|Would you dare to wear? (I’m probably being to matchy-matchy, a Femme Française would probably choose a red sailor shirt.)|
Yes, a French woman would and, trust me, age has nothing to do with it. Les Femmes Françaises seem to have no fear when it comes to mixing disparate patterns and colors. As far as I can tell, they do it from the youngest ages — when mothers are still dressing their little ones — until, well, until forever.
I noticed today that in the Dior haute couture collection the marinière, that striped French classic we either love or hate, has been once again blessed with designer affirmation. That is to say, we can continue to wear ours with confidence and a major reference.
|A Ralph Lauren polo for the skirt below all tied up with a grosgrain “belt.”|
|Ah, maybe (?). . . what do you think?|
Now, here is what some French women might do: They might mix theirs with a flowered skirt. Granted, this takes some bravura, but when done right it looks fresh and pretty. Personally, it’s not my thing, but I always love to see the creativity of other women.
|A small sampling of Lacoste polo colours.|
In lieu of the stripes and flowers, I would be more apt to try another French blend, a polo shirt (and don’t forget if you don’t like short sleeves they also come with long sleeves) with a floral skirt. For those with great arms, polos exist in a halter cut.
|A minuscule sampling of grosgrain ribbon colors. They also come in myriad prints from leopard and zebra to polka dots, stripes and more.|
Here’s the tiny detail that makes all the difference, no matter which way you choose the pieces must be tied together in the middle. A belt is an obvious choice, but I think it’s prettier, softer and kinder to find a lovely length of grosgrain ribbon for the waist.
Except for the Lacoste shirts, I simply randomly chose flowered skirts to make my point.
|How about a sequinned skirt?|
Would you dare to wear the stripes and flowers?