Monday, April 22, 2013

Capsule Wardrobe - French style

French women have a just reputation for being chic, sophisticated and well-turned-out; even if they're just wearing a pair of jeans and a classic white shirt, they have that je ne sais quoi that women the world over envy and want to emulate. So, when Vogue Paris ran an article on a list of the simple ten essentials that most French woman have, I couldn't get hold of it quickly enough.  I was slightly worried that it would contain elements that would be beyond my budget but the following pieces of clothing can be worn whatever your age and can be bought on any budget.  So here goes...

* Le Chemise Blanc
A basic white shirt is a must - maybe one shorter in cotton and then a longer line silk one to wear over trousers in the evenings.

*Le Jean
Everyone needs a good pair of jeans and the French wear them faded and straight, although I like the skinny look.  Buy whatever you can afford and there are a myriad of brands out there, Current Elliot is the Vogue Paris brand du jour.

*Le Trench
Let's face it, a good trench coat will take you anywhere and a classic from Burberry is a lifetime investment.

*Les Ballerines
Ballerina pumps are an everyday staple.  They walk to work, they hit the town, they work, whatever.  A pair in black and then a coloured pair too (I'm currently coveting this pair in coral).

*Le Cachemire
Cashmere is all about luxury, warmth, comfort and you'll need one of these in soft grey; round neck or V-neck, it's the cut that counts.

*La Petite Robe Noir
Every wardrobe should contain a trusty LBD.  Wear it anywhere, for any occasion.  Dress it up, dress it down.  Heels or flats.  You decide.

*Les Escarpins Noir
Ok, so we've done the ballet flats, now it's the turn of the skyscraper heel. Drop-dead sexy, classic and high, very high.  You cannot go wrong with black patent Laboutins.  As soon as you put them on your legs look longer, you feel more confident, your stride more sexy and strut-worthy.  As for the aches and pains of pinched toes and burning foot pads, ach, no gain without pain, yes?

*Le Tank Top
A classic t-shirt needs no introduction.  Keep it free of logos and colour; white is your t's best colour and sleeveless, so that your blazer fits as it should.  As soon as it starts going grey, bin and buy another.

*Le Pantalon de Smoking
Aka the cigarette pants - in black of course.  It ranks up there with the LBD; never leave home without them.

So, which item of clothing gets your vote?  What's your go-to piece, I'd love to know?


  1. Great list.. My go to is the lbd which I dress up or down depending on the occasion.

  2. Looking to minimize my closet. Good list