These past few days I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Paris and whenever I’m there I study that special species I so admire: The French Woman, particularly La Femme d’Un Certain Age.
My plan is, to ask them as I did for my book, about their style and how they put it all together. I’m feeling a need to get a new conversation going. Thus, I shall embark on a new series.
The idea occurred to me in the middle of the night so I haven’t had time to hit the streets with my questions, but I will. Until then, I’ll fill-in for the real deal today.
Here are five things I believe stylish women do every day:
1.) They have a well organized closet. In other words, they know what’s in there and what they like to wear, what flatters them. Therefore they tend to know in advance what they will wear each day. Many women told me they set out their outfits the night before to save time in the morning.
2.) Since they know what their day will include, they dress appropriately. If they need to transition from a day at work to an evening event, they’ll have the coordinates in their ever present tote, i.e. change of shoes, smaller bag, sparkly earrings, maybe a different top. Maybe they would simply remove their jackets.
3.) Frenchwomen love their totes, they hold the “you just never know what the day may deliver, therefore I’m prepared.” Be prepared, life sometimes holds wonderful surprises.
4.) They don’t need to worry about their grooming at the dawn of each new day because they make sure they schedule appointments for: haircuts, color, pedicures and manicures. They are not rushing to squeeze in those beauty moments, they cut out the time for them and enjoy the pampering. Look at it this way, when you jump out of bed in the morning, toes and fingers in your favorite colors, hair perfectly cut, color just right — you’re half dressed.
5.) They have style icons they admire and who inspire. Just being French doesn’t necessarily mean one was born with a full set of style genes. It’s true they are surrounded with images everywhere they look and I can’t help but believe that much of the inspiration is subliminal. Some of you have told me you have had an overdose of Ines de la Fressange as the world’s most famous French fashion icon, therefore I thought I would show you one of my favorite stylish women of a certain age, Claire Chazal.
It is always fun to watch the girls on the street as well. One can see their personalities in the way they are dressing and the potential that is burgeoning for the future of stylish French women of every age.