We all have that one person that inspires us most when it comes to our style, whether we are aware of it or not. It could be someone we see on TV, someone we read about, someone we work with and the list could go on.
In my case, the person who has inspired me most when it came to my style is not a superstar, is not famous, nor notorious. It is my grandmother, my father’s mother.
A lady with French roots and great passion for Chanel. I remember playing dress up with her as a kid, putting on red lipstick and blush and never going to bed without spraying a drop of perfume behind each ear, for special dreams :).
My grandmother, Estelle as my friends used to call her, was always dressed up to the nine. She grew up with a twin sister, a dress for school, a dress to wear around the house and a dress to wear on special occasions. She always wore her hair curled, lipstick and at least a piece of jewelry. After she left her parents’ house, she started exploring her passion for fashion and, well…enjoyed at least two pairs of shoes on almost each colour, matching bags, mink coats, pearls and diamonds, emerald and sapphire rings, you name it, if it was delicate and classy, she had it and wore it in style. Now, the thing about her, even if she was a woman who could afford all of these, is that she was never ostentatious, nor wanting to put it all on display like a wrongly decorated Christmas tree. What one could notice about her, was the fineness, not the price-tag.
When I became a teenager, it was such a hard time for her. I admit putting her through rough times with inappropriate make-up for my age (sometimes) wrongly combined fabrics, cheap haircuts and the list could go on. But I will never forget her always trying to correct me and teach me good.
It is from her that I got the sense of decency when it comes to clothing, the sense of appropriate outfits for specific occasions, the belief that classic looks are ageless, that it doesn’t matter whether your pieces are cheap or expensive, as long as you do not take any extremes in any of the two directions. She made me feel very happy for being a woman and for being able to see the beauty in any other woman.
I have put together an office look inspired by her, consisting of a classic office autumn long sleeve dress (Paprika), high heels bootees (Zara), an autumn coat (Koton) and a day bag. Please find below few images:
I invite you also to see below two more looks that I would choose to wear in the office, that are inspired by her style, as follows:
I would combine this splayed skirt (Silver Heach) with a beige long sleeve shirt (Mango), a pair of classic, gorgeous day heels (Gino Rossi) and a simple black bag (Only).