Finding your “uniform style” doesn’t happen overnight…
I went through a few rounds of trial and error to find out what hemlines suit my height, which tops are the most flattering and what blush compliments my skin tone. Knowing exactly what works for me has made shopping and getting ready so much easier (and enjoyable!). It is safe to say I now have a beauty & style uniform that is my go-to. I believe in taking fashion and beauty risks by stepping outside my comfort zone now and then, but for everyday, I need a no-brainer look that is stylish, comfortable and versatile.
So what’s my beauty & style uniform? A tee-shirt, blazer, denim jeans, fun heels, 90s-inspired makeup and a blow out. I feel my best in this look, which is why I’ve been wearing it since college. (I have a gazillion blazers and every type of heel imaginable on constant rotation.) To me, nothing compares to the look of a well-fitted blazer and the subtle sexiness of showing off my dainty ankles and collarbones.
Chanel Tweed Blazer: I love the gold and silver rope details because it keeps the blazer versatile—I can make it casual with jeans, or wear it over a dress for something a little fancier. I believe that investing in tailored pieces that flatter your body type are the smartest purchases to make. Below are a few blazers that I absolutely love!
Lightweight Neutral tank top by Zara: As I mentioned before, I like to show off my collarbone. Tees from Zara are reasonably priced and make for brilliant pieces to have on hand. And if you’re like me, you’ll end up sleeping in it sometimes (but at that price point, you won’t even feel guilty). When I shop now for my beauty & style uniform I have an idea of what works for me and lightweight tanks are the way to go!
Denim jeans by Zara: My sister got me hooked on Zara denim after I saw her wearing a pair, but there are lots of denim brands I love. I wear a lot of Rag & Bone and Frame denim in all assortments and styles—bring on the boyfriend jeans to skinnies!
Chanel Slides w/heel: I was lucky enough to grab a pair of these shoes before they sold out earlier in the spring. I knew as soon as I saw the pearl detail that I had to have these beauties, not to mention they are super comfortable and go with everything.
Chanel Bag: This was my first ever Chanel purse, which makes it feel extra special. I bought it when I was 19-years old at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and the quilted lambskin has maintained its beauty all these years. (How many years? Let’s just say I’ve had it for a very, very long time.) They don’t make this exact bag anymore but here are a few similar pieces that are equally luxe.
I like to frame my eyes, top and bottom, with a brown eye pencil (my favorites are Metallic Mink by Tom Ford or Dior Brown). If you want it to be matte, diffuse the liner with a short dense brush by tom Ford, then layer over it (only the top lash line) with the navy liner by Smashbox. I always incorporate a hint of navy on my lids to make my brown eyes pop. If, like me, you have oily eyelids, opt for a waterproof formula. I wear a lot of earth-toned shadows across my lids, like the shades in Charlotte Tilbury’s The Sophisticate palette, and the add depth with a deeper, eggplant shade like MAC’s Sketch. Spring, summer, fall, winter—this eye look is my go-to all year-round.
Lashes are so important. I love layering coats of mascara—or sometimes wearing corner falsies on the ends—to frame my almond-shaped eyes and give them some extra oomph. A tip: always wear a waterproof mascara on the bottom lashes to keep your makeup from sliding down your cheeks. My go to mascara currently is the Dior Iconic. Gives me dramatic lashes appropriate even for daytime.
When it comes to my brows I like to keep them fluffy and natural-looking. Currently, I’m using the blonde shade by Kevyn Aucoin because my hair is lighter and this product adds dimension to my already full brows. Technically speaking, the 90s look was an over-plucked, skinny brow, but I’m going for more of a Cindy Crawford/Brooke Shields iteration.
I line and lightly fill-in my lips with an earthy tone lip liner called Spice by MAC. Then I add a coat of a peachy-pink lipstick shade, like Tom Ford’s Spanish Pink (I have always been obsessed with this shade).
Bronzer + Blush
I like to use mostly bronzer and a very little bit of warm blush just on the apples of my cheeks. I am devoted to Hoola Bronzer by Benefit for a super light contour and then I’ll dust a bit of Sisley Phyto -Touche bronzer on the high points of my face. To finish the complexion, I’ll add just a faint pop of color on my cheeks using Lovelust by Tom Ford (or Peach Glow by La Prairie).
If I’m not feeling lazy, I will blow my hair out for a more polished look. I use Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer spray on my roots, Honest Beauty’s Truly Restored leave-in conditioner, and just a little Moroccan Oil through the mid-section and ends of my hair. Then I’ll blow dry my hair in sections using a T-3 Blow Dryer and a round brush.
When planning your own beauty and style uniform, ask yourself:
What’s your budget?
What outfit gives you confidence?
What pieces do you have a lot of in your closet?
What trends do you love? And which will you pass on?
What’s your day-to-day like?
What do you love most about your figure?
What works for me won’t work for everyone. The key to creating personal style is being honest with yourself about your goals and what makes you feel good. I hope that my look will give you some outfit inspiration and motivate you to find your own uniform.
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