STYLE TALK

nereida262

POSTED: Mon, 05/25/2009 - 4:15pm

basic parisienne wardrobe

I' ve read Mireille 's wonderful books and all her style advices but i would like to know wich are the basic pieces of a parisienne wardrobe. It famous that french woman prefer quality above quantity but i would like to know witch are this quality items for winter/autumm and spring/summer. And whicn quality brands are, i mean not YSL or chanel (if i could...jajajajaja) but another great options not so high prices... I have a book by antoine dariaux so great about this but i think her point of view it's a little old fashioned. kisses from spain
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cwlorente

POSTED: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:14am

Just an observation...

I've recently been on the lookout for a few new things to refresh my basic wardrobe. I've used Pinterest a lot, studying what others suggest as essential wardrobe "basics" and such. Almost every one of these, particularly when they're talking about a Parisienne wardrobe, includes the nautical, navy-and-cream, sailor-stripe top. So I found a couple affordable ones and considered including one in my purchases, but the other day, while walking through a shopping center a couple of times to and from the computer store, I couldn't help but notice that about every fourth woman I saw was wearing one. Must be a true "basic," no? Anyway, it kind of put me off wanting one. I always fall out of love with anything worn by everyone else. (What does that say about my personality?)--Carol

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:31am

Hi Carol

it says you are an individual with a mind of your own.Why look like everyone else? Have you chosen any other pieces yet?

cwlorente

POSTED: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:42am

Hillary, too.

Just saw Hillary Clinton on tv, wearing one of those sailor shirts...Yes, Jean, I've been shopping, because so many key pieces of my wardrobe seemed to have given up the ghost all at the same time. I bought a grey linen shirt in lieu of a white shirt (I wrote about this in response to your Carolina Herrerra post in Finding My Style), and three sweaters: a crew neck light grey, a v-neck olive, and a knitwear cardigan-type in lieu of a blazer, since I also find blazers uncomfortable. (My body type seems to reject certain styles considered de rigeur in wardrobe "basics.") I bought a new pashmina but may exchange it because now I'm not certain of the color choice I made. Now I need a couple of nice tees or tops to go under the cardigans. --Carol

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:16am

Not Hillary too!Arrgh!

lol.Your purchases are excellent and timeless.Great idea to have a cardi instead of a blazer.Wear what feels right and it will look perfect. There is a book called Style Evolution by Kendall Fart.It helps you find your body type and the right clothes for your shape.If you can't get it in your library I will send you my copy.,if you likeoxo I am leaving the typo in.Laughing hysterically here.

cwlorente

POSTED: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:04pm

LOL!

I will ask the librarian for that author, Jean!

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:20am

Hi!

Go for it.It is Farr,btw.

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:20am

Hi!

Go for it.It is Farr,btw.

Sheri

POSTED: Mon, 05/27/2013 - 6:01pm

Jewelry balance and details

I just looked through the Forbes photos of Christine Lagarde (link is in "Inspiration" thread) and I noticed that so much of the dressing is in the details. For instance, her balance of what weight/style of earrings changes with the necklace/scarf combo. The length of her nails, her makeup, her hair, all work together. As I look at elegant women, it is the balance and the details that are beginning to strike me.

une Ecossaise à...

POSTED: Mon, 05/13/2013 - 6:44am

My Parisienne take on the issue

Nereida, I'm sorry! I didn't discover this thread earlier, but if it's at all helpful, I've posted my words of wisdom(??) on this very subject on a similar Style thread about the 10 key elements of a chic wardrobe. I won't repeat it all here, but if you're interested in the thoughts of a middle aged Parisienne-by-adoption who's juggling home life (husband, adolescent sons, busy social life) with her career and love of clothes, you might want to check it out. I've listed the entire contents of my (amazingly small) wardrobe. Yet I honestly don't seem to run out of dressing options. The key is always buying the very best quality one can afford; seeking out 'style' rather than 'latest fashion'; and only buying new pieces if you can combine them with existing ones in your collection. These are investment clothes which have to earn their keep. They MUST be well cared-for. Good coathangers and shoe-trees are essential (I love fragrant sandalwood for both), and it's important to have good professional back-up: my local dry-cleaners, cobbler, and seamstress (for minor alterations) have all become great allies and firm friends! Good luck :-)

Pollyette

POSTED: Thu, 05/23/2013 - 5:03am

My Parisienne take on the issue

Hi more than like your posting - how do I find what you've already put about your wardrobe - would seriously like to see. I can also see 'where you are coming from' except my children are now 24 and 22 and still at home - possibly just as harrowing!!!!

Pamela7k

POSTED: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 5:24pm

Basic Items

I have basic items and colours I keep in my wardrobe no matter what the season is. I have skirts and tops in black, navy, and gray, brown. Plus colourful skirts and tops to mix and match along with cardigans and scarves and bold necklaces. I just recently purchased a fuchsia full skirt that will look great with colourful tights or boots, yet it is light enough that I will be able to wear it in the summer.

Ava

POSTED: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 10:37am

AW/12

Yesterday, I took everything out of my wardrobe and sorted through each piece. All of my summer / light clothes, I put the furthest away (to the back ...which is the side!), and brought forward all my coats, jackets, woollens etc. I also sorted out gloves, scarves and hats. I know it seems early - but honestly, I could have worn gloves the other day!

I found a few items that I'd forgotten about, so now have what feels like a 'whole new A/W wardrobe'! I bought a red leather jacket the other day (from a charity shop / £10). It's a vintage Yessica one; butter soft leather and perfect for this season in terms of trend (biker style - leather - red). I've also got quite a few pieces that fit in with the 'Downton' trend too (country chic à la Ralph Lauren), knits, long boots, country colours etc. I'm ready for a thrifty yet trend oriented season ... and Christmas (oooh, too early for that one LOL).

I would love to hear about your new season wardrobes / finds / and any tips or trend ideas you may have :)

jas

POSTED: Wed, 09/26/2012 - 6:50am

Ava

Good balance to the energy and beauty of the healing forum. I am working on my wardrobe, wondering who I am this season. What I wear so much defines who I am. I'm still early in this process. Right now I am drawn to skirts, fun, skirts. Yesterday I wore a knee length, asymmetrical bottom skirt with a plain top, my black tights and my chunky boots. I'm liking pastels more right now. I'm liking the feel of radiant energy in my clothes with a balance of earthy, strong shoes. Right now it is hard to get more specific, as I'm just beginning to play with who I am in my body and clothes in this moment in time. I loved reading your post.

Marilyn

POSTED: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 2:43pm

Today

As the weather was so depressing my mind turned to Winter. I have always had problems finding long boots that will take my ex-hockey player legs plus jeans, but today in good old MnS I found some riding boot style ones that had elastic inserts that stretched enough to do the job!!!! I hesitated between black and chocolate brown and chose the latter as they look good with either black or navy and made a change for me. As I already have the narrow legged jeans in both colours a couple of long line sweaters or tunics will sort my winter wardrobe and with my warm puffa coat keep me cosy. Job done!

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 11:25pm

Chic

and stunning.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:57am

Well done Ava

A good sort is so satisfying.My recent foray into my closet was to discard any faded dark clothes.Now I want a wool cardi for the winter.

The jacket sounds chic...pics. on FB,please. oxo

Miss Ryna

POSTED: Sat, 06/30/2012 - 9:10am

I never buy on- line

Such a great topic, I would like to continue the chat. My Australian winter- its Europian spring, but I have a collection of well taylored jackets, coats and leather jackets. Long, really long trousers are very difficult to find in Australia, therefore I make sure to buy at least a couple of pairs each season, as they are a very important part of my wardrobe. I do have pencil skirts, but don't wear them very often too chick for Australian everyday reality. However, I wear some feminine skirts from time to time. Shoes, boots, ancle boots - good leather, sensible heels - again, sensibility is outlined by the worlace requirements. I have a lot of scarfs and various pairs of gloves, bags - they help me to renew my look again and agin. And such carefully created collection keeps me on my toes not to put wait on, to make sure, hat everything fits. My biggest tip for successful look - to try on every item before buying, to make sure that effect is highly satisfying

Jenny la Guerla...

POSTED: Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:11pm

for nereida262

Like most Frenchwomen, I buy all my basics from department stores, ones which I know will offer quality at a reasonable price. THEN, I accessorise my moderately-priced staples with the very best accessories I can afford. For example, I will team a Marks and Spencer cashmere sweater with a fabulous Hermès silk square, or my little black dress (often from the same source) with a rope of cultured pearls with a gold clasp, and some simple pearl stud earrings, sheer black tights, and the highest black patent leather shoes I can wear for several hours without collapsing!!! Oh, and always a soupcon of a truly gorgeous perfume. Good accessories will make the simplest clothes look like haute couture. For my money, the basics should be the LBD, a crisp white shirt, a black jacket and straight skirt, a good (perhaps crêpe) pair of palazzo pants, a few cashmere sweaters (or at least one in a neutral colour such as black or grey) to be replaced by a few well-made t-shirts for summer, a good pair of jeans, a breton top, and, ideally, both a trench coat and a warmer woollen one. A good pair of boots, and some comfortable ballet flats will complete your basic shoe wardrobe along with the heels I mentioned. Then come the accessories. You can start with just a good leather day bag (Longchamp is my favourite) and an evening clutch. Plain leather gloves are a bonus, especially if, heaven forbid you should chip a nail(!!). These are my "foundation" pieces. The fun lies in adding just one or two trendier items each season (but since they won't need to last, they can be bought from outlets such as H&M.) Hope these ideas help a bit. Bisous, Jenny, x

AngelaR

POSTED: Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:10pm

Great Site!

I stumbled across this website on french women and their style. http://www.frenchfriends.info/culture/french-woman-style-secret

snorklee

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 10:40pm

I agree!

It is a great site. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly11

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 9:13pm

Fab!

Thanks for sharing!

Kelly11

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 9:14pm

Oops sorry

Didn't think it was working

Kelly11

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 9:13pm

Fab!

Thanks for sharing!

Kelly11

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 9:13pm

Fab!

Thanks for sharing!

Kelly11

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 9:13pm

Fab!

Thanks for sharing!

KATHYH

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 6:13pm

French site.....

Great site, I am still reading but wanted to say hello Angela and thank you for this site and for waking up a new thread. Kathy

mtnfamillede6

POSTED: Fri, 04/27/2012 - 3:48pm

Thank you for sharing! Looks

Thank you for sharing! Looks nice!

Robbyn

POSTED: Thu, 11/10/2011 - 1:52am

hi jean....

i tried to find you on facebook, but there are a bunch of jean braggs. is there another group for this on facebook? thanks, robbyn, xo, :)

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 11/10/2011 - 8:30am

Hi Robbyn

I am the one with the poppy(bright red)avatar.I live in Ottawa ,Canada.Send me a friend notice.I am on French Essence and FWDGF on Facebook.I'll watch out for you.OXO

Farrah27

POSTED: Sat, 11/05/2011 - 4:09pm

Confidence

I agree with who commented that the French women may not be any more beautiful than the rest of the world. I do believe they have confidence in themselves. They work very hard on their appearance and wear beautiful lingerie under all of their clothing. Most are thin as well so that gives confidence. When a woman holds her head up high (wrapped with an Hermes scarf), walks in high heels, and feels good about herself it gives them more confidence, which most men find attractive.

jas

POSTED: Sat, 11/12/2011 - 8:26am

liked this Farrah

Your simple, basic way of saying these words Farrah speaks to me. Being beautiful is a discipline, just like anything else. What we want to achieve takes work. I'm very grateful to everyone here and this site as my looks have changed so much in the 2 years I have been on this site. Ok...still more work and this winter...I plan on more transformation...stayed tuned. Jas

Farrah27

POSTED: Sun, 11/13/2011 - 11:40pm

Good luck!

Jas, you and I both will be working hard this winter! I'm so glad that you have had a big change, and I hope it's for the better. Keep it up! I'm right there with you.

Robbyn

POSTED: Thu, 11/10/2011 - 1:32am

OH YES....

I agree totally on this. French women most definitely do work hard on the way they look. we all should try to look our best. as you said, if we feel good about ourselves, we feel more confident, and men find confident women very attractive!

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 9:47pm

Sunday at the Ritz(Montreal)

Mes soeurs,shall we meet sometime after onep.m?I will be out in the morning.And do we want to meet here or on Facebook?OXO

Marilyn

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 10:40am

Problem

I now have a time difference problem as we put our clocks back last night so what does that make 1pm with you over here?

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 2:29pm

Huff Puff

Just arrived at the Ritz...running late.Sorry to keep you waiting.What shall we discuss?It must be around 7:30 p.m. your time.OXO

Marilyn

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 4:28pm

Missed you

I was there on FB and left messages but missed you. We must try again. Desolate.

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 4:54pm

Oh rats!

Desole,moi aussi.OXO

Marilyn

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 10:39am

Problem

I now have a time difference problem as we put our clocks back last night so what does that make 1pm with you over here?

cwlorente

POSTED: Tue, 10/18/2011 - 10:24am

Cafe-sitting

I spent a week in Paris last month. What I observed from hours of walking and cafe-sitting: More than once I would see a French woman dressed in what I would call a nondescript (but nice, not cheap) outfit, until I noticed her unique glasses or trendy haircut and almost always, her stylish shoes or boots. It _is_ all about the accessories that pull it all together and make a statement.

Kelly11

POSTED: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 9:01pm

My two cents

For those of us in the midwest of the US we have a very long way to go compared to our sisters on the coast. I find this forum so necessary. I stuggle with my own style as most of my friends are in sweat pants every night. Our culture celebrates the true American way, youth and money. those of us aging will be tossed aside for younger women, and we sort of do it to ourselves...we dress sloppily and let our selves go as we care for our families. I wish I could join you on skype. I can on facebook.

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 9:43pm

Hi Kelly

Welcome!Please do join us on Facebook.Know that you have a group of "French"sisters who understand your feelings and thoughts.Stick with your own style.People will see and perhaps be inspired.When my sister and I were in Des Moines last March,we went to have pedicures done.We both noticed that women came in for various things,pedicure,eyebrow tinting,waxing,really taking time to be attractive and they would be wearing the most unfeminine,unattractive clothes.Join us on Sunday please.I will be later than 1p.m.I will take you on a virtual tour and Tea at the Ritz in Montreal and we can chat too.OXO Jean

Kelly11

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 9:20pm

Facebook

Vintage are you on the FWDGF facebook page or another one?

Kelly11

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 9:20pm

Facebook

Vintage are you on the FWDGF facebook page or another one?

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:25pm

Hi Kelly

I am on both but usually use my Facebook page,as Jean Bragg.Send me a Friend request and we can chat.Jean

Naja

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 9:38am

Hey, Jean!

Will it be on FB after all? Not Skype?

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 2:35pm

Skype

Haven't sorted the Skype thing.The time differences really messes us up,as well.We MUST find a way to meet,for real.OXO

Naja

POSTED: Wed, 10/19/2011 - 5:36am

A philosophical(?) approach...

I totally agree with you on their choices when it comes to accessories (glasses, shoes, foulards etc) but I wouldn't say their haircuts are anything special. Most of the times it's a "carré coup" reaching or not reaching the shoulders, with or without layers. They're sort of obsessed with this kind of hair for decades...Of course it must be practical, but it's so dull in my opinion. I also agree with you when it comes to clothing. Perhaps it's because of the weather over there, but they usually choose neutral (dull) colours. They don't risk at least with that. I find it downright boring... And not so sexy if you ask men... I think everyday french women are not at all exotic to the eyes of a (european) guy (I don't know about the american men). I'd say it's the opposite. Most guys here and there in Europe find them unattractive. It's us, women, who are trying to find ways of coping with "things" in life, so we often turn towards exterior appearance (me included). What I'm trying to say here is that if you're Greek, you'll never be French. If you're American, you'll never be French and so on. But, come on, we don't need French women to show us that it's all in the accessories, right? We already know that, otherwise we wouldn't be able to even notice it. Also, if we don't use accessories that much it deosn't mean we're not stylish. I know VERY stylish women that use no accessories whatsoever. I think the french "legacy" is all about brains, a well thought out frivolité and practicality. Because we all have/appreciate/understand (you name it) what "joie de vivre" is. It's not an ethnic characteristic. For the French women I'd sum things up in something like this: even when you appear to be non-groomed at all, then, if someone notices, you are! So, it's creating an "inattendu", a surprise that infatuates others. BUT, what I've noticed: some people appear to be like that in the eyes of certain other people and they don't appear like that at all to the eyes of different ones. I think I might have dragged it a bit more for a post in a community forum, so I'll stop here, although I have a lot more to say on this topic. Oh, how much I'd like to have a discussion like this with you over a glass or two (or even three) of fine red wine...!!!

snorklee

POSTED: Sun, 10/23/2011 - 9:01pm

Naja...

I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than discussing world fashion with you, over a glass of wine... or three. :)

Naja

POSTED: Mon, 10/24/2011 - 5:38am

Deb mou...

Same here, same here!!!