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HILuxury - - IN THE LOOP - With Kim Smith

Wear­ing my Bre­ton striped dress to­day has got me dream­ing of my sum­mer va­ca­tion in Provence. French girls are an ef­fort­lessly stylish bunch, and while trav­el­ing around the sur­pris­ingly large coun­try, you have a vague feel­ing of out­fit in­ad­e­quacy ...

It’s no se­cret that the French gen­er­ally choose a pre­dom­i­nately neu­tral pal­ette of black, blue, gray and a lit­tle bit of white. This seems like a good place to be­g­ing myy French sty­ley trans­for­ma­tion. French h women tend to look to the clas­sics, with just a few nods ds to the new sea­son’s looks. The cur­rent style icon is the new French pres­i­dent’s wife, Brigitte Macron. She’s rock­ing it in the fash­ion stakes and break­ing a few w “First Lady” dress­ing rules in the e process. The must-have, clas­sic tai­lored jacket is paired with mininiskirts and leather pants. There’s al­ways an edge with her ba­sics.

Luck­ily for us, the sta­ple of any Parisian wardrobe—the jacket—has been spot­lighted byy many a de­signer in­clud­ing Is­abel Marant and Calvin Klein. Many were in shades of black and gray with wide shoul­ders. To fuse a lit­tle to your look, add a wide belt and cinch in the waist à la Phillip Lim.

If you’re talk­ing French style, you can’t get away from the quin­tes­sen­tial house of Chris­tian Dior. Cel­e­brat­ing its 70th birth­day and with a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion Chris­tian which opened in July runs un­til the end of Jan­uary 2018. Maria Grazia Chi­uri—the first woman to head up Dior—is re­vi­tal­iz­ing the brand with a strong,g bold look that tra­di­tion­ally has fem­i­nin­ity at its c core. For her fall col­lec­tion, ev­ery outfi fit sent down the cat­walk was fin­ished o off with a black leather beret. Ri­hanna s showed up for the show al­ready donn ning this tra­di­tional French head top­per an and look­ing fierce. How French!

All said and done, noth­ing says chic m more than the abil­ity to cre­ate your own loo look. The idea is to find the real you, not be a prod­uct of fash­ion moments. This is s some­thing French girls seem to be bor born know­ing. It might seem in­cred­i­bly ma mas­ter­ful but cer­tainly not un­ob­tain­able.

Beret s ruled t he run­way at Dior ( above) while cinched- waist s rocked Phillip Lim’s FW 2017 col­lect ion ( be­low).

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