Modern, sleek and fashionable is how today's women want to look. Cosmopolitan attire is reminiscent of Sex and the City's Charlotte - sophisticated, classy and demure with a hint of mystery. Think, 'New York fashion week meets modern-day woman,' when you get that invite that tells you to dress in cosmopolitan attire. A cosmopolitan look combines trendy, classic and dressy pieces, along with accessories, to create a pulled-together but comfortable ensemble.
Creating a Cosmopolitan Look
Stay up-to-date on trends and fashion wear. This will give you an advantage in your look by knowing what to combine and how. New York and Chicago fashion tend to be trendy and ahead of the times, so look there for inspiration first. You should purchase some basic staple pieces to create a foundation in your wardrobe. You can add trendy tops to mix up your look and extend the life of your basic pieces. Accessories will round out your ensemble and give you the funky edge you are looking for.
A few key pieces can transform your wardrobe to chic and cosmopolitan. Sleek, wool pants in a neutral shade, like gray, black or tan, can be matched with bright and fun print or solid tops. Choose muted colors when selecting your blouses and shirts to prevent looking garish. A button down shirt with a lacy camisole underneath can create a sexy and sophisticated look. A suit set with a skirt bottom is another suitable look for an soiree that requires cosmopolitan attire. Keep your accessories simple, such as a pair of diamond studs and a sleek watch. A hobo bag or satchel in a neutral leather or black will pull together and complete this look.
Inspired by Men
Menswear can be an inspiration for the cosmopolitan woman, and it can look sleek and sophisticated when worn correctly. The key to rocking menswear-inspired clothes is clean lines and a tighter, tapered fit. A neutral pair of shorts or a skirt, worn with nude heels and a pinstripe blazer with a camisole, is a great outfit for a lunch with the girls. A vest paired with cigarette pants and your choice of shoe (ballet flats, heels or booties) is a cute yet sophisticated alternative to a dress for date or night on the town. Add a variety of accessories to take your menswear look from simple to sexy. Scarves, bracelets and funky belts add a womanly touch to your outfit. Large earrings and a bold necklace can complete your look and have heads turning your way.
The Little Black Dress
Every modern woman needs the staple little black dress. Great for cocktail parties or other high-class events, this simple classic can be worn with a variety of accessories and shoes to change its look. Pair your LBD with sleek black pumps and silver accessories for a classic look, or go funky with colored peep-toes and bold, chunky jewelry. Choose a style to fit your body type; a fitted top with a draped neck and slightly flared skirt that hits slightly above the knee is universally flattering. Wear a light sweater or pashmina in black, white or color (you can match it to your shoes, if you like) on a chilly evening.
Keep these pieces in your wardrobe at all times and you will always have a go-to cosmopolitan outfit:
- An A-line skirt: This piece is universally flattering and can be worn day or night with a variety of accessories.
- Ballet flats or low wedge heels: These shoes are comfortable but add sophisticated flair to your outfit.
- V-neck shirts: Purchase at least four shirts, in the following colors: black, white, brown and your favorite bright color.
- Dark, well-tailored dress pants: These are flattering, slimming and add elegance to your outfit without effort.
- Print scarves: These can dress up plain V-neck shirts and add a funky touch to your outfit.
- Utility or military jacket: This piece adds trendiness to almost any outfit you wear.
Where to Buy
Many high-end department stores will have a section dedicated to designer and cosmopolitan clothing. The following stores are excellent choices when looking for cosmopolitan essentials:
The first two stores offer cosmopolitan styles for you if money is no object. The remaining four stores offer reasonably priced wardrobe staples and fun, funky accessories for the budget conscious woman who still wants to look good.
The most important point to remember? Confidence! Carry yourself with an air of confidence and feel like you look good, because that is a cosmopolitan woman's best accessory.