Today we’re checking back in with Germany-based Annette Hoeldrich (55) of Lady of Style, who we first featured in 2015. She continues to rock Modern Classic outfits, and likes to wear on-trend items her way. She’s not afraid of playing with colour, enjoys sporting florals, and is a big fan of remixing favourite wardrobe items.
“When I started blogging in 2013, my style was elegant and ‘ladylike’ – an attribution I now shy away from but rather go for a contemporary, clean chic. I am a lot more open and adventurous and incorporate trends when they match my personal style. Seeing something on Instagram over and over again, doesn’t mean, I need to have it and I am happy to skip a trend if it is not ‘me’… For me it is important I can restyle my clothes for different occasions and seasons and I tend to wear my clothes for several years but always add a fresh touch. I really love a style mix for that reason!”
Annette is wearing cropped kick flare jeans with a simple black tee. She cut off a pair or full-length flares because they weren’t practical for Winter weather in Germany. Adding the striking velvet blazer as a third piece adds glam. The wine red looks beautiful with navy and black, and the longer length is completely on-trend again. Navy suede booties with block heel and metallic accent lengthen the leg line. They also echo the blazer’s velvet material for a texture-rich look. Our blogger’s black leather floral brooch matches the charming flower tassels on her burgundy bucket bag. An oversized silver pendant, large hoop earrings, and coral red lippie finish off this casual polished look.
Brown is making a comeback, and seeing it in a Spring outfit feels extra fresh. Pairing the brown with off-white and black looks sophisticated. Annette is wearing dressy high-waisted culottes with eye-catching white contrast stitching. Tucking the black top lengthens the leg line from the hips up, while the suede pointy-toe pumps in a matching brown create outfit cohesion. Adding a light-weight off-white coat with dramatic feather print picks up the colours in the rest of the outfit and amps up the chic factor. Annette finishes things off with a structured cream bag, statement earrings and polished make-up.
Annette has Modern Classic style down pat, and enjoys adding her personal touch with interesting details and fun colour. Here she’s wearing a just-below-the-knee pencil skirt in a peppy tomato red with playful ruffle panel. She’s paired it with a classic white button-down shirt with knot detailing that accentuates the waistline and creates structure. Neutral footwear and bag, like Annette’s flax open-toed slingback flats with floral accent and Summery straw bag complement the outfit nicely. The floral print bandana tied around the bag picks up the red in the skirt. Wide silver cuff bracelets and our blogger’s go-to hoop earrings add subtle bling.
There’s nothing like a bright-coloured coat to liven up a cold or dreary Winter day. Annette prefers wearing bright colours with neutrals like black or navy, so her navy booties and jeans from outfit one are making their second appearance. This time, she’s paired them with a round-neck navy blouse with dramatic tie-sleeve detailing. Together with the dark wash jeans, they create a flattering column of colour. Plus the navy looks stunning against the raspberry pink bouclé coat, which creates fab textural interest. The navy theme continues with Annette’s scarf and the floral part of her amazing bag that also features animal print in two different colourways. A statement piece for sure!
White and florals are fab for a night on the town in London. Annette’s breezy blouse with oversized floral print is perfect for a balmy Summer evening. The open neckline with smocked detailing and tassel tie closure works well on a smaller bust. Sporting the blouse with crisp, relaxed-fit white trousers dresses up the look. The cuff on the trousers showcases her silver grey sandals that add a touch of soft edge. The small suede crossbody bag in melon matches the red in Annette’s blouse perfectly. Dangly pearl earrings, a slim cuff bracelet with pearl accents, and neutral pink lipstick complete this Summer look.
A deluxe Asian-inspired look in a gorgeous colour palette with tons of visual interest. Dusty rose is a colour we don’t see all that often, and it’s used even less often for bottoms. That’s why I immediately noticed Annette’s elegant cropped pants. Their satin-y finishes matches the satin material of her floral-patterned V-neck top. The pale icy blue-grey background of the top looks stellar with the pink and burgundy colour palette of the rest of the outfit. Our blogger chose a dark burgundy maxi cardigan as a topper. The velour finish provides cosy textural interest that creates an interesting juxtaposition against the chic silky materials. Burgundy block-heeled sandals add further subtle sheen. The burgundy bucket bag with fun floral tassels isn’t a perfect match with the cardigan, but complements the colour palette beautifully and adds extra outfit depth. A triple strand of beads in a light taupe, and soft pink lipstick complement the outfit marvelously.
Let us know what you think of Annette’s relatable and polished Modern Classic style in the comments. And be sure to hop on over to Lady of Style to browse the rest of her lovely outfits (there’s a translation plugin available at the top right of each post if you want to find out more about each look).