There is a certain unnameable quality, an effortless chic, that many French women seem to possess. And I want it. Their hair can be all over the place, they can be wearing jeans and a t-shirt, and yet they’ve got “it.”
Did it exist before Coco Chanel? It doesn’t matter because she perfected it. And The Sartorialist captured it in the bra-less wonder below. They don’t even need to wear bras. What is this voodoo? And how can I get some?
Tip #1: Don’t try too hard. Or at least, don’t appear to have tried too hard. You want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed and put on whatever was lying on the floor–if everything on your floor was incredibly fashionable and well put together, that is.
Tip #2: Dress fearlessly. If you’re not going for a classic style, then go all in. Worried that a piece doesn’t show off your figure? That’s a green light. Is that a giant garbage bag? Perfect. Cut some holes in it for your neck and arms, and you’re ready for Fashion Week.
Tip #3: Act as though Super Glam is your everyday look. It’s a wonder she doesn’t get her ankle-length fur coat caught in the spokes of her tires. And can she even see where she’s going from underneath that beautiful hat? No matter. She’ll look magnificent as she sails over the handlebars, and she’ll be the best dressed woman at the ER.
Tip #4: Eschew social mores. Wearing pastels as a man, wearing menswear as a woman, going out sans bra (see The Sartorialist pic above)–these are all ways to buck the system and declare your fashion independence.
Tip # 5: Re-imagine your everyday wardrobe possibilities. Too often folks make excuses for inexcusable clothing choices: I’m just running to the store. I’m just getting coffee. I’m just picking up my kid from daycare. I’m just letting myself go… Well, the pic below is just a mom and her little girl out and about in an amazing fur coat and rockin’ hat (her daughter’s no slouch either). No sweats with a booty message here, folks.