Posted on September 13, 2012

French Fashion Lessons



Inès de la Fressange is French chic personified and we love her book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. It’s not true that the Germans and the French can’t stand each other, it’s an old cliché, times have changed – we love France, especially the Parisians!

Buy things that seem boring

Like a man’s V-neck sweater, a white shirt, black jeans that you maybe cut at the ankle, a black bag, black sunglasses – that look is fantastic. Remember the picture of Princess Diana in the black turtleneck? Buy things without thinking they’re funny – buying a navy sweater isn’t fun, it really isn’t. But afterwards, when you wear it with nice neat hair and Converse, you can look really beautiful. And that is fun. Look at how simple fashion people are – we always say “less is more”.

I WEAR: Man’s navy Sweater by TK Maxx, white pants by Gant, blue Converse, Betsey Johnson Sunglasses

Extracts from an Interview:

S: In everybody’s mind. When you ask people anywhere who represents French elegance, you’re the one they mention.

IF: I’d take my father’s V-neck sweaters and some
topsiders, which were the ancestors of Converse sneakers, and I’d wear those with jeans and a fur coat.

S: You were improvising then.

IF: Absolutely. One day, I just had white pants, a big white jacket, a white fedora. On a whim, I took a burnt cork and gave myself a big moustache, Aldo Maccione–style, all bent over like an old playboy, and I was clowning around with my big fat moustache. It was so much fun. Now everybody says “sexy” all the time. We absolutely never said “sexy” back then. I was being silly, so I didn’t really stand out, but I was a clown.

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