If you’re into modern and antique pieces of clothing and jewelry, and you know how to wear them together, then you’re into shabby chic. The term shabby chic means dressing in vintage-inspired, often layered clothing that evokes a feminine feeling.
While modern fashion is often loud, shabby chic clothing is pastel in color, such as antique rose, lavender, white, gray, butter and pale blue. It’s also loose fitting on the body.
Look in your closet before shopping. Seek out loose-fitting sundresses, skirts and tops that are flowing and pastel colored. Look especially for soft, flowered prints and ruffles. Light-colored pants also work when paired with vintage-inspired shoes and antique jewelry.
With this kind of style, layering is everything. Wear camisoles, preferably with lace, and tank tops underneath button down, gauzy shirts. Tops with ribbons work well when paired with a faded pair of jeans. Add a pair of footless tights, with lace at the bottom, underneath a flowing, linen skirt. Pair a long-sleeved, pastel-colored thermal shirt with a tank on top. The idea is loose-fitting without looking sloppy.
When it comes to accessorizing with jewelry, add antique-looking, delicate necklaces such as long chains with petite flowers or heart lockets, and layer choker necklaces. Chandelier earrings, brooches and rings featuring roses, rhinestones and aged metal complete the shabby chic outfit.
At this time of year, the weather is still a little cool, so adding faded outerwear to your outfit is also perfect. A loose-fitting, small-knit weave sweater that hangs below the waist, in a neutral color such as beige, tends to go with all shabby chic outfits. Patterned jackets, such as small flowers or thin stripes, and crocheted, fitted hats work well with the shabby chic look.
Remember that the overall look is feminine and old-fashioned looking, so no baseball caps or top hats, for example. Put on shoes that are simple in pattern and design. Beige, pink or cream ballerina flats with or without a tie bow are perfect with any outfit. Wear classic loafers in cooler months, and sandals and feminine-looking flip flops when the weather is warm.
Makeup tip: Makeup should be soft and subtle to complement shabby chic clothing.