I found Ines de la Fressange’s book while checking in books at the library. The red cover grabbed my attention right away. Though you might hope that someone who works among books would judge them by their contents rather than their covers, I’m afraid that red leatherlike cover with its gold stamping was too much for my logical side to overcome. I had to check out the book. I had to read it. Clearly it was going to yield something wonderful.
In this case, cover-judgment was spot-on. The book contains exactly what I’ve been seeking: a list of must-haves for the classic (timeless) woman’s wardrobe. Just look–how could you not want to be that breezy?
I highly recommend that you lay your hands on a copy of the book, whether from the library or the bookstore. In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to have a list of (almost) all of Ines’ favorite shops* in one place. I spent quite a bit of time flipping back and forth to find the addresses she provides–and there are plenty! Only the fashion part really interests me, so I’m only including those. She also offers lists of fashionable retailers that could help you find “just the thing” when you’re looking for home decor, flowers, organizational items, and children’s clothing. (And that’s just the shopping part–she also has suggestions for where to eat, stay, take kids, discover “secret” Paris, and more!) *I omitted a few because they are “Paris exclusives” without an online presence.
I didn’t know who Ines de la Fressange was when I picked up the book. Even now I don’t think it matters much that she’s a successful businesswoman and former supermodel. What really matters is that she has condensed a career’s-worth of style savvy into one lightweight, pretty book. Here’s a sneak-peek of her essential style sense–the must-have shoe list: ballet flats, sandals, black heels, penny loafers, and riding boots.
For more, find the book here, the best online price I found.
Want even more? Aimee (AWmee) Song at Song of Style likes the book too, and shows side-by-side photos of Ines and her daughter, Nine, modeling similar outfits.
Okay, enough preamble. I need to go through my closet yet again and take stock of my essentials! I have a short list of basics I’m looking for, and while I don’t plan to spend 650 euros on jeans, these sites are fun places to browse for outfit inspiration. Without further ado, here’s your list of online Parisian clothiers:
Soeur, for mini-dresses and scarves
Vanessa Bruno, for totes, heels, and pretty underthings
Athe by Vanesssa Bruno (diffusion line=cheaper)
APC, for jeans
Isabel Marant, for shirts, which are apparently so amazing that certain celebrities buy one of everything.
Maje, for edgy stuff
Sandro, for city slicker stuff
Ba&sh, for simple stuff
Eric Bompard, for cashmere
Petit Bateau, for tanks and undies
Kerstin Adolphson, for a leather tote
Swildens, for a leather jacket
Journal Standard de Luxe, for oversize sweaters
Marie-Helene de Taillac, for jewelry
Dinh Van, for jewelry
Emmanuelle Zysman, for jewelry
LeTeo & Blet, for jewelry
Jerome Dreyfuss, for practical handbags
58 m, for the Tila March collection
Roger Vivier, for ballet flats
Upla, for satchels
Le Bon Marche, for everything
Mamie, for vintage
Doursoux, for military surplus
Ines also recommends: Victoria’s Secret, Top Shop, American Apparel, Rondini, Urban Outfitters, and Rusty Zipper, Shop Bop, and Abercrombie. Whew! I think we all have some shopping, or at least window shopping, to do.