|The navy blues that will take you anywhere for every occasion in Paris and no doubt any where in the world.|
Let’s say someone asks Cherie* (for example): “If one were obliged to have only one outfit for a one-week trip to Paris what would it be?”
Cherie would reply: “Obviously that’s not the way I travel, I have people who help me tote my extensive wardrobe since I change several times a day, but for those poor souls who are not blessed with my life and my wherewithal I would suggest ‘keep it simple’ as much as I detest the idea.”
You see, Cherie is back (!). . .
Even though, as you know, she and I are not on the best of terms nor do we tend to agree on practical, efficient dressing, we do agree that style and elegance are primordial. We differ on our price points in most cases and her lifestyle is infinitely more glamourous than mine — infinitely. . .
When I posed the above question to her she reluctantly conceded that I had a point. I told her, (suggested that is, no one imposes an opinion on Cherie), that a perfectly tailored navy jacket and matching slim trousers would take a woman from a day shopping in Paris to a dinner in a three star restaurant. Even she, as much as she hates to see my point of view, concurred.
Now, let us be perfectly clear. Such a combination could, on the face of it, seem like a uniform — literally — but it is not, not when worn a la française. It’s all about the tailoring which must be extremely feminine, otherwise forget about it.
|Welcome back, Cherie. I guess. . .|
Today I would like to prove my point (our point, Cherie’s and mine. . .). The basics: the navy tuxedo trousers you already brought with you on your trip to Paris and the alternative without the tux stripe down the leg; the nipped at the waist blazer; a white t-shirt; a navy and white scarf (you know
you will have a zillion scarf options for these pieces); shoe choices which will define your intentions and the go everywhere gold hoop earrings.
The tuxedo pants are fun and an “extra” but to stay basic you’ll want the plain version. Mind you, I think it would be lovely to have both. In fact, it’s always a good idea to buy two pairs of trousers for a jacket when possible because we tend to wear the pants more often and we want all the pieces to be in the same dye lot.
Look at the adorable white cropped sweater. When you put it over the white t-shirt you have created something completely unexpected and fresh. What do you think?
I could play with these pieces for weeks, OK many, many days. If you’re interested in my doing so, please let me know.
*Cherie is baaaack(!) In fact, when my new blog transfers over to this space she will have her own rubric where you can communicate directly with her with your fashion questions. She remains as prickly as ever, but even I have to admit she does have style.