French Schoolgirl

My old black beret, Scotch and Soda scarf, JCrew sweater (Revolve)
My old black beret, Scotch and Soda scarf, JCrew sweater from Revolve

Simple black and white pieces, accented with bows at the neck, menswear inspired shoes, polka dots, stripes, berets – oh, how I love that classic French look and so did Ginger…..she introduced me to the shop that used to be on Newbury Street, ‘Agnes B’, and I still wear a skirt from there purchased many years ago……the look is demure yet sophisticated, sexy in a very understated way…….you can shop online at or have fun exploring the look on Pinterest….on this particular work day, I was in the mood for French! I wished that I had a wide black silk bow to wear with a white shirt, but since I did not, I opted for this wool JCrew sweater with the built in bow!


Catherine Malandrino pencil skirt, skinny black patent belt
Catherine Malandrino pencil skirt, skinny black patent belt

To keep the look simple and classic I wore solid black tights instead of patterned ones, keeping the focus of the outfit on the bow…..Another important choice for me was wearing the straight pencil skirt instead of a flared ‘skater’ skirt which would have looked way too girly for my work environment….if you are not in a job where you need to look “serious”, a flared shorter skirt is a cute alternative.

Mackage coat, The Tannery
Off to work! Mackage coat, The Tannery
A childhood favorite!
A childhood favorite!
Does anyone remember the classic children’s book, ‘Madeline’??? This was a favorite of mine, so it seems this French schoolgirl inspiration started at an early age….the author is Ludwig Bemelmans, and the art from this book is painted on the walls in a bar in The Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, a favorite spot where my parents would often visit during the holiday season…..’In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines….in two straight lines they broke their bread, they brushed their teeth, they went to bed…..”


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