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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Parisian

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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Keep It Local

Jessica Wagner

Look One: Everyday Casual

Look Two: Feminine Glam

Look Three: Urban Edge

Boutique Shopping
 

“No thanks, I have enough clothes and shoes,” said no woman ever.

Shopping for some of us is like oxygen. We need it to live. It’s a way of life. Take us shopping, and we are yours.

For others it’s a means to an end.

Either way, we all need to wear clothes and have countless options as to where we spend our time and money.

While there’s nothing wrong with on-line and retail chain shopping (spoken like a true shopaholic) if you want a catered and joyful experience, look no further than your local shopping boutiques.

Boutiques are usually smaller “concept stores” that sell über stylish clothing, jewelry and other specialized accessories.  (The word boutique is French for “shop.”)  

Since boutiques often evolve out of a founder's passion, they are a great resource for exclusive items. Not to mention, they boost an authentic environment to shop in. Often associated with a specialized service, boutiques offer a wide assortment of their niche product, which in turn allows you more choices. Knowing a shops’ sphere of expertise will allow you to easily navigate what it has to offer.

More recently I rediscovered the charm of shopping local, at Ragazza Boutique, known for their smart up-scale occasion dressing. The shop is tailored toward a lifestyle of “classic with a hip twist.” 

*Fun fact: Ragazza, means "girlfriend" in Italian. The owner chose this name, aspiring to create a place friends would love to meet and shop together. (I mean don’t you just want to become a regular after knowing that?!)

Ragazza, like many boutiques caters to specialized styling, offers great brands and one-of-a-kind finds. Their quality is exquisite and the selection is all-embracing. 

Boutique shopping is an upgraded experience not only in the la-di-da of discovering a look that no one else will have, but in the luxury of a shopping experience about YOU. 

Take for example, Ragazza offers private wardrobe appointments, alterations, and a sales team of brand and product experts. Their profuse knowledge of their inventory pretty much guarantees they are equip to help you find an outfit that meets your needs. 

Now, shopping at an uptown boutique like Ragazza, I expected to find elegant dresses and chic options for weddings, baby showers and business affairs, (see this post here) but what I didn’t expect to find was the same high-end customized fashion in their more casual weekend wear.

If there is one fashion item that never fails to call out its wearer as a genuine fashion-girl it’s the jumpsuit. I about died when the styling team at Ragazza pulled this jumper off the rack. It can substitute for a glamed-up gown or be dressed down street-style cool. From off-duty models, fashion editors and movie stars there’s a reason it-girls can’t get enough of this versatile one-piece.

It’s the ultimate lazy girl go-to. With this all-in-one ensemble at the heart of your outfit, all you need to think about are shoes, bag, and a few carefully considered accessories. It’s the go-anywhere outfit dreams are made of. Ragazza slayed it.

When you chose to shop local, not only are you supporting the heartbeat of your own neighborhood, but also you are helping your economy thrive. Plus, it’s a great way to love on your community! Shopping local is always in style. When you support small businesses, you’re supporting a dream. Shop small, support your friends or “la ragazzas!”

SECRETS OF A FASHION BLOGGER PARTY!

On that note lovely followers, I am SO excited to be hosting an event with Ragazza Boutique (Downtown Perrysburg) this Wednesday, July 20th and would love to meet you!!!! I’ll be sharing “Secrets of a Fashion Blogger” along with tips and tricks on how to make your outfit picture perfect. There will be lots of raffle prizes, yummy food and shopping! Party starts at 6PM and is open to all. Feel free to reserve your spot now, and bring along your friends. Visit Ragazza Boutique on Facebook (link here) to reserve your spot today! Hope to see you then! XOXO 

Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: Ragazza Boutique 

Look One: Everyday Casual
Hat: Forever 21  Bag: Zara Reversible Tote Shoes: Charming Charlie Zuri Flat Sandals Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Bracelet: Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Baci

Look Two: Feminine Glam
Bag: Olivia + Joy Pom Keyring: Old (similar here) Shoes: Michael Antionio Sunglasses: Style By Girl  Earrings: Old Watch: Michael Kors Lipstick: MAC Saint Germain 

Look Three: Urban Edge
Bag: Zara Shoes: Adidas 'Stan Smith' Sneaker Sunglasses: Fox House Vintage Watch: Guess (Old, also love this one) Lips: MAC Lady Danger

A special thank you to Ragazza Boutique for partnering on this post!