Saturday, August 27, 2011

What's a girl to wear ...

On the streets of Paris, everyone exudes a certain elan. Women look tres chic (and svelte, I might add), so it's no wonder I begin to panic as I start packing my luggage for a vacation in the City of Light. "What's in my wardrobe that works well in Paris this year? What do I need to buy before I go?"
This year I'm taking my que from Ines de la Fressange, Karl Lagerfeld's muse at Chanel, supermodel turned fashion designer turned author of the definitive guide to Parisian style, "Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet."

Photo of Ines de la Fressange via R du jour.

After reading the guide by this doyenne of fashion, I'm feeling a lot better about my own personal style. I've recently been tossing out the worn and dated and curating a more classic wardrobe with simple, quality pieces that reflect my new lifestyle and career. These will work perfectly on the streets of Paris!

I love the casual chic style that Fressange knows well, and as women of the same age, her insight into what makes a well-dressed woman is totally on target. Whether you live in Memphis or Milan, Portland or Portofino, her clothing and accessory suggestions are frank and a fun read.

In her book, Fressage offers another great resource for what is au courant, the online marvel Grarance Dore. I love looking at this online website for the latest fashion news and shopping recommendations. (And, yes, it is in both French and English.)

Now, I just need to save a few dollars to spend shopping in St-Germain-des-Prés! 

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