Today I wanted to challenge you a little, ma chère amie. This is why I posted a simple, super easy challenge on my facebook page this morning. The challenge was to get rid of one item from your closet that no longer serves you. This post is shown here.
If you haven't participated yet, please do! Show us how serious you are about improving your style and wardrobe.
Now, I want to take things a step further, well two actually. I challenge you to ditch three old items and replace each with a French Chic version. I explain this in more detail below.
1/ Jogging Bottoms
Find an old pair of jogging bottoms that you still wear even though you no longer, or worse, have never been jogging. Ok, I know, we say running or working out now, not jogging. But hey, you know what I mean by jogging bottoms, non?
If you read my books and my blog posts, I guess this is because you want to upgrade your style, bring a bit of French Chic to your wardrobe, look a bit more raffinée. And, of course, I applaud you for this.
So, as your friends won't say anything to you, well not to your face anyway, please don't hate me for telling you this truth: wearing jogging bottoms/track pants/running pants except at the gym just won’t do you justice. What it will do though is project an image of a woman who doesn’t care about her appearance or who has given up on herself. However, this image is no longer true. This was the old you, before you joined my tribe of chic women. Now, you do want to make an effort, you do want to improve your style, and I'm here to help you get there, mon amie. You know that I have your back. I'm here to support you, and hold you up when you waver.
So, as I said, take these jogging pants out. Now, throw them in the bin. No regrets. No second thoughts. Be confident about this. Be bold. Would Coco Chanel even think twice? Bien sûr que non! Mind you, she wouldn't have these in the first place, would she? So, please take a leaf out of her book. Or better still: my book...
Now, replace them with a pair of casual long trousers. These trousers have to be comfortable, just like your jogging pants, yes, I'll grant you that. BUT they have to look stylish, unlike jogging pants. Don’t go for jeans, as the task would be much too easy and a cop-out.
Have a look inside your closet, as you may already have such a pair. If you have, start wearing them today or tomorrow, with the top I mention in the next paragraph. If you haven't got such an item, here is your chance to get shopping for this special piece. The colour doesn't matter too much as long as it's a stylish one; so no peacock colours or wild prints please. Now promise yourself that you will wear these trousers from now on, as they are, at least, one notch up from those dreadful jogging bottoms you got rid of.
Find an old t-shirt that you’re bound to have, lurking in your closet. It can be one that bears a slogan, tasteful or not, ahem, or the name of a designer or brand. It will probably be one that you wear often: if not, why do you still have it? Its shape, or by now after so many washes, its mis-shape, is probably square-ish. This has the unfortunate effect of giving your upper body the same form. Being square is not exactly flattering. I'm here to remind you that women who are into French Chic wouldn’t be seen out like this. Have you been reading my tips? If not, please read my books and posts. If you are already an avid reader of mine, then you have no excuse ma chère. I'm getting tough on you, but you know it is for your own good. I WILL get you to look fabulous! It's my mission.
Replace the offending article with another top, as comfortable as your old T but more you, more chic. It has to be fitted, but not tight and clingy. Fitted means that we can notice your womanly shape, unlike the old square t-shirt. This top has to be feminine but not frilly, comfortable but stylish. Choose it in a colour that suits your complexion, makes you look wide awake.
Its neckline has to be one that does wonders for your upper body shape, too. A difficult task, non? There are many tips in my other blog posts and books about choosing necklines to suit your body shape. Delve further into my blog and books to find answers to all your questions.
Find an underwear set, or a separate bra and knickers, that have seen better days (or nights!). Choose a set that you wear often. The bra straps are loose, letting your bust sag rather too low, the cups are too small or gaping. The knickers have gone grey, and are a bit frayed at the edges, a bit loose at the waist. The bra and knickers only fit where they touch. Need I say more?
Replace these with a new pair or one you already have but keep for best. Today, my beautiful friend, choose only the best for yourself! Make sure you wear this set often. It has to be pretty at least; at best exquisite. Remember nothing is too good for you. It's time to make yourself feel like a million dollars.
That's it! Three simple ways to upgrade your wardrobe and your style. If you can do this in one day, imagine what you could do in a weekend!
How does this exercise make you feel?
Inspired or terrified?
Fired up or put out?
If you feel like you want to do this exercise but, well, you just can't find the time or your fave program is about to start or you are just here surfing, get ready to challenge your excuses very soon! My brand new program The Excuse Blaster Challenge is almost ready. I've got some lovely goodies lined up for you. I can't wait to show my ecourse to you. Just imagine for a moment what you could achieve without excuses! You could live the life you've always dreamed of...Just think of the possibilities...
Back to today's exercise, please let us know what you found and replaced. Would you like to see more challenges like this? Let me know what areas you need help in. I'm here to help, ma chère.
If you feel a little unsure about yourself and your style at the moment, please stick with me because I have a number of programs, on French Chic, on self-improvement and success, in my mind and my notepads, just itching to be created, just for you.
Whether you want to upgrade your style or yourself, please know that I’m here for you. I truly believe that my calling is to help my fellow sisters. So I've listened to the heavens which had been sending me messages for many years. I am proud to say that I’ve now received them loud and clear. I'm adding another branch to my tree, or string to my bow. Whichever way you look at it, I'll be helping you. I'll give you self-improvement in my sister site www.marieannelecoeur.com and French Chic advice in here. So you'll have help for both the inside and the outside. Aren't you the lucky one?
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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