We've had the opportunity to work with fashion blogger Peony Lim on several occasions now, from a shoot in our Big Fashion Issue in February to the School of Grazia masterclass she took part in last year. As well as being a delight to spend time with and the owner of a killer shoe collection, she's also got a brilliant eye for style and a knack for creating chic and individual looks which drive the street style snappers wild at on the cobles at Somerset House. This month sees the relaunch of Lim's website, Peonylim.com, where alongside outfit posts and her Fashion Week style diary you can browse recipes, beauty advice and hotel reviews, and shop the latest pieces from Peony's own collection. To celebrate her new online fashion playground where (trust us) you can get lost for quite some time, Peony has revealed the 5 secrets to her elegant and inspirational style success...
1. Think about tones not just colours.
It's not just about colours, it's about subtly. Work within a colour and create an outfit around shades and tones of grey, blue or brown. Your look will always be more sophisticated than any neon clashing ensemble.
2. A silhouette is more important than anything else.
Think of your outfit as a whole picture, it needs to be proportioned and balanced. Always work to make a silhouette that isn't lopsided. If you have a huge oversized pair of wide leg trousers on, balance them with a fitted top. You still want to look like a human! This can also work as a rule for smartness… for example if you want to wear a sequinned skirt in the day, balance it with a biker or a grey tee to keep it smart casual.
3. A little humour is always well received.
I think it's very French and always chic to add a little surrealist humour to an outfit. An unexpected hat, a clutch that looks like a banana, whatever it might be, akes an outfit more personal. I love hats with ears and crazy sunglasses for this.
4. Work an accessory.
A simple outfit with an amazing pair of shoes or bag can be better than a complicated look. I always say when you're looking to build a good closet, start with quality versions of the classics and then when you have that go and buy trends and novelty pieces - but not before.
5. If in doubt go with a classic.
When you think of the women most famous for having amazing personal style they all have classic taste. There is a lot to be said for having great classic style. Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, and even more modern style icons like Olivia Palermo and Emmanuelle Alt all favour simple pieces. A beautifully tailored suit, a vintage sundress or a pair of jeans with a white shirt and blazer are fail safe combinations that can look good on everyone.
Visit www.peonylim.com for more.