
  • Elena Gilbert from the show The Vampire Diaries (day wear – jeans, tee and jacket, really like the lacy detail/trim on some of her shell knit tops, making what’s really a unisex uniform essentially feminine)


Here are a few more of my go-to images for what to wear/retail therapy…


  • Brigitte Bardot – Color Skinny Jeans, Polka dot Jeans, striped tee and ballet flats
  • Princess Diana – Crisp white button down shirt and jeans, and blazer, (graphic) tee and jeans
  • Jean Seberg – long sleeve striped tee, jeans and pixie cut
  • Goldie Hawn – loads of necklaces on solid top, hair cut (Movie – Cactus Flower)
  • Marlon Brando – crossing gender lines, inspired by the biker gang look from the movie the wild one – leather jacket, t-shirt, jeans, broad leather belt, boots
  • Kate Moss – plaid shirt and jeans



1. audrey hepburn -monochrome dressing

Master of Monochrome Dressing – single solid color repeated from top to bottom

2. crisp white shirt

Classic button down shirt

3. plaid shirt - kate moss

Classic Plaid Shirt

4. striped tees

Originally borrowed from navy sailors, classic striped tee


7. feminine tops

Pairing feminine tops and necklaces with jeans – my favorite look

6. penny loafers

The eternal appeal of penny loafers…

5. ballet flats

Love Brigitte Bardot’s colored skinny crop jean, striped tee and ballet flats





8. jackets and vests

My version of Dupatta – Adding a layer on top of jean and tee ensemble gives it a finished look



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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of 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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