Monthly Archives: April 2016
Vintage Levi’s 501 Jeans Outfit
Whether you call them a simple fad, a must-have or just the perfect casual jeans, the Levi’s 501 have been in the game for quite some time. After frequently seeing Marine Vacth and Jeanne Damas sporting a pair of Levi’s 501, I became interested in the vintage jeans and their casual chic vibe and versatility. When I stumbled upon one in my favourite vintage store in Paris a while ago I knew I had to implement them into my wardrobe. Second hand shops are where you find the real gems if you know where to scour. The Levi’s 501 jeans go perfectly with silk and cotton shirts and casual plain T-shirts. I usually wear them cuffed with my ballerinas, but today I have paired them up with my new black sandals – a nice alternative to my tan K.Jacques sandals.
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My Five Essential Basics
One of my style resolutions of 2016 is to successfully complete the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge. Where I introduced my set of rules to the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge in the blog post here, and have been talking about finding a suitable colour palette in this post, I am today highlighting my essential basics or my absolute wardrobe essentials. Needless to say, I am a big fan of basic garments and if you follow my blog you have seen many of these garments appear in my outfit pictures or in my blog posts. It is now time to compile a little list to investigate the core of my Five Piece French Wardrobe.
Just one more thing: I am in no way obliging or urging anybody to see these five items as the epitome of their basic wardrobe. Nor is it carved in stone that these items are the essential basics of the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge. Rather, I hope you can see my selection of basics as a hint of inspiration. I gained a lot of inspiration myself from scouring the internet and investigating (or rather: style stalking) the wardrobe of Sofia Coppola to ultimately decide on my favourite basic pieces. I urge to find out what works best for your bodytype and stick to it. Refraining from overbuying and hoarding is a lot easier when you have a comfortable and basic set of clothes you can wear in rotation without feeling tired of them.
Perhaps (at least for me) the most basic of all basics, and the garment around which I would like to build my wardrobe. A blue shirt is understated, unisex elegance and with the right fit a comfortable everyday staple. I own a classic one by Steven Alan, this basic cotton shirt by A.P.C. which I wear all the time and an embroidered, soft cotton version by Vanessa Bruno. All three shirts have this perfect, straight fit that compliments my body type. Depending on the situation, I can either dress them up or wear them casually on a day off. Have I already told you how fond I am of them?
I am a sucker for nonchalance and looking casual, but cannot resist the elegant, put-together look and feel of a good quality white silk shirt. You can keep the rest of the outfit as casual as possible, and let the silk shirt do the talking. A good fit is one that does not accentuate the waist and is slightly oversized. As for the silk, choose a non-sheer material that is quite sturdy. When silk material is semi sheer or downright see-through, it tends to look a bit cheap and thin. It can unfortunately be rather tricky to find silk material that is of good quality. My silk shirt is by Everlane, and I am quite content with it. Hopefully they will start shipping to Europe soon so I can buy this tan version and wear them in rotation.
I wear my black cashmere jumper over everything as it keeps me warm during winter and chilly summer nights. Contrary to common belief, the cashmere gives off a sleek, slim and polished look and makes any outfit instantly look refined. In general, I enjoy wearing lambswool, merinowool and cashmere, but I feel that cashmere has a more luxurious/softer feel to it. It is, however, more prone to pilling and getting holes and is usually more costly than your average woollen jumper.
I am this type of person who is running around town quite a lot during the week, often choosing a pair of thick, sturdy, everyday blue jeans over my collection of black tapered trousers. I purchased my first pair of A.P.C. Etroit Court blue jeans a while ago and have been loyal to the brand ever since. They just have the best straight yet slightly cropped fit! The good thing about the thick denim of these blue jeans is that they just get better the longer you wear them – thus going for the worn-in denim look which makes the jeans completely hug your body. Consider me a fan.
Weather permitting, my Repetto ballet flats are glued to my feet. Since I am not a fan of discomfort and high heeled shoes, I found that these ballerinas are just the most comfortable to walk in while still looking chic. I own both the Camille Repettos and the Cendrillon and have written an extensive review about them here. Now that it is finally warm enough, I am more than content hiding away my suede boots and sticking to these little black flats. Whether out on a date or doing groceries, they are absolute lifesavers with their simple look and comfortable sole.
Previous posts in the Five Piece French Wardrobe series:
Everlane Silk Shirt and Isabel Marant Jacket
This outfit is basically the epitome of my style perception: the masculine and simple lines of a herringbone jacket combined with this smooth and delicate Everlane silk shirt. I literally live in this Isabel Marant herringbone jacket except for when it is too sultry outside – the jacket imparts some sort of perpetually, nonchalant, off-the-cuff sophistication to my style. I acquired it online a while ago, and while I am still on the lookout for the perfect Isabel Marant coat, this jacket will have to do for the time being. The A.P.C. jeans I talked about here give a hint of nonchalance to my everyday uniform, and the Everlane silk shirt I am wearing it with is the perfect winter-to-spring transition piece.
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Jane Birkin’s Blue Jeans
I used to very much dislike light coloured jeans, but after becoming fascinated by Jane Birkin’s spring and summer wardrobe my opinion on casual mid-blue denim has changed. In fact, when I first discovered that A.P.C. made their Unisex Raw Denim Line in two colours (of which one of them was the lighter, but perfect shade of mid-blue), my opinion on the style had actually shifted from finding them ‘too casual and not chic’ to thinking that they were just the perfect amount of casual and, when combined with the right garments, very chic. I felt the need to invest in an everyday basic pair of blue jeans and found that the A.P.C. Etroit Court Jeans in that same mid-blue colour had the perfect, straight-leg yet slightly cropped fit which is perfect for a smaller girl like me.
As with implementing any new style into my wardrobe, it took me a bit of time to get used to combining the lighter colour of the denim. However, since I bought them I have noticed the blue jeans go well with woollen and cashmere jumpers and cotton shirts. The subtlety of the denim also works great in contrast with a white silk shirt. And of course, nothing beats a pair of mid-blue jeans combined with the perfect soft white T-shirt. This Sunday I will show you one of my uniform looks with the jeans – but you can already see me wearing them here and here.
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