A couple of years ago, I bookmarked this article by fashion photographer and writer Garance Dore. It offers a wonderful, breezy view about one’s wardrobe, not taken too seriously. In the post, she’s responding to a comment comparing her style to that of French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt (also fabulous). Garance says that while she admires Emmanuelle’s Parisian chic, she (Garance) has her own ideas.
“We all have our own style and we can all share a few good ideas about basics. For me, the things I’m always coming back to are….”
. . . then she lists her ten closet essentials, all so very French-girl chic (that is a compliment, not a dig!) Among her favorite pieces, quoting directly from her article:
1 – A white shirt that saves me in every situation. I always get a men’s shirt because I don’t like the overly refined feminine shirts.
2 – A pair of slim jeans. I wasn’t much of an early adopter, ohhh noooo, but I got real tired real fast of the boyfriend pants. I don’t get ’em hemmed, I never really knew how to do it right anyway, I just cut them right off with scissors, right above the ankle.
3 – Grey cashmere sweaters. Bompard. The only ones to understand a true plunging V-neck. Sexy, soft, and warm!
4 – Still a V-neck, the super thin Gap t-shirts. They get the most perfect wear-holes.
We see these pieces on lots of “closet essentials” lists. My own list would contain some, but not all of Garance’s favorites. What I like about her article is she’s not being prescriptive; your own favorites could be the complete style opposite to hers. You just have to love them. My list would contain black tees, cuffed jeans, sneakers and/or combat style boots, a simple leather bag, denim skirt, vintage bracelets. I also need my velvet technicolor blazer, tulle skirt, and floral booties.
Take a peek at the comments on Garance’s post; there are some fun suggestions in both English and French. And I’d love to hear below what’s on your lists.
Stay fabulous, xox,
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