If we’ve learned anything in our pursuit of all things beautiful, it’s that genuine style is timeless. Just look at icons like Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel—two women who are revered for their perennial beauty, bearing, and sense of dress.
It all boils down to one thing: good taste. Unfortunately, there’s no formula for the rest of us to follow—but there are a handful of staples that keep muse-worthy women well-heeled and fresh-faced. Just to get you started, here are 10 classics to make space for in your personal collection.
1. THE PERFECT LBD
Created by haute couture queen Coco Chanel, the Little Black Dress is hailed by Vogue as “a uniform for all women of taste.” It’s the ultimate foolproof outfit, meaning it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The LBD is meant to be both fashionable and comfortable, so always look for one in a simple, non-restrictive cut that fits you like a glove.
2. A GO-TO RED LIPSTICK
If you’ve read any of our past articles, you’re probably well aware of how much we adore a good red. One swipe instantly perks a girl up and pulls an outfit together, even on days when you couldn’t care less. The key is to find the shade that works for you.
3. PLAIN WHITE BUTTON-DOWN
Think of it as the fancier, more grown-up counterpart of a plain white tee. A white button-down leaves little room for error due to its sheer simplicity. Roll up the sleeves and toss it over denim for a laid-back vibe, or snazz it up with a pencil skirt and pearls for a chic day at work!
4. BLACK EYELINER
A strategic stroke of black eyeliner can evoke any attitude, from sensuality to rebelliousness to elegance. We recommend pencil or gel liners for tight-lining and easy application (like Revlon’s ColorStay Eyeliner and Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner) and liquid liners for feline flicks and graphic strokes (try Maybelline’s Hyper Glossy Electric Eyeliner). Remember, practice makes perfect!
5. A TAILORED BLAZER
We can’t think of a wardrobe staple more transformative than a well-made, fitted blazer. It makes jeans look polished and adds a touch of sophistication to a sensual dress! Always look for a sleek, feminine cut that accentuates your waist and doesn’t pull when its buttons are fastened.
6. AN EYELASH CURLER
If you have the short and straight lashes we Asians are typically blessed with, an eyelash curler should be your weapon of choice. Curled lashes are an instant picker-upper because they brighten your eyes and make you look more awake. Tip: If you want to take things up a notch, try a lash serum like NutraLuxe Lash MD to naturally grow and lengthen your lashes.
7. A GOLD WATCH
A gold watch is a versatile accessory that doubles as a timepiece and a statement cuff. Pick a gold that works with your skin tone: rose and champagne golds look fabulous against lighter skin, while yellow golds complement the warmth of deeper skin tones.
8. NUDE NAIL POLISH
The nude mani-pedi is favored by modern girls for its understated sophistication. Besides the fact that it keeps your tips and toes looking clean 24/7, neutral nail polish never goes out of style. And much like the red lipstick, there’s a nude lacquer for everyone—from pale pinky-nudes and natural beiges to caramels and taupes.
9. BLACK HEELS
Truth: shoes can either make or break an outfit. No matter how meticulously you’ve dressed yourself, the wrong pair of kicks can single-handedly kill an OOTD. Think of the classic black heel is as the LBD of the shoe world. It comes in an array of styles (the closed-toe pump, the pedi-flashing stiletto sandal) and goes with virtually any outfit.
In a perfect world, we would all have flawless, glowing, blemish-free skin. But alas, not everyone can look as fresh as Sandara Park sans makeup. This calls for the next best thing—concealer! Coming upon the right concealer is a game changer for any beauty girl, so treat this spot-eraser the way you would a fairy godmother: with gratitude.
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