Tights: 5 Style tips

It's wintertime and the temperature is low but it's not a reason to hide your hemline. Show off your legs with some leg warming staples that will match your dresses or skirts. I have often been asked in wardrobe audit sessions about how to choose and wear tights.

Here are a few style tips:
1- Favor Quality to Quantity. Unless you wear tights with an uniform you don't need to buy the same black opaque tights in bulk. For the same price pick some beautiful ones that will enhance your legs. I usually recommend: Wolford, Gerbe, Christian Dior and Pierre Mantoux (Made in Italy).

2- Go for diversity with:
Dots

Giovanna B with Hosiery tights


Burgundy 


Sheer embellished for Alexa Chung




3 -Matching your tights with your shoes helps to elongate your legs but you can also choose some with a different color  (like below) for a less classic and more edgy style. 

yes to yellow!



4 -Pay attention to the patterns that should enhance your legs and not make them look thicker.


5 -Last but not least style advice: favor light texture (15, 20, 30 denier) with a midi or knee length skirt and keep the opaque ones (40 to 80 deniers) for  mini-skirt/dress. 
Now you are ready to survive the cold in a stylish way!










The Valentino Dress or something else (a little) similar...

For the ones who falled in love with the Newest collection of Valentino, here is my selection of tunics and dresses "Ukrainian folk style like" and at much more affordable prices...Enjoy!

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015

Zara new collection Photograph:Jamie Hawkesworth

 Tunic Antik BatiK

 Dress Antik Batik

 Dress Antik Batik

long dress Freepeople  

Dare the Cape!

What about standing out from the crowd this season with a beautiful cape? 
I like capes, It s the kind of clothes that immediately makes someone look chic and classy. Not convinced? Give it a try! It's easier to wear than you think. 
Pay attention to a few things though:

1- Pick the right cut for your body shape. If you are petite, a short cut just above or just below your hips will be more flattering than a long one. Pair it with high or medium heels to elongate your silhouette. Some models are belted in the front or you can add your own if you don't want your waist to disappear.
2- Create your outfit of the day as a base that will enhance the "cape effect".

Here is my selection of a few capes and outfits to match them. I hope you'll be inspired!

Karen Millen/Asos
Keep it classic with a turtleneck and  classic pants for this cape that will give some personality to any basic outfit thanks to the asymmetrical stripes effects!


 
Roberto Cavalli/Netaporter
Geometrics effects here again with this gorgeous cape. Make it bold with thigh boots!



This more affordable one from Zara can do the trick as well!







And why not a skirt? Mini or midi both match perfectly with these capes! (from left: ADetacher/lagarconne, Sessun/asos, SaintLaurent/netaporter)




Saint Laurent/netaporter
Flat ankle boots and leather skinny contrast this sensible tartan!


Ted Baker/asos
Yes to floral pants in winter! With this minimalist style and camel cape it 's impossible to make a "faux pas"! You want a more classic look? Pair it with white jeans!

Comme des Garcons/lagarconne
I like this boyish way to wear a cape, a large chino with rolled up ankles and beautiful derbies, boyish and stylish!


Band of Outsiders/netaporter
Last but not least this one is perfect for a night out on the town! 


The Winter Coat


It s getting cold, we know it and among the Winter essentials  coats are at the top of the list.
Have you found the perfect one for you yet? If you are on a tight budget choose one that will match with most of your outfits. 
And this does not mean that you have to pick a black one.
There are so many other colors! Stand out from the crowd! Black is not always the most elegant and flattering color...
When choosing your coat, pay attention to the fabric, (percentage of wool...) and cut, and go for one that flatters your body shape or at least that does not add too much volume to the largest part of your body. And now for my suggestions! Enjoy and share your thoughts, what is your ideal winter coat?

A classic cut playing with bicolor effects, this coat will upgrade your jeans and sneakers. (Max & Co)


This peacoat with a beautiful collar shawl will bring softness and coolness to any classic outfits. (Sézane)

A double breasted coat, a perfect cut for the "petite silhouette"! (Zara)

Yes, this one is black but with interesting details as the contrast panels in textured teddy materials. ( COS ) Avoid total black with a bright color jumper!

Beautiful cut with nice details (contrast double notched lapels) and flattering colors for this coat. (Mango)

Layer this faux shearling coat over anything from jeans to long dresses. (Elizabeth and James, netaporter.com)

For a perfect fit I would like to share one tip regarding the length of the sleeves. To make sure the coat fits right you need the width of two fingers between the end of the sleeve and the palm of your hand...you see? Easy, n est-ce pas?!