So, you've decluttered your closet and ditched many offending items that, perhaps, should never have been created in the first place. Your wardrobe still contains more than the average French woman's but you've made a big effort and it shows. Your closet is neat
and tidy with plenty of French chic pieces, everything is organised. You smile now when you open it instead of taking a deep breath and sighing. Well done!
But could there be anything else that you should have ditched? Something you know you'll never wear again but couldn't part with for some reason? Anything? Are you sure?
Let me help you.
Today, I'm giving you a list of 5 non 'French chic' items that may still have the audacity of lurking in your closet. Maybe you've even stashed these right at the back, under a pile of sweaters, thinking that nobody will ever know.
But I'm on to you, my chic friend. Do you know why? Because I've done it myself. Of course. Who hasn't? A pair of wooly fingerless gloves that I used to wear at the office during cool air- conditioned days, for example. French chic? I think not! I held on to them after I quit my job but my house was never as cold as the office. As I work from home (aren't I the lucky one?) they never got worn. They got ditched during my last purge before moving house. I made sure of that.
So, let's have a look at the offending items you may still be holding on to, but shouldn't. Finding this painful? Do you want to dress French chic or not? Yes? Then follow me.
In no particular order of preference, here they are:
1 - Gym clothes
If you've never set foot in your local gym until today, read on, this part is for you. The term 'gym clothes' includes tracksuit trousers, sweat pants, hoodies and trainers. Of course, I'm am not saying not to own these. But, only wear them for their intended purpose. This is for sports and fitness activities, not for daytime wear, to go shopping, do the school run or attend doctors' appointments. Come on, at the very least, put on a sweater, a pair of dark washed jeans and ballet flats instead. Even in this simple outfit, you'll look like you haven't given up on yourself.
2 - Onesies
OMG! Adult babygros. What on earth...??? Although babies in nappies are real 'cutipies' in babygros, nobody over the age of 24 months should wear them. If you wish to look as if you're on your way to a fancy dress party, then carry on. However, if you wish to perfect your French chic allure, it is time to ditch this garment tout de suite! Merci.
For something comfortable to wear at home, only in the intimacy of your own family of course, never strangers, wear a sumptuous set of silk pyjamas. Voilà.
PS: Onesies seduction rating: NUL point! You have been warned.
3 - White Washed Jeans
Time to ditch. Come on, admit it: dark washed denim looks ten times smarter than white washed jeans. And non, I don' t care if Kate Moss wears them. She isn't into French chic, is she? White washed jeans always look like they need to be put in the washing basket anyway, don't you think? Because of this, they make you look unkempt. And this goes for white washed denim shirts as well. Oh, and don't forget those ripped jeans. French chic it isn't.
4 - Micro Skirt
Anything higher than the lower thigh is deemed too tacky for French chic. Why would you think of wearing such a revealing piece, if you take yourself seriously? Come on, get your dignity back and ditch the micro skirt. Raise your standards. You won' t regret it.
Anything Too Casual
The likely culprits in this sorry category will be:
- Loose, square T shirts that make you look shapeless and 2 sizes larger than you are.
- Ugg boots that offer such flimsy support to the feet that you end up walking like a duck or a penguin.
- Crocs, unless used solely for gardening with Grandmaman.
Phew! I hope I wasn't too hard on you today. I was, wasn't I? Desolée ma chic madame. You know, sometimes, somebody has to say it as it is and not pussyfoot around. The proof is there. If you had these less than chic pieces still festering in your closet, I haven't been tough enough on you over the years. It was high time to get tough!
What are the non 'French Chic' item still lurking in your closet? Please let us know in the comments below.
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