Best fashion movies of all time

Number one has to be The Devil wears Prada! It takes place at the editorial office of a fashion magazine, Runway and its boss is played by Meryl Streep, whose hairstyle inspired a lot of women when the movie appeared. Anne Hathaway has to adapt to a whole new lifestyle and decide what are the most important things in life. Paris Fashion Week, photoshoots, amazing dresses… a classic!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s dresses take an honourable place at the history of fashion. The little black dress, the beige trench coat, the pink coctail dress and a man’s shirt worn as a nightgown became classics.

Coco before Chanel commemorates how Gabrielle Chanel became the world’s most famous designer. Beginning with a wild woman, who refused to wear a corset and decided to wear pants for riding a horse. She revolutionised the fashion industry.

Sex and the City 1 and 2 are not exactly fashion movies in a serious manner, though we can not avoid them with the amount of Manolo Blahnik’s and designer dresses appearing in both of the movies.

Funny face is about a girl who works in a bookshop and suddenly becomes a model even though her face doesn’t seem to fit in the current beau ideal.  The main characters are played by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Yves Saint Laurent, who first became the assistant of Christian Dior kicks the doors of fashion with his haute couture collection. His best friend and his muse also appears in the film who followed his career from the very beginning. Fun fact that the movie was shot in Hungary.

Coco Chanel from 2008 is a biography based on the designer’s life. The elderly Chanel, who narrates the whole movie is played by Shirley MacLaine.

Phantom Thread is a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis playing a very popular dressmaker who meets a young woman, Alma, who becomes a great inspiration for him. But what happens to Alma? Is it enough to be a muse or being a real partner would be better?

There is another movie about YSL titled Saint Laurent. The movie came out in 2014 just like the first mentioned one. It was shot in France and it captures the designer’s life from 1967 to 1976.

10 rules of always being stylish

1. Never wear more than 3 colours at the same time.
2. A hat or a scarf can make a whole new outfit.
3. If you are wearing tight jeans, your upper clothing should be loose and vice versa.
4. Make sure to wear nice underwear and tights every day.
5. Hoodies (or anything with a zipper in front) and soft bottoms are for the gym or for at home.
6. Instead of wearing fake labels, make sure to invest in good quality key pieces.
7. Huge prints scream for attention.
8. Never mix silver jewelry with gold at the same time.
9. Don’t wear too much jewelry. Choose between a watch or a bracelet. Moderate earrings and a necklase can work together though.
10. Have a signature look that is typical for you.

Fashion books I.

If you are interested in famous designer’s lives: 

Henry Gidel – Coco Chanel
Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly – Vivienne Westwood
Patrizia Gucci – Gucci
Patrizia Gucci – Charme
Laurence Benaim – Yves Saint Laurent

If you want to know more about French chic:

Inés de la Fressange – Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Tish Jett – Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance

If you are interested in the history of accessories: 

Carmel Allen – Handbag: To have and to hold



The basic clothes every woman should own

Although I believe everyone has to find her own style, I still think there are some wardrobe essentials that are must-haves. They are great to combine and by selecting your personal favourites with a twist, it will give you the ‘forever stylish but unique’ look.  

‘For ups…’:
– a white shirt
– a black silk blouse
– a black and white striped blouse (Because it’s great for combination.)
– something blue (A shirt made of jeans, for example, because this colour looks great on everybody.)
– a pullover that has the perfect fit and perfect colour (For example, I have very plain skin and dark hair and to these features I can’t put on anything pastel, because that would made me look even paler. Instead I prefer vivid colours like red, green and blue.)
– a tweed jacket or blazer
– a jacket made of jeans
– a trench coat (Mine is green one from Marks & Spencer with buttons in the front and it is slim at the waist.)
– a winter coat

‘…and for downs’: 
– the perfect jeans (This item requires the most consideration, because it is the most frequently used one.)
– a pair of black trousers
– a pair of white jeans/trousers for spring/summer
– a pencil skirt (Mine is a black leatherette that is high waist and shin length.)

And what about shoes…?
– black high heels
– ballerinas
– moccasins or Oxford shoes for longer walks
– sandals
– leather boots

…and accessories?
– pearl earrings
– a statement necklace
– a watch
– a scarf for winter and one for autumn and spring
– a bag for everyday use
– a clutch for formal occasions

Get to know more about French chic

Although they say ‘je ne sais quoi’ can not be learned, here are some sources you can use to find out more about it.

First of all I recommend Justine Leconte’s Youtube channel. She is a French designer who currently lives in Germany and she started her Youtube channel 2 years ago. She has a French series (videos about French food, beauty secrets, style tips and wardrobe essentials) and others from which you can learn a lot from the fashion industry itself (for example how to differentiate good quality from bad and how to dress for your body shape). You can find her official website  here.

Inés de la Fressange – Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
Inés is a French model and designer who shares some very great advice about style. For example, what are the basic peaces every woman should have and where to go in Paris? I really love this book, I read it 3 times already but I like just thumbing through the pages as well.
Inés de le Fressange on Instagram
Inés de la Fressange Official Website

Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
Another must-have written by Parisian ladies about what are they really like? Spoiler alert ‘they are crazy’ as it is written in the prologue. After reading it I became very fond of Caroline de Maigret, she is a French model and music producer who often works with Chanel.
Caroline de Maigret on Instagram

Tish Jett – Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance
Though the writer is only honorary French, she unveiled many of French women’s beauty secrets and she is not afraid to share them.
Tish Jett

Jeanne Damas is an actress and founder of Rouje. Can’t believe she was born in the same year I did. She currently lives in Paris and we can easily call her the French It Girl. Follow her for effortless style tips.
Jeanne Damas on Instagram
Rouje Official Website

French chic

It is common knowledge that French women have a ‘je ne sais quoi’ in them. Instead of making rules like ‘wearing no more than three colours can count as elegant’, I’m trying to catch what that little something means. And by doing this I’m starting a new chapter in this website’s life. 

For me French chic /pronounced correctly of course, not like chick or cheek, it’s sheek!/ first of all means that you accept who you are. You need to realize that reaching for perfection is completely useless and demotivating and instead of that embrace your little imperfections or even place emphasis on them.
It means knowing what suits you considering your body type. Including colours, cuts and the kind of fabrics you feel comfortable in. Because we all had our fashion mistakes and it is all right and the important thing is to learn from them.
It means being stylish instead of fashionable. Because it’s easy to follow the current trends but it’s hard to create something that is typical to you. There are things that are timeless, try to invest in them and not fast fashion.
It means having something special you wear all the time. Like Anna Wintour’s bob haircut and Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic sunglasses.
It means finding your own scent you wear for at least 10 years.
It means not wearing a lot of make up. Instead of that take care of your skin properly, it will pay off later.
It means not changing things often.
And finally, it means having a certain attitude that makes people think ‘she seems confident’.