|This is not what we tend to think of as your every day blazer. Note how the Balenciaga version curves sensuously in to mark a woman’s waist.|
|Audrey Tautou without a blouse. That’s always an option.|
It’s their go-to solution for pulling their looks together. Sometimes they’re polishing off a pair of jeans and a white T-shirt with the rigour of this famously well-tailored jacket. In other instances, their blazer signals “I’m serious” and it’s teamed with a skirt or tailored trousers. And, not surprisingly, Frenchwomen being Frenchwomen, occasionally their skirts are quite short and their heels vertiginously high.
|Fleur Pellerin, France’s new culture minister (as of one week in a government shake-up). Look at those gorgeous legs!|
|Juliette Binoche makes her blazer less strict with a “lavelier” blouse.|
I don’t think we’re quite as attached to our blazers or maybe some of us don’t even own one, but I think we should. Then we should do as they do: After purchase, take it directly to a tailor and have the straight up masculine shape nipped in to a feminine curve. Shoulders should be natural and all the better if it’s beautifully lined.
|Singer, actress, the sublime Françoise Hardy.|
|Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), demonstrates how a blazer can be lady-like.|
I thought perhaps you would enjoy seeing how a few of these stylish women wear their blazers — some nonchalant, others more buttoned-up. Their blazers were calling out for a little series. Here’s hoping you agree.
***Thank you for staying with me. It’s wonderful to be back. I felt as if I was getting a little disappointingly stale and needed to regroup. Now I’m feeling great again. My project has been submitted and now I’m waiting — fingers crossed — for a response. In the world of publishing responses can take for-ev-er. When I have news I’ll share it with you.