When my mom came to visit last week she presented me with a little column that she
stole borrowed from an airline magazine. It consists of 7 small photos summarizing Ignès De La Fressange's "magnificent seven" of Parisian Chic.
Ignès the style icon, Ignès the face of Chanel in the 80s. Super-chic, timeless, Paris-dwelling Ignès.
In her new book, Ignès states that once you have these seven essential pieces in your wardrobe, Parisian chic is "all a matter of composition."
I love that - all a matter of composition. Here are Ignès's building blocks for attaining that certain je ne sais quoi.
How to dress like a chic Parisian: 101
1. A trench coat, (the collar standing).
2. A men's blazer (roll up the sleeves).
3. A navy cashmere V-neck (anytime, any place).
4. A white tank top (a sexy essential).
5. Little black dress (with ballerinas for daytime, stiletto sandals at night). "The little black dress is not simply an item of clothing, it's a concept. It's abstract, it's universal — which means there's one that's perfect for everyone ... Today the Parisian has several little black dresses, just as she has several pairs of jeans: each is a variation on a theme."
6. Jeans (skinny, white).
7. Biker jacket (especially with the little black dress).
So mom and I are embarking on a little (or not-so-little) project. This year we will be shopping (and shopping and shopping) until we find ourselves at least one of each. Gosh, I love a good checklist.
I'm already collecting inspiration pieces from polyvore and pinterest. In the coming months we will be emailing links and texting pictures from dressing rooms in search of knock-'em-dead versions of the magnificent seven to jump-start our own Parisian wardrobes. (I can't decide if I'm more excited for the jeans or the biker jacket.)
My question for you is: who wants to join us!?