This post is a continuation of the Re-Imagining the Classics theme. We continue to look at some of the classic wardrobe pieces and see some suitable alternatives that retain classic appeal but give it a fresh spin.
Instead of a Wrap Dress – Try a Shirtdress
Wrap dresses have been incorrectly identified as “flattering on every body type”. That isn’t true, though it flatters many different women. Likewise, the shirtdress isn’t for every body, though it looks great on many women. This generally requires more maintenance that the wrap dress (shirtdresses usually need ironing to look their best), but the finished product is more structured and looks crisp.
These shirtdresses from iLover are inexpensive and adorable. They are available in many different colors and designs.
Instead of a Jean Jacket – Try a Leather (or leather-like material) Jacket
The leather (or leather-looking) jacket adds edge and coolness to almost any outfit. It also tends to look more polished than its denim counterpart. This material can be designed to fit loosely or to mimic the shape of the body, so there is a leather jacket style for everyone. Bonus: leather substitutes can give you the look of leather without the cruelty, so it’s easy to find beautiful designs made with vinyl or other vegan leather materials.
This genuine leather jacket by BGSD is fitted, edgy and flattering.
This faux leather jacket by Chouyatou is affordable and has a striking, flattering shape
Instead of Ankle Boots – Try Riding Boots
When you live in a region that gets chilly in the winter, you want a boot that covers more than just your ankles. Riding boots – both the rugged style and the more refined and elegant rendition – cover most of the calf and can be styled with dresses, pants and skirts.
These BareTraps Riding Boots have a low heel, plain shaft, and strap-and-buckle detail across the vamp, making them a flattering option for a variety of ensembles.
Instead of Black Pants – Try Charcoal Pants
Black pants are everywhere, and, to be honest, the look can get a little boring. Instead of reaching for black, why not try charcoal? The shade is still dark and neutral, but it provides a fresh interpretation on the solid pant look. Charcoal gray comes in varying degrees of depth, so it can be a mid-range gray or a shade-above-black hue. In any case, it’s a look that can add a hint of color to your wardrobe.
These Eddie Bauer pants have a flattering straight leg and come in a luscious graphite hue
Instead of a Knit Sweater – Try an Elegant Sweatshirt
Sweaters are lovely, but they normally have to be handled with care (washed on delicate or dry cleaned, air dried, etc.). Why not try an elegant sweatshirt instead? The key to keeping the look from being too sporty is to avoid any designs featuring thick cuffs or heavy ribbing around the neckline. Also check the fit: the more fitted to the body, the most elegant it looks.
This Sarin Matthews sweatshirt fits closer to the body and comes in beautiful deep shades.
That is all of the re-imagined classics! Make sure to check out Part One for additional recommendations. Talk to you all tomorrow!