Wardrobe Recap: Shala Monroque

 My wardrobe recaps have so far been centered around movies and TV, but today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite style icons – Shala Monroque.

There’s many women out there who I admire for their wonderful style, but whose outfits I can’t see wearing myself. Shala however, has the kind of style which you don’t just admire, but actually want to emulate – at least, I want to! She has exceptional taste, never looks like she’s in costume (or got dressed up just to be photographed), and most of all looks extremely comfortable and assured in everything she wears. Here are some of my favorite looks and lessons learned from Shala.

1. The goal is to wear your favorite pieces over and over again. Sometimes I think it’s easy to forget that it’s “ok” to keep repeating our favorite items…especially when all these excellent new pieces keep getting released and you kind of forget about the trusty favorites in your closet. At least, that happens to me sometimes. Putting together this post though, spanning over five years of Shala’s style, I realized that she really does wear her favorite items over and over. For example, check out this large pearl necklace below. You’ll see it on her throughout all the photos in this post…with casual and dressy outfits alike.

Wearing favorites over and over = how signature items are created!


Style Du Monde

via Style Du Monde

Shala Monroque at Haider Ackermann

via Gastrochic

Also, check out this fur jacket – these photos are three years apart!

via Citizen Couture, from 2013

via Citizen Couture, from 2013

via Street Peeper, 2016

via Street Peeper, 2016

2. Great outerwear and accessories are a must. All the photos so far have proven the point on outerwear already…here are some more examples below, starting with this wonderful Hermes Toolbox (Etoupe color, size 20cm). Every time I see Shala with her little Toolbox I want one too.

Shala Monroque Toolbox Street Peeper

Here’s a piece of fantastic outerwear (Shala has the best collection of coats with fur collars that I’ve seen), paired with an equally awesome bag. This makes me think I need to add a Constance bag soon, no?


I adore this green trench she has, and have seen Shala in it on multiple occasions. I also love that this is a real, working outfit below, that looks good with or without the trench on. Love the detail of her holding it scrunched up in her hand. So much more interesting than those semi-staged street style photos we see now.

Shala Monroque With Coat

I love, love coats with fur/fluffy contrast collars. They are probably my favorite kind of outerwear. I’ve seen Shala wear this black one with mink quite a bit. Warm and chic. Do you spy a little gold Kelly as well?

shala9 (1)


And, a light draped coat. Living in California, I have a special affinity for this type of outerwear – a little loose, comfortable and chic. This type of outerwear can be worn through spring and even summer nights, and always dresses up any otherwise casual outfit.


3. All black + standout accessories = a great outfit. Sometimes I get bored of all the black in my closet. I try to pick out something colorful, but then realize I don’t have the appropriate shoe or bag. Colors can be tough (but fun!). I forget how fresh black on black can also be. But everything has to fit perfectly, of course. And there’s that pearl necklace again…


Shala Monroque

Shala Monroque Cross

Shala with Cameo

What do you all think of Shala’s style? I hope that I’ve converted some of you to fans! I’d love to hear some of your style icons as well.

You Might Also Like

  • Dee
    June 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I adore her and follow her on Instagram so I can overdose on her style lol

    • Katherine
      June 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Yes she’s fabulous!!

  • Tracy
    June 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I like how judging by her clothes she’s evidently in the fashion industry, but her outfits don’t look too street style fake. I follow Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes and Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. Jane’s style is glam eclectic while Blair is new New Look, which are elements I like to incorporate in my own style in smaller doses.

    • Katherine
      June 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      All 3 are wonderful to follow!

  • drifter
    June 21, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I think her outfits look good but I don’t “get” her style. In fact, I prefer your style over hers!

    • Katherine
      June 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      That’s the nicest compliment ever, ha! Thank you!

  • Meridian
    June 21, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I’m not overly in love with her style as much as her effortless cool. Everything about her seems relaxed and organic. Love her!

    • Katherine
      June 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Yes I love her cool…great way to describe!

  • ahhhsoneo
    June 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I dont always get her style either. Sometimes she looks really well put together and sometimes I wonder if she just found what was clean… either way its eccletic and i think she has the confidence to carry it all off. thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer johnson
    August 6, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Shala ‘ s style is always original and chic no matter what she wears. I love her pearl necklace and no matter what she wears it with, she looks fabulous.

  • Jennifer johnson
    August 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Shala’s style is always original and chic no matter what she wears. I love her pearl necklace and no matter what she wears it with, she looks fabulous.