While I know we'd all love to think that we look fantastic (and that we always will), the truth is that a lot of use get bogged down in the past. We age and time moves on... but the things in our closet don't.
The author confronts her closet in a huge number of ways in this book. Finding the perfect jeans. Figuring out what to wear to her daughter's graduation (where the ex is in attendance with his new, younger woman). She discusses how to solve these issues, how to flatter your body type and more.
The book has a lot of discussion, mostly revolving around the author's life (along with some anecdotes from other women), and I have to say I found her to be very engaging and often amusing. This isn't a fashion book, it's a personal memoir via closet.
One of the chapters that I connected with the most was about French women. Kim Johnson Gross went to Paris every year for fashion shows, but what impressed her the most about these visits was the women in Paris and their approach to clothes. I felt the same way when I visited there last year. Every french women was perfectly turned out, looked confident and so polished.
To help achieve the look, she offered some great hints! I received special permission to share an excerpt here.
Beginner’s French: French Women’s Secrets for Ageless Style
French women are legendary for packing their stylish wardrobe into armoire-size closets. For centuries, the limited space taught them that to stow a chic wardrobe required discipline, self-scrutiny, and mindfulness. However small or large their closets may be today, as a culture they continue to abide by those principles that have made french style indisputably renowned.
French women dress to please themselves.
French women are scrupulous about wearing clothes that fit perfectly. It’s not uncommon for them to have even the cheapest garment tailored to fit their body better.
French women know that quality is more important than quantity.
French women know that “closet classics” are a wardrobe’s secret weapon.
French women know that a few closet classics and accessories are the workhorses of their closet.
French women know that adding a soupçon of surprise to what they wear makes their style distinctive. It might be the coquettish flounce of a skirt, a flurry of fabulous faux jewelry, or a splash of a surprising color.
French women know the powerful connection between what they wear and how they feel, so they take delight in dressing whether they’re alone, shopping for groceries, or out on more special occasions.
French women know that comfort and style are simpatico, although they can enjoy the fun of wearing a pair of naughty shoes when they don’t have to walk.
French women are not youth-obsessed. They dress to honor the women they are and bodies they have at any age.
French women are not hesitant to dress to express their femininity, sensuality, or sexuality.
French women take comfort in what they wear.
French women carry themselves with confidence, which translates into great posture, which makes everything they wear look better.
What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style by Kim Johnson Gross
Excerpt from WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE: Ageless Secrets of Style by Kim Johnson Gross, courtesy of Springboard Press/Grand Central Publishing, 2010.