What is it about spring and summer that makes one yearn for red, white and blue? I think it has nothing to do with patriotism on either side of the Atlantic. It simply feels fresh, crisp and sophisticated. It’s, as they say, a no-brainer.
No matter how relatively classic it may be, it’s never boring or dated, probably because there are so many ways to do it. The naval approach with all its possibilities is one of my favorites.
However a woman decides to play it out basically depends upon her personal style, but there is always something appealing to adding the oh-so-French mariniere tee to the mix. It comes at myriad price points and needn’t be a major investment, in fact it makes sense to have several in rotation. Furthermore, there are variations on the striped theme.
If, like me, you like classics there are the seemingly endless choices of navy blazers which really do add the perfect finish to bleu, blanc, rouge. It’s always important to remember that the very straight-up boxy versions should be nipped in slightly at the waist. (I’m very lucky to have a superb seamstress who once worked for a couture house, but is now retired.) It’s worth the expense with a tailor.
Beyond that, you know your figure well enough by now to decide the length that best flatters your body. If in doubt, ask your full-length mirror. She never lies.
Finally there is the white pant or jeans, again, your call on the shape, the waist placement, the details.
I think the ropey sandals in last week’s French Elle, from La Maison Ernest tie everything up with a just right nautical finish.
Over the weekend I plan to do a little shopping in my closet to see if I can pull this look together. I’m certain I can, except for the sandals of course, but I do have red ballerinas — of course I do (navy also, but no white which is fine by me, for me). Maybe gold would be nice. . .?