Beautiful films #2: What Even Is Masculine Style Anyway?

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We’re back with the “Beautiful Films” series!

The first one is here, and it’s about Andie Macdowell’s style in Groundhog Day. But today, it’s all about the clothes in some scenes of one of my favorite film of all time, When Harry Met Sally. The little difference is that I’m equally attracted to Meg Ryan’s style as to Billy Crystal’s clothing choices. Because, come on, wasn’t really the case in Groundhog Day.

What I LOVE in this film is that the characters wear my dream wardrobe : oversized clothes, big shirts, large trousers, blazers, sneakers, big chunky knits. Both Harry and Sally do. As a matter of fact, I think my favorite outfit from the film is Harry’s in this picture.

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White trainers, high waisted jeans and a cream jumper. One of my goals in life is to actually own the exact same outfit one day. We all have silly dreams right? Actually no, it’s not silly. It makes me happy just looking at it. I’d add gold hoop earrings like these ones and voilà! I quite like Meg Ryan’s jumper as well, though I don’t really wear skirt but might give it a go this winter… Actually, let’s be real I won’t, but I will sometimes contemplate the idea.

Would it make me less of a woman to wear men’s clothes? What are men’s clothes anyway? Also why do I feel extremely feminine in what one would call “men’s clothes”?

Speaking of skirts, and the fact that I’m way more inclined to wear a man’s outfit judging from this picture reminds me of an anecdote. When I was a kid and would say funny things my mother would write them down. She has a few post-it notes that she has kept with family pictures. One of these notes says :

Elsa, 4 years and one week old (isn’t it annoying when people say, “oh my son? He’s 38 weeks old!” I understand it makes sense when you’re really small, but 4 years and one week old I mean, what even is that? Anyway.) Seeing a lady wearing a suit I said : “I don’t like it, she’s dressed like a dad.

Well, I strongly disagree with my former self. First off, how stereotypical of me. But also I was 4 so… Still it’s interesting. Would it make me less of a woman to wear men’s clothes? What are men’s clothes anyway? Also why do I feel extremely feminine in what one would call “men’s clothes”? I don’t really have answers I’m afraid. What I do know is that I tend to like and appreciate clothes that would potentially be qualified as more “masculine”. Of course Diane Keaton in Woody Allen’s films is a great exemple of that. It definitely inspired me but I can strongly say, it’s not a phase, I’ve been feeling this way for so long, I shop in men’s sections, I’d gladly steal my partner’s wardrobe (he’s so well dressed as well, it’s almost annoying how chic he is), and when I watch Seinfeld though I find Elaine’s wardrobe interesting, I’m drawn to Jerry’s.

I think it partially has to do with comfort. In fact, I touched on that before.

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On an other note, this cream sweater is perfection and it’s very 2018 if I do say so myself. So in this picture, I’d wear Sally’s outfit. I’d quite like to get myself a similar item for this winter.

You know how sometimes a film is just so damn perfect, you feel sad just thinking what the (your?) world would be without it? Right. Not only the story and dialogues of When Harry Met Sally are phenomenal but the styling is very inspiring and timeless.

Do you come back to a specific film for style inspiration? Did you understand my rambling paragraph about masculine style?

Share your thoughts people!

English summer, life discoveries and a well needed reset.

So, I took a break. What do you mean you hadn’t noticed it?

I know. I did not really think about it, I just took it which is good in a way, right? Holidays started with a long week-end around la Loire, followed by family events, then I went to London for about 10 days, came back and was basically in denial that summer was, in fact, going to end. Bring on autumn though, it’s by far my favorite season, but I have to say, I have loved this summer. It’s been crazy hot, I wore dresses every single day which you know was a new thing for me this year, I finished a book and started two new ones, I spent time with friends and family, it’s been NICE.

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To ease myself back into blogging I thought I’d share with you a few things I’ve learned and discovered over the past two months.

  • You’re on proper holidays when you have no idea what day it is. You’ve heard it before, but isn’t it so true? From my mother in law’s garden in the North of France to the crazy busy and hot Northern Line in London to my godmother’s vegetable’s garden in the middle of nowhere (I kind of had a connection with nature this summer, how insufferable of me!), I somehow managed to forget about days and time. It took me a few days of course but It had not happened in a few years, so I’m glad I was able to actually enjoy moments and not project myself in the past or the future. Oh you know what helps? Leave your phone away, don’t bring it everywhere with you, you will be fine.
  • Wine on the Eurostar is perfection. I mean I don’t even have anything else to say. Standard Premier was cheaper than normal tickets for some reason. Therefore, coming back home from London a little drunk because we had some free wine on the Eurostar was simply heaven.
  • Chemical exfoliation is not for me. I got super enthusiastic about being on holidays in London (I lived there for a year, that’s why I can’t shut up about it, I love it), and when in Liberty… bought myself the cult P50 by Biologique Recherche. Now, my skin has reacted quite badly to Liquid Gold by Alpha H in the past, not every time but a few too many, yet I really wanted to give a try to P50, and I could not retain myself when I saw the bottle on a (very lovely because Liberty’s a treasure for your eyes) shelf. Well, I applied it straight away when we came back home, and had an allergic reaction the next morning, that lasted 10 days! So I’ll stay away from chemical exfoliation for now.
  • Downsizing the number of people I follow on Instagram means I don’t have that many people to compare myself to. I took this decision after our holidays where I did not check my Instagram that much at all and consequently felt so much better about myself. I needed a bit of a reset. Of course I tried to find an app that’d help me to unfollow massive amount of people but I could not find anything that actually worked. They don’t make it easy for you, do they? So it did take quite some time but it was definitely worth it. Just be prepared if you’re thinking about it, might take an hour or so! I now only follow people who inspire me, and make me feel good. Easy peasy. I also have a personal Insta account with my friends etc, that I don’t use that much but it does allow me to separate the blog feed and the more personal stuff. I even got an Insta notification last week telling me “You’re all caught up. You’ve seen all new posts from the past 2 days”. Mad.

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  • Cerave hydrating cleanser if the perfect cleanser if you’re on a budget and have extremely sensitive skin. Extremely gentle, I don’t know about the hydrating claim because I leave it on for one minute but it does not strip the skin. I got it in Boots, but also found it in my local french pharmacy. Honestly, so good.
  • Real Techniques mini travel brush duo is cute and brilliant. Perfect size if you’re going away and of course, like all Real Techniques brushes, affordable and effective. Got them in Monoprix in my hometown, but you can get them in Boots of course, and online.
  • I need to start eating breakfast. I’ve never been a “morning person”, I mean, what even is that? (We’ll talk about that in more details in a different piece soon by the way.) I usually never, I mean ne-ver, have breakfast. It’s been like that since I was a kid. While on holidays, in my family and in London, I did have breakfast (i.e bread and butter) almost everyday and it made a big difference to my day to day life. So I’m willing to give it a go, I just don’t seem to find the motivation at 7am in my flat but I will make an effort. Might be life-changing for all I know, and everybody’s been banging on about it for decades so you know, thought It might be time I’ll think about it!
  • Now THAT, is a good show. We have been watching Treme the HBO TV series by David Simon who also is responsible for The Wire, probably my favorite TV show of all time. My friend really sold it to me and she was right : It’s brilliant, revolting, smart, moving, funny, best summer discovery.

That’s all for now! Hope you all had a lovely summer. Do share your highlights if you have any, I’d be interested!

I’ll be back, not in two months, no no, like, this week? This week!

Beautiful films : Andie Macdowell’s style in Groundhog Day

The other day I was watching, for probably the tenth time, the film Groundhog Day.

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Because, first of all, this film is sweet, funny, smart, and basically makes me happy. I’m terrible at pitching movies, but what I’m trying to say here is, if you haven’t seen it yet, make it happen.

Then, I’ve always been inspired by style in films so I thought it could be interesting to start a little series here about this subject, and how it inspires me in my everyday wardrobe construction.

Let’s be very specific here. The outfit I adore is the one you can see above in the picture.

There’s something quite mysterious and revealing at the same time about a big jumper or an oversized shirt.

It struck me that the combination of colors, the baby pink and the light blue, work so well together, and create a soft halo on Andie MacDowell’s beautiful complexion. It’s a mix of colors I would not honestly think about because I wear pretty much all things monochrome. Seeing this made me realize two things.

First : Colors should be worn. Life’s short, I don’t want to look like a rainbow but adding a touch of color here and there could lift up my mood, and potentially give my face some glow.

Secondly : Oversized clothes are everything to me.

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I have to say, I’ve been really enjoying lately outfits that are inspired from the 80’s and 90’s and I’ve always been drawn anyway to oversized shirts, jumpers, t-shirts. Not so much trousers or jeans, because I never know how to style them, and simply wear mom jeans pretty much everyday. So, oversized tops, and coats, and scarves are the base of my everyday style. To me, it is the essence of le chic.

I find it adds nuance and structure to an outfit. Also, there’s something quite mysterious and revealing at the same time about a big jumper or an oversized shirt. It falls in a more coherent manner on the body and allows the body shapes to live with the fabric and the cut of the item.

For instance, I’ve always felt like my femininity was enhanced by oversized clothing. Whereas when I try and wear a t-shirt that’s not loose, or a jumper that’s figure huging It probably makes me feel a little bit self conscious, but also, because my style’s quite minimalist, it does not add anything to it in my opinion. I do like a twist.

Something that I haven’t talked about yet, but sure is one of the biggest reason why I tend to lean forward oversized pieces is comfort. As a teenager and young adult, I think I felt like I had to dress more for the others than simply myself which led to me wearing tighter fabrics and cuts, but also, thinking that comfort was not really something to consider, ever. Taking the comfort aspect in consideration almost felt as if I had given up on trying to look good. I don’t know where this idea comes from, but I really did think that.

Looking good at the time meant to make an effort, aka not be comfortable.

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I’m almost 30, and I don’t care for scratchy, rough, tight clothing items. Doesn’t Andie look comfortable in this picture ? The baby pink and the light blue, and the curly hair, and the blusher… Dreamy !

“Her cardigan appears to be soft, yet warm, and the shirt looks like she might have been wearing it for a decade, and so it got softer with time, and it’s her favorite one, and even if it’s snowing outside, she’s never cold.” That’s what I thought when I saw her look in the film. Oh, and the yellow gold dangle earrings ? So good ! These Missoma ones might to the trick.

This is the first article of the series, I hope you’ve found it interesting !

Here’s a little selection if you want to recreate the look and do let me know in the comments, if certain films inspire you style-wise !

  1. Topshop Bleached Shirt 2. Topshop Oversized Denim Shirt 3. & Other Stories Denim Shirt 4. & Other Stories Mohair and Wool Cardigan