Q&A: Top 10 Wardrobe Foundation Pieces for the Classic Frenchwoman

October 2nd, 2007

Q:  I was impressed with the way Eva Greens character in "The Dreamers" dressed–that kind of "Paris in the 60s" style. What would you recommend as basics so I can wear that style while not looking like I sprung out of an Austin Powers film?

NAVE Pin Tuck Collar Blouse in BordeauxBy Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A:  Eva Green’s character in The Dreamers, Isabelle, is the siren, and her wardrobe embraces her femininity and sexuality.   Her clothes never overwhelmed her–she did not choose graphic prints or the angular, mod cuts of the sixties. 

As an aside, the French designers of the sixties, such as Courreges and Saint Laurent, came from the formal tradition of Balenciaga, with rich heavy fabric, superb tailoring and sculptural shapes.  London, on the other hand, had the wilder and more youthful Mary Quant, Twiggy, and "Austin Powers" looks.

Bringing it back to Isabelle, jewel tones dominated her wardrobe, which encompassed a dark green velvet dress, a rich red minidress, sheer floral blouses, and subtle printed dresses.  Isabelle had the classic Frenchwoman’s wardrobe, which, in our humble opinion, would be wise to emulate as it stands the test of time.  Here’s our top ten picks to jumpstart the creation of the classic Frenchwoman’s wardrobe:

1.  Classic trench
2.  Floral blouse,
3.  Silk blouse,
4.  Loose minidress,
5.  Sultry silk dress,
6.  Elegant red velvet bag,
7.  Beret,
8.  Dark tights,
9.  Leather boots, and
10. Black opera length gloves.

Pictured: NAVE Pin Tuck Collar Blouse in Bordeaux | $244 at Revolve Clothing.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer  |  October 2nd, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Hi Omiru,

    I just tried to email you my fashion question, but it seems that your mailbox quota has been exceeded…. so I’m going to post my question here:

    I am attending an evening wedding (5:30 pm), followed immediately by a reception, in mid-October. I am looking at buying this dress ( http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007OX9PW/103-5008035-1763826?SubscriptionId=1N9AHEAQ2F6SVD97BE02) online in black or burgundy. Is it appropriate to wear a black dress to a wedding? (Even if it’s an evening wedding?) I’m torn, because I love black and I do need a Little Black Dress… but I think the burgundy would look great as well, and I’m concerned that black would be inappropriate for a wedding.

    Thank you!

  • 2. Jennifer  |  October 2nd, 2007 at 4:43 am

    BTW, great advice on Eva Green’s outfits! I love Eva Green’s style, but her look is so difficult to pull off… especially when it comes to her make-up.

  • 3. Mimi  |  October 2nd, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Scarves. I’ve never seen a Frenchwoman without her scarves, and never met one who couldn’t tie a scarf in 25 different ways.

  • 4. Trisha  |  October 2nd, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Mmm good add, Mimi! Bonus points for you for adding scarves to the list!

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