6 Aug 2013

Thinking French… Timeless, Chic And Effortless… #1

Timeless, chic and effortless… that’s how I want to be dressing.

No time to think about ‘what goes with what’ or whether something suits me or any of those other pesky questions that rear their annoying heads when we speak about fashion.  Dressing has to work for us… and make our lives easier. There is too much to see and do without having an anxiety attack over what to wear.

An outfit I rely upon is this lace skirt with a simple black tee-shirt… I also have a straighter pencil style version that I accessorise in exactly the same way. I can wear it with lace-ups, loafers, with ballet flats or with stilettos… I can go for a drink, have dinner or hang out around the house… it works. I can substitute the black tee for a white tee… In winter I swap the teeshirt for a cashmere, add opaque black tights and some short boots… In my view this is a very timeless, chic and effortless look…

Collage - Vicki Archer

 

the best ever rag and bone basic brando tee / if you are lucky enough to be a 2, 4 or 8 US look nor further than this lace skirt from tibiin my dreams lace valentino skirt / the prettiest macrame lace pencil skirt from moschinoa choice of lace pencils skirts from donna karan

 

Collage - Vicki Archer

 

a selection of lace -ups / heavenly leopard print lanvin loafers / the original repetto ballet flats / lanvin style yosi samra ballet flats 

and to winter it up wolford opaque tights / perfect v necks, boat-necks and raglan cashmere sweaters from vince / the best ‘dicker’  booties from isabel marant

 

What we admire about French women is their ability to look chic, their effortless sense of good style and the timeless way in which they put it all together… That’s why I’m thinking French… xv

 

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26 Comments

Sanne

Vicki, You are so absolutly right! I’m not so young anymore, to spend my day with thinking about “what goes with ….”. The combination you show is perfekt to dress up and down. Kindest regards – S

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Vicki

Thank you Sanne… it is an easy one and that’s the beauty such little effort required for a great look… I forgot to say you can add a leather jacket/blazer and work it up like that too…

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miss b

Timeless, chic and effortless – that’s how I want to be dressing too! Versatile clothes which earn their place in my wardrobe and with our changeable UK weather, they need to cross seasons too. Your skirt is one of those wonderful pieces suitable for so many occasions. Lovely!
PS I had to let you know that the pasta recipe featured in your garlic crush post was a huge success and is set to become one of our favourite pasta dishes. Great flavours and a kick from the chillies. Thank you!

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Vicki

Glad you enjoyed it… I cooked it again last night! I need another one… when I find it I will pop it up…
And I know only too well about the UK weather… mind you… it’s so hot here this summer I am already thinking about London… :)

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Pam@over50feeling40

That skirt is gorgeous…and I would love it even more in a pencil!! I hope you can stop by and meet this fabulous designer I am introducing to my audience today. She is classic, timeless and chic! Have a wonderful week, Vicki!

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Heather in Arles

Oooh, that skirt is so you. And it is a good thing that I know we aren’t the same shoe size or those absolutely perfect leopard loafers would go a missing from your closet!! ;)
Have a lovely week ahead,
xo
H

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Vicki

Thanks Heather… yes it is me…:)
Sorry about my feet… would be happy to let you share them…;)

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Emily

I love your “French ” sense of style Vickie! I attempted to purchase the black skirt you suggested but it is out of stock. I am on the hunt for one now. I am only 5″0′ so I am going to probably look for a “pencil” style of a black lace or one that doesn’t flair too much. Have a good Monday!
Emily
Dallas,Texas

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Vicki

Oh no… I shall look for another and see if I can find something good… :)I think you men the Tibi..? There are only a few sizes left.. but I couldn’t resist showing it…

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hopflower

Some very nice clothes and great ideas. But I would never spend the shameful amount of $950 for a pair of shoes. That could pay some person’s rent or mortgage!

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Christina

You are absolutely correct! I do the same and my whole wardrobe is based on one colour theme. My staple colour is blue, not black, but I do have an odd cream, red, grey and black. I use lots of Stella & Dot jewelry (I sell these jewels) and J. Crew at times.
I have a huge scarf collection to mix up or down my outfit. My bags is a variety of colours, but usually my shoes are very basic and comfortable. I love my uniform!

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Marsha @ Splenderosa

You know I love this. The leopard shoe is the edge and makes the outfit look young and new. In Houston this kind of outfit is almost year round. And, I’m so happy to pointed the way to a great black tee. I understand the value of owning black which stays black, so thank’s for this. xx’s

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Anita Rivera

Good morning, Vicki! Yes, this is exactly what I took with me to France; I had a reverseable skirt very similar in design to this! One day I’d wear one side of it with a certain blouse or shirt, the next day, reversed on the dressier side with a totally different look and shoes. Chic is chic; it looks good on you if you have the attitude to wear it! Love your slippers, and your fabulous screen! HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY! Anita

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lisa thomson

Oh, you are so right Vicki. It is pesky when we question whether our ‘look of the day’ is working or not. Your example is wonderful. I like that you can wear it with various footwear. WE can’t go wrong with the black skirt and I love that it is ‘lace’. Happy monday.

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D. A. Wolf

I can well imagine the elegant ease of that outfit. I love my pencil skirts (typically neutral colors – grays, black, one a deep purple, one a flirty goldenrod). Paired with any number of black tops? They’re always my go-to choices to dress up or down.

I clicked on the DK pencil skirts, by the way. What fun it is to visit Net-a-Porter, and see so many styles that are workable in so many ways!

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Kahni

Love this look – never would have thought of a pattern skirt with leopard loafers but it’s great – thanks for sharing ;)

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Karena

Dear Vicki I am with you, my closet is full and I do wear most of the pieces; however the ease and simplicity of your outfit is perfect! The Lace Skirt adds a little oomph!

Xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer Series

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Jaime

_Thinking French Timeless, Chic And Effortless #1 | French Essence_ was in fact a marvelous posting, can_t help but wait to read alot
more of ur blogs. Time to squander a little time on the web haha.
Thanks ,Kerry

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vienne

Please Vicki where did you purchase the delightful blue lace skirt…..I am not able to kind this “a line” style any where ..let alone in “blue” much better for day wear…..please advise

or a different skirt Not BLACK for the day thank you so much All my friends now read your “site” Im on every day for help with myselk anf like style my best wishes Viviene

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Vicki

My skirt is actually black… I will try and find a blue lace for you and get back to you.. xv

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vienne

Im more than happy to have black if you are able to find one the same ……11sssssssssssspooooooooooo “chic2 IM trying my best…..difficult when your 5ft tall and a size6/8….V a very grateful “thank you”….

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