Posted on April 18, 2011

Less is more – Parisian Chic

Movie & Books/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Ines de la Fressange, 53 year old  Model, Muse  to Karl Lagerfeld and face of Chanel, is finally sharing her style secrets with us in her book . Who is else is  more qualified to write a book about Parisian Style than the epitome of timeless elegance.

Ines does not reinvent the wheel with her book but reading it does serve to remind you of simple principles of chic when you are out shopping, tempted to get that sequinned dress, that deep down you know you will never wear.

  • Wear what suits you, not what what is trendy or in right now
  • Less is more: If you are wearing a necklace, don’t wear earrings. If you wear colourful nailvarnish, avoid rings.

The “Magnificent Seven” wardrobe basics are:  a man’s blazer, trench coat, navy sweater, tank top, little black dress, jeans and leather jacket – all modelled by her equally gorgeous daughter in the book.

Here is my philosophy on fashion:

  • Swap Ballerinas for high heels if you cannot walk in them – nothing is more unattractive than tottering along when you should grace a feline walk
  • Go for simple, classic shapes that never go out of fashion like shift dresses, pencil skirts, trench coats. Add a girly detail like puff sleeves on the trenchcoats, or flowers on the shift dress.

Below: Rebel wears marine sweater from TK Maxx, white jeans and pearl necklace from Sum Cinque. Romantique wears puff-sleeved trench coat from Stefanel ,  flower shift dress by Max Mara and ballerinas from Pretty Ballerina.

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  • Reply cv August 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm


    Would you happen to know the name of the shop that carrys the purse Nine D’urson is using (Ines’ daughter). I think she mentioned it in her book where your picture comes from, but I do not have that book. Thanks

    • Reply Romantique August 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm


      Thanks for stopping by! The satchel purse is from a Swedish boutique Ines talks about in a separate chapter in the book. Here are the details:
      Kerstin Adolphson
      157 Boulevard
      Saint Germain des Pres, 6
      Tel: +33 145 48 00 14

      Hope this helps! have a lovely weekend


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