Chic Files: Ingrid of Life and Luxury

My Chic Files guest today is another dear blogger friend of mine, Ingrid of Life and Luxury. I first saw Ingrid at a conference about the luxury goods industry and her outfit, a little black dress and leopard print ballerina flats, instantly got my chic approval stamp. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her a few times since and if I were to describe her in just one word that would undoubtedly be classy. And while reading her answers to my questions I realised that they could easily have been my own replies. Welcome, Ingrid!

{Gucci blouse, Zara trousers, H&M sunglasses, Longchamp bag}

How would you describe your style? I think CLASSIC is the word. I love straight lines and design that is ageless. And this goes for special occasions as well as for day-to-day wear. I am never just sporty … I like to think that I dress sporty-chic when I go for casual.

Who are your style models? Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel!!!, Catherine Deneuve. I consider these women empowering and yet very feminine and influential for fashion.

Your signature day outfit: one that makes me feel good. An outfit is not necessarily what you wear but HOW you wear it. And if it’s not you, then you feel uncomfortable and it will show. I like jeans a lot and a basic or a nice simple shirt. But I also love wearing dresses and lately I have added a lot to my wardrobe.

Your signature evening outfit: the little black dress or dark trousers with a nice top or shirt. And of course heels!

Is there an item you don’t leave the house without? My sunglasses! It really is a tragedy when I forget them (except for evenings of course). Not only are they nice to wear, but I always think of the wrinkles I can go without or my eyes I can protect just by wearing sunglasses and being beautiful and fashionable.

Your favourite wardrobe item: I have a great sporty-chic black dress which I can wear for different occasions and I adore it on long trips, because I can easily create different outfits with just a dress.

5 pieces a woman should have in her closet: white sleek shirt, little black dress, THE blazer, sharp black trousers, trench coat. Five items is nevertheless a too small selection. If I could add another five it would be the cashmere jacket, the pencil skirt, the jeans, pumps …. to accessorize all that, the pearl necklace.

What is the most underrated piece in a woman’s wardrobe that should deserve more attention? Hosiery … and maybe gloves. Some women just don’t know how much feminine they would look if they would wear these more often.

{H&M dress}

Can you choose from these?

Flats or heels? Hmmmm … hard choice … depends on the occasion, but if I have to choose – heels it is!

Shoes or bags? Shoes! I think they can make or break your outfit. So choose the right ones – and a girl can never have enough shoes.

Which is your favourite fashion decade and why? The 50s! I love all those dresses and the way women looked slim yet curvy at the same time. They were WOMEN and it seemed, by the way they dressed, that they enjoyed every second of it.

Neutrals, pop of colour or colour blocking? Neutrals and colour blocking.

Stripes, polka dots or florals? Stripes.

Above the knee, knee-length or mid-calf? Knee-length.

Audrey or Marilyn? Audrey. And Grace Kelly!

The little black dress or other colour? LBD and red dress.

Paris or Milan (from the fashion point of view of course)? Paris.

A style quote you live by or the best style advice you have ever received or your own piece of advice on style. In general I like what Coco Chanel said (and there are many famous quotes), but the one I like the most is “Fashion fades, only style remains the same. ” Be yourself and don’t go by the trends if you don’t feel comfortable. Try new things, combine, be playful, and define your style. Don’t let clothes transform you into something you’re not. In the end, style is about who and how you are, not what you wear.

{Zara dress, Cristhelen B. by Musette shoes, Fendi sunglasses}

Thank you, Ingrid, for stopping by. It was a pleasure.

PS: I wish you all a wonderful week!

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