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Jessica Wagner

How To Dress Like A French Girl

Sartorial undone perfection goes to the ever-elusive French girl.

So what’s their secret? (Besides wine, champagne, art, food, and the French language…)

Playing it cool in effortless, stripped down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.

First, keep it neutral. This is essential when aiming for a Parisian-chic ensemble (and it’s the perfect way to coordinate with your afternoon latte at a quiet corner café.)

Aside from the classic striped Bréton shirt and maybe a {non-cliché} beret, this look is about embracing one's own individual style. Keep it feeling oh-so-fresh by mixing high and low, classic and trendy, and wearing it with a blasé air of confidence.

Next, aim for the allure of natural beauty, and let go of the search for perfection. This doesn’t mean you have to walk out the door sans make-up (unless you want to.) It means working with what you have, to compliment or accentuate favorite features and celebrate the little imperfections –a gap in a smile, slightly crooked teeth, prominent eyebrows or strong Roman nose. Let yourself be a touch undone. These are signs of certain strength in character. Show off freckles, glasses, or au naturel hair. French women understand you can feel beautiful without being perfect. 

Last, think like a muse. To evoke mystery, you need to exude an irreverent, downtown edge, with timeless glamour and old world romance. (I know, right?!) In other words, simple is sexy. Poise and confidence are fundamental to dressing Parisian cool.

For this outfit I paired my Bréton stripe top with a mod high-waist jumper. A tight pencil skirt silhouette plays up curves, and pairs well with blouses, tees and buttons ups. (Bonus if you rock it with geek-chic suspender straps.) Layer on a menswear blazer, rolling up the cuffs, and scrunching it at the elbows for a relaxed effect. Ballerina flats reign supreme in French style, but add a hint of sophistication with a fabulous pair of two-tone Chanel inspired heels. Drape a coat, swipe on a bold lip and if you don’t have a terrible vision (like me!) that requires a script, dark oversize sunnies always make a stylish addition. Add a side-sitting beret and you’ve about cracked the code to French girl fashion. This chapeau can be worn slouchy like a beanie for a boyish look, or slightly tipped for a more feminine feel.

Next trip to the museum, library, coffee house, or romantic night with your amour, pull a few pieces from the French girl wardrobe, and joie de vivre (delight in the joy of living.)

Outfit Details:
Coat: Old (similar here) Top: J. Crew Striped Boatneck Jumper: Old (similar here and here) Blazer: J. Crew (similar here) Beret: Vintage (similar here) Bag: Zara Over-The-Knee Socks: Asos Shoes: Zara Glasses: GANT Rugger GR Gibson Necklace: Stella & Dot Mia Collar Watch: Michael Kors Lips: MAC Sin Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

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Here Comes The Sun

Jessica Wagner

Swim Wear: Part 1

First the packing, then the bliss! By-the-sea escapes are full of activities that require specific swimwear.

We leave for our family vacation this week and since we are staying in a house right on the beach, I am literally bringing my whole stash of swimsuits. When in Rome!

With summer winding down, end of season sales are a great time to snag a new suit for a fraction of the peak swim season price.

In this post I shared some tips on how to find that perfect suit, but in today’s post I’m going to highlight three styles that work for different pool and beachside occasions. ( Part 2, here.)

CROCHET

CROCHET: Fun, sexy, minimal coverage.
Crochet and embroidery are gorgeous options for sandy strolls along the water’s edge. This teeny-bikini is paradise worthy for sure. (Rob bought this for me before we left for spring break in Cancun, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to try it on!) It’s a low-rise style and very cheeky. The crochet details and shades of blue add to the overall boho-vibe. Soft, comfy and crazy cute. This is the suit for lazing poolside or relaxing in the cabana. While this handmade two-piece is great for lying out, don’t plan on jumping waves or swimming laps.

GRAPHIC

GRAPHIC: Sporty, active, full coverage.
Keep it simple in a solo style. This is the summer of the graphic suit. Off-kilter cool, this one-piece style is everywhere, and the bold graphic options are funny and clever. What I love about this singular silhouette is the easy shape doesn’t feel out-dated. It’s fresh, youthful, and ideal for sun-soaked activities. (You for scuba?) Take a run along the beach, play a game of sand volleyball or dive in and ride the tide. This suit has you covered. It manages to be playful, and dare I say sexy in that 90s Pamela Anderson kind of way. A high impact scene-stealer that lets your legs do the talking.

RESORT

RESORT: Glam, romantic, low cut.
Calling all bathing beauties - tuck a flower in your ear and drink in the last sun-drenched hours in this glamorous swimsuit for poolside pinups. To me this suit is all old Hollywood. Destination: poolside. The deep V, shoulder baring silhouette and belted bow need nothing more than a sun kissed glow and maybe a chic sun hat to help keep you cool. Dazzle from days in the bay to nights by the cape, in a solid color, that shows some skin, but brings an effortless elegance to a summer by the sea. Just add champagne.

So, weather you prefer a suit with a slogan or something a little more strappy, these options are all beach-ready for a summer spent chasing the sun.

Swim Wear Details:

Crochet:
Bikini: Aerie Hand Crochet Teeny Bikini (top sold out, bottoms on sale, also comes in black and white. Also have this pink gingham one) Wrap: H&M (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength

Graphic:
Bathing Suit: Glamzelle (lots of other graphic options here, here, and here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Resort: 
One Piece: Asos, Belted Plunge (similar here) Hat: DIY Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur