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Shop your style: Classic and Eurochic

Dress from Victoria Beckham Collection
Dress from Victoria Beckham Collection
Spring 2010 ready to wear

Coco Chanel once said, "I don`t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that`s the day she has a date with destiny. And it`s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny." Every stylish woman has, or aspires to have, a personal style.  In the next articles, I will examine several types of personal styles and which stores you can shop at and what pieces you can buy to achieve each type of style.  In this article classic style and Eurochic style will be examined.

Classic style, founded arguably by Coco Chanel, is all about the basics.  Sometimes sophisticated, sometimes minimal, sometimes preppy, classic style is all about basic pieces that have stood the test of time.  The cardigan with skinny cigarette pants or jeans is an example.  A little black shift dress with a string of pears of diamond studs is another example.  Peep toe pumps are classic.  A clutch purse is classic.  A full a-line skirt is classic.  There are so many pieces Chanel made popular with her original sportswear line that are classic, they dominate the origin of most classic design.  Of course, the trench coat is a British design by Burberry  originiating from WWI and WWII.  Classic style is a style that although never goes out, needs to be updated from time to time.  Little details on a pair of slim black pants from 2000, for example, may be different today in 2010.  A little black dress, in good fit and quality, can be used for your entire life, providing the cut is a modest one.  Accessories should be kept to a minimum, but can be chunky if worn one at a time.  For instance, a men's watch with small stud earrings is classy and sophisticated.  A statement necklace should be worn with nothing else, but your clothes, of course!  Classic style is all about showcasing impeccable taste and a discerning refusal.  

Eurochic, somewhat similar to classic style, is a very paired down look.  However, the difference is it's a hybrid balance of trendier cutting-edge pieces and classic pieces thrown in.  It got it's name from observing the fashions of European women, mainly in Italy and France, and how they dress with a cutting-edge yet timeless style.  A silk tie neck blouse with large statement earrings, skinny jeans, and knee high heeled boots is a perfect example of the style.  Top off the look with a black short jacket and you are ready to walk the streets of Paris or Milan.  Eurochic can be a bit tricky, but when you get it right, you become the It girl in the room who always gets noticed.

Examples of some of the outfits for each look can be found in the slideshow below.  Have fun shopping, everyone!