I have been enjoying wearing French designers lately; for the style and aesthetic, the fabric, the fit – and well, the feel! There is something so elegant about the look and feel of a French-made piece of clothing. I asked Gabrielle, friend, owner, and curator of my new favorite boutique, The Collective, just what it is that is so appealing about French designers. Here is what Gabrielle said: “Working with clothing for the past 5 years, I’ve noticed that French and Italian designers just know how to tailor clothing to a woman’s body. For example, Cinzia Rocca coats are some of the best I’ve seen. I think this is part of the reason we, as American women, look to the French women for inspiration… they wear classic, well-tailored items that look effortless… and no matter what we classify our ‘style’ as, I think most can appreciate the “effortless” vibe.”
Ooh, effortless – that is the word! Dressing has been effortless.
Outift (mostly French): Coat, Maje; sweater A.P.C.; pants, The Row (American); shoes, Talbots (American)
Photos by Abrina Hyatt
Not long ago I discovered my best colors courtesy of fashion stylist and color consultant Rivka and her partner and beauty entrepreneur, Cindy – and it truly changed my life! In small ways and big ways. I learned to embrace colors that bring out the best in me, take risks with the unknown, and remove colors that don’t work with my skin tone. It all starts with your skin and some colors came as quite a surprise. For instance, Rivka told me that I should not be wearing any shade of yellow, that I should be wearing more silver-tones including silver jewelry rather than gold. I had no idea – in fact, most of the earrings and necklaces I own were gold. I began a total makeover to incorporate more silver into my wardrobe and replace my gold pieces. Now I feel like the true me is revealing itself; I guess you could say I am finding my silver lining.
There is a silver lining for you, too. Once you find the colors that bring out the best in you you will shine in new and unimagined ways. People will notice you and not the color of your clothes.
Jacket, J Brand; pants, The Row; sweater Comptoir des Cotonniers; shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo; handbag Furla
Photos by Kendra Olson