Cole Haan sunglasses, Hinge silk blouse, Current/Elliot jeans, NineWest clutch, vintage bangle, Missoni platforms
Newly mother of a gorgeous baby daughter, passionate Chanel lover (I mean it, she truly is a Chanel girl) and stylish lady, Alexis, who pens the blog North On Harper, is my today’s guest on Chic Files. I love Alexis’ honesty and strong voice when she writes about fashion, which is why I thoroughly enjoy every visit on her blog, an “exploration into the chic, the fulfilling and the audacious”. Welcome, Alexis!
How would you describe your style? I am a big fan of contrast. I like to pair bohemian inspired pieces with more structured/urban finds. Throw in 1920s detailing and somewhere in there I am a happy girl!
Who are your style models? There are so many classic ones, I wouldn’t know where to start. Instead, let me focus on contemporary examples. Design House wise, I am beholden to Chanel – there is something very independent, feminine and capable in a Chanel girl. Plus, Karl Lagerfeld makes me laugh. In terms of individuals, I love Taylor Tomasi Hill’s playful attitude toward fashion, Victoria Beckham’s understanding of fit and proportion and Diane Kruger’s eye for glamour.
Your signature day outfit: I try to stay away from a signature look, or else I can find myself in a sort of uniform. But I do like a flowy maxi skirt with a classic tank or t-shirt paired with a piece of vintage jewelry. Easy to move around in (I have a baby to chase after), but still looks put together!
Your signature evening outfit: I love a dress. Shape wise (and depending on the occasion), I’m especially fond of a dress with long sleeves and a short hemline. If the event is more casual, skinny dark jeans, sky high heels and a sleeveless blouse with unexpected details.
A.L.C. sweater, Calvin Klein graphic dress, Guess booties
Is there an item you don’t leave the house without? Sunglasses! Having spent much of my life in the Southeast US & Southern California and now Singapore, I can’t imagine going outside without them! Plus, they make a great accessory and have the power to cover a multitude of sins… Don’t worry, I don’t wear them at night!
Your favourite wardrobe item: Oooohhh… this one was trick! One item I have loved for a while is a Tibi dress that I originally bought for one of my bridal showers (in 2009!). It is cream colored, has the long sleeve/short hemline combination, and a bohemian feel to it. It never felt too “on trend”, so when I wear it today it still feels new. I grab it when I am going out and don’t know what else to wear. And, because of its flowly shape, I can wear it even if I am feeling bloated or whatever. I always feel special wearing it and it continues to garner lots of compliments.
5 pieces a woman should have in her closet:
1. Amazing jeans – a darker wash super flattering pair of jeans can be the most versatile item in your closet.
2. Statement heels – Shoes that turn heads and that can elevate even the most average look.
3. Black leather/pleather (as long as it looks good!) jacket – Okay, so I live in the tropics. But before I did, this was my go to jacket in my closet – It would complete an urban look or give a bit of edge to something more bohemian!
4. Feminine blouse – there seem to be a whole slew of women who don’t own blouses. But I think once you let go of the work-wear, buttoned-up connotation, you will see there are so many fantastic options!
5. Versatile dress – It doesn’t have to be an LBD, because while I do believe they are a staple, I think several other dresses can also prove to be versatile. I am speaking more to a dress that you feel good in and that can be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions.
What is the most underrated piece in a woman’s wardrobe that should deserve more attention? Undergarments. This always seems to take a back seat when people are creating their wardrobe budget. Of course a well fitting bra will make a world of difference even if you are just wearing jeans and a t-shirt! Plus, they are your secret – what they look like, how they fit – and a person with a secret is always more intriguing.
Vintage necklace, Zara sweater, Target fitted ¾ sleeve dress, vintage clutch, black tights, ShoeMint wedge booties
My quick Q&A:
Flats or heels? I love an excuse to wear a heel.
Shoes or bags? Shoes, no bag, no shoes….you get the picture!
The 20s, the 30s or…what is your favourite fashion decade? Why? I could pick several, but I am going to say the 20s, because that is when Chanel truly became established. Plus, I love when beading is done right!
Neutrals, pop of colour or colour blocking? Neutrals and other muted tones. Although, with my new tropical environment, I have been working to add more pops of color!
Stripes, polka dots or florals? None of the above- unless the floral is restrained and/or ambiguous. I prefer graphic prints and solids.
Above the knee, knee-length or mid-calf? Above the knee or to the ground.
Audrey or Marilyn? Audrey (You thought I’d say Marilyn because of my love for all things Chanel- didn’t you?)
The LBD or something else? I think I own 10 LBDs… does that answer the question?
Paris or Milan? Paris (again, I love Chanel!!!)
An item you want to invest in this summer: new bikini (I didn’t lose the baby weight for nothing!) and the perfect denim shorts. I need a new bag as well and would like a cute small crossbody. But I am toting around diapers and bottles right now, so I am holding off temporarily…
A quote you live by: “You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.” Karl Lagerfeld
Thank you, Alexis, for accepting my invitation. It was lovely having you over.