22 May 2013

Emmanuelle Alt Wearing The Black and White

Emmanuelle Alt, the newish editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue is my pin-up when it comes to wearing jeans. She wears jeans like a second skin… dressing them up and wearing them down… With blazers… with tees…  with heels, with boots…

Emmanuelle Alt inspires me… she is not super young… she looks super chic.. and she manages to make white jeans look fantastic… She makes me want to wear white jeans…

I have always been a little afraid of white jeans… for obvious reasons… I don’t necessarily need to draw attention to that which is better concealed… but the way she wears them gives me great hope…

How does she do it?

From my observations…this is how it works…

Contrast… always a dark top and dark footwear…

Add a heel… shoe boot or stiletto… It doesn’t have to be killer height but enough point and heel to give the illusion…

Oversized shirts with the front tucked in and the back hanging free…

Longish jackets… double breasted, three quarter length and boyfriend blazers…

 

I’m going with the white denim… just like Emmanuelle Alt.. What about you? xv

 

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88 Comments

chicatanyage

I do have one pair by NYDJ which I keep in France. Somehow I would not want to wear them in London. Maybe something to do with the French vibe or the sunshine.

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Vicki

i am going tp try them in London…a s long as I have a warm coat… :)

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Vicki

Her style is classic yet by making such a contrast with her pieces… she looks super chic…

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Pamela

i love my white jeans. and after seeing that photo above of emmanuelle in her white jeans and black pea coat this winter…i also dared to wear them this past winter with my pea coat!
i wear them often rolled with my ballerinas and a tunic…but with a black tee and big black sunglasses…timeless. dying over that leopard coat :)

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Vicki

Yes.. that leopard is a temptation.. :)
I like teh way she contrasts the jeans… and she also wears her dark jeans in the same way… with a light top… I like the monochrome in this way… very chic…

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miss b

It’s that time of the year when I start looking at white jeans again but it’s not easy to find the perfect, flattering pair. I think I feel the same way as you about them. Emmanuelle Alt, like Inès de la Fressange, manage to make them look classy. As you say, it’s about contrast and the right accessories.

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

J’adore the look. I have white jeans and wear them frequently. But I live in Florida some of the year and there everyone has white jeans, but they certainly don’t wear them with this high fashion look.

Emmanuelle Alt has taken white jeans and made them so very fashionable and trendy, mixing them with the Parisian’s favorite black. I’ve pinned this for inspiration.
Sam

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Anita Rivera

Bonjour Vicki!

I love that you look for “structure” or a “strategy” that makes something successful. I too would have studied the various components to see WHY this works. I too have always been afraid of wearing light bottoms because I too would rather NOT highlight certain areas that are better left UNNOTICED!

But I think you are absolutely right about HOW she uses these jeans. Heels are a MUST. Depending on your balancing skills, super high or mid height is up to the individual, but for sure, heels are a must to give that illusion of length.

Then there’s the darker top. I like the blazer effect with the length long enough to cover what I believe by now chez moi, is just not worth showing!!!!!!!

A set of gold bangles on the wrist with a pair of subtle gold earrings, a pair of good sunglasses, and one is ready to look as good as Emmanuelle at any age!

I love how just some careful planning and strategizing can make all the difference!

CIAO! Anita

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leslie nash

I bought some j brand white jeans this year and love them, the fit is fantastic. I wear them with loose black shirts, sometimes navy and feel very chic! I love the french look, its stylish with out being try hard.

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Karen in CT

EA and Ines make everything they wear look great. This white jean look is great. I say if it works for you, go for it. Even if the look worked for me, white pants in general are very high maintenance.

Of course, a chauffeur would solve all those concerns.

Enjoy your look .. I think it’s fabulous.

Karen in CT

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Vicki

Iguess they do get dirty but at least they go in the machine and can be bleached:)
A chauffeur.. mmm.. Is that for the pups too?? ;)

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Robyn

I just wore my white jeans this weekend to a morning brunch….with black long sleeve t and sandals wit a bit of heel.

I love her look with black booties….going to try this:)

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deniz

I think she looks gorgeous. I believe it is about style not about age. I mean I have seen the most elegant women in Paris and none of them were 30 or 20.

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Vicki

That is my impression too … age has nothing whatsoever to do with style…

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Kathy

I love her look and she is an inspiration, but I always have this lingering question? She’s 6′ tall and very leggy (as is Ines, or close anyway) ~ so how much should we take that into consideration when emulating some of their “looks?” I worry that too much contrast, especially with white jeans will sort of cut me in half, which at 5’6″, I don’t feel I can afford? Or do you think it doesn’t matter?

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Vicki

I think that if worn in the right way the contrast will look good whether you are taller or smaller…
I think it comes down to the length of coat… whether you tuck in the shirt or leave it hanging… etc..
I am short but I would still mix the dark and the lights… but I will wear a longer jacket and probably leave the shirt out… and add the heels… :)

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24/7 in France

Love classic and classy black and white, but I rarely wear my white pants – thanks for the inspiration on how to pair them from her look as an example – BCBG!

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Karen in CT

Vicki … I picked this up from Wikipedia … BCBG may refer to: the French initialism for bon chic bon genre (“good style, good class”) … as I too wondered …

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pam@over50feeling40

Really enjoyed this post…I have a pair of white, skinny ankle pants sitting in my closet and I you just gave me a myriad of ideas for how to wear them. I was not familiar with her. Thanks Vicki!!

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Vicki

Glad to be of help… :)
I think she is gorgeous.. and so natural without being too glam…

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david terry

White jeans? What??? As for “Acceseories”……you could pop the Romanov crown on my head and stick my feet into Elivs Presley’s blue suede shoes…….the fact remains that, when you have a pack of rowdy, dirty, digging, terriers (their current fascination is the eight foot high pyrmaid of composted cow manure in the back lot), you don’t even think about white jeans. It’s bad enough that the dogs, being west highlands, are white (most of the time).

A client came here about a year go for the worst “I want to SEE your etchings” session ever. She wore a colored jacket and white pants, and she made the mistake of coming through the back gate. By the time I rescued her (my dogs don’t bite unless I tell them to do so; they simply jump all over folks, particularly women, in delight), her pants were a MESS.

She nicely said that wasn’t a problem at ALL! Suffice it to say that she was the sort of client (for which I’m grateful) that also says “Oh…it’s no problem….I’ll just have someone clean them…”.

Then, Miss Congeniality picked up the six-month old, youngest female (who was slathering for attention) and clasped the puppy to her white-silk-blouse-clad chest, exclaiming “Oh, you are SOOOOO CUUUUUUTE!!!!!”.

Kate excitedly peed ALL over the front of the woman’s blouse…..and I mean ALL over.

to her credit?…..Miss White jeans and silk bouse simply asked for a towel, dried herself as much as was possible, and said “Well, I guess there’s no point in trying to act like THAT didn’t happen….now, where are the pictures?”

I liked her a lot.

Level Best as Ever,

David Terry (who has worn nothing but plain blue, LEvi 501’s since he was ten)
http://www.davidterryart.com

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Vicki

OK… so I’m not wearing my new white jeans to your place, David… ;)

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david terry

Oh, I expect you’d do fine, Vicki (as you’ve said, yourself, before….you’re 1/2 “City” and 1/2 “country”, and you’ve obviously dealt with your share of dirty country-living circunstances). Just make sure you come up the front walkway if you come this household’s way.

For some reason I can’t quite fathom, no one but the mailman ever comes up that walkway. Perhaps that’s bnecause the only drive up the road to this 1790 houseleads to the kitchen door?….(and even the kitchen used to be a seperate structure until sometime in the mid 80’s.

In any case….you don’t seem at all the sort of prissy-lady who’d freak out over having her white jeans dirtied by dsome rambunctious terriers.

Admiringly as ever,

david

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Katherine

I just bought a new pair of white jeans in crop length {above the ankle} from Ann Taylor. I was so thrilled with the fit and bought them in other colours.
These images inspire me to wear them with dark colours beyond the summer season.

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Vicki

Yes i love the way she has worn them mid season…and in all seasons… If she can wear them in Paris on a cold day… then we can too… ;)

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Jacqueline

Hi Vicki,
I think that she looks great apart from that first image ….. I find that look quite tarty and, as we say in the UK, rather ‘ Footballer’s Wives ‘ !!!! …… but then, what do I know ? …. she is editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue after all !!!! ….but, I love her look in all of the other images especially in the blazer. Maybe I don’t like the first photo because it only shows the bottom half !! XXXX

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Vicki

Never a Footballer’s Wife Jackie!! We shall have to agree to disagree… :)

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Jacqueline

Oh dear Vicki …. I think that I might have blotted my copybook !!!! haha
I just think that I have a ‘thing’ about white denim. … will you still be my friend ? hehe XXXX

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Vicki

Always… :) :)
And you could never ever blot your copybook with me Jackie…

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Peggy Braswell

White jeans, a big vote from me, living in S CA I wear them year round now I will try them with booties + a black shirt. thanks xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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Garden, Home and Party

Vicki,
There was a fellow blogger that did a post on white jeans, but like you I fear the attention they may draw. One of my friends joined me for lunch in her white jeans and I have new hope. I may get a pair, you first. :D
Karen

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Cheri Walker-Simonis

I am older than most of you (probably) and still wear my beloved white jeans. I have a pair of winter whites, too. In the winter, I wear them with the aforementioned darks, but in the summer I wear them with bright colors….tees, long shirts….doesnt’ matter. And LOTS of bangles, necklaces and, of course ALWAYS the huge dark glasses. Am sooo glad to hear you young folk say that style has no age requirement!

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Vicki

Never Cheri… I find that older women are mush more stylish…as we already mentioned here… Style relates to confidence and experience… and that is the advantage that we have… :)

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Cheri Walker-Simonis

I must interject, though, that I DO NOT wear the skinny jeans….some things are best left to the imagination. Besides that, they are uncomfortable to “pliable” skin and can create unsightly “ridges”. :)

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Deborah Peterson Milne

I do love white jeans, and when I think of them, I think stylish French women. I purchased a pair but like you Vicki, I am hesitant to wear. What’s hardest for me is God did not bless me with great legs, even half-decent legs. For those of us with this deficit, it really makes dressing chic incredibly hard. It’s easier to mask a thick waistline than heavy thighs; especially summer dressing. This is one topic that is rarely discussed. You’ve given me some great ideas (as always) Vicki to be brave! Thank you. xx

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Vicki

Pin legs are obviously a bonus, Deb… and I don’t have them either… but it’s all in the way we wear the pants… and in my experience… all in the cut of the jacket and the shape of the shirt…
We must always be brave… :)

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simone

I love white jeans & will definitely be wearing them this year, just waiting for summer to arrive in London ;)

Elizabeth Hurley seems to live in white jeans & always looks fabulous in them….I see white jeans, I think of her!!

Great post :)

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A Gift Wrapped Life

If you say so………….then I will Vicki! it’s summer, what better way to embrace it. And yes, it will require me being really, really brave but if you do it then I will too. Much love xx

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lisa thomson

Definitely! I’ve always worn white denim in spring and summer…and with your suggestions here, even better. Some say you can wear them in winter but call me old fashioned but it isn’t going to happen. :)

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Jess F

I adore white jeans. I think done right it is so crisp and clean and chic. I am hoping to wear them again post baby. Citizens of Humanity do a great pair and the Adriano Goldschmied Stilt jeans are amazing too. For me they are the perfect straight leg which is hard to find. Fantastic inspiration Vicki. Thank you. Jx

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Mia

This past winter, I’ve worn my white J Brand jeans a countless number of times. They go with everything! Glad to see they’re becoming such a classic trend :)Merci, Vicki!

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Debby

She has certainly given Inès de La Fressange some competition as she has always worn white jeans exactly how I wish to look…if I had those legs!

Great conversation Vicki – thanks. Has given me courage to join you all in wearing them in my 40’s.

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Vicki

Absolutely Debby… and 50’s and 60’s and… and…and…
Something so classic has no age limit… it’s just the accessories that you wear with the jeans that change…

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Alison

I’m on board, Vicki!
I cannot believe it, but I actually pinned
a photo of her in the white jeans earlier this evening!
TOO funny!

Love the look, Love her style.
:)

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Vicki

Me too… Funny how something so simple put together a little differently can seem all so new… :)

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JUlie

That cuff! What is that cuff?! I know I’ve seen that. Who is it by, do you know??

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Kathy

Hi Vicki, this look is very inspiring. I have admired the white jean for a while, but I really wasn’t sure how to put this look together. I especially love the heels. Thank you for the fabulous tips. xx

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Jody

I love white jeans paired with a grey T shirt with rolled up sleeves for summer.

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Jill

I realized about a week ago that I only want to wear pants from now now. And I saw in New York Magazine (which has an EA lookbook!) that they wrote that EA gave up wearing dresses a few years ago too. Maybe she was my subconscious inspiration! I just bought a pair of white jeans from Old Navy last weekend–surprisingly well-made, very affordable, lots of great cuts to choose from–and am going for the EA-inspired thing this summer with the half-tucked shirt and heels (wedges). I am a bootcut gal though because skinny jeans just look ridiculous on me. Great post! XO, Jill

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Vicki

I wear dresses less and less.. which is a shame because I love them… but jeans are just so easy!

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Trisha @ Vignette

You’ve inspired me to pull out my white jeans immediately – what perfect timing, given it’s Memorial Day this weekend! Thank you for the styling tips – will definitely try out the contrast and oversized shirt!

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Design Chic

White jeans are a favorite of mine – love wearing tunics, wedges, and white jeans – for sure my “go to” weekend outfit! Love seeing the images of Emmanuelle Alt…gorgeous…

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Whatisinmyworld

The past two French Vogue editors are oozing with style. I am a fan of both Emmanuelle and Carine. White jeans are a staple for me. As much as I like skinny jeans, I equally like ones with a boot cut or fitted with a flared leg. Put on silk blouse add a great sandle and you are ready to go. One does need to try white jeans with a black bootie after reading this post.

Side note….loved David’s comment about the client and her white jeans.

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