Hailing from the 50’s a form fitting pencil skirt is flattering to all body shapes, feminine and chic. A black pencil skirt will give you shape and emphasize your natural contours. A high-waisted pencil skirt will elongate your legs and help create definition at your waist. The pencil skirt can go from day to night with ease, and this season there are many fabulous types which feature panelling or piping, and these details will help create shape and contour. If you go for a skirt with panelling, aim for darker colors or all black, i.e. a black with a black leatherette panel down the front. This will create a slimming illusion without dominating the look. (Veronika Maine, Jayson Brunsdon Black Label at Myer, Sportsgirl)
The ultimate statement of chic empowerment, the blazer has undergone a rebirth over the past few years. Look for a structured blazer in classic black or cream, or a deep universal color; maroon, navy and emerald are colors that will match all skin tones and work with most shades. You will know you’ve found the right fit when the waist matches yours, i.e. your narrowest point is emphasized by the blazer, not hidden.
While cropped blazers can elongate your legs, a cut that meets your hips will be more versatile and timeless. Pair your blazer with jeans and a plain t-shirt for a relaxed-glam day look, or wear it over an LBD for an injection of 90’s supermodel cool. (Guess, Zara, Saba)
This retro, 60’s inspired cut never goes out of style. A fitted, cropped pant will elongate your leg, and help to create curve. The flash of ankle the cropped pants reveal, gives the illusion of longer legs, and also allows you to show off your shoes which can sometimes be sadly lost under a full length finish. Opt for a fitted pant as opposed to a looser fit, as a fitted pant will show off the contour of your body (less fitted pants can create sag at the bum and thigh). (Hi There by Karen Walker, Chloe, Gaowei + Xinzhan)
Silk can be worn all year round and the natural fibres are long lasting, making it ideal for staple pieces. A silk tank top can be rock’n’roll when worn with jeans or shorts, or can be high fashion glam when paired with a pencil skirt and a statement necklace. A black tank top will compliment almost any outfit and is the perfect contingency plan for the time-poor. Look for flattering cuts that narrow slightly at the waist and avoid asymmetrical hems as this trend will pass, ageing the look of your item. (Topshop, Bec & Bridge, AllSaints)
Sunglasses are the ultimate in practical glamour, and it’s worth investing in a quality pair, however finding the right style is key. There are 3 basic shapes that suit most facial structures; the classic Trapezoidal Ray Ban Wayfarer has transcended eras, and for good reason, this iconic shape will suit most outfits and faces. The Cateye is a classic style that is feminine but also edgy. Favoured by fashionistas everywhere, the Cateye recalls 50’s glamour and is timeless and elegant. Oversize Round Eye sunglasses speak of 70’s glamour and will compliment many different outfits while channelling retro chic. (Oversize; DVF Eyewear, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada) (Cateye; Karen Walker Eyewear, Ellery, Norma Kamali)