Publisher’s note: this is one of our favorite posts from Pam Lutrell. On a recent trip to France we noticed the jeans and jackets she mentioned, paired with a scarf, always.
Dress Like a Parisian Woman
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French Style Inspiration
Today I am writing about the seven most important clothing pieces in a Parisian woman’s wardrobe, at least according to Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet in their book Parisian Chic.
With these seven, we can obtain the “made in Paris” look. The authors give specifics on how to wear each piece, and emphasize this is where a woman spares no expense. Quality over quantity.
I will hit one or two of their highlights. So, hi ho, it’s off to work we go…
A Quality, Well-Fitted Blazer
“Pushing back or rolling up the sleeves is the ultimate “easy chic” statement.” For a celeb look, purchase a navy blazer and wear with a white chiffon shirt and white jeans. “This is a clean, crisp look which suits everyone.”
The Navy Sweater
A classy supporting act perfect under a tuxedo jacket or blazer. Only own them in white, black, gray, navy, and khaki. For the celebrity look, wear a white tank, beige pants, a blazer, and sandals with heels.
The Little Black Dress
“The little black dress is an open secret: We all know it will save us whatever the situation, and whatever the continent, the season, the time of day, the man…” Keeping this look very simple equals elegance. For a celebrity style, wear a simple black dress, add huge black sunglasses and black ballerina pumps.
The Perfect Jeans
“Jeans are never too risky; they’re a bit like salt – they go with everything! One thing is certain, straight leg jeans are the most timeless cut of all.”
The Leather Jacket
“The best leather jacket is close fitting with slim sleeves and two patch pockets. The older or more distressed the better. When you buy it put it under your mattress for several nights before wearing it or walk all over it. If you buy a vintage model, you sleep better.”
So, how did you do? How many of these are currently in your closet? Remember, the end of a season is a great time for sales, and you may actually purchase top quality, high end pieces for the lowest prices of the year. Take your list with you. This is the Parisian way for simple, understated elegance.
Want more fashion advice for women over 50? Read 6 Fashion Mistakes French Women Avoid, and Neutral Wardrobe Basics to Create a Capsule Wardrobe.