On other blogs and from students within my style course Ines de la Fressagne is often mentioned as a role model of style. I too am attracted to her look as it’s timeless and always chic, although I like a bit more variety and trendiness and fun elements within my own wardrobe.
The good news is, Ines de la Fressagne’s style is actually really easy to achieve! The style depends hugely on some classic basics that get some finesse with some well appointed accessories and shoes.
Here are some ideas on how to add a bit of that Ines de la Fressagne parisian style to your life this summer.
Key to her look is often a man’s blazer with a female spin. You can opt for a wider blazer and belt it or just choose a blazer in a neutral color and combine with white capris or jeans. Scrunch the arms for a more casual and modern spin to your look. For evening choose a blazer in the same color as your pants.
The trench coat
The parisian trench is quite classic but often worn with jeans, skinnies or straight pants. Make sure not to combine the more classical trench with too many other classic pieces like pearls or a pencil skirt and avoid the military look.
The blue jeans
Ines loves her blue jeans, but she always makes them look more polished. She often combines it with a blazer, her trench coat or a button down blouse, but will also make the look more edgy with a leather moto jacket. This season, straight jeans and skinnies with a higher rise are still very current. For a super hip jeans look, opt for a bit of flare.
The knitted top
Ines loves her neutrals and the blue and white combination is her favorite. Choose a top in a good fabric and combine with your blue jeans, white pants or black cigarette pants. Add a leather jacket for that edgier modern look. There are plenty of knitted tops with shorter sleeves too.
The white shirt
Another staple in the Parisian wardrobe and can be worn with everything. If you don’t like white you can change it for another neutral or choose a subtle pattern. A good quality cotton shirt is good but for more texture and refinement you can also opt for a silk one.
The tank top
Ines likes simple and chic and the tank top is just that. She often wears it to support a jacket or cardigan and it’s the casual counterpart to a more stylish jacket. Or wear it on casual days with some khaki chinos for an understated casual look. Looks great with your leather jacket too.
The white capris
Super chic for summer, white ankle pants or capris will look good with just about anything. Pairing it with marine is very classic and always chic and modern, but red or green are great options too.
The little black dress
Or the little colorful dress. Just choose a color that suits your complexion. Parisiennes often have darker skin tones and hair so black will often suit them well. Most women though look better in a different color. Think about a nice dark red or a navy colored dress. Just as chic and quite possibly more flattering on you!
The leather jacket
This is what gives her outfits a bit of an edge and actually makes them really hip and current now with the leather moto jacket especially being very popular.
The ballet flats or the blocked heels
Ines loves a comfortable shoe and ballet flats are her favorite. For a more trendy look opt for a slightly pointier nose. For evening choose a great block heel that is both stylish AND comfortable.
Once you have the right basics and have chosen your basic color palette, you can add more finesse by adding some simple accessories. Nothing too colorful or fancy but pieces that make your look current and hip.
I find that the Ines de la Fressagne style is a good basis for many wardrobes. You can alter these basics slightly to add your personal spin to it. For example, my spin is that the tops often have asymmetrical elements and my dresses often have drape. I also like to add a bit of color and FUN with accesories. This makes the style more ‘Sylvia’ but a lot of the fundamentals are the same. If I would have a ‘uniform’ it would be the white pants, with a nice top and a nice jacket.
If you like to get some style tips from Ines herself, her book Parisian chic, a style guide by Ines de la Fressange is available at Amazon.
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