August 31, 2015

How to pull off romantic style with effortless chic.

My personal style is far from romantic. I'm a fan of a straight cut, simple design and minimalism. I do own one piece of clothing which falls into a romantic style category, though. It's a black dress I bought for my friend's wedding a couple of years ago.  I thought I would never wear it again, but as I was planning my trip to one of the most romantic cities in the world, I decided to give it another try.

Venice is one of those places where romance is in the air. It's as natural as breathing. Climate, architecture, language, music, gondolas... even food. Tiramisu (my favourite dessert), artisanal ice-cream booth on every corner, cannoli, wine... And do you remember that spaghetti scene from Disney's Lady and the Tramp? How cute were those dogs?!:) 

However, my true inspiration are Italian women. Beautiful and sexy with their light breezy dresses and their nonchalant way of being, but at the same time strong and independent. They have that effortless chic quality - something I strive for. 

So after just one day of canal-crossing and wandering through the narrow streets of Venice, I felt confident enough to put on my black lace dress. In my own minimalistic way. The bottom line is - I need to feel good with myself.

So how to minimize the level of sweetness in a romantic style and keep that effect of effortlessness?

Here are my rules:

1. The right outfit colour is a key.  Pink, red, white, baby blue and everything in between will just make it too sweet. The safest colour is black, grey and navy.

2. Rather than multicoloured flower prints, go for a black and white print or just one statement flower print. 

3. Accessories - less is more.

In my case it also means no jewellery. The black lace on my dress was the only accessory I needed. Had I put even one small ring on my finger or had I gone for the tiniest earrings, it would have been too much for me. Besides, sometimes the lack of bling is even more romantic, if you know what I mean;)

4. And last but not least - hair. It needs to look natural and casual, as if you don't even care. Excessive curls, waves or braids may just be the drop that spilled the glass.