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  • February 23, 2014

    Sophistication Meets Classic Style

    If you look up the word “chic” in the dictionary, chances are you’ll find a photo of a French woman.  French women have an unmistakable sense of style.  And for women across the United Kingdom who have outgrown Topshop but don’t have the coin for full on designer wear, French fashions from Maje provide a salvation.

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    The hottest French-influenced fashions are also available online, with names like Nicole Farhi now being a few clicks away instead of a plane ride away.  Click through to your heart’s content until you find that just-right style that speaks to your individual taste yet provides that sense of French chic you seek.  For spring 2014 many of the best French-inspired styles are especially popular.

    Why French Women Always Look Chic

    One reason French women always look chic is because they somehow instinctively know how to look pretty yet individual.  French women are not so much slaves to fashion as fashion adapters and innovators.  French designers create pieces that allow women to take the best aspects of each look and adapt them to their own tastes and wardrobes.

    French women also understand the importance of the right hairstyle.  Whether they wear their hair long or short, French women never allow their hair to go shaggy.  Whether they are sporting neatly coiffed curls or a sleek, side-swept chignon, hair for French women is truly their crowning glory.

    Color Coordination

    If you check out French women’s outfits carefully, you’ll notice something distinctive.  At first, you may not be fully aware of what you are seeing, but then it hits you.  Color coordination.  French designers play to that strength by creating outfits with matched separates such as a solid-color top that picks up one of the colors in a pattered skirt or pleated trousers.  Many French women take the designers’ look one better, purchasing three different blouses, sweaters or jackets in her closet, each of which picks up a different color in he same designer skirt or trousers.

    French women and designers are also frequently bold enough to push the envelope, mixing and matching vivid colors and look-at-me animal prints.  With many French women and designers, fashion is three-dimensional – as much about texture and fabric as color and cut.  Clothes are, after all, meant to be worn, not merely gazed upon.

    The French Take on Jeans

    Nearly everyone loves jeans, and French women are no exception.  However, it is almost unheard of to witness a French woman wearing holey or slouchy jeans.  French designers create jeans that caress a woman’s body and celebrate her womanly curves.  French designer jeans can be dressed up or down for work or for evening occasions.

    Just-Right Accessories

    When is a rucksack more than just a rucksack?  When it’s a designer rucksack that looks more like a proper purse than something to tote around schoolbooks.  For the French, ordinary is never good enough, especially where fashion is concerned.  Whether they are dealing with purses, jewelry, hats, gloves or scarves – French women and designers understand that the devil – and perfection is in the details.  Since many accessories are inherently very inexpensive French women frequently devote more of their budgets toward minor splurges for those just-right accessories that can make all the difference between a blah just-OK outfit and a to-die-for completely coordinated ensemble.

    Shoes, Wonderful Shoes

    Many women love shoes.  But few women have as much of a way with shoes as French women.  Although Paris is a walking city, you’ll hardly ever catch French women slouching around wearing trainers, which are practically part of a uniform in many sections of the United States.  Instead, French women wear stylish gladiators, flats and even pumps.  If their feet hurt, you could never tell from their facial expressions or body language.  In fact, many French women stride about as if they were born wearing heels.

    Pulling Off the French Sense of Chic

    It is not necessary to understand or speak a single word of French to fully comprehend the French sense of chic.  The rules – such as they are – enough.  Sexy does not necessarily equate with baring lots of skin.  Casual does not translate to a “rolled out of bed” thrown-together look. Mixing and matching can often produce a more coordinated look than a stiff matchy-matchy ensemble.  Most of all, fashion is meant to be fun.

    Article written by Francesca Rhode.  Francesca Rhodes is obsessed with innovative, wearable fashion. She loves blogging about chic trends that are fresh and classic on style blogs.
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    February 8, 2014

    Spring workwear must-haves from J.Crew

    Spring office wear essentials in one outfit!  Printed trousers add a pop of color, and perfectly chic when topped with a crisp white shirt.  Finish off the outfit with the season’s ultimate layering essential – chambray blazer.  Lastly, a pair of shiny metallic pumps are oh-so-cool in spring.  Get 25% off on select spring styles with code BRINGSPRING.

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    January 3, 2014

    Be cozy & chic

    puffer jacket

    A well-insulated coat is a must for winter workwear.  Belted puffer coats add an extra layer of warmth while keeping it sleek.  Also go for patterned or colorfuls styles to add visual interest to your entire look.

    From puffer coats to padded jackets, these outerwear pieces will work well with dressy pants or something more casual.

    photo via teampeterstigter.com

    December 25, 2013

    Glam it out!

    It’s so wonderful to see how one can pull off sophisticated glam looks with classic pieces – yes, at work too!

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    September 26, 2013

    Boots as a practical work wardrobe choice

    Boots, a footwear choice that many women have a love/hate relationship with.  If you’re yet to purchase a good pair of boots, perhaps it’s the vision of Pretty Woman-esque knee highs that are putting you off?  Or maybe you think boots are purely a frumpy addition for walking activities. Actually, boots can be a practical yet super stylish shoe option and with boots hugely in style this season it’s worth considering why they’d make a great investment for your autumn & winter workwear.

    They keep you warm and snug
    The biggest benefit of boots come the end of the year is the superior warmth and comfort they provide as the weather takes a turn for the worst.  As sandals are the staple of summer, boots are a winter classic such as this relaxed wedge style.

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    The all-weather convenience of a great pair of boots doesn’t mean you have to wear rubber Wellies however, the materials used in winter boots include real and faux leathers and suede – both warm and practical for everyday wear – although you’re still going to want to avoid the puddles.  Then there’s the cozy options of Uggs and similar slipper-boot designs to be worn around the house and keep your toes warm.

    A sturdy alternative to heel
    You don’t have to sacrifice height when you wear boots – many of the most on trend boots of the moment come with a heel.  Take a look at the heeled Chelsea boot which is going to be huge this autumn & winter, a sexy twist on a historic design.  Heeled boots can offer a much more secure heel than a pair of stilettos to, so make a nice alternative to strappy numbers come the party season.  Wedged boots are another way to enjoy the height of heels with extra stability.

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    They can be glamorous yet practical
    You don’t have to do a thigh high leather number to demonstrate boot glamour.  There are some brilliant boot options on the market at the moment, including the interesting cut-out design which reveals a bit of skin (or sock).

    cap toe booties

    An investment purchase for autumn-winters to come
    A sturdy pair of boots may not be appropriate for summer wear, but treat yourself to a quality pair today and they’re likely to see you through for at least a couple more years.  Boots are durable alternative to ballet flats or loafers – other comfortable everyday options – and are typically made from long lasting leathers.

    comfortable work boots

    The right boot can take you from day to night, business to leisure
    If you take a look at the current boot collections you’ll notice a lot of appealing neutral shades appropriate for the season – brown, blacks, reds and tans.  Though you can find more adventurous designs, bright patterns and animal prints spring to mind, boots can be a subtle footwear choice when you want a shoe that can take you from day to night, work to play.

    suede leather knee high boots

    What sort of boot have you got your eye on this season?

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