Saturday, February 21, 2009
You know what I miss about the States?
TJ Maxx, Target, Marshalls – oh, the thrill of getting more for less.
On the other hand, I’ve never been better-dressed than in Paris. Since even reasonably-priced stores like the Gap cost an arm and a leg over here, I splash out on just one or two items that makes me feel like a million bucks (make that euros, given the current exchange rate.)
Maman hammers it into French girls’ heads since birth:
Always buy quality.
Magazine articles tell women to buy a classic Chanel jacket and wear it for the rest of their lives. OK, I’m down with that – as soon as I find an extra 3000 euros in change behind the couch cushions.
Real-life chic Frenchwomen shop at upmarket stores like Gerard Darel and Comptoir des Cotonniers. (And make sure they’re on their mailing lists for private sale invitations.) Their designs have an interesting twist every season but are classic enough to last a few years. Tara Jarmon is a personal fave with their 60’s-inspired dresses and ultra-feminine suits. I’ve trotted out the same hot-pink satin Tara Jarmon cocktail dress for countless weddings and get compliments every time. Now that’s return on investment.
A faire: Always look at materials. Wool, cotton, and cashmere will probably stand the test of time – polyester, not so much.
A ne pas faire à tout prix: Wear something that doesn’t fit just because it’s trendy.
Here’s what you really need:
A fantastic spring and winter coat
A tailored leather jacket
A crisp white shirt with feminine details
Throw-on basics like washable cashmere T’s
Fantastic Frenchy Fashion:
Zadig & Voltaire
American Vintage (yep, it’s French)
Comptoir des Cotonniers
What are your favorite French brands?