While perusing The Sartorialist the other day the image above stopped me dead in my tracks. This beautiful woman had cracked wide open one of the most difficult fashion conundrums of all time, how to look chic in the heat. The photo was taken in Paris but her look would be at home in any hella hot city around the world. She looks at once of the moment, with the emergence of big looks favored this summer, and timelessly classic. Even her accessories are perfect. She doesn’t look studied, which for me is a buzz kill, yet her choices are sheer perfection. The all black fan (and really how chic is that!) is echoed in the black ankle ties of the espadrilles and the black stripes of the jute bag. The stripes of the bag and espadrilles add just enough pattern interest to her crisp white skirt and blouse. The blouse is heavenly, the perfect balance of femininity without being overly frilly and the proportion to the skirt is just right. I even love that she has no bling on. Just hair casually pulled back and sunglasses resting on her head. This is a master class in itself for looking chic in the heat!
I tried like hell to track down her blouse to no avail. No worries, the point of the outfit is to use it as a blueprint for a flawless summer look. I gathered the necessary elements focusing on companies that specialize in easy going cotton classics with that certain je ne said quo that says summer chic. With the right elements it’s easy to look chic in the heat.
Kudos to Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist for this divine photograph!