4 Essentials for an Elegant, Simple Look

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

--By Kim Moshtaghi

This past Sunday was a big day at the racetrack in Del Mar, California. It was a wonderful place to observe different fashion trends in an upscale area of San Diego. But, this year I was disappointed. The biggest mistake I saw was people’s tendency to go overboard. There was so much going on in most of the ladies outfits that it looked tacky.

This brings me to emphasize the importance of simplicity. Simplicity equals elegance in my opinion. I think there are essential pieces that every gal definitely needs to have in order to gear away from the cluttered, sloppy look. So, when in doubt go simple instead of wearing all your funky pieces at one time.

I'm a big believer in a solid, crisp white collared shirt as a staple piece in both men's and women's closets. The collared shirt always looks classy and clean. White House Black Market has a great white button-up. The v-neck collared shirt and chest pockets give this simple shirt the ultimate clean-cut look. This one is a little different because it doesn't button all the way up to the neck, giving it a little modern twist.

White House Black Market Quintessential White Shirt

→ Buy the White House Black Market Quintessential White Shirt, $68.00, at whitehouseblackmarket.com.

What's a closet without a sleek, tight fitting black pencil skirt? A masterpiece design, the pencil skirt is a hot piece of clothing that never does anything but create a curvy body and a polished image. Guess by Marciano Demetria Pencil Skirt is a great buy. It's a simple black, classic silhouette that's perfectly tailored. Wear this skirt with any color collared shirt and you are bound to turn heads.

Guess By Marciano Demetria Pencil Skirt

→ Buy the Guess By Marciano Demetria Pencil Skirt, $128.00, at guessbymarciano.com.

I’m sure you can see a pattern in my showcase items. A white, collared button-up shirt along with a sophisticated, black pencil skirt is not complete without a killer pair of black pumps. I have a crush on the Rachel Zoe Annie Croc Embossed Pump. This sky high pair is little spiced up because of the croc-embossed leather and the double platform. This is a great pair to wear with anything.

Rachel Zoe Annie Croc Embossed Pump

→ Buy the Rachel Zoe Annie Croc Embossed Pump, $295.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.

Gearing away from the classic clothing, I like the Marilyn Monroe red lips. Red lips never fail and now that we are heading towards fall, a deeper red lip will be appropriate for the season. Nothing speaks up more than the classic, red lip. Sephora has all types of gorgeous lip colors but currently I’m still digging the Sephora Collection Lip Attitude Glamour. This collection is hydrating and long lasting so you can have kissable lips all day long.

Sephora Collection Lip Attitude - Glamour

→ Buy the Sephora Collection Lip Attitude - Glamour, $12.00, at sephora.com.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.