Monday 29 December 2014

How to find your fashion personality

CARINE ROITFELD

Published 04/03/2014 | 13:58

Carine Roitfeld

Exhibit your individuality

Amidst globalisation, trends are becoming worldwide, so it's important to take a unique approach to what fashion has to offer. Be yourself in the middle of it all -- fashion shouldn't be try-hard. My friends, who are designers, always want to change my style and give me clothes to wear, but I say no. It's fundamental that my dress stays true to my strong character. The woman is always more significant than the clothes.

Stick to what suits you

I have dressed in the same way for the past 20 years -- only the length of my skirt has changed. Consistent style shows confidence, and knowing what suits you saves time when you are choosing what to wear. I only have one fashion personality -- the Carine one -- which I would describe as sober, and almost classically Parisian. She is tough, my woman. It's important to have a sense of humour about dressing, so I always add a twist to my outfits. My Givenchy sweater with a Bambi cartoon print is one of my favourite pieces.

Highlight your strengths

Find something you like about your appearance and accentuate it. My eyebrows and legs are my best features. I like to wear black eye-make-up to draw attention to my eyes and brows, and my wardrobe contains mostly fitted clothes. With my black eyes, black clothes and skinny legs, my style can appear quite rock 'n' roll.

Don't shop the trends

Only buy clothes that you plan to keep for ever. It's important to see trends for what they are -- a game. I think that finding a well-fitting garment is more exciting than buying into a crazy fad. My panther-print Azzedine Alaia dress, which is from the autumn/winter 2010 collection, is one of my signature pieces, and it fits me perfectly. Black items are an investment, and though colours have a place in my wardrobe, too, I never mix them -- my outfits are all black, all white or all khaki.

Choose pieces with character

'Comfort' is not part of my fashion vocabulary. You lose attitude when you feel too comfortable, so I prefer to wear clothes that have a certain edge to them. I think of my lace negligee as sexy rather than relaxing, and I keep that feeling in mind whenever I wear it under my clothes for fittings or shopping.

Dress from the head down

My hair and make-up secret is, 'the messier, the better'. It's easy for me because I can't see anything without my glasses. I never put my eyeliner on very well in the morning, so it's usually smudged. I think it's sexy, plus it always looks better come the evening. And messy hair adds a certain youthfulness to a look. Like everyone, I am trying to hide the signs of ageing as I get older, though I do respect my age.

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