Under the Chics. A ReFrenching Look On Finding Your Own Style!

If you know me, you know how much I love my trips to France.  Trust me, the three weeks we spend in the South of France during the summer aren’t’ enough for me.  The trips to Paris?  As a city girl, I would move there tomorrow if possible.  New York and Paris are my two favorite cities on earth.

I’m very much relaxed when I’m in France during the summer.

And in the 13 years I’ve been visiting Paris and other parts of France, one of my favorite activities is people watching and observing how the French dress.

That’s right. Let me pull up a chair. Sit down. And get ready for people-watching!

I love looking at the men in their slim suits—so well-fitted and a hair away from being too small. 

Frenchmen are guy chic.  So effortlessly pulled together. I should be so pulled together!

I love the way the French dress their children.  Reminds me of the care I took into making sure my own kids were well-dressed at all times.

Look how cute I dressed my little doll–Oops, I mean, my daughter Oona when she was little. I even made sure her Halloween costumes put her up in the best-dressed list! ( I made that costume, btw.  It remains one of my favorites!

And I especially love studying how French women dress.

It may be an ad, but Catherine Deneuve remains iconic.  

I’m also fascinated by the overabundance of magazine articles, blog posts, and internet publications obsessive writings on French style.

This is what articles never show. Normal French people on the way to their normal jobs in the middle of Paris during the weekday. I snapped this pic last year. Can you spot the chic one?  No. Neither can I.  This is normal.

“How to Dress Like a French Girl”.  “How to Dress Like A Parisian” headline the many essays from self-proclaimed experts on the subject, some of whom have probably been to Paris only through watching Amelie thirty or so times, to those who write about fashion for a living.

You don’t profess to be an expert on French style by repeatedly watching Amelie. Although I must admit, I’ve seen this film at least 50 times. It’s my favorite film of all time.  And YES. I love how Audrey Tautou was transformed into the most adorable gamine of all time.  And this hairstyle IS one of the best bobs of all time. But it belongs to Tautou and Amelie. I’ve never seen any woman or girl in France wearing this hairstyle the way she wears it. End. Of. Story.

 I’ve read articles about secrets and tips to turn yourself into a version of the quintessential French woman. The epitome of “Chic”Chic is an over-used word!!!

They have it all wrong.  Not the French women, those who pontificate have it all wrong.

This is a costume. Unfortunately, I’ve seen bloggers throughout the internet dress very similar thinking that they look French when in fact, they look foolish because they lack personal style!

You simply cannot imitate chic. Either you got it or you ain’t.

The late Jeanne Moreau had it. She was chic. It was inbred.  Notice the simplicity. Notice that she has bruises on her legs and she is still elegant. No accessories. No jewelry. She ozzes chic from her topknot down to her simple heels!

And believe me, sometimes there is a very thin line between chic and trashy.  I’ve seen the over-the-top looks in Cannes.  It isn’t chic to try too hard.

Alright. So I haven’t run into Victoria or David Beckham in Cannes. But this is not chic. And I’m a bit surprised because Victoria Beckham’s clothing line has  some pretty classy items. Did I say classy?  Yes. I did. Classy does not necessarily mean chic and boy did she miss the boat on chic in this getup!

Chic is:  elegantly and stylishly fashionable.

Ines de la Fressange.  A study in chic.  The outfit on the left and middle = total chic.  And  even iconic Ines can miss the mark. The outfit in the photo on the right.  Overkill. Too fussy. Not chic. Not elegant. If she lost the beret and didn’t have the jacket belted, she would be on the road to chic…

I have a blogger friend.  Elizabeth, she of The Vintage Contessa blog.  She is naturally chic. It is innate. She can wear anything and it automatically morphs into a degree of chic. And she isn’t French. She is an American married to an Italian.  Her style is one of a kind and she always remains chic elegance.  Her style isn’t simple chic.  It’s elegant chic with an edge—and that is the beauty of having one’s own personal style.  Take a look at her blog, I linked it and you will love it. Study her style.

This is Elizabeth.  She is chic in a bold way.  I admire her and am in awe of her because she’s got “it”.  That “thang”.  That intangible quality .  Not only is she great to observe but she’s an incredibly kind and generous woman! Read her blog.  You will know what I mean!

I, on the other hand, am not chic. In the almost 14 years Bonaparte and I have been together, I can honestly tell you Le homme has used the word chic to describe what I’m wearing maybe five or six times.  And all six times, we were going out to dinner. I wore what he practically begged me to wear.

I am not chic. But over the years, I’ve honed in on what I love and am comfortable in.  It’s my personal style.

Bonaparte is chic.  Yeah. He’s a guy but he is guy chic.  Guys can be chic too

And even though the ability to truly be chic is that certain something that a small percentage of the population has, most of us are not chic. Most of us do not have that certain je ne sais quoi, a quality that cannot be described or named easily Are you following me?

What I’m saying is that we should find our own style.  You can carry a chic bag or a wear a chic pair of shoes, but it isn’t going to make you chic. And that’s ok!  It’s fine, in fact.

Lancel bags. So chic, they aren’t even sold in the USA. I covet these bags. I want one.  I can’t afford one. Be still my heart if I win the lottery, I will get me on a plane, fly back to Paris and buy one of these chic little bags. You can have your Dior, LV, YSL. I’ll take Lancel!

When people ask me what my style is, I must honestly say, I don’t really know.  I don’t have a particular style.  I know what isn’t my style. I’m not a Boho girl.  I’m not a country style dresser.

Now there’s yet another term. Boho Chic.  Boho is NOT chic. It never was and never will be. The look above is nice.  She is wearing a boho hat, and her bag, a Chloe, isn’t what I would call boho.

And as beautiful as these girls are–they are Boho overkill. They are NOT Boho Chic.  Chic is something all ages can wear.  I, at 62 years, would not look chic nor Boho in this look. I would look like I tried to hard.  Fashion needs to get it’s terms straight.

Remember Meryl Streep in the movie “Ricki and the Flash”? The rocker look is definitely not my style.  It isn’t Streep’s style either and I have to say, after seeing the trailer for that movie, Streep was miscast.

Streep may be the greatest actor of our generation, but even the great Streep can be miscast. Rocker girl is not her style.  Ain’t mine either!

I couldn’t picture her as a rocker of any kind.  Cyndi Lauper or Debbi Harry would have taken that movie in a great direction because both women personify rocker! They got rocker style and have had it for decades!  They was born that way!

Why couldn’t Hollywood cast either Lauper or Harry as Riki?  Both epitomize Rocker girls.  Both are beautiful.  Both was born that way!!!  Oh yes they wuz!!! That is their style!

I’m best described as a style mutt.

 A bit preppy, of which comes from years of wearing uniforms to school. 

I snapped this pic yesterday (you’ll see more in my next blog post)–and it is a great example of my mutt style. Classic. Preppy.  A bit odd–I love shorts with a tee and blazer, but that’s my style!

A bit classic with my love and appreciation of a great pencil skirt.  And pearls.

My favorite pencil skirt is this leopard print one. Its fun but classic at the same time!

I love me a pointy-toed heel.

And skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans and pointy toes. What could be better?  The torn jeans are not chic but I love the look!

And old-school sneakers

The white, low top Chuck Taylor’s by Converse are my favorite sneakers!

And my French Repetto Ballet Flats and Rondini Sandals.

Illustration by me. I love my Repetto ballet flats and Rondini sandals. Part of my style.

And scarfs—whether wooly for the winter or lighter for warmer weather.

Classic casual style. Scarf with a trench coat, cuffed jeans and loafers!

And my Bass Weejuns

Bass Weejuns. In my style life since grammar school–and traveling with me to all points. I love them and they are comfortable!

And, naturally, my leather Longchamp bags.

The Hermes scarf is chic. I lower it down a bit by tying it around the handle of my Longchamp bag. I like it that way!

I’m not much in the line for accessories—but it’s my style. I don’t like to be overloaded with bracelets and necklaces and accoutrements because it just isn’t me.  Yet, I admire the woman who can accessorize like that . They have the know-how that I lack!

My hair—I try to keep my fake hair to styles similar to how I wore my bio hair before I lost most of it.

I’m not big on “Hair do’s”. I like an unstyled style–even with my wigs!

That’s why I like Bardot’s style. She was slightly messy—and not in a bad way either.  She had that just-rolled-out-of-bed look.

Bardot.. In a more demure state–and she still looks perfectly tousled! Note–no jewely. The focus is on her!

Do I try to imitate her style?  No—but I can add little nuances of her style into mine—like a big messy bun in honor of her messy hair or a striped Breton shirt in honor of her love for French fisherman shirts and French fishermen perhaps?

Far from Bardot–but I love her Breton striped shirts.  My style likes them too!

Thanks so REX/Sipa Press I was able to find this epic pic of Carla Bruni. Another example of simple chic. The shoes.  The. Shoes. I stopped breathing I love them so much!  And look how simple she’s dressed. I’m jelly!

My favorite store?  J. Crew—because the clothing is, for the most part, classic with a bit of an edge.  Granted, some years the stuff is awful—but a great classic piece can always be found.  The J. Crew brand resonates with me—and Crew has great sales!

Everyone has a style.  Whether you realize it or not.  You can build your personal style with basics.  You can study the wardrobes of those who’s style you admire.

Go window shopping. By yourself.  Some “you” time.  Take a look at the clothing in different stores.  Write down the names of the stores that have clothing you like.  Peruse their websites.  Research and study.

Don’t let anyone dictate to you what your style should be. Remember. You know you better than anyone else.

So, get under the chics.  Better yet, take those chics off you and get out and have fun finding your style!

Make your own kind of style!

I’m influenced by some, but my style is personal.  I’m especially fond of my fake tan style. Check it out. I missed a foot! My kinda style!

While I was writing this post, I couldn’t help but think about this great song “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by the great Cass Elliot. She had her own style. She owned her style and she was beautiful. As an aside, she’s introduced by Sammy Davis Jr. Boy does this bring back memories!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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48 Responses to Under the Chics. A ReFrenching Look On Finding Your Own Style!

  1. hipchick66 says:

    You do have a style! If I had to name it, I might call it ‘casual classic in the style of Jackie O’. And I have to say, your illustration is fantastic, you are quite talented! Sorry I haven’t commented much lately. Mom has been very unwell, my Dad’s youngest brother passed away suddenly at 61 and I had a shitty birthday. And that was all just last week! But at least I could still enjoy reading your posts 🙂

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    • Catherine says:

      Oh Lori. I’m so sorry that your mom isn’t doing well. My best to you and to her. I hope she feels better soon. Very soon. OMG. I feel for you entire family. Look–one shitty birthday happens to all of us. The great thing is that you are past that shitty birthday and the next one will be great! I’m glad that you sought enjoyment from the blog. Hugs and kisses to you!!! XXOXOXOXO!!!!

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  2. sorrento15 says:

    Thanks! I love this! Question…where do you buy your Breton shirts? I found a great one a few years ago but it’s finally in the recycle bin. No more on that one. Do you have a favorite?

    I love your honesty!

    Best,

    Helena

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi Helena. They are all from either J. Crew, J. Crew Factory or Uniqlo. I’m not spending a lot of money on them. The authentic ones are really pricey and I would rather spend the money on shoes and bags..LOL!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

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  3. Momcat says:

    Oh my Catherine you have so hit a nerve with this post. Having spent (and still doing so) too much time recovering from illness, I have also spent a lot of time reading blogs. Don’t get me started on food blogs…99% are written by folks who don’t know a brioche from a latke and just give links or purloined recipes. Started looking for ‘style’ and lifestyle blogs directed at old broads like myself ( 62 today!) OMG what a gamut there is! From how to look your most matronly (this is unintentional on the blogger’s part so is funny, in a sad way) to links to the most outrageously priced pieces. You know, a conspiratol comment “What we all need!” And then a link to some 4000.00 silk pyjamas!!!!
    But the really bizarre blogs are those that fixate on France. It’s a beautiful place, I love their take on life in general but I do not believe they corner the market on CHIC. As your photo points out there are more average looks than chic on the streets. Those chic women, Moreau, Deneuve etc are celebrities and have mastered the look. The photos of them are not everyday ‘here I am shopping at the hypermarché’ photos. ( maybe Deneuve was packing her baguettes into that LV luggage?) and Carla Bruni is a goddess, she is so pretty.
    Chic women live around the world! You’re right about not buying it. It can’t be bought. Chic women don’t look to be validated by anyone. Chic is about personal charm, listening well and answering thoughtfully and being kind. The truly chic woman is bien dans sa peau. ( over used French phrase I know but it holds up.) She doesn’t pretend to be someone else or that she is the dernier crie of fashion. Chic babes I know don’t own a quarter of the clothing I see flogged on some blogs. Yeah a few good bags, shoes, boots. Recycling stuff seasonally, shopping their closets ( or their friend or sister’s) keeping it real. Just.Like.You!

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    • Catherine says:

      Shit. I had a whole reply for you and this goddamned laptop erased it by my hitting a certain key with AIR!!! Momcat. I hope your illness is waning and you are getting better!! We are now age sisters–Happy Birthday!!! But OI MG. What prompted this post was, yet, another article on how to dress like a French Woman. I’m so sick and tired of that garbage. French women don’t go to malls or Nordstrom. They shop in boutiques. Go to any given corner in Paris and the variety you will see in clothing styles is astounding. The truly chic, and I say OOZING with chic are the women of the 16th arr. Those self proclaimed fashun experts know nuthin’. LOL.
      Don’t even get me started on the articles about needing this or that only to find the cost is out of anyone’s price range. You hit all points on that. WTF has that kind of money. I want to write about stuff we can afford. OMG. It’s almost aperitif time. I’m toasting to you my friend!! XOXOXOXOXO

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    • smog62 says:

      My first comment ever! Thank you Catherine for a great read as usual but also thank you to Momcat for reminding me that chic is not just about what you wear it is also about who you are and how you treat others around you.

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      • Catherine says:

        Momcat knows!!! Her reply was stellar! And I thank you smog for your comment. Please don’t be a stranger. We are a great family here. Visit more often!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

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    • Judy says:

      Hi Momcat,

      I also turned 62 on August 27th. Happy birthday to us.

      Judy

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  4. Juliet says:

    I think you have great style – and like really stylish people it is indefinable as it is yours, and only herds can be categorised so the fact you cant quite slot into a group is an entirely wonderful thing. I am looking forward to the new Alyson Walsh book about knowing your style, it will be a fabulous read I am sure – just like her previous book, so whilst it isnt something I would use to define me I would find plenty in there to be intriguing and thought provoking. I do know there are things I come back to time and time again in what I wear (is slob stylish yet? plain preferably grey tee shirts, plain colours, simple silhouette, simple jewellery shapes, an obsession with bags and shoes and comfort…)

    I am absolutely loving the drawing – you are a woman of many talents

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    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Juliet! I’m glad that you enjoyed my illustration! And I freaking LOVE Alyson Walsh. I don’t always agree with what she writes, but I love her because you are right. She is thought provoking and she has her own great style. She seems like the woman you just want to sit down with and have a couple of drinks. She’s one of my faves!!!!! XOXOXOXO

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  5. eveange33 says:

    I can but only comment on this one Catherine, of course! But it is past midnight here as I type this and I should go to bed now! So if you don’t mind I’ll come back tomorrow evening. So much to say about this. Just … everybody cant be the “chic” person for everyone: brazilian have quite a different definition of chic so to say, I do not think there is only one definition then, even a french one!

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  6. LA CONTESSA says:

    THAT THANG I HAVE IS ME!!!!!!
    I IIKE COLOR,VINTAGE, AND ELEGANCE FROM PAST YEARS…………
    I MISSED MY CALLING…….I THINK I GOT A LOT OF WHO IAM FROM WATCHING GREEN ACRES AND ZSA ZSA GABOR!!!
    NOW YOU MY LADY CAN DRAW AND SEW!!!!!!!!
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN OUR FUTURE A LINE OF CARDS FROM YOU!!!HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT………DRAWINGS WITH YOURS THOUGHTS WOULD BE FRESH AND INSPIRING!WE NEED SOME NEW CARD VENDORS!!!!!!
    YOU ARE SO KIND TO PUT ME IN YOUR POST…….IAM VERY FLATTERED.HONESTLY!!!!
    I SEND YOU A BIG FAT HOT HUG FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!!!!!!!!!
    XOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOOXOOOOOOOXXXXXXX

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    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Elizabeth !!! Girlfriend–you ARE so FREAKIN’ CHICIN”!!!!And I love you for that. You’re style and your blog always make me happy. My Frenchman LOVES you and always says that someday we should all meet. You. Me. Him. The Italian!
      The cards–I never gave that much thought. I should think about that more!! Anyway, I’m happy that you are ok with the fact I wrote about your chicness. I LOVE the comparison to Zsa Zsa–or was it Eva on Green Acres!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

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  7. Lisa White says:

    Authenticity, knowing one’s own preferences, and confidence are always preferable to style recipes and How To Look Like Someone Else Guides. The stylish women I most admire know their minds, are confident in their choices, and do not need the approval of others….although they enjoy being appreciated and will accept complements graciously. This is such a good post and I am glad someone finally said what needed to be said! Further proof of your obvious brilliance and good taste was apparent when you highlighted as a beacon of elegance and style. Elizabeth…our beautiful Contessa of California…Queen of the Gardens! There is a woman who exudes confidence, follows her inner vision of style and the art of living. I enjoy her blog as I do yours for similar reasons! They possess, intelligence, style, authenticity and humor! Great post on a topic that has been on my mind.

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    • Ditto!! Well said!!!@

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    • Catherine says:

      Thank you Lisa! I’m thrilled that you are an Elizabeth fan!! She’s da bomb!!! And you like my blog for similar reasons as hers. I’m over-the-moon with joy over that compliment. Thank you!!! But yeah–this needs to be addressed. Women need to be aware that they have a persona style. It may be in hibernation or may need to be resurrected but those online articles telling them how they can dress like a French woman. No. Just No. Be yourself. Be an individual. That’s the key. Thanks again!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

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  8. You have hit the nail on the head with Elizabeth! Full of style and makes everything around her beautiful! Yowzers! I think it is in her DNA!! Had such a fabulous stylish Aunt here in Montecito; she lived in my favorite house on earth; and she upholstered her own walls with her old curtains from another house! She was stylish and fantastic beyond!!!
    Thank you for the great post!

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi Penelope!!! Thank you!! I’m so glad that you complimented me on my summary of Elizavbeth. She IS chock full of style and it is absolutely in her DNA. And her personality adds to that! OMG. I think I would have loved your aunt. I’m glad that you enjoyed this post. Thank you again!!! XXOXOXOXOXO!!!

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  9. Fiona says:

    Hi Catherine
    Thanks for brightening my 12hr night shift with this terrific post! We are singing from the same hymn sheet, I commented on this whole tiresome ‘French chic’ thing in my last blog post. Certainly rural France is not teeming with stick thin Françaises looking ‘effortlessly’ chic. In fact you wouldn’t notice any difference from women shopping in my local supermarket in the UK…yes, they look normal. I agree about how they dress their children and what is great is how they do not dress them to look like mini adults or sexualize little girls with tarty outfits…. unlike the UK, I’m sad to say.
    I like your style very much, casual elegance comes to mind. Your sketches are brilliant btw.
    Xx Going to check out La Contessa

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi Fiona! I’m glad you are checking Elizabeth out. She’s a hoot!! You’ll love her!! But yeah, when we are food shopping in Theoule, most of the locals are incredibly unfashionable. All of France is not like Avenue Victor-Hugo in the 16th arr! Thank you! I’m glad you like the sketch!!!! XOXOXOXO

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  10. Get Out Of Here!!!!! Stylish, Witty, Guilded Goddess And you are also a gifted illustrator! I ADORE you!

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  11. Charlotte says:

    Wonderful post! I have been thinking about “my style”. And I feel like you-nothing completely defining. I am so sick of the posts of “How to determine your style”; “What your current fashion style”. Hell I don’t know-a bit of everything and probably too much mom-style. That is the one thing I’m trying to revamp. I feel as if I have fallen into the I-gave-up-mom-style, and not the chic mom-style but the frumpy mom style. And I couldn’t agree more with the How a French Woman dresses blog posts/articles.-over them. I love your style and you are definitely on my style-inspiration radar. Fun and entertaining post as always!!

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi Charlotte. Right??? I try to ignore those “how to dress….” posts like the plague because most of the time I get so annoyed–LOL!!! The one way to give the mom style a bye bye is skinny jeans. I’m telling you–skinny jeans are wardrobe happy pills!! Glad you enjoyed the post!!! Thank you!!!XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  12. So love Brigette Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, is a matter of fact Deneuve is starting in this new film with Depardieu called Pomme (Apple). So cool I can’t wait. Nice post.

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  14. eveange33 says:

    OK let’s shoot: there is no such thing as french chic!
    Yes I’ve said and wrote it.
    Not anymore or if ever.
    Yes I know I’m a bit excessive but it was too easy. For years I did find pretty annoying this kind of discourse: french chic, how the french woman don’t put in weight, how cool they are …. opposite to some that can’t stand anything french, especially this so called chic that all french women are supposed to be …. by opposition to american frumpiness??!! What annoy me to no bounds is the fact most of the time people are talking about parisian chic (most tourists do no even venture away than some very particular and safe and touristy places so might be biased!) and even some parisian places (understand left bank, St Germain, Champs Elysées …). I am not the “typical” french woman: I wear colours, a lot of colours, I mean no neutrals on top, I hate neutrals. Of course it helps wearing neutrals, black, navy, beige (ugly!) because no one has to make any effort and try to take some risk trying new combination, you don’t need a coach to know what to wear (or how to cook or how to fold your clothes ….). I really dislike the way most french wear their clothes because I like colours, bold, bright colours, the one that look good on me. So imagine how unhappy I am/was with all this black, navy for so long.
    I just don’t know what it means being chic: as I wrote in my previous message, there are so many definition of chic and what is chic for americans might be not for french or english, or german…. I don’t know if I am chic either, certainly not “that” chic I read about on many blogs or books: the white shirt, the leopard pointy shoes (for me pointy is not chic at all which is for the americans I understand), the camel coat. I just have my own style which is of course a mix of styles, like everybody else’ style by the way. How would I define my style then? I don’t know, would no style agree with you? I don’t care by the way. I just want to be me. So I quit wearing jeans as since the death of the Levis 501 there are no real true jeans in my opinion ( or IMO as you say). I wear black cigarette ankle pants (I have quite a collection) of a skirt (mostly colour, sometimes black), an orange top most of the time, summer and winter, cashmere, silk or cotton, or colours anyway. Also a bold jacket with prints (flowers of thin stripes, colours again) and a flower pinned on my lapel. Plus lots of scarves. That is my uniform.
    You have great style Catherine, I like watching you, what you wear and I think you are quite elegant. Ah yes, I would rather prefer to use that word, elegance, than Chic. Elegance for me makes more sense than chic. So don’t try to be chic, chic can be cheap sometimes. Be elegant, cool or casual, but be elegant. No sweatpants. No “what should I wear that is appropriate” (to much appropriate is not the best solution, just allow yourself to exist). France is no more chic than any other place. We are different though that is true. I think that what fascinate americans is that french women have much less rules to follow regarding clothes and leaving as a whole. No, take that, rules exist but are different. We are not buying the bling nor trying to be perfect (perfect hair, prefect make up, appropriate clothes, prefect large house …), at least the french that I know and I don’t know all 64 millions of french people!
    Again, a long post, I really don’t know how to be short. Maybe I should try a blog (tried that but phew too time consuming for me, congratulations to you Catherine).

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    • eveange33 says:

      Hmm I think I am speaking too much of myself, this must stop!

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    • Catherine says:

      OMG. Eve–You are my Marianne!!!I’m so glad that you joined in on the conversation! Chic is an essense–an aura and so is elegance. That’s why I can’t pinpoint my style. I wear what I’m comfortable in and I wear what I KNOW looks good on me. I’m not a trendy person, although some trends can be good in small doses.
      But you did hit the nail on the head. French women are not into perfectionism. And that’s key . French women also don’t fall privy into listening to others telling them what to wear. I love your reply so much. GO for that color my friend!!! Daniele was like that. She wore bright colors and she didn’t care what others thought. She was her own person!!
      Rock on sister. I give you tons of hugs and love!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

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  15. Catherine says:

    And Eve–you didn’t speak enough about yourself!!! Don’t stop!!! It’s all welcome!! XOXOXOXOXO

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  16. junedesilva says:

    I love this post, Catherine! I decided to look up the definition of chic. Here’s what I found:

    elegantly and stylishly fashionable.
    “she looked every inch the chic Frenchwoman”
    synonyms:
    stylish, smart, elegant, sophisticated, dapper, debonair, dashing, trim, tasteful, understated, attractive, flattering; fashionable, high-fashion, modish, voguish, in vogue, up to date, up to the minute, ultra-modern, contemporary; à la mode; informaltrendy, with it, now, sharp, snappy, snazzy, natty, dressy, swish; informalfly, spiffy, sassy, kicky, tony, stylin’; informalon fleek; archaictrig
    “she wore a chic black costume and white wrap”

    Hilarious! Think you’ve inspired me to do a post on this subject!!! xoxo

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