I was reminded by the wonderful world of Instagram of a book I have tucked away called “Parisian Chic” by Ines de la Fressange (available here). It’s soft red cover and glittering gold lettering hints at a sophistication and glamour which lies inside the pages. This book, along with giving ideas and inspiration as to how to re-create the Parisian flair for make-up, decor and style in general, demonstrates with easy chapters and plenty of photos and illustrations as to how we can simplify our wardrobes (to a point!) and have easy outfits to wear when we can’t think of anything else to pull out of our closet. Here I run through through what Ines believes are the Parisienne’s wardrobe basics on how to achieve the “I’ve hardly tried” Parisienne look.
Black jacket by Hush – a relaxed style for day and an alternative to a jacket or coat in Spring. Wear with the sleeves rolled up as above for a chilled attitude.
Blazer by Mango – a perfect evening option. Will work with skirts, jeans or trousers.
Ponte blazer by Boden – a navy option which is a less harsh colour and good for daytime.
Brook trench coat by Baukjen – a classic investment which can always be layered over a leather jacket for warmth.
The navy sweater
Cashmere crew neck by Marks & Spencer – a longer length style in a flattering, figure skimming cut.
Cashmere crew neck jumper by Boden – a simple style which will live in your wardrobe for years to come and prove to be a staple.
Racerback vest by Hush – a simple piece ideal for laying in a good quality cotton.
Relaxed tee by Abercombie – a perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe.
The little black dress
Silk dress by Stalf – a relaxed version of the LBD for a chic style.
Black dress by ME + EM – a classic style which is a perfect “forever’ dress.
Jumpsuit by Hush – an alternative to the LBD this jumpsuit has a chic cut and can be dressed up or down.
The perfect jeans
Mid-rise slim leg jeans by Toteme – a perfect Spring/Summer jean.
Straight leg jean by 7 for all Mankind – a style which you will wear day in, day out.
Straight leg jeans by Marks & Spencer – the straight leg is flattering and the dark wash slimming.
The leather jacket
Leather jacket by Zara – Zara do great leather jackets at a great price.
Loafers by Air & Grace – a perfect shoe for smarter than average daytime wear.
Trainers by Converse – a weekend must have!
Sneakers by Adidas – simple classics.