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10+ French Fashion Winter Basics on a Budget


I was looking through the French Vogue Fashion Week 2020 I loved the full body bubble jacket we call a “Doudoune” in French but I didn’t like the designer price tag as I am always looking for a bargain and quality. As I was scrolling for Doudounes on Amazon, I selected 10 French Fashion Winter Basics on a Budget for my wardrobe or “dressing” and maybe yours.

In fashion and living, my taste in colors is pretty zen, natural and neutral (not boring just reserved and casual chic), I do love blacks, whites, khakis, charcoals, and beiges and I like to add a splash of vibrant color like Fuschia pink or lime green with an accent accessory like a beautiful cashmere scarf, a piece of big jewelry, or a gorgeous luscious lipstick. I like the idea of an interchangeable closet with quality vs. quantity items as well as and the idea of chromatic choices aligned with the seasons.  And don’t forget the set the mood with a spritz of your favorite French perfume!

These are my finds, hope you’ll like them:

1. The full-body  “Doudoune” for under $31.00

This hot look inspired by French Fashion Week will keep you warm. It’s a full-length duvet coat called a “doudoune”, looks great with booties and heels or tennis shoes when you have to get up on a Sunday morning, quickly grab something to put on and sprint across the street to get some hot buttery croissants in Paris:) (sweet souvenir of my Paris trip in 2000 at my friend Claudine’s apartment)  This doudoune feels like a comfy blanket but looks like something from the catwalk. You could also choose the 3/4 length which looks great too but this one is more dramatic.

  1. The Classic French “Trench” Manteau under $100

A classic French coat to wear up or down with jeans, T-shirt, and tennis shoes, the collar adds lots of style. Look glamourous yet shabby chic. Add the classic white silk scarf and you’re good to go! ( I love those white boots the model is wearing too, changes up this classic)

  1. Biker Bootie “Motarde” under $100 

Cool looking biker booties for casual wear in leather (always leather for shoes) for long-lasting and comfort with or without your Harley Davidson 🙂  wear with leggings, jeans skinny pants, or even a long gypsy skirt.

  1. Bottines “Geox” under $100

I like those because they look classy, full leather and there’s a block heel for comfort. This boot is so well made, a classic look that can go from casual to more dressy. To me, comfort in style is key cause when your feet hurt nothing looks good especially not that painful smirk on your face. 😦 I used to wear stilettos and spike heels in my younger days.)

  1. Visconti Workbag in leather – Sac de travail Visconti  en Cuir “Bandoulière” under $100
Very practical and stylish looking messenger bag. Keep all your essentials tucked away, iPhone, iPad, etc… lots of pockets and compartments yet very streamline looking.
One of the accent colors to use plus as a bonus it keeps you warm and adds that little French elegant scarf touch and will keep you warm.
It looks like an expensive designer messenger bag in leather for a fraction of the price which will only look better with wear. It comes in black, ivory, and other colors. Just throw everything in and go, go, go!
Love the comfort and stretchy material and the Classic Levis brand available in black, washed, and other colors. Get the black and your other favorite denim color.
Classy and elegant form-fitting and made in Belgium, this mock neck lightweight sweater comes in many colors and good to have for an instant pulled-together look. My favorite winter top though is the classic turtle neck in black but this grey charcoal adds a touch to the already black doudoune.
This is two pieces oversized top with large arms called “Chauve Souris sleeves”  or like a bat. It comes in a variety of hues for a dash of color vs. monochromatic. Add some fashion style in a casual relaxed way and wear it off the shoulder. Wear it to the gym over your leggings or for a casual outing at the café.
One thing I learned when I like an item is to get that item in basic colors like black, charcoal or beige (camel) and add one in a vibrant color such as orange or Fuschia to change things up a bit and break the monotony.

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The Rose Parade in Versailles!


Did you know that the original Rose Parade was inspired by the French Rose Festival in Nice ? As I watched on New Year’s day some of the original 1982 broadcast, I was thrilled to see a float with the French influence depicting a scene at the Chateau de Versailles presented by Mission Viejo – This rare image is courtesy of Mission Viejo Library.

Every year the Rose Parade of Pasadena sets the tone for the New Year! This year The 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade- with a never on Sunday policy- hushered 2012 on Monday January 2nd, 2012 with a new theme “Just Imagine…” The floats are meticulously adorned by thousands of volunteer hands with beautiful roses, flowers, grasses and all sorts of seeds and anything natural and organic grown in the States.

 Links:

LA Times Rose Parade Photos

The Rose Parade’s Aristocratic Origins

1982 Rose Parade – Versailles Float