Shabby Chic Outfit – Tips and Ideas

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Style by Laura Jane Atelier

Shabby and chic are two contradictory concepts; while shabby means worn, aged, dull and ugly, the term chic presents exactly the opposite. So, how can you dress shabby and chic at the same time? The key is to combine two contradictory concepts in a stylish way. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you with tips on dressing in shabby chic!

Simply put, shabby chic means choosing the perfect combination of antique and modern pieces of clothing and accessories. Dressing in this style means wearing vintage, layered clothing, but in a feminine, tender way. Shabby chic is the antithesis of contemporary fashion; the colors aren’t bold, but soft and pastel, such as pale blue, lavender, antique rose, butter, white and gray. Women who opt for shabby chic style are usually those who enjoy and respect old-fashioned values and lifestyle.

Before you go shopping, take a look in your own closet. You surely have loose-fitting skirts, tops and sundresses in pastel colors and flowing. If you have some clothing items with ruffles or flowered, soft prints, you can use them too. Pants in light colors work lovely when paired with antique jewelry and vintage-style footwear.

Setting aside the shabby chic looking pieces of clothing and jewelry you already possess will help you realize what you should buy to fill in the missing wardrobe items. Now, go to clothing stores that offer romantic, vintage clothes and accessories.

Layering everything is a must. For instance, you can wear a romantic camisole or a tank top with lace and layer it with a gauzy, button down shirt. A faded pair of jeans work beautifully with a tank with ribbons. Layer tights with silk and/or lace at the bottom with a linen, flowing skirt. Shabby chic means a loose fitting, but these ideas will help you find the way not to look sloppy.

 A delicate, antique-looking necklace, for example, a long chain with heart lockets or petite flowers, chandelier earrings, rings and broaches featuring aged metal, rhinestones and flowers are the perfect solution to complete the shabby chic look.

When it comes to footwear, opt for simple design and pattern. Cream, beige, ivory or pink ballet flats with (or without) tie bows look lovely with any outfit and they compliment the shabby chic style perfectly. In warmer months you can wear feminine, pastel flip flops and sandals, whereas when the weather is colder wearing classic loafers is recommended.

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