What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic

Do you suffer from FGO (French Girl Obsession)?  I’m pretty sure I do.  One thing I’ve observed about French girls/women is their minimalistic approach to fashion and beauty.   Not only are their clothes low-key, but also their hair and makeup. And of course…that is exactly why I adore their chic style!

First let’s talk about a French basic…denim.  Have you ever wondered how French women spin denim into something so sophisticated?  One denim look seen on the streets of Paris during fashion week was cropped jeans complemented with kitten heels. We are especially crushing on a pair of frayed jeans shown with a white tee, Chanel suspenders, plaid jacket, Dior kitten heels and a camel beret.  A pair of flared cropped jeans and a trench coat will add a little extra French flavor to your style! So sassy and so French!

Mrs. Twist Flips!  When I saw Holley’s post I had to share that I found these kitten heels at Target.  Don’t they look alot like the Dior inspiration!

 

For me, striped tops are a classic French style, and I have to admit, I love stereotypes.  Soooo…show me a girl wearing a striped tee while riding a bike in Paris, and I’m totally in awe!  I love how an American blogger shares her French style riding a pink bike wearing white skinnies and a green striped top….she even matches her shoes and purse to her pink bike.  French perfection….right?

A French girl must:  Bright red lipstick! Ooh la la!!!  

If I were visiting Paris one of my style goals would be to look so French, tourists would ask me for directions! BTW….does anyone know how to say “y’all” in French? An easy way to accomplish this look is by wearing a monochromatic ensemble.  What shouts “French Cuisine” more than a yummy peach blazer and crops complemented by a straw boater hat? Sounds like the perfect look for the French Riviera….Oui!   

Jeanne Damas, a Parisian “it girl,” exudes that elusive French style. In fact I love her style so much, I dedicated a section to her on my Pinterest board, “Feeling French”!  One of her trademark looks is wearing dresses and skirts that emphasis her long legs. Be sure to check out a few of her Paris Fashion Week front-row looks.   Another French icon and muse, Ines de la Fressange, reveals her long legs and classic style wearing a green floral dress. Don’t you just love their subtle sex appeal?  

Parisian Nostalgia:  Be sure to take a look at two photos I made in Paris over 13 years ago.  Their Parisian style is so classic and timely, you would think the photos were taken this year.

Another thing I adore about French women is they “appear” to live a life that includes consuming lots of croissants and no regular exercise.  Call me crazy, but I’m starting to wonder if my DNA test will prove I’m 100% French! That being said, I will not be talking about French fitness style, because I’m pretty sure there is no such thing.  

And finally…who doesn’t love a beret?  Even though a beret is not exactly considered French…for me, it completes my French fantasy.  The good news is berets are back in style and or not just a cute souvenir. A classic look on our Pinterest board shows wide leg trousers paired with a sweater, YSL handbag, boots, and complemented with a black beret….of course!  And a red beret worn with a plaid jacket is not only classic French but also on-trend.

 

Since it doesn’t look like a trip to Paris is in the near future for me, I think I will just mosey on over to la Madeleine!  Who wants to meet me for a coffee and a croissant…or two?!?!?

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: The Neutral Camel

Camel is my favorite neutral color because it goes with everything from colors to stripes and even animal prints.  

 A little fashion story from my past:

 About 15 years ago I fell in love with camel after seeing a Marc Jacobs camel pleated skirt paired with a grey sweater on the cover of Vogue Magazine.  I copied the look with a camel pleated skirt from Club Monaco.  But this is the thing….up until that point, I thought camel was a boring color and too “plain jane.”  But not anymore….now I see it as a very classic color!

So let’s talk about some of the many style options to pair with camel. Since we are in the middle of springtime, one of my favorite looks is camel and white.  I love the picture of the beautiful camel cape, white slacks, and stacks of gold bracelets on our Pinterest board.  Another fabulous combo is suede camel culottes, and a beautiful Victorian white blouse worn with snakeskin pumps.   A look to keep you warm on those cool spring evenings is a Catherine Robinson cashmere wrap in camel…of course.  Shoes in a nude or animal print are the perfect combo for a camel and white ensemble.  For drama, add a bold statement necklace or stacks of bracelets.  Does that sound classy or what?

Since we never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next, we still need to think about light-weight spring coats and sweaters. Again, this is when camel becomes the perfect spring transition piece. What is more classic than a trench coat?  If you said, “nothing,” then you are right!  Whether worn with slacks, leather pants, or jeans, a classic trench coach gives any outfit a sophisticated look. Even think about adding a matching scarf to give your outfit a monochromatic look.  If your wardrobe is more on the causal side, this is when you will want to wear your jeans and camel coat or jacket with a pair of sneakers. Such a great way to transform a classic piece of clothing into a trendy look.  

Another great look to pair with camel is animal print.  Animal print will take your classic camel outfit for a walk on the wild side.  Okay…maybe not too wild, but it will add a little spunk to your outfit!  Think about incorporating animal print into your camel ensemble with a handbag or scarf.  Both accessories will go with your jackets and white pieces.  Also, consider adding animal print with your shoes.  There are so many choices; heels, flats, and sneakers.  If you are really daring, wear a pair of animal print pants with your camel trench coat or jacket.  And to that, I say…you go girl!  

A look I love is camel with stripes. That kind of sounds French… doesn’t it?  Ines de la Fressange, French model, style icon and former muse to Karl Lagerfeld has that chic French look that I adore. Be sure to check out my Pinterest board, “Ines,” to study her effortless style.  She is also the author of Parisian Chic, which includes all of her favorite haunts in Paris. I’m pretty sure you will want to add her book to your reading list.  The best thing about a chic French look is that it never goes out of style because…just like camel…it’s a classic.

If you love color, just know you can pair every color with camel. My favorite combo is paired with red.  You can add red with a pair of pants or a dress topped off with a camel blazer or sweater.  A subdued option would be to add a hint of red with a handbag or shoes.  The good news is this….whatever color you choose to pair with your camel ensemble will be the perfect pop of color for you.

 

Ines de la Fressange defines her book in three words: “eclectic, honest, and happy.”  That’s how I see the color camel…eclectic, honest, and it makes me so happy!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected]