|I think we can all agree: Classic (and fabulous)!|
|Photo from here.|
Last week, in comments on my post recapping my style lessons from 2011, LPC said,
Overall I take away that you are finally relinquishing that "classic" style idea, having found that you require more freedom in silhouette and palette.At the time, I agreed with her, and though this is partly true (don't fence me in!), I still find that classic pieces *speak* to me. When Tabitha at Bourbon & Pearls posted those Hermés riding boots, part of me responded at an almost cellular level. Classic is in my DNA, and to some degree I will always hunger for a look that incorporates classic pieces. I'd love to be able to achieve the kind of "Modern Classic" that Angie frames in her post, sophisticated but lively.
The challenge I mentioned above, keeping classic fresh and modern and avoiding the Spectre of Frumpy Hollow has been particularly vexing for me of late. Being of the short-and-curvy persuasion, two hallmarks of classic style, "structured" and "tailored" seem to be particularly daunting. (Put me in a tweed blazer, and I'm the shorter stunt double for the Earl of Grantham, traipsing through the copse.) What we (I?) often think of as "classic" seems to work best on the more ectomorphic among us. Am I trying to work "classic" too literally for my body type? (Is there such a thing as Voluptuous Classic?)
Can classics evolve? Do some items that were considered "timeless classics" twenty or even ten years ago now look dated? How much can you tweak a classic before it's no longer, well, a classic?
The trench, brightened?
|Banana Republic pink trench (the navy polka dot one seems to have sold out, unfortunately)|
Or a blazer in "Maraschino Cherry"?
|J.Crew Biella penny loafer|
|Pearl Paradise multicolor necklace|
Are you drawn to classic styles? How do you define "classic" and how do you work it into your style without looking dated, frumpy or like Miss Marple? How do you add some "edge" to your classic pieces?