“I’d like to be the first model who becomes a woman.” – Lauren Hutton
Bravo Lauren Hutton, you have.
When she closed for Bottega Veneta’s show last week in Milan, dressed so elegantly, with a nod to the 1980 movie American Gigilo, I thought fashion does look and listen. She is a woman, a beautiful mature woman with impeccable style.
Fashion is no longer restricted to the 20 something beauty; fashion is for every age to interpret in any way we choose. About time.
So, let’s steal her wisdom and her style.
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
When reading back over our conversations yesterday one point came home. Dressing has become more relaxed and not always in a good way. Casual is to be admired as long as it is not an excuse for sloppy or for having a lack of interest. I would always prefer to feel over-dressed than under-dressed in any occasion. Under dressing does nothing for our confidence levels.
Excuse me if I am old-fashioned but I love dressing up.
Dressing up is a ritual and part of the process of feeling en forme. Feeling good about us is a staged process and a process made up of many parts; dressing up may not be as important as a healthy mind and fit body but it does go towards a feeling of wellbeing and self-confidence. Self-confidence is one of the keys to ageing well.
Dressing up doesn’t have to be all sequins, diamonds and pearls to feel fabulous; dressing up can be for any day of the week. Dressing up could translate as making an effort and taking an interest in how we present ourselves. Dressing up not only makes us feel good about ourselves, but also for others around us.
Making an effort is one of those processes that is catching; I see it and I feel it. I notice my mood elevate if I have found a little extra motivation and I am most decidedly inclined to take care if others are doing so around me.
What is Lauren Hutton’s style?
The signature look she wears so brilliantly is the tailored suit. Yes I am biased, as I like to wear a suit as often as possible.
The idea of turning the masculine, feminine has always appealed. A suit has nothing to do with age and all to do with elegance. A suit can take you pretty much anywhere and fit in most situations.
When in doubt I wear the suit.
The suit has many lives.
Whether a suit is tailored in a classic pinstripe or soft and flowing in silk or satin; it is the formality of the two complimentary pieces that makes it work so well. A continuous line in one fabric flatters the body and automatically starts to tell your style story.
We can interpret the suit in our own way; we can make the pieces look masculine or more feminine depending on our whim. We can co-ordinate the jackets with the pants or wear them in contrasting patterns. A tee shirt and lace-up oxfords can bring a classic pinstripe back to earth; a tie-neck blouse and heels can scoot it up to formal status.
The beauty of the suit is it can be interpreted to all personalities. A woman can look equally sexy and gorgeous in tailoring as she can in the flowing. The wonder of being women is we have the choice; the choice to dress how we please and to interpret today’s fashion in our way with our flair.
Most women, like Lauren Hutton, wear a suit very well once they find their stride. xv
Steal Her Style: Lauren Hutton
mix and match jackets
mix and match pants
nordstrom silk trim tuxedo pants // boss temina wool and cashmere // boss tulea bootcut // boss tamea straight leg // theory stretch wool // theory super slim // theory tweed crepe // classiques entier pinstripe
images of lauren hutton, elle magazine france and harpers bazaar spain
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