How to Craft a Striking Style

Other than the French influence in our names, the brand essence of Givenchy’s new Dahlia Divin Le Nectar reflects my style inspiration, luxurious sophistication without the expensive price tag. I grew up on the floor of my mother’s wardrobe, admiring her perfectly displayed collection of striking textures, tailored silk shirts, velvet blazers and delicate scarves. Her wardrobe was the epitome of sophisticated luxury. Yet you would never see an exuberant price tag hanging down off an item she had bought a year ago and hadn’t yet worn. She had an eye for luxurious yet affordable style, turning heads and attracting compliments wherever she went.

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As I grew older, I began crafting my own style, using what my mother had taught me as my base and allowing my lifestyle and experiences to add my unique interpretation on fashion. Personal style is a portrait of someone’s experiences, whether it be travel, people you have met or a reflection of your direction, aspirations and goals. No two people have the same experiences or inspirations, so no two styles will be the same.

With 32 years of life experience behind me, inspired by the countries travelled, the individual styles of those I’ve met along the way, the fashion risks, fails, and wins, my style will continue to evolve, refine and reflect who I am and who I will become. That’s the true beauty of style.

I admire how fashion and style aren’t reliant on price. I am often asked to share tips on affordable style.  I have three that combine to help guide a sophisticated yet affordable style:

1. Own the staples

With the growing range of affordable retailers in New Zealand, buying a larger selection of basics is much easier. Here are the basics that fill out my wardrobe:

  • Jeans: boyfriend and fitted cuts, dark and light coloured including white and black. Jeans have drastically come down in price; my favourite store sells all the latest looks for as low as $49 allowing me to play around with trends that may only last a few months.
  • T-shirts and singlets: again a range of loose and tight fitting. I tend to stick to the neutral colours, white, blush, tan, grey and black.
  • Simple jumpers and cardigans: non-branded, again neutral colours.

2. Collect timeless pieces

This is where my personality shines. Whether it be a pair of sunglasses, a statement jacket, unusual eye catching accessories or a signature perfume – it’s unique pieces that can transform a look and represent your style and mood for the day. I am a classic girl but I invest in quality. My mother bought a brown leather jacket in Paris when she was 23. It was tailor-made and fitted her like a glove. I now own this jacket, 40 years later and it would be the most treasured item in my wardrobe. It’s items like these that I am happy to spend more money on. I often rummage through my mum’s storage and dig up old belts, scarves like the one below that is 25 years old. That is timeless.

3. Use social media

I still favour flicking through the pages of a magazine, folding the edges of looks I love and cutting out my wish list. However, social media has allowed easy and accessible inspiration. Now that I have built a strong wardrobe of basic and feature pieces I find it easy to create looks inspired from Instagram. I don’t like to copy, and like I said, no two people would wear an item the same way. Use Instagram and Pinterest to point you in an unfamiliar direction, to try something new or, on the flip side help you pull an outfit together in a few minutes while running late for work!

As clichéd as it sounds, fashion is fun. It’s a creative outlet for many of us and a way to celebrate femininity and individualism. Fashion has no rules, so let your experiences and creativity reflect and represent who you are. Hubert de Givenchy once said…

“To have style is to have a feeling for what is currently fashionable, and still to simultaneously remain true to oneself”

Givenchy’s new perfume stays true to his words. A symbol of femininity, the Dahlia Divin Le Nectar compliments a woman’s individuality, embodying a sophisticated affordable style.

Here’s a bit of my style. A reflection of some of my travels across Europe, the people I’ve met, a mix of old and new, staples and more expensive timeless pieces.

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HollyMy favourite statement jacket – Eye of the Biker by Cooper
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Holly 31 March - Art Gallery & Clock Tower-2590Photo: Click Cat Click

Integrating the basics with timeless pieces:

Dahlia Divin Le Nectar is available as a 30ml RRP $106, 50ml RRP $140, 75ml RRP $174 from Life Pharmacy

Zara White Shirt, Kookai Neck Scarf, Marigold Lane Necklace and Earrings

Eye of the Biker Jacket – Cooper

H&M Silk Blend Jacket, H&M Silk Blouse, H&M Jacquard-Weave Dress and Clip Earrings from their new Conscious Exclusive Collection

White Zara Jeans, White Zara Knit, Zara Bag

Prada and Stella McCartney Sunglasses from Smith & Caugheys


Thanks to Life Pharmacy for sharing the Dahlia Divin Le Nectar story and making this post happen.

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