How would you describe your personal style?
That’s a question I’ve been asked more than a few times over the years. While I’ve certainly had my share of style missteps – one decade in particular comes to mind (hello late 80s!) – when it comes to personal style I’ve always supposed that I’m a classic – a lover of beautiful, uncomplicated clothing. For me, gorgeous fabric is key, not just the type or texture, but its drape, the way it moves with my body and feels against my skin. My closet is a mix of feminine and masculine pieces, neutral colors and unique finds that allow me to put my own distinctive signature on a look.
My primary style inspiration came from my mother. Her French girl chic captivated me as a child. She had an easy, understated elegance about her, and probably did the LBD better than anyone I’ve ever met in my life. It absolutely astounds me to this day that she always managed to look fabulous, even while chasing after me and my four siblings. From her I learned that less is definitely more, that trends come and go, and that to possess great style isn’t just about the clothes, it’s the way you carry yourself, your countenance, that light that shines from within.
My own style evolution has remained for the most part consistent (I said for the most part :) ). I’ve never liked following the crowd. As a young college student I showed up at a formal event wearing a menswear-inspired tuxedo. There I was, standing in a sea of floor length gowns feeling not the least bit self-conscious but instead, pretty fabulous not to mention comfortable, too. After college, in my life as a TV News anchor, I favored tailored suits, pencil skirts and wide-leg trousers mixed with feminine blouses and soft sweaters. I am still wearing my wide leg trousers today, my soft sweaters, my pencil skirts – all classic pieces that have withstood the test of time.
Reading this, it probably comes as no surprise that Katharine Hepburn is one of my all-time favorite style icons. She wore the pants, quite literally, in the most incredibly stylish way, putting her own stamp on what she wore, and putting menswear-inspired looks for women on the map. Her classic style sensibility endures today and proves that Coco had it right all along – style, does indeed, remain.
Sweater: Vince (similar here ) // Trousers: Diane Von Furstenberg (similar here) //Platform Sandals: Stuart Weitzman (similar) // Crossbody Bag: Mark Cross // Sunglasses
Love the classic..great photos.
Mary, you are definitely an A+ example of classy. I find myself gravitating more and more towards that lesson of “less is more” when it comes to being classy. Absolutely love your little tidbit about your prom attire. Why doesn’t that surprise me? Just goes to show your self esteem and assurance started long ago.
There is nothing like a classic look and I totally agree, very Katharine Hepburn! Love your sweater, so gorgeous!
A Blonde’s Moment
Those trousers are fabulous and I love the red crossbody purse. You are polished to the 10th degree, Mary.
I think defining your personal style is one of the hardest questions you can ask a style blogger. It all depends on the day, I think! The wide legged pants look stunning on you! It makes me wish I were tall enough to pull them off
You have such classic beautiful style while always still looking trendy. Sounds like your mom was a great influence. Love the shoes!
Straight A Style
Just like you Mary, I’ve always been the classic type (which is why I love to visit your blog, for its visual quality and clean couture). Only recently have I dared to mix in some leather (aka tight leather leggings or pencil skirt) and prints. And although one of my favourite brands is Missoni I don’t see myself in an overload of stripes and shapes. I think classic has and always will remain timeless and ageless. Love your clean look:)
The classics with your own personal twist. . .LOVE!
WOW your legs look a mile long! We share a similar style. I get it from my mother, too!
You look cozy, yet so chic. Perfect look!
Truly beautiful style :). I prefer classic style, as well – always timeless and elegant! This outfit is so stylish and feminine! The fabrics and pieces really do look like such amazing quality :) Gorgeous!
I always enjoy your style! And this outfit is no exception.
It’s wonderful that you mother is your style inspiration and that you have vivid memories of her style when you were young.
Love the sweater, and your pants are perfect!
Well you lady are as classy as they come… If I were to describe mine I think it would be a consistent all over the place, haha :D
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Classics are the way to go! I also love the idea of having your own classics, like wide-legged pants. Maybe in 2 years they’ll have come in and out of style again, but if they work for you, they stay in your closet. My own personal classic is a huge pashmina scarf- they’re popular right now in the form of blanket scarves, but I’ve been wearing them for years in various forms and I can’t imagine giving them up. Love your turtleneck- that color blocking is so fresh!
What a lovely classic look!
Rae of Love from Berlin
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You have such a great style Mary! I love the layering of the slim tops with the wide leg trousers.
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Love classics too! And those Shoes!!!