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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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.

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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 :-)


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!!!!


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.


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


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 :)


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


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.


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


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!


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


and stunning.oxo


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 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


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

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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


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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, :)


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


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


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.


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


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.


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!


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


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


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?


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


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.

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