Not many people understand the basics of style. It is easy to jump on trends and be in fashion but not have style.

Style is being able to put together functional outfits daily without it being a struggle. It is often within a certain box and can be described in one word or so out of it but it makes sense.

A friend once said to me that she wished she could put together clothes as effortlessly as I did. I laughed and said,

“But you just need the right pieces to start you off.”

Building a wardrobe is the easiest thing in the world. You just need to list the key basics that form the base of your outfit, buy it in black, white and then repeat.

Easy right?

My goal this year is to maintain a functional wardrobe suitable for all occasions. From red carpet to official to casual and if possible wear the same pieces styled differently.

Borrowing a leaf off the Parisian woman, I embraced minimalism. It is easy to put together outfits if all your clothes are the same colour. Black and white are a great place to start.

The secret to make this work is throw on a statement piece and layer simple jewelry pieces.Gold or silver we don’t care as long as they complement the tone of your outfit.

Say you switched this same exact all black outfit to all white and draped a blazer on your shoulders.

Or burgundy with an ankara coat.

Olive green with a white boyfriend jacket.

Denim on denim with a leather jacket.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Blackgold Production

HAIR: Hair_by_Rhea

LONG COAT: Fashion Paradise

SHOES: same here

TOP & PANTS: Thrift

NECKPIECES: MrPrice (two long geometric) & Dresslily

WATCH: Gifted

BAG: same here






  • Jean

    Gorgeous. Love the photography.

    • Grace Ndiege

      Thank you Jean.

    • grace alice Ndiege

      Thank you Jean

  • ofthewambumas

    Absolutely love your new look!
    The pictures look great.

    • grace alice Ndiege

      Thank you

  • Job Kiruhi

    “burgundy with an ankara coat.” Whatever that is it sounds exotic and classy.

    • grace alice Ndiege

      Hhaha when you see it you will just roll your eyes and think maroon and kitenge, these are the legalese of fashion!

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  • Lornah

    The hair, the coat, the neck piece, I mean everything is Gorgeous on you. great read!!

    • Grace Ndiege

      Thank you Lornah, glad you enjoyed the post!

    • grace alice Ndiege

      Lornah thank you thank you!

  • Elle Okumu

    Well said..Nice outfit.

    • Grace Ndiege

      Thanks Elle.

    • grace alice Ndiege

      Thank you Elle

  • Linda Otiende

    Yaaaaaas! I love the look

    • Grace Ndiege

      Thank you Linda.

    • grace alice Ndiege

      Asanti Linda