La De­fense

Try out clean-cut French style with a util­i­tar­ian edge for an easy way to look pol­ished.

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Dan Ahwa

Ev­ery as­pect of French fash­ion has been scru­ti­nised and repli­cated the world over, from the clas­sic Bre­ton striped top to Le Smok­ing tuxedo; from bu­colic Prairie dresses favoured by Brigitte Bar­dot to the more rig­or­ous bon­homie Parisian style of Loulou de la Falaise. But think back to that other Yves Saint Lau­rent muse, Betty Ca­troux, and you’ll find the ul­ti­mate blue­print for re­laxed util­i­tar­ian pieces mixed with clas­sic tai­lor­ing. Her pref­er­ence for Sa­fari suits and neat coats re-show­cased a pared back el­e­gance that’s stood the test of time. Although uni­form-in­spired fash­ion will never date, its pol­ished and prac­ti­cal el­e­ments are what make it a sea­sonal, year-round favourite. For cooler months, up­date the look with a focus on the ul­ti­mate colour com­bi­na­tion of navy, tan, khaki and white — a fail­safe pal­ette so easy on the eye it will eas­ily see you through to the spring and sum­mer months ahead.

A navy shirt-dress teamed with crisp white shoes at Gabriela Hearst Re­sort 2017

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