The quickest way to create ultimate Parisian-style wardrobe

12/10/2015

Carine Roitfeld x Uniqlo collaboration collection pieces via fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
How to look like a Parisian? I am sure every woman asks this question at least once. Some do it out loud, others prefer wondering silently in a form of quiet conversation between themselves and their inner French girls trying to find out the secret to that imitable Parisian style.

Just like you, I thought about it a lot. Not to be point of obsession, but it crossed my mind quite a few times. At the end I realised that what Parisiennes managed to keep going is relying on very simple and timeless items without actually looking at fashions and trends too much. This habit, stripped of any unnecessary distractions and then perfected by desire of looking unique, feminine and true to her own little universe, is what really makes a Parisian woman so chic and inspiring regardless of time of the day, location or age.

Lily Donaldson styled by Carine Roitfeld & photographed by Anthony Maule for Madame Figaro September 2015 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
On many levels this is how I was brought up, too. Not that we weren't interested in fashions. We were curious, but at the end the desire of looking like a woman, never having the same things as somebody else and living with a small wardrobe that would fit into our small apartments as well as deficit of everything meant very few shopping trips, learning how to fashion an outfit with whatever we already had and then update it, season by season, with little additions (often made to order or DIY'ed) rather than entire wardrobe overhaul. 

And you know what? It was liberating! 

Having moved countries I did my best to follow the same rule, though it became somewhat blurry a few years ago. I think it had something to do with the fact that regardless of how much stuff there was in shops, finding a perfect pencil skirt or simple V-neck or blouse without paying a fortune for a designer item was a challenge - there was way too many "trendy things" and very few "classics" around. I think it made me feel lost and disconnected and, as a result coupled with a trip to Paris, lead to loving the whole "Parisian thing".

Lily Donaldson styled by Carine Roitfeld & photographed by Anthony Maule for Madame Figaro September 2015 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
Over the years I slowly restored the inner peace and harmony by finding my "happy places" on pages of Finding your inner French girl, Parisian Chic, Chic in Paris and How to be Parisian, numerous articles including advice from Tasha de Vasconcelos, Hadley Freeman and Harriet Welty Rochefort and, as the final wave of bliss, Carine Roitfeld's Irreverent.

By the end of 2014 I was emotionally content and ready to fill the gaps. I found a few beautiful (often vintage) additions, parted with old "acquaintances" that never became true friends... But then there was a problem - I might have found my "inner French girl" or whatever else you'd like to call it, but it was incredibly challenging to find a perfect pencil skirt to complete the transformation. 

Lily Donaldson styled by Carine Roitfeld & photographed by Anthony Maule for Madame Figaro September 2015 via www.fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
Then Uniqlo announced the brand's collaboration with Carine Roitfeld... The search was other, it was now the matter of time. What I didn't expect (and was very excited to see) was the volume and quality of the collection! Carine being her brilliant self thought of everything, so comes 29 October (mark your calendars!), any woman looking for very Parisian (and very chic) wardrobe essentials  will be able to buy them all at once and then style according to her own rules. Add a pair of pumps, boots and sunglasses and you are done!

Here's my list - all items will be available in black, grey, pinstripe and a few - in animal and military-style print, so you will definitely be able to find something to suit your personality. The skirts will retail for £29, trousers and silk shirts - from £39, jackets and coats - from £99, and accessories that include bags, belts and scarves - from £15.


Carine Roitfeld x Uniqlo collaboration collection pieces via fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
And because Mondays are for editorials I turned to the recent story from Madame Figaro featuring Carine Roitfeld X Uniqlo collection. 

Photo source: collection photos via Uniqlo, Lily Donaldson styled by Carine Roitfeld & photographed by Anthony Maule for Madame Figaro September 2015

8 comments:

  1. Is a thing Ive questioned too many times and I think their key is being natural and classy with timeless pieces and no effort. Love that capsule collection too, actually would love to grab the fur jacket and the bag. Happy Monday Natalia! xo

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  2. i simply adore carine, so i am looking forward to this collection.

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  3. Uniqlo does it again! I'm so envious you picked up a Lemaire piece - although knowing that they were all wool made it easier for me to go without. But I will have to find a way to get my hands on some pieces from this collection, because truly, it looks like all the pieces of the wardrobe I want to own.
    xox,
    Cee

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  4. I love the collection, all these black items, chic indeed. But I wonder sometimes if there is such a thing such as Parisian chic. Whenever I am in Paris, I look out for these mythical ladies and very often I find that it's foreigners who represent this style, maybe because they have bought into the myth. I would say that Londoners and people in Milan dress far more classy and chic. But I may be wrong.
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  6. Dear Natalia, my dream is to have exactly this Parisian style and therefore thank you so much for this helpful and wonderful post. Hopefully it will bring me at least a mini step forward into my desired direction :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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