Wednesday, August 17, 2011

building a wardrobe: how to dress like a french woman

If she can’t afford it, she won’t buy it. If it doesn’t fit (or make her feel good, or flaunt what she’s got), she won’t wear it. If she can’t find it, she won’t compromise. If she loves it, she won’t toss it. She reuses it, rethinks it, lets it age.
When a French girl shops, it isn’t a solitary act of buying something new. It’s part of a lifelong process of editing her environment, making small but meaningful additions to her home, her closet, her life.
When you shop like a French girl, you buy only one of anything – and make sure it’s the best quality you can afford.
~ from Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl via Operation Simplicity
I have a ridiculously small wardrobe. Despite this, I'm constantly adding items of clothing that I don't love to the "out" pile. Given I've recently gained, and lost am losing a lot of weight, coupled with my four year clothing budget of zero, I'm left with an urgent need to purchase new clothes. Rather than run out and drop a load, I'm going to purchase items very thoughtfully. The key to feeling good for me is to keep things simple. I want to wear things that not only look great, but feel great too.

Here is what I currently have in my "cart" (i.e. right here in ye old blog):

Jeans. Liking these. Super dark denim with stretch and high waist? Okay!

Blazer. Madly in love with this. Why, hello, cute little gold buttons and navy stripe lining. I'll throw you over my white v-neck and we'll be off for the day.

And, of course, my love for the Swedes never waivers.


VLS said...

So what's your take on the chunky heel loafer?

jess weliwitigoda said...

Good question, V. Are they all the rage in France? I'm not particularly fond of them, but perhaps they would grow on me, like a Prius?