What is it about French style that makes us coo “Ooh La La?” Is it the way that they tilt their chapeau just so? Or what about the fact that they can make flats look just as sexy as heels? For me, it’s the chic, less-is-more simplicity that I find enviable. The French women always appear put together without trying. They truly are masters of the art of “I just woke up like this.” But, it’s a different approach than ours. Because, for some reason, I find that we (or at least I) will strive for effortless and wind up looking disheveled. Or, even worse, like I’m trying too hard. And there is nothing less chic than displaying your effort to appear effortless. The French are like the ballerinas of the style world. No matter how hard they’re working, the effect is as if they could be doing it in their sleep. As a former ballerina, I find this especially appealing. Basically, whatever it is that they have, I want. Today, I went for a sort of Franco-American hybrid. Striped and scarves meet fatigues and heels. My own American in Paris. At the end of the day though, it doesn’t matter which way you tilt your beret. The je ne sais quoi is all in the attitude. My little French dog doesn’t hurt either.
Striped dress c/o Rica Boutique (similar $, similar $), Vintage army jacket (similar $, similar $$$), Kathryn Amberleigh wedges (similar $, similar $$), bandana, Kelly Wearstler ball cuff (similar $), bodychain (similar $,similar $$), Artelier World Cuff, XIV Karats necklace (similar $$$$), Catbird, XIV Karats and ginette_ny rings (similar), Julie Hewett lipstick in Belle Noir
Photos by Michele LoBosco