How To Take Your Basics from Cool to Casual to Classy!

What’s a wardrobe without basics? Everyone from celebs to fashion bloggers seem to have incorporated more basics in their wardrobe.  What I love about owning basic items is the fact that you can create more than one style just by switching up a few key pieces. It’s really easy to accessorize and remix with other styles to create more than one look. Below you’ll see how I went from a Cool Chic Vibe to Casual then Classy all while keeping my basics the same. 

What’s a wardrobe without basics? Everyone from celebs to fashion bloggers seems to have incorporated more basics in their wardrobe.  What I love about owning basic items is the fact that you can create more than one style just by switching up a few key pieces. Below you’ll see how I went from a Cool Chic Vibe to Casual then Classy all while keeping my basics the same.

The Classy Closet Sunnies gives this style a cool vibe paired with a Kardashian by Bebe leopard clutch and a pair of fridge caramel open toe booties from Just Fab.

This is a great outfit to wear to a creative meeting.

A fresh pair of white chucks and a pop of color fedora is the perfect accessory to add to this casual style.

This is a great run to the mall outfit.

A pair of pumps can instantly take a crop top and a pair of jeans from casual to classy. It’s the ultimate classic shoe that’d never go out of style.

You can wear this outfit on a lunch date or pair it with a fedora (below) for more of a date night look.

 

H&M, Zara & Top Shop are a few places where you can find lots of quality basic items. You can also find some at Forever 21 but, I personally love to purchase from the above three stores because for a few extra dollars I notice the quality is better and my basics tend to last longer even after a few washes.

Style Snapshot: Crop Top, Jeans & Midi Rings-H&M. Fedora, Hanger Necklace & Sunnies-Classy Closet. Leopard Clutch-Kardashian by Bebe. Black Bucket Purse-Zara. Fringe Booties and Bow Pumps-Just Fab. Chucks-Kids FootLocker

 

How to Style 1 Skirt, 2 ways: Sexy vs. Classy

Crop Tops They’re super sexy because it shows off the midriff section without giving too much. You can pair it with a midi length pencil skirt like I’m wearing here or with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans like I wore on my Favorite Jeans post. Check it out here

 

Crop Tops They’re super sexy because it shows off the midriff section without giving too much. You can pair it with a midi length pencil skirt like I’m wearing here or with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans like I wore on my Favorite Jeans post. Check it out here.

Pussy Bow Blouse The ultimate Classy blouse. It’s been around since the 1940’s and was inspired by the Gibson Girls in the 1800’s. It’s the true definition of classy vintage. You can never go wrong with a Pussy Bow Blouse.

Pencil Skirt A Midi length skirt will always give you the Sexy and Classy look you’re going for.  Try one with spandex material like I’m wearing here to accentuate your curves.

Pearls One word, Classy. Contrary to “fashion rules” you can dress up a t-shirt and jeans with a pair of pearls and look effortlessly chic. Always keep a few different styles in your jewelry box to go with just about any occasion.

Pose Never take a pose for granted, it shows confidence. Always accentuate your best and be sure to wear styles that are flattering to your curves.

Paris Wears: 

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Favorite Jeans

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Every woman has a pair of favorite jeans that she loves to wear with just about everything. It’s the pair that fits her just right and highlights all her curves.  Mines are the high-waisted stretch skinny jeans from H&M.

 

Every woman has a pair of favorite jeans that she loves to wear with just about everything. It’s the pair that fits her just right and highlights all her curves.  Mines are the high-waisted stretch skinny jeans from H&M.

Usually, when I buy jeans, I have to take them to the tailor to get them altered at the bottom because I don’t like any extra slack in my jeans but, with these, they fit perfectly at the ankle. Reason number one why they’re my favorite jeans.

Another reason why I LOVE these jeans is because of the price. I caught them on sale for only $7.00 so I bought a total of 3. This color and the blue denim wash was the only two that were on sale. They didn’t come with the slits on the knees I created those myself. With the denim blue style, I have a slit and non-slit pair. I wanted to get one more in this wash since I knew I was going to slit them at the knee but these were the last pair in my size (25).

Finding the right jeans that fit your body type doesn’t have to be expensive. As long as it fits your budget and body type that’s all that matters.

Since the wash is a smoke grey color, I decided to style it with a greyish black leather and tweed blazer also from H&M. Of course, I’ll show you plenty more ways you can wear both the jeans and the blazer. It’s important to maximize your pieces simply by styling them with other wardrobe staples. I completed my look with a burgundy fedora from Classy Closet and burgundy-structured handbag from H&M.

Jeans are a must-have because you can dress them up with a blazer like I’m wearing here or dress them down with a t-shirt and sneakers. Like I always say, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. If you’re like me and love to dress up while flying, this is a great airport look that you can also wear to dinner with friends.  Be sure to always incorporate your personal style into everything you wear. It’s what makes you, you!!! 

Read about finding your personal style here.

Style Snapshot: Blazer, Jeans, Handbags & Midi Rings-H&M. Camisole-F-21. Fedora & Sunnies-Classy Closet. Statement Necklace-Buffalo Exchange. Pumps-Lola Shoetique.

How To Style a Little Black Dress

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There’s a wardrobe staple that every woman must own and that’s a Little Black Dress. An LBD looks great on all body types and it’s very easy to accessorize. When shopping for a Little Black Dress you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to look like a million bucks.

There’s a wardrobe staple that every woman must own, and that’s a Little Black Dress also known as (LBD). An LBD looks great on all body types and it’s very easy to accessorize. When shopping for a Little Black Dress you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to look like a million bucks.

I purchased this one from Forever 21 for only $14.90 and it’s one of the best LBD’s I’ve ever owned. It’s a spandex material that fits my curves perfectly and the length is just right for my height.

LBD’S are so timeless it’s something you can wear within the next ten years and still look stylish. Along with it being a timeless piece, it’s also a style that would fit just about any occasion such as a job interview, funeral, wedding or date night.

One of the best things about an LBD is, you’re able to dress it up like I did here with pearls and an eye-catching shoe or you can dress it down with a pair of flats and a denim jacket. The styling options are unlimited. Just have fun and be sure to incorporate your personal style into your Little Black Dress.

Ladies, be sure to add a Little Black Dress to your wardrobe!

Paris Wears: 

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How To Elevate Your Look With The Right Shoe

Last year, I went to an event and won a free pair of shoes from ShoeDazzle. I was so excited because I shop with ShoeDazzle all the time and to be chosen as the winner of a FREE pair made my heart smile!

I received a credit towards any pair of my choice and after browsing the site for a few days, I finally decided on the Betty by Madison Pumps. 

 

Last year, I went to an event and won a free pair of shoes from ShoeDazzle. I was so excited because I shop with ShoeDazzle all the time and to be chosen as the winner of a FREE pair of shoes made my heart smile!

I received a credit towards any pair of my choice and after browsing the site for a few days, I finally decided on the Betty by Madison Pumps. I love when a pair of shoes have that sexy wow factor and the oversized bow was it for me.

What woman wouldn’t love to receive free shoes especially from a brand she’s totally obsessed with? I mean you can’t beat having a mean pair of shoes in your closet for only $39.95. That’s like unheard of but that’s why I love Shoedazzle and Just Fab!!! I can look stylish without breaking the bank and for me, that’s important because I always believed that you don’t have to spend your entire savings just to look fabulous. It’s all about having confidence and investing in the right key pieces that can be worn at least three or more different ways. I’ll show you how to get the most out of a fabulous pair of $39.95 shoes.

Here’s how I styled the Betty by Madison pumps:

I kept my ensemble really simple with a black crop top from Forever 21 and a black midi pencil skirt from H&M. I also kept my look very on brand and classy by adding a three-layer pearl necklace and a few pearl bracelets. Very Sexy and Classy.

I completed my look with a red lip, pearl earrings, and simple gold midi rings.  I added lavender nail polish to my manicure because I always believe in a pop of color that’s not your traditional matchy-matchy look.

Tip: When styling a look, wear at least one statement item. In this case, my statement item is the Betty by Madison pumps.

The right shoe can definitely elevate your look. I always receive so many compliments every time I decide to pull these out. They are the sexiest pair of shoes I own. With the oversized bow and polka-dot floral print combine, this shoe is definitely an eye-catching style.

Ladies, there’s more in stock, shop: Shoedazzle.

Style Snapshot: Black Long Sleeve Crop Top & Pearls-F-21. Midi Pencil Skirt & Midi Rings-H&M. Pumps-ShoeDazzle.

 

 

How To Style A Statement Necklace

Tip: Best way to style a statement necklace: Wear with solid colors so your necklace can make a statement. It’s your stand out accessory!

Styling black with pearls is definitely a classic and you can never go wrong with either.  Just research Coco Chanel!

 

Tip: Best way to style a statement necklace: Wear with solid colors so your necklace can make a statement. It’s your stand out accessory!

Styling black with pearls is definitely a classic and you can never go wrong with either.  Just research Coco Chanel!

 

This is a great look to wear to a holiday party because the sequin leggings scream “Heyyyyy I have arrived!!!” You can also wear this look to a creative business meeting because the cape blazer gives off a stylish business vibe. The lists of places are endless. Just make sure you own it by adding your personal style to complete the look. I wore this to church while visiting family in New Orleans but will definitely remix the blazer with a pencil skirt and add gold accessories while attending a fashion event here in Los Angeles. This is definitely a style you can wear to any type of stylish event.

I’ve always been on the fence about styling nude & black together but since I purchased these nude pumps, they’ve definitely been my go-to shoe. Therefore, I decided to give them a try with this look. After wearing this, I’m no longer on the fence about styling nude and black together but what really enhanced this style is the statement pearl and peach necklace. There’s so much power in a statement necklace. As you can see here, a statement necklace can take your look from 0 to 100! It ties everything in and gives it a complete color balance.

 

Speaking of color balance; my hair, lips, and handbag really flow and this wasn’t planned at all. This structured satchel handbag from H&M has been my go to because of the style and the color.  It’s so roomy with lots of compartments & it’s the perfect burgundy color that’s always stylish during the fall/winter seasons. Since I knew this bag was going to be in heavy rotation, I decided to purchase a lip color to match. I’m wearing Cabaret Blend by Milani. Now, on to my hair color, this wasn’t something planned at all. I was just over black hair and needed a vibrant color along with my signature haircut so I changed my hair color to burgundy and that’s how everything flowed into place. Sometimes when you know exactly what you want and don’t over think things, everything flows.

 

And to add the finishing touches, I’m wearing hot pink nails! I’m the type of woman who loves to wear random pops of color, especially on my nails. Very seldom will my nails and entire ensemble match. I enjoy stepping out of the box and not playing it safe when it comes to my personal style.

 

If you only had the cape blazer and sequin leggings to work with, how can you add your personal style to this look? How would you accessorize and what color balance would you try? Let me know under this picture on Instagram @ParisHatcher or Tweet me @ParisMHatcher. I’m excited to hear all your styling ideas!!

Style Snapshot: Cape Blazer-Classy Closet.  Black Camisole & Pearl Earrings-F-21.  Lipstick-Cabaret Blend by Milani.  Sequin Leggings-Bebe.  Pumps-Lola Shoetique.  Handbag-H&M.  Gold Watch-Michel Kors, Dillards.

9 to 5 Chic: Animal Print Blouse & Metallic Pumps

When getting dressed for your 9 to 5 (if you aren’t required to wear a uniform) one should not play it safe. I believe when you look good, you feel good. Granted, you’ll have a dress code depending on your place of employment but that shouldn’t stop you from adding your personal style and a bit of your personality into your work attire.

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Step away from the solid tops and style an animal print blouse with a solid bottom.

I added metallic pumps because black pumps are so expected with work attire.

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I’m all about figuring out your purpose in life and following your passion but dreams don’t work unless you do, so if you have to jump back in the workforce or take side jobs to pay the bills while working on your dreams, there’s nothing wrong with that. Be sure to write your goals and your “why” as to why you’re choosing to go back in the workforce. So when times get tough while on the job (because it will) you’ll have a reason to stick it out.

 

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Dress the way you want to be addressed.

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Your 9 to 5 attire should be all about remixing pieces & wearing things differently.

Next time I wear this blouse I’ll wear it with a pair of slacks and the next time I wear this ruffle pencil skirt I’ll style it with a bold color cardigan.

Have fun with fashion. There are no rules when you’re confident!

♥ Animal Print Blouse-JC Penny. Pencil Skirt-Charlotte Russe. Pumps-Steve Madden, Dillards. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Mini Brief Case-My Mom’s Closet. Pearl Accessories-F-21. Sunnies-Shop Spread LA (@shopspreadla)

{Video} What to Wear to Essence Festival

Sorry for the lack of post, lately! I’ve been a busy woman trying to accomplish my dreams one day at a time 😉 But never the less, I’m back & speaking of accomplishing dreams, I was blessed with the opportunity to film my very first fashion segment on WGNO ABC 26 “News With A Twist.” The segment was about “What to Wear to Essence Festival.” This was a dream come true because actually, it’s a dream job of mines. I have a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and of course I love to talk about fashion, beauty & style & over the years I’ve decided to spread my love around by starting this fashion blog, my online women’s boutique, Classy Closet, fashion writer for NOLA Nights Magazine and my fashion radio talk show Style & Beauty Talk With Paris. Therefore, earning the opportunity to put my graduate school skills to use and speaking about fashion was one of the many highlights I’ve had this year. It’s a humbling feeling when you start to see the fruits of your labor paying off. However, I do have ways to go and more networks to appear on so this is only the beginning of many more dreams coming true.

 

I apologize for the video quality. If you’d like to watch a clear vision please feel free to click here.

Eiffel Tower Mirrors & Peplum.

I am head over heels about my new hairstyle. It’s very convenient and I’m excited my hairstylist convinced me to step outside the box and try something new.

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I’ve been working so hard lately (as I always do) so on this day, I decided to start my day off by running a few errands and afterwards, I went to the movies to see Think Like A Man Too and it was hilarious! Did any of my Sexy Meets Classy readers get a chance to check it out?

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I wore one of my favorites tops from Classy Closet. It’s from last season and it sold out really quickly the bow on the back of this Peplum style top just adds all the finishing girlie touches.

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I decided to style it with a pair of white pants from H&M and a Classy Closet handbag along with the statement necklace and heels that goes perfectly with just about everything this season.

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One day I’ll let those two go but no time soon. They’re my new favs; have you read my post about them?! If not, check it out here.
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♥ Style Snapshot: Peplum Top, Handbag & Necklace-Classy Closet. White Pants-H&M. Sandals-Steve Madden, Dillards. Earrings & Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Eiffel Tower Mirror-Rue21.

How To Know Your Personal Style.

Let’s talk about Personal Style. Do you know if you have one? What if someone asked you to describe your personal style in two words, what would you say? Would you stumble trying to find the right words to describe your style or would you simply be honest and say you don’t know? Well, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term personal style here’s my personal definition:

Personal Style: Is knowing who you are & being confident by saying it loud & not being concerned with fitting in but rather standing out & making an individual name for yourself.

It’s all about getting to know yourself. Think about some of the things you wear that you feel really good about. How would you describe that style; Classy, Chic, or Edgy?

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♥ A few of my favs 😉

My personal style is Sexy & Classy (hence the name of my blog) Sexy because I like to wear things that show off my curves and Classy because I don’t like to show too much. I prefer to leave a little mystery and I like for my skirts and dresses a certain length. I developed my personal style simply by knowing what I was comfortable with wearing and wearing it confidently. My style depends on my mood and where I’m going. Currently, I’m blogging from a coffee shop wearing an open grey cardigan with a white camisole underneath, snakeskin tights and a pair of gold flip-flops. I’m wearing simple accessories such as my Eiffel tower necklace, Michael Kors watch and stud earrings. This is just a simple coffee shop look. I knew I’d be here for a while and just wanted to go for a chic and comfortable look. So yes, at times your style can change depending on how you’re feeling. Sometimes I’m Sexy & Classy in a coffee shop if I’m doing something special before or afterward or if I’m just in the mood to feel glam and sip a Frappuccino.