Monday, 6 February 2012

How to be Chic in Winter

How to be chic in winter is easy when you know how:

In this post I talk about the two essentials items of any winter wardrobe - winter coats and boots, plus ideas for chic accessories and keeping warm through  layering. there are also other great ways to look chic in winter by using my chic winter make-up, hair and nail colour tips. So read on if you would like to know how to be chic in winter.

Chic Winter Essentials - a stylish coat and pair of boots.  

For winter most women in colder countries own a winter coat and pair of winter boots. Winter can last for six months (Oct - March), so it makes sense to make these two items a priority in your winter clothes budget.

Your coat and boots are also the only items most people see you wearing. If you think about it, when you are out and about, going to work or running errands, all anyone sees is your winter coat and boots. It doesn't matter what you are wearing underneath, no-one can see them.

So, the first tip on how to be chic in winter is to treat yourself to a stylish winter coat and pair of boots.

Choosing the right colour for your coat is important if you want to look chic in winter. Neutral colours are very chic, but you may also spot a coat in a beautiful rich colour.  Avoid any colours that are bright and look cheap.

For the winter coat, try to choose natural fibres such as wool as it is warmer than synthetic materials. For your boots, again try to choose leather or if you are anti-leather a leather look boot.

The second tip is:

Chic accessories for your Winter Coat.

Add a stylish hat, scarf and pair of gloves to your coat. Again these are all essential items for winter, so are not frivilous purchases, but there is no reason why they can't be stylish. Suede or leather gloves are chic and once purchased should last for years. To change the look of your coat, you could buy another scarf.

Winter Nail Varnish colours

Nail varnish is a cheap and easy way to update your look.  To make sure that the nail varnish that you choose is chic, make sure it is good quality and the colour is classy rather than brash.

So, treat yourself to a nail varnish in one of winters newest shades. There are so many colours to choose:

Chic neutrals:  Colours include chocolate, dark grey, black and navy, dark greige - a mixture of grey and brown.

Chic colours:  Think of all the deep berry colours such as plum, wine, burgundy, purple.

Chic winter make-up

During winter, you may find your skin becomes more dry due to indoor heating and therefore you need to make sure you moisturise more.

Winter Coloured Lipstick - The easiest make-up trick to look chic in winter is to choose a winter coloured lipstick.  If your colouring is cool, you may like to choose the berry colours that I have suggested with the nail varnishes, so berry, wine, plum. If you have a warmer colouring, you may prefer more orange tones such as terracotta or brick.

Winter eye make-up - For eyeliners and shadows to shade in your socket choose the darker winter neutrals - dark brown, dark grey, dark navy.

 These are great colours if your colouring is cool, if you have a warmer colouring, you may prefer to go for colours that are a little bit more orange, such as


The key to layering is to keep the items closest to your skin simple, such as a skinny polo-neck or long sleeve t-shirt, and then style and personality with the top layers. You can have two layers or three.

Base Layer Items 

The first layer that you put on can include items such as
  • Long Sleeve Jersey T- Shirts
  • Skinny Polo-Neck jumpers
  • Vest Top
Middle Layer
  • A blouse or shirt
  • A Sweater
  • A cardigan
Top Layer Items
  • Chic Knitted Waist Coats - This extra layer really keeps you warm.
  • Gilets
  • Jackets
If you are not very confident with layering start by layering items all in the same neutral colour, such as black. Then, getting a little bit more adventurous, try layering lots of different neutrals together. Then as you get more confident you can add a splash of colour, by making one layer colourful, such as red.

Print, Embroidery and Texture.
Once you get really confident with layering, you can add items that are printed, embroidered or textured such as faux fur.

Chic winter accessories

Accessories are another way to add stylish extra layers to your look. Try adding:
  • Chic jewellry such as necklaces, brooches, a bracelet or ring.
  • Silver jewellry is very wintery as is jewellry with clear glass or glass in light shimmery colours.
  • Scarves - not the scarf that goes with your coat, but a medium weight scarf in a plain neutral colour or print that adds some personality to your look.
  • Shoes - If the weather is milder and you don't need to wear your boots you could add a pair of stylish shoes.
  • Handbags.
The key is to keep it simple and not go overboard with the layering. For example, keep the layers simple and add a fabulous necklace, or scarf. Or have a plain first layer and add a printed blouse topped with a plain jacket and a brooch that matches the blouse.

Layering takes practise and time to learn but is a great way to be creative with your wardrobe and achieve a chic look.

I hope you have found this article useful. If so, you may like to visit the home page of this blog for other articles and ideas on "How to be Chic".

Friday, 3 February 2012

How to be Chic - Chic Health

Chic women value their health and look after themselves. When faced with a decision related to their health, they make the Chic Choice.

If you think about all the chic and elegant women that you know, they are probably all healthy and slim, with an inner vitality and glow.

You may already be happy with your health and the way that you eat and exercise, but if not or you are interested in a few more tips, you may like to read about more ways to Chic health.

Chic health involves:
  • Cooking and Eating Healthily - At the least try to eat three healthy balanced meals a day, preferably home cooked using fresh ingredients. Real food is delicious and much healthier than fast or processed food.
  • If you can't cook, take the time to learn. Try out a new recipe a few times and once you have mastered it move on to trying out another one. Find your signature dish, the one dish that is chic and sensational, that you cook when you invite friends and family around.
  • Make eating an occassion - eating at the dining table is more chic than eating on the sofa in front of the tv.
  • Eat slowly so your brain has time to process the fact that you are eating and enjoy every mouthful. Stop when your body tells you it has had enough.
  • Learn how to maintain or reduce a healthy weight through portion control. I eat three medium sized healthy meals a day and my weight remains stable. Like most women, my weight tends to go up a bit after Christmas or a vacation, so for a few days or weeks afterwards, I reduce the amount on my plate until it drops back to the previous level.
  • If you need to loose a lot of weight join a programme that shows you how to cook and eat healthily .
  • Enjoy the world of food. I love cooking and exploring small ethnic food shops and delicatessants for unusual food and ingredients.
  • Drink fresh water regularly throughout the day. It is good for your body and also hydrates your skin. A small bottle of sparkling mineral water is tres chic, but a cheaper alternative is tap water in a pretty glass.
  • Try to avoid drinking too much alchohol and caffeine, both of which are dehydrating and it isn't chic to be drunk.
  • Regular exercise. Regular exercise is good for both mental and physical health. Try to find a form of exercise that you enjoy. Other ways to get more exercise include adding more ways of walking, for example, taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator
  • Rest and Relaxation. Have enough sleep each night and set aside time each day or week to relax and recuperate.

How to be Chic - Be Grateful

Gratitude is extremely important and a definate trait of Chic women.

A chic woman knows that it is important to be grateful for what she has right now and is careful to look after it.

Being grateful increases your sense of contentment and happiness.

Chic women learn to appreciate the free things in life and are  grateful for them - a walk in the park, reading a book borrowed from the library, a visit to a free local museum or art gallery or a telephone call catching up with a dear friend.

Many women keep a notebook by the side of their bed and everynight before they go to sleep,  write down all the things that they have to be grateful for and the things that have happened during the day for which they are grateful.

Keep a Gratitude notebook - it is a great way to remain grateful, content and positive.

How to be Chic - Saying "No" gracefully

It is impossible to do everything and being able to say "No" gracefully to other people's requests for your time is a useful skill to have.

When defining elegance, Coco Chanel is known for saying "Elegance is refusal". Although she was probably refering to designing clothes, her definition can also be applied to life and relationships.

It is ok to say no to another persons request of you to do something for them. If you are unable or unwilling to do something, just say no. You don't even have to give a reason.

If you want an elegant life, sometimes you have to say "NO".

By saying "No" you give yourself more space in your life to just be, rather than be on the go all the time.

If you find it hard, start with small a request and see how empowering it feels to sometimes say no.

How to be Chic - Chic Posture

How to be Chic - Chic Posture

Having good posture when standing, walking and sitting is important if you want to become chic.
I have noticed that all of the chic women I meet have good posture, and on enquiring usually find that as a child they attended ballet classes. Ballet is a great way to develope an inner poise or balance, as is Yoga.
Another good way to start improving your posture is as follows:
  • Posture when standing and walking: Stand up straight, pull your shoulders down and back, your stomach in, your chin up and your head held high. It will feel strange at first but after a while it will become second nature.
  • Some women have even gone as far as walking with a pile of heavy books on their head. This does teach you to straighten your body out, and walk slowly and elegantly.
  • Posture when sitting: When sitting at a dinner table it is chic to sit up straight. When sitting on a chair at a desk or an armchair in your living room, again try to sit up straight and instead of crossing your legs at the knee, cross them at the ankle.
Chic posture is not stiff and formal, it is relaxed and easy going. So, once you have achieved a good posture when you are standing, walking or sitting, let yourself relax slightly. You will look and feel a lot more relaxed but still have good posture and be chic.

How to be Chic - Chic Hairstyles

How to be Chic - Chic Hairstyles

The quickest and easiest way to start obtaining that elusive chicness is to choose a chic hairstyle.
Chic hairstyles are usually clean and healthy looking, simple in style and natural in colour. They are usually also femenine and elegant. Examples of chic hairstyles are as follows:
  • A bob - which can be chin length or shoulder length
  • A chignon
  • A Pony Tail
Many chic French women like a shoulder length bob style as it can be worn up in a variety of styles or worn down and long.

Once you have adopted a new chic hairstyle, keep it looking its best by regularly washing your hair and using a good conditioner. Have it trimmed regularly to keep it in shape and avoid split ends.

I love going to the hairdressers. My current chic hairstyle is a shoulder length bob and I always feel so chic when my hair has been washed, conditioned, trimmed and blow dried into chic perfection. When my hair looks fabulous, I feel great.

How to be Chic - Make Chic choices

Being Chic is all about making choices. Our life in this present moment is the result of the thousands of choices that we made in the past.

When ever you are faced with making a decision, think about which option is the Chicest and go with that one.

For example:
  • Do you choose a Fast Food Burger and fries for lunch or a healthy homemade sandwich?
  • Do you spend your evenings slumped in front of the TV, or pursue an interesting hobby?
  • Do you date the man who treats you like a lady or the man who treats you badly?
Be Chic, make chic choices and enjoy the advantages that being chic brings. 

Being Chic - Advantages of being and looking chic

There are definate advantages in choosing to be Chic and living a Chic life and if you choose to pursue a more chic lifestyle, you will see improvements in all areas of your life.

For example:

Personal style and grooming. This will improve as you learn how to groom yourself and dress in an more chic and stylish way.

Your health will improve as you start to make chicer, more healthy choices about what you eat. You will enjoy your food more, and if needed may even loose weight.

Your posture will improve as you learn why good posture is important to being chic and how to achieve it.

Your manners will improve once realise how much easier and pleasanter life becomes for yourself and others and how your relationships and career will improve.

Your Finances will improve as you start to make chicer choices and become more discerning about your spending and investing.

Your relationships will improve. You will start to notice that you will have easier relationships with others and most people will treat you respectfully. You will be able to maintain boundaries within your relationships and be being able to say "No" gracefully.

Your career prospects will improve. As you adopt a more chic way of dressing at work, you will stand out from the crowd. You will project an image of quality and will be treated with more respect.

Your home will improve. It will become less cluttered, more organised, more chic and an enjoyable place to be.

Your Time Managment and Organisation will improve.

Your attitude,  inner confidence and state of mind will also improve as you learn to think in a more Chic way.

Your intelligence will improve when you start to feed your mind with Chic information.

You will develope an increased zest for and interest in life.

So if you would like to know How to Be Chic, how to make Chic Choices and how to enjoy the benefits that being Chic brings, carry on reading my blog for tips on How to be Chic.

How to be Chic - Start by making a commitment to being Chic

Being chic is an ongoing journey of personal commitment and development that occurs both inside and out.

Start by trying to understand why you want to be chic.
Do you want to just wear stylish clothes? If so you will probably enjoy my article How to dress like Chic Parisian women.

Or are you wanting to take control of your life, make Chic choices and therefore change it for the better?

There are many advantages to being chic and it is an ongoing journey and process. It’s about deciding that you want to be Chic, getting the knowledge you need to succeed and then taking action on that knowledge.

If you want to make ongoing improvements to your life, start by making a commitment to being Chic and strive everyday to be chic and make chic choices.

Continue reading  my blog "How to be Chic" for great ideas on how to improve your life by being chic.

How to be Chic - A definition of Chic

In order to start becoming more Chic, it is important to understand exactly what Chic is.

How do you define chic? Where on earth do you start to define that elusive something that some women have and others do not?

An easy place to start is with a dictionary definition of Chic:

Chic: A person who is classy and sophisticated in both dress and manner.

The word Chic was first used in France in 1856 and probably derives from the German word Schick, which means skill, fitness, elegance and finess.

Her Dress:
  • A chic woman is always elegant and attractive in her appearance.
  • She looks smart, clean and well groomed
  • Her clothes are usually simple, modest, well fitting and stylish.
Her manner:
  • Has good manners, is always classy without being a pushover or being flashy.
  • Intelligent, with a fun sense of humour and a genuine enjoyment of life.
  • Has an aura of quiet confidence and self-belief.
I think that is a good definition of Chic. If you have any ideas I would love to hear from you. Please leave your ideas in the comments section below. Thank You.

How to be Chic - Chic Homes

A persons home is a reflection of their inner self, their beliefs, decisions, habits and routines. A Chic woman usually has a chic home as she has made a lifestyle choice to make her home chic.  If you want to be chic, your home, like your clothes,  is an outer expression of your inner self and choices.

A Chic home is:
  • A Clean and Tidy Home - The best way to keep your home clean and tidy is to have a tidy round every night before you go to bed or first thing in the morning. This keeps you on top of the clutter. Then do the housework such as dusting, hoovering and mopping floors once a week. If you really struggle to keep your home clean and tidy, you may like to visit the website "FlyLady". Every day she gives readers a small list of tasks to do each day and before you know it your home is looking much better.
  • Keep your home free of clutter - If you struggle with clutter, go through your home and learn from the Shakers who said "Keep only that which is useful or beautiful".
  • "A place for everything and everything in it's place". A chic home is a well organised home. There is adequate storage facilities for everything that you own and once you have finished with something, you put it back in it's place.
  • Use your best and chicest things every day - Using your best things everyday means saying no to everything else that you own that is unchic and mediocre. When you get rid of these items, your home will feel less cluttered and more special.
  • Chic Home Accessories - A chic home contains chic accessories such as a vase of fresh flowers or scented candles. Neither of these need be expensive and easily add a chic and femenine touch to your home.
  • Keep one room chic at all time. My home sometimes descends into chaotic unchicness, but I usually keep one room chic at all times - my Living Room. I keep it clean and tidy at all times, cheered up with a vase of fresh flowers and I enjoy spending chic time there reading a good book with a cup of tea. By keeping it this way, I am able to enjoy it whwnever I want, and if a friend drops by, I am not embarrased to let them into my home.
  • A home where you and your visitors are able to relax. It isn't a chic home if your guests are unable to relax because it is too formal or are afraid to move incase they break something. However, it is also important that your visitors respect your home.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

How to Be Chic Blog Home Page and Welcome

Dear Reader,

Welcome to my blog "How to be Chic".

If you are looking for tips and advice on how to be chic, and how to dress in a chic and stylish way, I hope you will find it useful.

Whilst this blog does include interesting articles on how to dress in a chic and stylish way, I have also written about other aspects of a chic womans life, for example, Chic Health, Chic Finance, Chic Relationships, Chic Homes, Chic Attitude, Chic Manners and many more...........

Being Chic is an approach to life that, if followed, will yield many benefits.

Since living a chicer lifestyle, my life has improved greatly and I am sure yours will too.

Below is a full list of all my articles on How to be Chic.

I have also included articles from my other blog  "Chic and Minimalist Wardrobe", which is read each month by thousands of women around the world who want to declutter their wardrobes and create a small wardrobe of stylish clothes that perfectly meet their needs.

I am also a writer with Hubpages and have included some of my most popular Chic related articles.

With kind regards,
Simply Me

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Chic Accessories  

Chic Health
Chic Attitudes

Chic Relationships

Chic Homes
Chic Music

Chic Finance - All about Money, Savings and Investing

Chic Shopping

How to be Chic for Men

  • Chic Icons and Famous Chic Women
  • Chic Clothing
  • Chic Accessories
  • Chic Jewellry
  • How to be Chic on a budget
  • How to be Chic in Summer 
  • Chic Attitudes
  • Chic Intelligence
  • Chic Relationships
  • Chic Finance
  • Chic Time Management and Being Organised
  • How to be Chic Books
  • Chic Make-up