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The Audrey Effect
"I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing." - Audrey Hepburn
Every fall the leaves begin to scatter, the flowers slowly fade, the days shorten and apparel selections begin to change. What remains is the glorious anticipation of football, holidays, rain, wind and snow that fills the minds and hearts of many. Each season brings something fresh, new and extraordinarily beautiful. Even when there are challenges with aging parents, children going off to school, work, drama or listening and reading about a soap opera election or just dealing with daily life there is always positive energy at the forefront. Along the path of season renewal is the thrill of donning something new like jeans, turtlenecks, skirts, camel coats, trench coats and boots to all affairs.
The cornerstone of Forever Chic Style is building a wardrobe with the goal of being a modern classic woman. And who embodies the eternal and modern classic more than any other woman is - the ageless Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn was an actress, humanitarian and overall a magnificent person who overcame hardship and created a fashion persona that even today is copied over and over again. Her style was classic, simple and all about quality apparel first and foremost. The Little Black Dress, the black pant, the turtleneck, the skirt, the two piece suit, the white blouse, the loafer were the framework of her wardrobe. All other were trends like frosting and sprinkles on the cake. She knew that less was more. Nothing like today's standards of over the top crass behavior combined with showy fashion that detracts instead of flatters. Hepburn had style, true grace and elegance that is so achievable today. Do not give up on being a woman, embrace the differences, strive to be a better person, to live a strong life and enjoy being a woman. The world is filled with beauty and yes - we women are beautiful. Support one another along the way with love and not jealousy. And, now for the fashion.
It is so easy to become obsessed with a new trend. Don't do it. Yes, I have but always take the item back. Keep life simple when the world is chaos - always choose simplicity in actions, thoughts and wardrobe. Easy!
The Forever Chic Style Club - Fall 2016 - The Top Seven
"Less is Perfectly Best" - Kim Hardwick
I. The One & Only Jean: Less is best in a wardrobe. The time has come to pair down the closet and have a few basics on hand rather than piles and piles of endless fabric piled wide and high. Jeans are a staple that is a must for fall, winter, spring and summer. Choose a dark denim in blue or black with a straight or skinny leg in a mid or high waist. Do no fall prey to the wide leg phenomenon, ripped or new patches look. Please - avoid at all costs. Always select apparel that will last for years to come.
|AG 'The Farrah' High Rise Skinny Jeans|
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible" - Audrey Hepburn
The Coat Affair
II. The Classic Coat: A timeless coat is of the essence in the fall and winter. Choose a rich camel hair or black cashmere or wool coat for supreme warmth and fit. This lovely piece will last a lifetime if properly cared for by the owner.
The Lifetime Investments
|Loro Piana Wool One-Button Coat - Camel or Black|
"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades" - Audrey Hepburn
III. Ladies in Leopard: Each fall leopard print always comes roaring back for Forever Chic Style mavens. The elegance roars whether donning a coat, sweater, hat or scarf It is a staple that never every goes out of fashion.
Everything Leopard - Meow!
|Alice & Olivia 'Montana' Leopard Print Faux Fur Double Breasted Coat|
|Ivanka Trump 'Chic' Flat|
|Christian Louboutin 'So Kate' Pointy Toe Pump|
|Givenchy Leopard Print Scarf|
"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty of the woman is in her soul. It is the caring she lovingly gives the passion she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with passing years." - Audrey Hepburn
Red, Red, Red.....Need I Say More!
IV. Ravishing Red: Merlot red is everywhere in Fall 2016. Snap up a wool sweater in a delicious burgundy red that is ripe with beauty and so flattering to the beholder. This subtle hue in a sweater highlights and is completely and utterly memorable.
|Ella Moss Off the Shoulder Tunic Sweater|
|Everlane - The Luxe Wool|
"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair" - Audrey Hepburn
Maybe passionate red adds a passion, excitement and overall a glow to the woman adorned in this gorgeous hue.
Luscious Lips for Fall 2016
V. Lips in Divine Red: Fall 2016 is about Merlot red, red lips. Yes, deep wine red is portrayed in ever corner and is such a glorious hue screaming passion and a love of life. In this election year - why not stand out in a crowd with a swipe of decadent wine infused red upon lips. Don't be afraid. Dare to be different, to dream and to be strong with verve and courage. Follow your heart and fear not the naysayers, the Debbie Downers and those willing to crush the butterfly. Be a leader!
|Tom Ford Lip Red - Smoke Red|
|Chanel Rouge Allure - 51 La Boulevarsante|
"Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile." - Audrey Hepburn
The Black Turtleneck
VI. Turtleneck: A turtleneck is an exceptional choice for work, daily life and weekend getaways. Invest in quality turtlenecks and always be the fashion doyenne of the moment. Sleeveless turtlenecks are also in high demand and an excellent choice when combined with a black blazer. Add a scarf, jewelry with a dab of riveting red lipstick and become the bell of the ball. You will be amazed at all of the heads turning.
|Halogen Long Sleeve Turtleneck|
|Halogen Wool & Cashmere Funnel Neck Sweater|
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - its all that matters" - Audrey Hepburn
The Everyday Loafer
VII. Classic Styling: The loafer symbolizes everything enduring, mannered and unforgettable. This style of shoe can be worn with jeans, pants, skirts, short and frankly with any piece of apparel. Always in style, always beautiful and always comfortable. Invest well.
|Tod's Penny Loafer|
|Cole Haan 'Pinch Grand' Penny Loafer|
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn
There are many other classic pieces to entwine with a modern Forever Chic Style wardrobe. For instance, a rope of creamy white pearls either faux or real add elegance to any outfit. A few sparkling rings again either costume or real add a bit of glitter when talking with friends. More importantly, how a person conducts themselves each day creates real Forever Chic Style. Apparel is only the icing and everything else comes from within. It is so important especially in today's arena to be graceful, kind and loving even when others disagree or do not live the same life you do. The journey varies for all and a person willing to accept, to understand and to be open will be content. Additionally, a closet full of clothes that are never worn is wasteful and does not bring happiness. Thus, pare down the wardrobe, speak well and be eternally grateful for family, friends, the outdoors and pray for those in need. Audrey Hepburn did this and so can you. We all have the capacity to be real, to be honest, to be brave, to be courageous and to dress with impeccable style - Forever Chic Style!