Since doing the Kibbe test and confirming that I’m a Soft Classic, I’ve been spending time brainstorming what pieces I should add to my wardrobe. I want to add some whimsy to my wardrobe (along the lines of the Joe Browns line) but I honestly look best in clean, streamlined silhouettes.
Using the Soft Classic information I gleaned from the Truth Is Beauty website, I found that Naomie Harris is one of the few Black celebrities that falls into this category. And when Naomie gets it right, honey, she absolutely knocks it out of the park. I’m loving the fact that she appears to have a neutral undertone that leans toward coolness (much like my own). So I should be able to wear most of the same shades that she does, since our coloring is similar.
Photo of Naomie Harris (courtesy of InStyle magazine)
So, I don’t have a red carpet lifestyle – yet. So my daily wardrobe can’t be quite as ornate as Naomie’s. But I can draw some inspiration from the way that she styles herself. Here are a few items I’m considering adding this spring:
A duster in pale taupe or light gray
Naomie at a Calvin Klein show (from Business of Fashion)
The key to making this look classy (and not sloppy on my frame) is to make sure that it has some moderate structure, light tailoring and minimal frills.
This light tan trench by Aphratti gets pretty close to Naomie’s look. A belt gives some extra definition in the waist.
A magenta blazer
Naomie at the 2014 BAFTA Awards (from Elle)
Structured but undeniably feminine, a bright blazer in an intense pink hue would be a great addition to my wardrobe. a 3/4 length sleeve is perfect for me, so I’ll aim for a blazer that closely replicates the top half of Naomie’s dress. I couldn’t find anything quite like this yet, but if I do, I’ll be sure to post it here!
Sunny A-line dress
At the Spectre press conference (from Vogue UK)
An A-line dress that skims gracefully over the hips but remains tailored in the waist is great for creating the hourglass silhouette.
The Eva Square Neck Midi Skater Dress is a bright yellow that isn’t too acid or too warm.
Another option is the Zoey Sleeveless Cut Out Mixi Skater Dress: no cleavage but the side cutouts keeps it sassy.
Pale blue or green chiffon skirt (tea length)
Naomie at the Mandela screening (from The Fashion Spot)
A pale blue, gauzy skirt is soft and unique. It’s the kind of signature piece that can be dressed up or dressed down.
This crepe skirt from Boohoo is giving me a similar vibe (the Neave Crepe Pleated Mini Skirt). It isn’t as soft as the chiffon material that Naomie is wearing, but the below-the knee length and structured pleating gives the garment more shape.
Drape-y satin blouse in oyster white, pewter or champagne
With Olivia Palermo at the launch of Maison Makarem (from Getty Images)
I’ve always shimmery satin tops in pearlescent hues. Add some careful pleating and draping, and I should be able to get the Greek goddess effect without getting lost in a sea of fabric. I’m still looking for one of these, so if I find it, I’ll post it here as well.
That’s all of my ideas for now. I suspect that I’ll continually refine and improve on this list, and as I do, I’ll share it all here.