Nina Garcia is a woman who knows everything about fashion having worked in the industry for over 30 years. Here is a snapshot as she tells her readers how to dress to always look stylish, what items should be in every girl’s wardrobe and gives tips on how to co-ordinate clothing.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 1. ‘Filter’ your wardrobe.
Become your own fashion director for your wardrobe. What will you start from? You’ll look through all the pieces available in your wardrobe and choose the key ones that look great. If something doesn’t look and fit well, get rid of it, you don’t need ill-fitting garments.When you have finished, try to analyze what you’ve done and understand which clothes you should buy from now on and use this new knowledge every time you go shopping.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 2. A professional tailor.
Before you go to your tailor find items you like (you can try those on in changing rooms of a store, for example). Pay attention to the design, seams; think about what will make you look your best. This will help you know better what you need from the tailor.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 3. Invest into key pieces.
Every wardrobe should be based on key clothing pieces and accessories which can be well combined with almost everything timelessly. The list of key pieces below is not subject to time, trends or geography. They are equally essential in New York, London, Paris and Madrid and can be worn for years.
Key pieces of the wardrobe:
1) little black dress;
2) white shirt;
3) luxurious high heels;
4) cashmere cardigan;
5) trench coat;
7) classic watch;
8) diamonds (can be fake);
9) flat shoes;
10) chic bag.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 4. Combine clothes.
Style is an ability to make unusual combinations out of usual things. Of course to do that experience is necessary. But remember one thing: the look has to be natural.
|Alek Wek and her shaved head
Nina Garcia’s Tip 5. Power of accessories.
Famous style icons & their signature accessories: Jacky Onassis and her glasses, Audrey Hepburn and her scarf, Elisabeth Taylor and her diamonds. You don’t have to don an ethereal dress to a party, just add a detail or as I see it, subtract hair per se and you’re in the center of attention – Alek Wek and her shaved head.
Accessories should be chosen artistically and according to your individuality. Wear pieces that are important to you: your grandmother’s pendant or an ethnic bracelet. Less is more. Don’t wear a massive necklace and big earrings together.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 6. Shoes are above all.
It is impossible to have too many pairs of high heels. If anyone tries to convince you it is not true, just smile and do your thing. High heels can do a lot. They can improve your mood, posture and turn a dull outfit into a fantastic one.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 7. Don’t be a fashion victim.
It is so easy to spot a fashion victim – just count a number of designer items on her.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 8. Money is not everything.
|Diamonds are Forever
Fashion is expensive, style is not. Many stylish girls are not rich because they think more about each purchase this way improving the skill of combining pricey designer things with cheaper and simper ones.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 9. Invest into pieces that look chic.
Make sure you buy items that look wonderful, spectacular and unforgettable: a leopard-printed coat, a beautiful dress, a chic necklace or something of this kind. You’ll recognize the piece as soon as you see it. First of all because you look gorgeous in it. And secondly, you’ll be sure everyone believes you look gorgeous wearing it. Besides, it should stay with you forever.
Nina Garcia’s Tip 10. Imperfection is perfect.
Nina Garcia names it ‘Kate Moss’ factor’. You can never say she has taken much effort. Something is always wrong: her hair, accessories, a rumpled skirt… But she does look great wearing all these.