OK, so I have to laugh at myself. I don’t know what the deal is but lately I have had the need to wear french words on my person. It started with this top from Soft Surroundings:
Then last week I was at a wedding shower and saw this sweater on my second cousin:
I fell in love (again). So completely adorable…especially on her. Did I mention she’s 17? Did that stop me from asking where she found it? Forever 21. Hmmm… and did that stop me from buying it for my 42-year-old self? Non! Although there is a good chance it should have.
I have never even been in a Forever 21 store that I can recall. Maybe I have without realizing it if I was shopping with my daughter…but I really don’t think so. And then after reading the book “Over-dressed–The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion”, I was pretty sure I never would. Does it count if I shop it online? Yes, I suppose it does. But you have to know, I am a sucker for “french-y” things. And something about this sweater just took me back to 1987–80s fashion, French class, and yet-to-be-fulfilled dreams of some day going to France. Such a powerful sweater.
But does it work for me? I tried to style it as I have seen on Pinterest boards–that casual, rolled-up-jeans-with-heels look. And here is what happened:
(dark washed jeans)
(lighter washed jeans)
(rockefeller photo-bombed me again)
Not as bad as I feared it would look on me but not necessarily my best look either. But for fun…for the ultimate casual look….for hanging around the house…for the nostalgia!—-I think it is a keeper.
Surprise, surprise! Look what arrived the same day:
I pre-ordered this book months ago. I almost forgot about it. However, I knew it was one for my French Chic library. I haven’t had a chance to really dig in to it but it looks promising–even though it reminds me a bit Ines de la Fressange’s book. But who can’t use more “effortless chic”? I will let you know more about it later.
Have a great one!