Charleston Style

Building a French-Inspired Wardrobe

February 19, 2018

This is my favorite time of year in Charleston (or at least we’re just coming up to it!).   It’s beautiful, balmy and I’m already whipping out my summer clothes.   As I unpacked my old friends, I was pleased to see that I still love most everything that I invested in last summer.    My goal when shopping is to try to prioritize pieces that will work for more than one season, hopefully many to come.  I am increasingly aware of how comfortable my clothes are (not in the sense of dressing down for comfort but not wearing fussy pieces which need a lot of tweaking).   I also like to pull myself together quickly to be out the door and into the day as efficiently as possible.  Lots of lovely neutrals are key in this case, and I try to stick to natural fibers: linen, cotton, cashmere, silk, etc.

When I think about a French-inspired wardrobe (I’m envisioning the South of France summer vibe vs. Parisian), it’s easy, feminine, light in color.    While we’re there, I live in bathing suits and breezy cover ups, simple skirts and white tee shirts, dresses, linen shirts and jean shorts.   Honestly most of the time I’m barefoot but I’ll slide into espadrilles if we’re heading into town.

I love the idea of collecting some special pieces as well as those which will be so useful for everyday, like the white wrap skirt seen below.  I wore this similar skirt SO much last summer, here’s another example.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Sadie Ann B. February 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Absolutely LOVE this post. My husband was in the same room while I was reading this and said, “Wow, it’s like you guys have the same style or something”! My entire wardrob is filled with blues, whites, blush pinks, and fibers. Love it!

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo February 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

      hahaha — I am sure that your collection is beautiful! xxx

  • Reply Marys February 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Such a pretty post. I envy easy, breezy dressing. Meanwhile, I dread summer clothes–anything sheer, gauzy, pastel or sleeveless makes me feel naked. Wrap me in black cashmere until it gets so hot I can’t stand it. : )

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo February 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

      haha I have a cousin who is the same way — love cashmere too 😉

  • Reply Auden Healey February 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    It’s like you read my mind! It may be February, but I’m already envisioning a summer wardrobe like this.

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo February 23, 2018 at 12:06 am

      I am daydreaming about it too!

  • Reply Sam February 20, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Lucy, I’ve been eyeing that Miguelina skirt! I may just have to buy it next month as an early birthday present to myself 🙂

    xo Sam
    http://www.thecurrentclassic.com

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo February 23, 2018 at 12:05 am

      Best purchase of last year!!!!! xxx

  • Reply Jen Kessler February 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of natural fibers too! I just cannot get into to synthetic materials – they do not feel good at all!

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo February 23, 2018 at 12:05 am

      I know I have become increasingly snobby about that — glad you agree!! xx

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