New year new wardrobe

I have been decluttering my closet since the beginning of 2018, trying to achieve the minimalist lifestyle. Not just my closet but also everything in my home, I’m trying to be more frugal and less wasteful.
I have been collecting so much for the last few years that I’m at a point where the phrase “closet full of clothes- nothing to wear” is the best description of my everyday experience.
I have noticed, that despite having a big variety of clothing, I always choose classic and timeless pieces over and over. No matter what, I keep coming back to the few key items, which I will present in detail in a separate post. A list of my essential items includes a classic trench coat, a pair of leopard print heels, black skinny pants and an oversized white shirt.

Wardrobe essential – An Everyday bag

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There are three reasons as to why I mostly shop at thrift stores. To save money, to avoid the in-store, right of the rack look and because I can discover some rare and vintage items that I cannot find anywhere else. However, I like to splurge and reward myself once in a while. I justify doing so, by giving myself the ultimate “I never bought anything for myself with my first salary” excuse.
One of the biggest purchases I made last year was this swagger bag from Coach. An essential piece missing from my wardrobe was an everyday bag that is not too big, yet can hold all the necessary items. My friend, who knows my style very well, got me a matching wallet a couple of years ago. This generous move led me on a search for a purse that would go well with the wallet.
With the beginning of 2018, I started a project to build a minimalistic wardrobe, the details of which I will share with you guys on my next post. Quality over quantity, is my motto nowadays and therefore the key pieces in my wardrobe must be few, high quality and long lasting. As a result of my new year’s resolution, this bag made its way to my wardrobe must-have and an everyday essential.

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I want to shine a light on a style expression that has no borders and I hope it makes your day brighter.

Bohemian Chic

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I’ve always struggled with establishing one style that fits my life. There are so many different fashion styles, therefore it is hard to choose and commit to just one. My preference and choice of clothing has evolved so much over the years due to my environment, age, mood and interests.
I used to love wearing all black rocker outfits when I was in high school but with age, I gravitated to a more polished and sophisticated appearance. Every now and then, I get lazy and just throw on a pair of leggings along with an oversized shirt or sweater, something easygoing.
However, the one fashion style I have always admired and kept in my closet is a classic and chic design, which is why I named my blog CmeChic.
I do own vintage clothing, handed down to me from my grandmother and mother, that I just adore and cherish as my treasure.
One of my favorite styles to wear in the summer is bohemian. Boho pieces are timeless and there are many creative ways to wear them. Inspired from gypsy and hippie looks, a boho style looks good on just about everyone. It is that carefree spirit and look that I love. The key is to mix and match wild patterns and exotic textures. The messier – the better!
In the end, I realized that you don’t have to stick to one style and just wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and gives you confidence.

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S/S 2017 Dresses

In one of my posts, back in August, I promised to do a summer dress collection. I was finally able to find time and get right to it.
Summers in Dallas are long. Especially this year, it seems as if summer is endless. It is already November, yet the temperature is still in the high 80’s accompanied by few days of 90’s. I’m excited about breezy days and cool nights, but I’m also thrilled to wear my favorite summer dresses once more before I have to put them away.
The dresses below are my most worn  for summer of 2017. Hope you enjoy it and get new ideas and inspiration from the way I combined both colors and accessories with each look.

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S/S 2017 Skirts

A girl can’t have too many skirts.
Skirts are one of my most worn, wardrobe essentials for spring/summer.  I’m glad to live in a warm climate where summer lasts longer than in most places. As much as I like the warm weather, I get excited as I look forward to enjoying the chilly winter. Even though, it only lasts for a short period here. With cool days approaching, I’m taking my winter clothes out and putting away my summer clothes until next year.
I used to put a lot of emphasis on the color combination of skirt to top while trying to match the patterns perfectly. But overtime I realized that unexpected colors can make the best match. For example I never thought teal would go well with red, pink with gray etc …
Here are my favorite collection of skirts for spring/summer. The rest of the collection will be on my next post so stay tuned!

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Flawlessly feminine

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I love silk! I love the way it looks and feels on my skin, which is why I own a lot of silk skirts, dresses and blouses. Silk is so sexy yet so elegant. Especially alluring is this silk on silk fusion I have chosen for this outfit.
Don’t ever think that it is too much to wear silk combined. With the right shoes and attitude, you can achieve a flawlessly feminine look. The thinner and lacier your silk is, the better.
My simple rules on wearing silk is to, first, avoid too many accessories. A cute stud earrings or a thin cuff bracelet will be sufficient. Second, avoid platform heels. Wear heels of desired height, just make sure they aren’t platform, as it can look bit gaudy. Lastly, carry a small bag/clutch. Since silk is very delicate, anything big and heavy can overwhelm your outfit.

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// Outfit Details //

Top – F21
Skirt – Calvin Klein
Sunglasses – Zara
Handbag – CK
Earrings – Vintage
Necklace – Zara
Shoes – Calvin Klein

 

 

 

 

Effortlessly chic

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I have yet another skirt over a dress combo. This eggplant dress was a phenomenal find many many years ago. At that time, it fit me perfectly but I did gain weight since then. Nowadays, the dress is a bit too tight on me, so I wore it as a fitted top.
I liked the balance of the pink skirt and eggplant dress as a top along with an unexpected mix of a mint bag and a yellow belt. This is also my first time combining two belts at the same time, making it look like a single two-tone belt.
This was the perfect outfit for a Sunday brunch with the girls.

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// Outfit Details //

Dress – American Apparel
Skirt – F21
Handbag – Kate Spade
Shoes – Dolce Vita
Sunglasses – H&M
Earrings – Kate Spade
Belt – H&M

A pop of color

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When it comes to putting together an outfit, the color mix is one of the most vital aspects.
I have recently discovered DesignSeeds, a website that creates color palettes inspired by nature and travel. You can pick any color and view ranges that match your choosing.
This outfit was inspired by a flower palette. The light blush pink top- the petals, the taupe pleated skirt – the center, and the forest green suede heels – the stem.

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// Outfit Details //

Skirt – Caelian
Top – Lauren Conrad
Shoes – Audrey Brooke
Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters
Watch – La Mer

 

Business chic

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As I mentioned in my previous posts, my mother is my biggest source of inspiration when it comes to style. She truly is a woman with great taste in all things including fashion.
When I was a little girl, I remember paying attention to my mom as she would get dressed for work every morning. She mostly wore business attire due to the nature of her work but her wardrobe had plenty of vintage and timeless pieces. She always wore each item with great pride and sophistication.
This particular dress, which I found in a vintage store, instantly reminded me of her. With every classic and unique piece of clothing, you can truly see and appreciate both quality and design.

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// Outfit Details //

Dress – Ann Taylor
Handbag – The Limited
Sunglasses – Coach
Watch – Michael Kors
Earrings – Vintage