I recently read Ines de la Fressange’s book, Parisian Chic, and feel like my life is forever changed. I have always gravitated to a more classic style, clean lines, timeless cuts, and quality fabrics, but this book helped me to put very tangible definitions on good style. de la Fressange details her picks for basic wardrobe pieces. She includes full color photos of the looks in real life, and gives advice on what to pair each item with. Her book also details the 5 types of shoes every woman should own as well as the 5 types of bags a lady should have. Over half the book reads more like an insiders guide book to Paris, detailing the author’s favorite boutiques, cafes, hotels, and things to do in Paris (which served purely to make my heart yearn for a city j’adore.) But what really stands out to me is her amazingly straight-forward fashion advice. She includes 5 picks as basics to build a classic wardrobe from:
As an avid traveler, I love that all this works well together and can be packed in a carry-on. (To see how I travel internationally with only a carry on, see this post)I have begun to put some of her recommendations into practice, such as buying quality long lasting pieces, but because of that and my limited budget, I do not yet have the top row complete. But as the planner I am, I have already created some looks for my future wardrobe, based on the full line of recommendations the author gives throughout Parisian Chic. Ines de la Fressange likes to balance the masculine with the feminine as well as the dressy with the casual. I feel like a lot of her suggestions introduce an unexpected edge to her outfits. Since I am sold on her style, I created 4 looks based solely on her recommendations (BTW all of the shoes, bags, and accessories are Parisian Chic compliant also!) – what do you think? (BTW this post does contain some affiliate links – thanks for supporting illistyle xoxo)
I paired Ines’s suggested navy v-neck sweater with white jeans with black belt, black ballet flats, a satchel, tortoise sunglasses, and a man’s watch.
The perfect cashmere sweater is totally eluding me. Any suggestions on where to find a nice and reasonably priced one?
This laid-back style is perfect for California fall with jeans, a white tank, a grey boyfriend cardigan belted at the waist, dressy sandals, a large leather tote, simple hammered gold hoops, and another masculine watch.
The watch and belt are currently sitting in my shopping carts on their respective websites…
I am loving this trench look for fall with black jeans, a tailored white button-down, riding boots, a large black tote, some stack rings, and round sunglasses.
Can we talk about that trench? I am literally driving to the nearest store to buy tomorrow, since they are having a huge sale right now.
Casual and still put together in comfy boyfriend jeans, a Breton stripe shirt, a classic navy blazer, blue converse, a straw handbag, easy-going string bracelet, and diamond stud earrings.
I love me a good blazer. And pairing it with Cons? #genius.
I feel like Ines de la Fressange’s staple pieces and her suggestions sprinkled throughout the book make it so easy to put together an outfit that looks effortless and classy.
These are looks I would actually wear.
Would you wear any of these?
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