Parisian days, Parisian ways. All things French culture has been a long-standing obsession dating back to the 1950s with the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy, and Jean Seberg introducing us to the New Look, Rockabilly, and Pinup styles. In recent seasons, the fashion industry has been screaming “Vive la France!” for good reason, as French style sparks an alluring approach that is intrinsically mysterious.
Style is an extension of ourselves, so what better way to classify with that than through the Parisian lens. Aside from your stereotypical French one-offs like poodle skirts, black and white stripes, pixie cuts, and berets, the 50s gave way to a textile that would echo the Parisian stylistic point of view for decades to come.
Gingham, or “Vinchy print” as it’s formerly known, is a lightweight, contrasting-woven cotton cloth. Designers from Tome to Altuzarra have been spotted incorporating the favored checkered print into their collections of demure fit-and-flare silhouettes accentuated with ruffles, suiting, and asymmetric shapes.
The charming print can be integrated into a plethora of techniques from skirts to blazers, and from shoes to handbags. We’ve chosen the all in one route of a high slit, cap sleeve black and white gingham dress. The higher slit will elongate your legs with or without heels.
With this look, we’ve elected for nude ballet flats to mirror our Funny Face darling, Ms. Hepburn. And while you’re at it, how about a statement pair of oval or rounded sunnies and a black purse to keep your palette neutral and refined in true Parisian fashion? Très classique.