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lucky guide: gamine

lucky guide: gamine

Next up in the Lucky Guide to Mastering any Style series: gamine. Although the word was originally used to describe mischievous street urchins, in the 1950's and 1960's gamine became synonomous with the style of Audrey Hepburn: simple, classic, chic, and a little bit boyish. The style can especially be seen in her movies Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and Funny Face (you've seen all of these, right? If not, you have homework).

To translate the style into your wardrobe, there are a few must have pieces: striped mariniere tops (originally worn by the French navy), boatneck tops, narrow cropped pants, and ballet flats. No overthinking required. Easy, right?

If I had to describe my style, especially my day-to-day style, it would be gamine. It's easy and comfortable and chic without trying too hard. 

Here are the other posts in this series about The Lucky Guide  -
have you defined your personal style yet? 

Arty SlickPosh Eclectic, American ClassicBohemianMod, and the 
Finding Your Personal Style intro post.


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lucky guide: arty slick

lucky guide: arty slick

It's been a while since our last Lucky Guide to Mastering any Style  post, so let's talk about "arty slick" today.

This is what I always imagined gallery girls to dress like – avant garde, interesting design details, lots of black, chunky jewelry, and one or two pieces per outfit that is just slightly further out there than the girl next door would wear.

Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style arty slick.jpg

However, if Charlotte from SATC and Marnie from Girls are accurate, then I was all wrong and gallery girls are actually quite preppy. Either way, here are a couple of examples of the style! Click on each photo to be taken to the sources.

via  etsy  

via etsy 

This might be a good time to mention Polyvore. Did anyone play with paper dolls when you were kids? I loved them (especially all the ones from Dover) so much. I also had this toy (above - mom, remember this?) which had plates that you could switch around and make different outfits – maybe the beginnings of my styling obsession – and then make impressions over with crayons.

That’s a long way of saying that Polyvore is like playing with paper dolls for adults and it’s super fun. I’ve made all the collages for these Lucky posts with it, you can see them and others here.

Here are the other posts in this series about The Lucky Guide  - which one's your favorite so far? 

Posh Eclectic, American Classic, Bohemian, Mod, and the Finding Your Personal Style intro post.



lucky guide to style: posh eclectic

lucky guide to style: posh eclectic

Next up in our exploration of the personal style types in the Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style:
Posh Eclectic.

In my mind, posh eclectic can be summed up in two words: Carrie Bradshaw.


Posh eclectic means pairing things that are a little unexpected, decadent details with a casual look, and a touch of girly whimsy and imagination. It takes confidence to pull off.

I absolutely adore this style and try to incorporate small bits of it here and there, but I've never felt completely comfortable going full Bradshaw. You?

(Here are the other styles we've covered so far: American Classic, Bohemian, Mod, and the Finding Your Personal Style intro post.)

lucky guide to mastering any style: american classic

This week, I'm doing some shopping for my amazing sister-in-law Jodi. Since her style is completely American Classic, I thought I'd focus this week's post on that style.  Jodi's a financial planner and has her work wardrobe pretty much under control, so we decided to focus on her casual/weekend wardrobe. American Classic brings to mind tailored pieces, blues and reds, natural fibers, and classic cuts that will never go out of style.

(click the photo for sources)

(click the photo for sources)

I took a bit of a different approach on the style inspiration image for American Classic. Instead of examples, these are all images of items I purchased for Jodi or that she already had in her closet. You can see from the image that almost all of the tops, bottoms, and shoes are interchangable, so she'll have an easy time putting together outfits. What do you guys think? Any American Classic girls out there?

lucky guide to mastering any style: mod

 dress - uniqlo, $40 ;  bag - pucci,  $you-don't-want-to-know;  scarf - vintage pucci , price unknown;  shoes - asos , $66.50

dress - uniqlo, $40; bag - pucci, $you-don't-want-to-know; scarf - vintage pucci, price unknown; shoes - asos, $66.50

When I think of mod, I think of Pucci scarves, a-line minidresses, graphic prints, lots of black and white, and of course Twiggy, the iconic model of the era. Grace Coddington, the famous fashion editor, was also a model during the London "youth-quake", which she wrote about in her memoir, Grace. I'd have to double-check, but I remember her saying in the book that she came up with the spiky spider eyelash look seen here on Twiggy.

photo by ronald traeger

photo by ronald traeger

Most of these elements translate seamlessly to today's fashion, and in fact, mod seems to be a "trend" every other year. This year is one of those years, and you can find lots of shift dresses and low chunky heels in stores. 

What do you think? Is mod your style?

how do you find your personal style?

Before you can clean out your closet or buy new things, you need to have a vision for how you want to look.  Like an organization devising a mission statement, it serves as a measuring stick for future decisions. Whether or not you should keep, buy, or wear things gets measured against your vision and it it doesn't fit into the image, you don't keep/buy/wear it.  This doesn't mean that you always have to stick with one vision, it just means that it'll be easier to make purchases and choose outfits that work with everything else you have.  

One of my "inspiration" binders from about five years ago. Yes, I am a nerd.

One of my "inspiration" binders from about five years ago. Yes, I am a nerd.

So, how do you know what your personal style is? One of the easiest ways is to sift through lots of images and pull out the ones that really speak to you. In the past, I've always done this with magazines. Anytime I saw a look or an item that I loved, I would fold down the corner of the page to mark it, and then later on, before recycling or giving away the magazines, I would tear out the page and put it in a folder. Then, when I was stumped about what to wear, I'd go to the folder and pull out something that I could emulate, whether it was a look from head to toe or just a mood.


When most of my fashion reading moved to the internet and blogs, I'd save photos to inspiration folders on my desktop. Now we have it even easier with Pinterest! It's so easy to pin any image that resonates. When you look at your page of pins, you can pull out common themes. For example, for me, there are lots of images of black with large chunky brass necklaces, stripes, ethnic prints, trench coats, animal prints, etc.  If you're very disciplined about sticking to this one vision, you'll have an easy time making outfits from what's in your closet because all of the pieces should go with each other. 

Another way to discover your style "type" is by reading books about fashion and style. There are many great books out there, but my personal favorite is the Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style. In it, ten different style categories are outlined, and it's clearly conveyed that most people are a combination of several types. The ten categories are: Euro Chic, California Casual, Rock and Roll, Posh Eclectic, Mod, American Classic, Bombshell, Bohemian, Arty Slick, and Gamine. My style is mostly Gamine and Euro Chic with a bit of Bohemian thrown in. When I asked my husband to leaf through the book and pick out the three styles he thought I was, those were the three he chose as well, a sign that I'm doing a pretty good job sticking to a cohesive look. 

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What exactly does each style look like? So glad you asked! For the next several weeks, I'm going to do my best to show you. First up, in honor of the return of Mad Men, we'll look at Mod.

To be continued...

UPDATE: here are posts for the following styles: 

Arty Slick

Posh Eclectic 



American Classic 


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