How to wear a millefleurs blouse? Millefleurs is French and means thousand flowers, a background or style of many different small flowers and plants.
I wear: Millefleur Shirt by Hallhuber, Black Sunglasses by Paul Smith
Millefleur shirts are really cute and and very, very feminine – usually way too romantic for me but I do love the millefleurs prints and pattern. If you are more of a Rebel type and not 100% Romantique than you have to clash your millefleur blouse with some cool girl accessories to avoid the frumpy housewife look!
I wear: Floral Blouse by Ralph Lauren, black Skinny Jeans by H&M
For me there is only one style combination of a millefleur shirt that works:
Cool Jeans (for me skinny fit), Converse high top in black, white or blue and edgy sunglasses- see Alexa Chung, there is nothing to add, she nails it yet again!
I usually only wear skinny jeans, but recently I’ve become a believer in boyfriend jeans. I’ve long ignored this fashion piece which has become a staple thanks to its relaxed fit and lived in look.
How could that happen?
“Never say never in Fashion, because you’ll be wearing “Never” in two years time.” (Alexa Chung) I said “never” to Boyfriend Jeans but if you never try, you will never know – I learned it’s working for fashion too.
Boyfit jeans look great paired with everything from a basic T-shirt to a chic Blazer, and they lend versatility in terms of shoe choice: you can wear them with everything from Converse to sky-high stilettos or flats.
I wear: Boyfit Jeans by REPLAY, T-Shirt by H&M, Jumper by POLO RALPH LAUREN, Flats by CARVELLA, Sunnies by PAUL SMITH
French girl style at Sloane Square, London
Whenever I feel uninspired, bored or just not too fussed about fashion, I’ll un-dust one of my many stripey breton shirts. The quintessential Parisian style staple always delivers, looking pulled together and relaxed at the same time. Who doesn’t have at least 3 stripey shirts in their wardrobe? The nautical stripes were made famous in 1917 by no other than Madam Coco Chanel herself, establishing the shirt mariniere as a style icon. Countless celebs followed suit, from Audrey Hepburn to French cool Girl Clemence Poesy.
My favourite look is to go all out on the sailor theme by teaming my stripey J Crew shirt (love the relaxed fit and the boat neck) with a navy straight skirt and white buttons. To finish off the French look, I add a small straw bag for the Jane Birkin flair, St Tropez circa 1967.
What’s your favourite way of styling this timeless Piece? Would love to hear from you!
I’m wearing (mostly French, bien sur):
- Sailor shirt by J Crew
- Navy skirt with white Buttons by Claudie Pierlot
- Sicilian embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag – limited “Limoncello|” Edition
- Banana earrings by N2 by Les Nereides
Ou est la plage?
Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.
Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt on the red carpet. Parfait!
Do you prefer your trench coat in black or beige?
With it’s classic shape, timeless appeal and effortless chic, the trench coat is a classic outerwear piece for transitioning from summer to fall or from winter to spring .
For over 15 years I’ve owned a beige Burberry trench coat. I never thought about a black trench coat up until this spring, when I was looking for a more subtle, sexy and feminine version of the trench. With a black trench coat, I could be that sexy French girl, avec tousled hair!
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Christy Turlington looking radiant as always – Elegance, privacy, class, education, yoga and a happy family life helps!
Alex Chung’s Black Trench
Have a happy springtime with or without the classic trench coat!
Most people associate straw and wicker with summer. But who needs rigid rules these days? So many looks have transcended their former boundaries – e.g. sequins are now part of regular office attire. Sneakers are worn with delicate jacquard dresses. So why not wear a straw bag in winter? They’re cute, chic and express a unique counterpoint that says “to hell with the cold – I feel warm regardless!”. The colourful poms poms, ranging in hue from soft pastels to deep turquoises and reds, are your best friend to combat the winter blues. Imagine the colourful, pom pom embellished Sicilian cofa straw bag with a pea coat and ankle boats! Or a more understated straw bag in subtler tones. I love Sicily Bag’s model “Claudia” with its signature honey comb pattern worn with pleated knits and a woollen hat. The possibilities are endless.
Crispy cold, sunny winter day? Free the pom poms and let them shine!
I’m wearing above: Pink bathrobe coat by Max & Co. Moccasins by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Straw Bag “Gig” in size medio by Sicily Bag.
All straw coffa bags are by Sicily Bag, my own web boutique I opened last year.
Every straw bag, handcrafted by Luigi and his family, carries history in its weaves. The age old Sicilian craft of embellishing straw bags is sadly fading. Luigi and his family are part of the last generation of artisans keeping this tradition alive.
I’m wearing: Sicily Bag “Gigi” in size grande. Caban sailor jacket by Max & Co, navy skirty by Claudie Pierlot. Sunglasses my Miu Miu.
I’m wearing a Sicily Bag in size piccolo. Gingham trousers by Max and Co. Lace collar shirt by Hallhuber. Beret by Seeberger.
Vogue is declaring the bomber jacket the new coat du jour this year! A classic fashion staple and darling of Hip Hop community in the naughties, the bomber jacket must be the coolest way to stay warm! All major designers from Gucci to Acne offer a variety of styles of the off-duty staple this year.
This uncomplicated blouson, as the bomber jacket is also know as, is easy to style and pair: Imagine unexpected combos like a sequined evening dress with the sporty jacket or do it like Romantique and Rebel, making it your sartorial choice for a day of sight seeing in London!
My favourite way of styling the bomber jacket is just like Mossy does it in the photo: Offset the casual bomber with a carefully ironed, crisp shirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots and structured bag and you’re good to go!
For a day of sightseeing in London’s East (check back for the full report soon), I’m wearing skinny jeans by J Crew, Breton jumper by St James, ankle boots by Jil Sander and a blue satin bomber jacket.
Yes I freely admit wearing bomber flight jackets is not really my forte. But now and then it’s good to mix things up, one can’t always wear Swiss lace and brocade dresses. My bomber jacket is made of wintery wool – a toned down version of the classic shiny nylon or silk. Paired with denim and ankle boots, this is an easy and relaxed look for every day.
I’m wearing a wool blouson by Closed, denim by Hugo Boss Orange, ankle boots by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.
Mirrored sunglasses by Topshop and pink quilted leather crossbody bag by LCredi.
Rebel’s style inspiration: Kate Moss wearing a military bomber.
Romantique’s style inspo: Classy Karlie Kloss wearing a personalised Rag and Bone Bomber jacket.
I know know, I’m very lucky to escape to Australia every winter to get a healthy dose of vitamin D, sand between my toes, watermelon and shrimp on the barbie food feasts! All the while Europe is wrapped up snug to survive winter. The good news is that summer is coming in Europe and hopefully my Australian summer outfits I’m going to share in the next few weeks will make you excited for the summer to come!
My favourite summer colour is yellow! It’s the kind of colour that suits every skin tone: From dark mustard yellow to light citrus yellow. You can go all out dressed head to toe in a yellow dress like me, or just set an accent by wearing a yellow blouse or yellow shorts.
For a stunning beach day at iconic Bondi Beach, I’m wearing a dress by Calvin Klein, accented by a brown belt, leopard print toe sandals and my beloved straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag. For those of you who don’t know the story behind Sicily Bag: In summer 2015, I travelled to Sicily and instantly fell in love with the brightly embellished straw bags. I have since opened an online boutique, spreading the pom pom love whilst supporting an age old craft. Every bag is handmade by local artisan Luigi in Palermo and each bag is one of a kind.
Sicilian Straw Bag Sicily Bag
Yellow Dress by Calvin Klein
Toe Sandals in leopard print by Unisa
Straw Coffa Bag by Sicily Bag
Straw Panama hat by Billabong
The Caban Jacket, known as a “pea coat” in English speaking countries, is a classic sailor jacket, the coat equivalent to the striped Tee. It’s a French style icon worn by the “usual suspects” – the heroines of French chic: Alexa Chung & French Vogue Editor Emannuelle Alt.
It comes in a variety of styles so there is one for every body type: From short jacket to longer hemmed coats, traditionally double breasted with gold buttons and a wide collar.
Let’s see how we style this classic in our two different styles, Romantique and Rebel:
For me, the best way to style this shorter length caban jacket is casual with skinny jeans and flats. This is my Sunday morning brunch outfit, relaxed yet still chic without looking over-engineered. A striped mariniere shirt is also one of my favourite combos. After all, I live in Hamburg, near one of Europe’s biggest ports so the sailor style is always en vogue here up north.
Rebel is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Skinny jeans by JBrand. Pointy boots by Buffalo. Adorned straw bag by Sicily Bag.
I decided to go for a risky experiment: How about pairing the sailor pea coat with a sailor skirt? Straight cut navy twill with a double row of white buttons. At first I was afraid of the clashing buttons but it turned out well! The navy beret brings the whole outfit together, parfait!
Romantique is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Navy skirt by Claudie Pierlot. Leopard print flats by Kurt Geiger. Navy beret bought at John Lewis. Embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Miu Miu.
Photo location: Berlin Museum Island.
French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt wearing a caban jacket with gold buttons.
Alexa Chung wearing a long navy wool pea coat
Romantique and Rebel are back together again for another weekend in Berlin. This time, we replicated what we always did when we were kids: Raiding our mum’s wardrobe! Oh the perks of having a stylish mother.
We chose a chic herringbone egg-shaped coat by Max and Co and decided we would both wear it, showcasing how one piece of clothing can look different depending on how you style and pair it, all based on our different personalities.
To ensure a curving coat looks chic, think about what you wear underneath. It is a silhouette that works particularly well if your general way of dressing is skinny-legged, i.e. slim trousers or short skirts. I paired mine with skinny jeans and pointy boots. Pointy shoes, whether they are flats, heels or boots, always elongate the leg.
Avoid wearing knee-length skirts or wide legged trousers or you will look like a marshmallow!
Egg-shaped coats are cleverly romantic and feminine without alluding to the traditional hourglass silhouette.
The voluminous shape of the cocoon coat lends itself to pairing it with a shorter skirt and ballet pumps.
The leopard-print pointy ballet pumps serve as an eye-catcher against the grey colour and a mini pattern clash with the herringbone coat.
Sometimes, grey can drain the complexion so I perked up my make-up with a matte, pigmented red lipstick (blue based) to pop against the coat.
I’m wearing: Coat by Max & Co. Black turtle neck jumper by Max & Co. Grey knitted pleat skirt by Stefanel. Leopard printed flats with leather bow by Kurt Geiger & navy beret by House of Fraser.
How would you style the egg-shaped coat? A la Romantique, with skirt and ballet pumps, or like Rebel with skinny jeans?