Sunday, March 8, 2009

On the Street……So So Chic, Paris


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  1. Nikki

    March 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    beautiful purse! is it veneta?

  2. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Green and purple are such lovely colours! That signora really is staring you down.. Is that her smart car in the background?


    March 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Only in Paris…

  4. Minx

    March 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Beautiful colours and such attitude! What is it about continental Europeans and that ankle-length trouser short boot combo (like it, but it is something that seems to mark them out)?

  5. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Love the purse too!!

  6. issyme

    March 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Wow….it is such a great, crisp mix : the very feminine,architectural coat with the scarf and lipstick… the matching gloves and the great, lady-like bag. Yet a surprisingly masculine belt, trousers and shoes ( in a very feminine purple suede).
    I would never have the vision to put something like this together.

  7. Ellinor Brännström

    March 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Fantastic! What a dame.

  8. travelbug

    March 8, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    The shoe color is magnificent. It’s the complimentary color of her coat — which is awesome in and of itself. This woman must know color theory!

    I agree with the previous poster: What a dame!

  9. Alice Olive

    March 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Love it. So strong, masculine-edged but still clearly feminine. Love it.

  10. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    she look like American trying to look French

  11. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 6:51 pm


  12. 3BestFriends

    March 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful shoes!


    March 8, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Very stylish and confident. Like it

  14. Ivy Lane

    March 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm


  15. -h

    March 8, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    i love the colors! the green coat/gloves against the grey/green bag and trousers. really great.

  16. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm


  17. thestyleadvisor

    March 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I rarely comment on women’s style, but this is just fantastic. So chic. I wish all women aged so gracefully.

  18. SallyO

    March 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    So chic and elegant! But I am confused: what does one do with the belt when one removes their coat in a restaurant or other destination? Do they awkwardly roll it up and shove it into their pocket? I must follow someone wearing this look so that I can solve the mystery…

  19. jazzjens

    March 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    WOW! This is one of the most beautiful combinations I´ve seen in the entire blog, – and I´ve regarded them all patiently ;)
    What an inspiration, great, great colours, dont´t overlook the handbag and the gloves, all verrrrrry tasty.

  20. Adriana

    March 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Sleek and chic!

  21. Plush Palate

    March 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Best part is the Bottega Veneta purse!

  22. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for a posting of a sharp woman of a certain age, and of course she’s French! I can’t see the colors as well as some, so appreciate the clues in the postings about that.
    Everything on her is neat, well-fitted, and proportioned. Usually I don’t like those huge carpetbagger bags, but the one she sports looks good on her. And it sounds like the color combo was fantastic.

  23. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    WOW. I am loving everything except the shoe–I don’t get it. I’m not saying it has to be a heel; but I don’t think the overall shape goes with the outfit; I’d like more of a point; perhaps an almond shaped toe if not a full on point.

    Amazing richness to all of it; and I don’t mean money, I mean the colors and textures.

    Thank you, poster above, for raising the question I constantly have–what is the short pant thing about???? If its done to show off a heel/shoe I get it, but if not…?

  24. Di Brito

    March 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Perfection…the green of her coat and gloves and that touch of purple shoes. I am sure it is a bottega handbag. The belt tied so beautifully, the scarf…some one stop me before I spontaneously combust.

    She kinda looks like she could be related to Andree Putman.

  25. Deka

    March 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm


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    March 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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  27. stephanie-sarah

    March 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    golly gosh, she is striking!

  28. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    There is a lot to be studied and learned from this one.

  29. J. Rene'

    March 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Those shoes are amazing! Great jacket too! She is fierce.

  30. Jean Charles Albert

    March 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I suggest a lot of the good about this look is created by the wearer. She’s confident and seemingly not too concerned about her look – which creates an even stronger look.

  31. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I like the short leg pant with short low boots. It feels very English countryside to me, since often you’d roll up the pants to avoid mud on long rambling forest walks. And because I’m obsessed with the Wiemar era, it also pleasantly reminds me of old European school uniforms where kids wore shorts and short skirts with socks until they got into’ long pants’. Its also a throwback to the very first pants that women wore, ‘bloomers’ tied at the ankle with low boots…

  32. indigo warrior

    March 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I love those shoes! The thing about the toe – a roomy toe box makes all the difference in the world regarding comfort and the continued structural integrity of the foot.

    And these gloves look like the ones on the JA sorta look alike, but this woman would never look like she was heading out to mop floors or kick it with the haz mat.


  33. Stephanie

    March 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Lovely lady.
    That coat is to die for…the color and drape of the fabric. So lush.

  34. elisabetty

    March 8, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    she is dressed very well, stylish and au courant. but her expression is so stuffy.
    the pictures that really resonate are always those with a wonderful smile. so, to me, this one leaves me flat.

  35. Jazibelle

    March 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    surpringly, what stands out the most to me is her belt. an otherwise simple accessory now grabs your attention simply because of the way she wears it. now if that isn’t personal style, i don’t know what is.

  36. Aidan

    March 8, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    man from the waist down
    woman from the waist up

  37. PoleStar Jewelry

    March 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

    *covet* I want those boots. Don’t step on my stunningly purple suede shoes.

  38. hc

    March 9, 2009 at 12:22 am

    beautiful coat.

    i prefer, a thinner/discrete belt, as the current positioning of it takes away from the coat’s breezy silhouette, which would have promoted a greater, sharp contrast against the pedestrian pant.

  39. princess glee

    March 9, 2009 at 1:39 am

    She’s elevated purple “desert boots” to a level of sophistication I truly admire. Formidable!

  40. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 1:40 am

    ahh, moi j’aime bien ce qu’elle fait avec la ceinture. et les gants? trop chic!

    i read garance’s blog as well and read the articles she recently posted. can’t say i’m too surprised ;)

  41. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 2:07 am

    i meant she look like a 57th Street New Yorker

  42. Daisy

    March 9, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Not diggin it. There’s something off in the overall look, I think it’s the pants.
    Upper half is wonderful

  43. Marquis de Lannes

    March 9, 2009 at 2:23 am

    toujours chic!

  44. monalisa

    March 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Love the coat and the gloves

  45. Amor de Cosmos

    March 9, 2009 at 2:48 am

    The coat: so, so chic. The shoes: so-so chic.

  46. Breathless

    March 9, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I love it. The short pants, the gloves, the colour combnation. Lush!

  47. dona

    March 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

    nice green coat.and those shoes are fantastic.

  48. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 4:44 am

    I would have never thought a woman in desert boots could look so elegant and stylish …a welcome alternative to the herds of fashionistas on stilts.

  49. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 4:58 am

    How smart can you get? What a feast of subtle yet dramatic shades. And the silhouette is totally elegant. I love women without heels.

  50. joeward

    March 9, 2009 at 5:09 am

    oh i love that crisp green coat!nice and chic1 :]

  51. Jack Daniel

    March 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Wow, this lady really looks chic chic chic!

  52. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

    As a bunion sufferer, I congratulate her on wearing flat boots with a toe box that doesn’t cause pain. The color makes them even better. Despite her stern gaze and very structured overall look, she clearly has a sense of humor.

  53. M A Z P E

    March 9, 2009 at 7:26 am

    This lady’s got a strong character, its in her face and her way of dressing.

  54. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I love everything…except those shoes (although the colour and texture are great).

  55. madameshawshank

    March 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

    am imagining the timbre of her voice…

    textures, colours, knots and things…stunning

  56. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I get such pleasure from the length of the cuffed pants and the purple suede shoes, thanks!

  57. Barbara

    March 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Best thing about this picture is the woman herself – her age, her look, her sense of being quite contented in her own skin, and her sense of herself in the world. As a woman not far behind her in age I find her quite inspirational……..
    Tres chic,tres Parisienne, elle a un chien fou. Bravo, madame!!!


    March 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    such rare elegance… so chic!

  59. Shadan Saber

    March 9, 2009 at 10:42 am

    ok, now this is what i call *CLASSY*

  60. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    March 9, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I love the shape and the colour of the coat and the knotted belt. Nice gloves, bag and pants. I’m for another kind of shoes… but she looks good.

  61. Charlotte K

    March 9, 2009 at 10:48 am


  62. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    cool! ultra confy, ultra chic!
    are the shoes clarks(never seen purple) or else?


  63. *moggit girls

    March 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    She had us up until the shoes….

  64. Alex

    March 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    the bottega suddenly made the whole outfit look expensive. lol.

  65. Alex

    March 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Actually, I really like her shoes too.

  66. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE her look: strong (you would not want to mess with this woman!) practical(shoes you can walk or run in!) AND feminine (soft scarf, rich lipstick, waist-defining belt, plus awesome bag and gloves for extra polish.) Hells, yes.

  67. laweezil

    March 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I want to look like that! It just looks so effortlessly put together. Beautiful colours!

  68. Lemon for breakfast

    March 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    So Parisine!

  69. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    colors fantastic! quality really good. love the flat shoe. who would have thought. she pulls it off beautifully. true style.

  70. phyllis

    March 9, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Beautifully proportioned.

  71. Sara Lua

    March 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Regal, polished, & unassuming!

  72. yourorangelover

    March 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    As someone that cannot do heels, I rejoice when I see smart, chic dressers in wearable shoes!

  73. Yvette

    March 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    So so chic…..except for the shoes.

  74. monique

    March 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    She looks fantastic. The coat is perfect and the accessories aren’t overbearing. I’m not loving the shorter length pant but I have to say it’s irrelevant because the look as a whole is beautiful.

  75. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Brilliante! This is the look that is plain, simple and basically what one would call gentle-lady-look :)

  76. JoanneN

    March 10, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Wonderful colours and even better attitude! This photo is the reason why I log on…

  77. = MARIA

    March 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

    and no heels!

  78. Pearl

    March 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I really love the shoes. The pants are exactly the right length–most hard to do!. Wow.

  79. Pampered Potato

    March 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    she’s just brill, its like ‘i dont give a dam-chic’

  80. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I think it’s the trousers that are not right – otherwise she looks a treat!

  81. Anonymous

    March 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    “Practically perfect in every way…”

    I want to dress like her when I grow up.

  82. Room4777

    March 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    i love the color combination.

  83. Florence

    March 12, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I loved scrolling down and being surprised by the shoes – not what I was expecting; but that’s what is great about them.

  84. ghazi

    March 12, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Now this IS ‘Le Chic Parisian’! Smart, refined and simple! Not total black!

  85. Miriam Parkman

    March 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Truly, this is incredible.
    Pictures like this one is the reason I’m visiting this blog.

  86. Anonymous

    March 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Isn’t that Lily Bass?

  87. shingirmingir

    March 14, 2009 at 8:04 am

    very, very chic! the color and the minimalistic cut…the coat is simply beautiful!

  88. Anonymous

    March 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Would someone who knows please tell me what brand the shoes are? My wee chukkas are wearing out and green and purple a favourite combination. I wear flats through the airport all the way to the meeting…and never wear a heel except for business.
    In Tejas

  89. Anonymous

    March 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Actually I would even wonder if she is french…and I live in PAris…I think it’s over the top

  90. Allen - East Hampton

    March 15, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Everything about this works. And while very chic, it’s not intimidating, which is a good thing.

  91. Magsli

    March 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Oh please let me age as gracefully as this. This is one sublime lady.

  92. Pietman

    September 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I was scrolling down slowly thinking…wow, how chic and then when I saw the shoes it all fell flat.

  93. Lovely Little La La Land

    October 19, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Everything about this woman screams elegance, without being overly formal.

    Plus the paired jewel tones are magnificent!

  94. Wendy Carlos Williams

    April 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Fantastic! Funky but chic, right down to the gloves!

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