In so many instances, apart from the intrinsic sonorous beauty of the French language, it is in its ambiguity, it’s open-ended qualifiers that leave descriptions and pronouncements flou obliging us to reason, to think and at times create mental pictures in order to understand — or partially understand — what has been said to us.
Take the expression “un peu” — a little or a little bit — for example. It precedes so many situations and descriptions that it’s practically a colloquial tic. One can be un peu shocked, surprised, angry, disappointed and so on. Its uses are infinite and are usually not modifiers of understatement but rather of strong sentiment or opinion.
Un peu ronde, an expression I find charming, is used to describe a woman who is not, as the French say, an haricot vert. But my favorite word to define curves is “pulpeuse” which translates as voluptuous and curvy. Now I ask you, don’t the words ronde and pulpeuse provoke lovely, romantic images?
Working from the assumption we are not all green beans and taking my usual circuitous route, I asked Edith to draw some beautiful women un peu ronde et pulpeuse, to prove it’s not necessarily the form, it’s the femme that counts when it comes to fashion.
A few rules:
1.) Keep lines long and lean. No body chopping with separates and color. Think vertical. 2.) Yes you can wear lime trousers if the top is like those drawn here.3.) Every woman can wear a peasant blouse. If you prefer long sleeves, they’re out there.4.) Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.5.) Grooming, grooming, grooming.
A few more ways to wear your lime (or any other color pants):
1.) Long black, deep V-neck sweater.2.) Big, linen shirts.3.) Tunics with a bit of fit and flare. (Be careful with patterns: Try, turn around, decide.)4.) Instead of the navy blazer above with the polo, do it with a black jacket and polo.5.) Long navy sweater.6.) A lime and white striped big shirt, sleeves rolled a couple of times so it’s not too prissy.7.) A navy or black camisole under the jackets.8.) Same thing goes for a bustier if you’re not too, too well-endowed. No hanging over the balcony if you know what I mean. . .9.) A black or navy twin-set — try to find a long version. 10.) A black or navy Marcel under the jackets or a linen shirt.
Ed. Note: Of course this exercise could have been done with dark trousers, but I thought I would prove to you you could go right for those lime, fuchsia or yellow pants on their fifth markdown and turn them into a stylish staple.