HACKING MONICA BELLUCCI'S STYLE SECRETS
Hello dear readers! Today we'll be hacking Monica Bellucci's style secrets. Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress loved by D&G duo and Dior. She is known for having a very feminine style of dressing. First we will identify the key items in Monica's closet and then we are going to examine and hack her style secrets. I already wrote a bit about her style when I analyzed Malena's (character played by Monica Bellucci) wardrobe. The reasons why I have decided to write about her again is because I think Monica Bellucci has a very classical style of dressing that is quite ageless and universally flattering. In fact, you probably already have at least one of Monica's Bellucci key items in your closet.
KEY ITEMS IN MONICA'S CLOSETS
The key items in Monica's closet are classical ones. That is what makes her style easy to emulate. Items such as a black dress, a white shirt, a tailored suit, a leopard item and a floral dress are really items most of us ladies could use in our closets. In other words, her 'essentials' are perfect items for anyone who wants to nurture that effortlessly elegant Mediterranean lady chic.
1. A WHITE SHIRT
A white shirt should be in everyone's closet. This essential item is a perfect way to elevate any outfit. You can wear a white shirt with jeans for a clean and chic look or pair it with a skirt for a more feminine one. Simply said, you cannot go wrong with a white shirt. Monica Bellucci sometimes wear shirts with jeans, but since she doesn't wear jeans that often (at least we don't have it on record), she typically pairs her shirts with white suits or skirts.
2. A BLACK BELLOW THE KNEE OR MIDI LENGTH DRESS
Another key item in Monica Bellucci's closet is a black dress. A black dress is a great piece that we can always rely on. Most of you already have a little black dress in your closet. As long as it is not too short it will be perfect for emulating Bellucci's iconic style. Monica doesn't wear short dresses or skirts often, instead she opts for bellow the knee or midi length. This makes her all black dress outfits look more sophisticated and lady like. You can also opt for a black maxi if that is what you prefer. The effect will be similar. The secret is in keeping the sense of mystery and not showing too much skin. Don't forget to wear heels with your black midi dress for an increased dose of femininity.
3. A PATTERN MIDI DRESS (FLORAL OR POLKA DOT DRESS)When it comes to patterns, Monica loves to wear classical ones such as floral and polka dot. Just like with her black dress, she prefers a bellow the knee or midi length. I feel like a midi floral dress is a quintessentially Monica Bellucci look. She relies on polka dot dresses a lot as well. Once again, heels are a must for recreating the feminine allure of Monica's floral midi dress signature looks.
A tailor black suit is a must have. A nice black suit is something you can wear for any occasion. With power suit trend on the rise again, a black suit look is super relevant (not that it even really goes out of style). If you don't own a black suit, perhaps it is time that you dig through your closet and see if you have a black blazer and matching skirt or pants. Monica Bellucci wears a lot of black. Among her black items, a key place belongs to a classical black suit. A combination of a black blazer and pants (or a skirt) is a timeless one. There is something empowering about wearing a black suit.
5. A RED DRESS
Monica understand 'the lady in red appeal'. Red is the colour of love and passion. Monica often reaches for red dresses when it comes to her red carpet appearances and she's been to rock them for everyday wear as well. If you want to really make a statement, opt for a vintage red dress. If you need to wear something over your red dress, make sure it is a coat in a neutral colour. Monica Bellucci's style isn't too colourful.
6. A PENCIL SKIRT
Now, when it comes to pencil skirts, Monica Bellucci often wears basic pencil skirts. However, Monica sometimes wears patterned pencils skirts or even mixes patterns with her skirts. We're still talking about classical patterns, though. Monica could for example pair a floral pattern pencil skirt with a polka dot blouse or the other way around. Nevertheless, most often she will wear pencil skirts in neutral colours opting either for a black and white contrast or a whole black and white look. That is where our style differs a bit. While I enjoy wearing pencil skirts, I like to pair them with more vibrant colours. My outfits with pencils skirts are typically not as classical as Monica's. However, I do depend on pencil skirts. I couldn't imagine my wardrobe without them. A pencil skirt is flattering to most body types and it adds such elegance to every outfit.
7. A WHITE DRESSA white dress is another staple in Monica Bellucci's closet. A white dress is seriously one of the most underestimated items. A little white dress is a perfect substitute for a little black dress. It is easy to dress up and down (and what not). Monica is aware of that. While Monica Bellucci doesn't wear white dresses as often as she wears black ones but she wears them often enough. Just enough to refresh her appearance. Again, she keeps things simple.
8. A LEOPARD BLOUSE (OR ANY LEOPARD ITEM REALLY)
Monica Bellucci wears leopard like second skin. I can think of so many iconic leopard outfits by her dating all the back to the nineties. Monica treats leopard as a neutral pattern- and it really is just that. Monica's been known to rock all leopard looks pretty often. If you don't have the confidence to rock a full leopard look, you can always start small and wear a leopard blouse, a leopard scarf or a leopard pair of heels. That is why I put- any leopard item above. It can be any leopard item. The secret is to wear it with confidence and unleash your inner wild cat.
9. A MAXI DRESS
The final key element of Monica Bellucci's style is a maxi dress. A maxi dress is such a feminine yet comfortable choice. If you want to channel your inner Bellucci, keep it simple. You will notice that Bellucci doesn't wear much accessories. The same is the case with her outfits featuring maxi dress. Less is more if Bellucci is to be consulted. A nice pair of feminine shoes and that's all you need to finish your maxi dress outfit.
If you remember my first post about Monica Bellucci, you know about the 10 style lessons that can be summed up in ten fashion commands:
1. KEEP IT CLASSY (DON'T SHOW TOO MUCH SKIN)
2. WEAR BELLOW THE KNEE OR MIDI LENGTH SKIRTS AND DRESSES
3. OPT FOR BASIC COLOURS (DARK BLUE, RED, WHITE AND BLACK)
4. CREATE COLOUR CONTRASTS USING BASIC COLOURS
5. WEAR CLASSICAL PRINTS (FLOWER, LEOPARD AND POLKA DOT PRINT)
6. WEAR CLASSICAL AND TIMELESS CUTS (THINK TAILORED SUITS, PENCIL SKIRTS AND DRESSES)
7. HEELED SANDALS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND (SAY YES TO HEELS)
8. FEMININE DETAILS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE (SAY YES TO BOWS)
9. BELT IT! ALWAYS WEAR A BELT TO ACCENTUATE YOUR WAIST.
10. GO FOR SIMPLE AND CLASSICAL MAKE UP LOOK AND HAIRDO
MONICA BELLUCCI'S STYLE SECRETS:
Like Malena's outfits, Monica Bellucci's looks are typically well balanced in terms of skin exposure. Her dresses and skirts are never too short, too tight and/or provocative. Monica often wears dresses and skirts that emphasize the waist, but they are not too tight. Instead of revealing too much, Monica retains a sense of mystery and allure by keeping it classy. She often wears dresses with sleeves. Monica typically wears a dress that is more open and sleeveless only when she wears a maxi dress. However, she also wears sheer fabrics. Still even in her 'sheer' looks, she knows how to keep it classy.
It seems that Monica Bellucci's favourite skirt and dress length is just bellow the knee. She is fully aware of benefits of opting for such a classical length. She knows how to create a classy look. Bellow the knee and midi lengths can be very flattering when worn the right way. Monica Bellucci often chooses pencil skirts and dresses that complement her hour glass figure perfectly. One thing is for sure, Monica Belluci has mastered the effortless lady chic. She stays aways from trendy colours, patterns and cuts, often opting for classical outfits. Monica colour choices are typically traditional. Monica is often mesmerizing in all black or in black and white combos. In some ways, her style even makes me think of Parisian chic, because it is so effortlessly elegant at times, but in total, I'd say her style is more dressed up Italian one. It is a very feminine, elegant and chic style. Monica wears a simple colour palette dominated by dark blue, black, red and white.
KEY COLOURS: PRIMARY COLOURS (RED, BLACK AND WHITE)
KEY PATTERNS: FLORAL, POLKA DOT AND LEOPARD PRINT
KEY CUTS: TAILORED, MIDI LENGTH, PENCIL CUT DRESSES AND TROUSERS BUT ALSO WIDE TROUSERS AND MERMAID DRESSES
That would be all for today. This post took ages to compose, I hope you have enjoyed it. It was interesting to compare my own style with that of Monica. I'd say that her style is more classical, I like to experiment a bit more, wear more colour and try a trend or two. However, I'd say that her style secrets are well worth learning. Monica Bellucci does know how to dress like a lady. I like how Monica is always so true to her style. Bellucci always collaborates with the same designers and seems to have a unique (if classical) personal sense of style that is hard to find in celebs. What do you say? Have I managed to hack all of Monica Bellucci's style secrets?