Styling Tips

Part of the fun of fashion is trying to articulate the je ne sais quoi quality that distinguishes an average outfit from a truly excellent ensemble. And while our answer to said query is still a work in progress, we do know it when we see it and are happy to share our findings with you. It is in that spirit of sartorial sharing that we present this month's instalment of Who What Wear: Styling Tips. Hopefully, you will find these tidbits of wisdom as inspiring and instructive as we do!

Tip #1: Mix a nude bag and shoes with dark pieces

While attending the launch of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden in London (a British nationwide search to discover and nurture cutting-edge design talent), Claudia Schiffer looked polished and posh when she accented a menswear-inspired outfit in basic black with of-the-moment nude accessories. By now, we're sure you all have a favourite blazer and tailored trouser; update these timeless pieces with L.A.M.B.'s Tizzy Strappy Sandal Bootie ($345) and Lauren Merkin's Caroline Clutchicon ($275) to get a fresh look for a spring evening out.

Tip #2: Get festive with a hot pink party dress

Leigh Lezark, one third of the DJ collective The Misshapes, occasional model, and full time hipster, is notorious for her cutting-edge style and almost exclusively dark wardrobe. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised when the downtown doyenne slipped into Dior's Mini Smokey Bustier Dress ($9250) and Deesse Sandal ($1360, 800.929.DIOR) for the design house's F/W 09 show. The Schiaparelli pink dress added a refreshingly festive element to her normally somber evening ensembles. She looked so stellar, in fact, we quickly resolved to introduce a brightly-hued strapless party dress into our own nighttime rotation. Either French Connection's Otto Cotton Dress ($158) or Rare's Cup Tulip Dress ($110) will do the trick, just add some opaques and metallic sandals