Fashion Inspiration: The Ease of a French Mariniere

Anyone can admit that for tourists and ex-pats alike, understanding and personalizing French culture can be incredibly difficult. From the language to the etiquette, it’s easy to find yourself frustrated.

 

 

Even saying hi in Paris is difficult …

However, there is one aspect of the French culture that is incredibly easy to master…. the mariniere. This piece of the traditional French navy uniform, created in the 19th century, has become a world wide staple and is one of the best ways to create chic, sophisticated looks with almost zero effort.

This striped tee can be found today dominating street fashion, runways, and celebrity wardrobes. The mariniere is not simply a vintage trend that has come back into style, but rather a timeless staple that never left. Perfect for style on a budget or for those busy days when you want to be comfortable, but still look great, we love the mariniere.

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Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Brigitte Bardot…. Who can argue.

Love the style, but still unsure how to make it work for you? Let’s take a look at our favorite ways to sport this style for any season, all around the world. No matter your age, gender, location, or personal style, there is space in your wardrobe for this versatile piece. Here’s a few points of inspiration to get your creativity flowing…

The Casual Look: With Denim

A classic, casual look that’s perfect for strutting the streets, a lunch date, or anything outdoors. This look can be translated from summer with denim shorts or a vest, easily to spring or fall with a denim jacket. Pair this look with sneakers and a tote bag, or dress it up with heels and red lipstick.

Add an Edge with Leather

This is a super popular combination with celebrities (like Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, and Jessica Alba above). The combination of the classic striped tee with a modern and “hard” leather is easy to recreate, yet says, “I understand fashion, and I can take risks.” Ever feel like there are fashion rules that are hard to understand? Black and brown is okay now? What??? Well trust us, this is a combination that will always be chic. Pair how to purchase flagyl online with simple, smaller accessories in neutral colors to let the outfit speak for itself.

Extra fun with a Pop of Color

Another way to successfully wear the mariniere, with a little more fun, is by adding a statement color to your outfit. Choose one color from your current wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to go bold! For a easy choice, think primary colors: reds, yellows (we love Rose Byrne’s mustard), blues, and kelly green all work nicely with the white and black. Warning: Simplicity is key. One statement piece can say a lot more than a yellow handbag, with a yellow coat, with yellow shoes, etc.

Or Try Something a Little More Daring

If you really want to create a wow moment, try out these daring, but definitely successful choices. Because the mariniere is so versatile, there’s massive room for experimentation and play. One of our personal favorites, the double stripe, combines the mariniere with a second striped piece. Tips for achieving this look include sticking to a muted, uniform color pattern, like the two outfits on the right. The striped items are of the same color scheme, so they communicate with one another and work together. Or try larger color blocked stripes, like the coat on the right for a chic but less obvious stripe duo. And lastly, to convert the mariniere from a day to night look, consider pairing it with a metallic piece, like silver or gold. This is a surprising combination that we are shocked to say we really love! Chic and confident, it’s truly a wow outfit.

And… If you’re anything like us, you’ll be buying one for your boyfriend too. 

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With so many choices, why do we choose the Hublot Mariniere?

Classic, French, and well made. The Hublot mariniere is the perfect combination of tradition and modernity. Super soft and light cotton forms a modern design inspired by the history of the piece. The long sleeves can be folded and cuffed, for a chic, French, yet personal style.

 

Shop our Marinieres for women, men, children, and babies inside our Set in Paris Shop! 

How to Wear our Laulhere French Berets

There are many modern misconceptions around this classic French cap, known around the world as the beret. Many people might find themselves thinking, “Oh, I’m not French. I can’t wear a beret,” or maybe “Berets are simply outdated or cliche,” or even one I struggle with myself, “I love berets, but I just don’t think I can pull them off.” All of these thoughts can lead to a lot of distress surrounding the beret.

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However, with the trend blowing up in fashion and in modern streetwear, the beret has returned as an effortless staple for any woman (or man)’s wardrobe. So, the time has come for us to conquer our fear and embrace the beret for what it is: chic and timeless.

Since the dawn of time, the best way to acquire a skill is to study from the greats. Think of Plato studying under Aristotle, or Christian Dior as a mentor to Yves Saint Laurent. Using the same model, we can find numerous great fashion mentors of the beret in any style, for any woman.

For the Retro/Vintage Lover,

As seen on actresses like Eva Bartok and Nina Foch, capture this vintage look by styling your beret a little off to the side to compliment your pin curls, skirt and blouse, and of course, a modest heel. Chic and timeless. Pair with a piece of our vintage or vintage inspired jewelry pieces for the perfect touch.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, on the street. Fashion has to do with ideas.” -Chanel

For a 60’s Mod Girl,

For the 1960’s mod style, we turn to France Gall and fashion icon, Twiggy. It’s all about color blocking with this look. Throw on a simple, boxy dress or sweater and match the accent color or your accessories to your beret. Pair with sweet cropped socks, a small heeled sandal, and minimal makeup for an extremely easy look worthy of any fashion blog in town.

“The only real elegance is in the mind. If you’ve got that, the rest comes from it.” -Twiggy

For the Androginous/Menswear look,

Modeled by a young Kate Moss and the Gucci runway, this beret inspired menswear look reads confidence and is a perfect way to dress a beret either up or down. Pair your beret with a blazer, turtleneck, and boyfriend jeans, or with trousers, red lips, and heels for a head-turning going out look that you probably already own.

What people say isn’t going to stop me. I have to do things for myself.” -Kate Moss

For the Super Hip 2017 Girl,

All-black is a super easy and on-trend way to outfit a beret. As seen on Rihanna at the Dior show this year and fashion expert Alexa Chung, you can definitely pair the classic French cap with super modern items like chokers or a graphic tee. An easy way so set you apart from the Instragram blogger and take your fashion knowledge to the next level.

“You will never be stylish if you don’t take risks.” -Rihanna

The Classic Pretty,

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Modeled perfectly by Diane Kruger and Gossip Girl favorite Leighton Meester, this feminine look is an incredibly wearable and chic adaptation to pull off a beret. Pair a simple coloured beret with classic silhouettes, like a feminine dress or structured coat. With light makeup and loosely styled hair, this look steals hearts and is elegant enough for a princess, a la fashion icon Kate Middleton.

Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design, and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.” -Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl 

“Ok, I definitely need to incorporate a beret into my wardrobe, but why Laulhere?”

Since 1840, Laulhere has created the most classic berets, made in France, for France. At Laulhere they use the best materials, and the most traditional forms of construction for the best quality possible.  In fact, it is the only classic manufacturer of berets in France today. Laulhere berets are the best choice for first-time beret owners, because they are the most classic and simple option as well as a grand symbol of the French fashion history. Filled with decades of time and incomparable charm, their design can be molded to fit any or all of the above looks and these berets have the quality to last a lifetime.

If we had to guess, Laulhere would definitely be Carrie Bradshaw’s beret of choice… and ours too!

Shop our entire collection of Laulhere berets and start playing around with how this simple accessory, like for so many of our favorite celebrities and movie characters, can take your style to the next level.

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Keeping up with the Kardashians in Paris

None of us can deny that the Kardashian family and their drama that follows suit is pretty entertaining. The dynasty that includes the family’s pride and joy, Kim K, is practically American royalty. So its no surprise that they would jet to Paris for a quick R&R and what Kim calls “the best cheeseburger in the world.” Here is our list of Kim and her famous clan’s favorite Parisien spots!

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If you want to run into Kanye, then be sure to head over to this street in the 8th arrondisement, where he has a chic 2-story apartment. It was featured on the wedding episode, but we don’t know what the outside looks like or what number it is but we do know that Kanye definitely lives there…when he’s not staying at luxurious five-star hotels down the block, however. 

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It’s a small gourmet bar with a handful of tables, located in the 1st arrondisement. Think the prices are out-of-this world since it’s a Kardashian hot spot? Think again. It has moderate pricing and an eclectic mix of Venezuelan tapas and of course, the Ferdi burger.

Another eatery that Kim and her hubbie Kanye frequent is this Hollywood hotspot in the 8th arrondisement, right across from Dior! Kim claims to love the red velvet interior, but prefers to sit out on the terrace, especially when momager Kris is in town. The prices are a bit steeper than Ferdi’s, given that it attracts some big name clientele. But everyone can agree, L’Avenue is not to be missed.

Kardashians can be spotted their quite often along with the likes of Serena Williams, Jessica Alba, Cara Delevigne and Karlie Kloss.

A small, dimly lit sushi bar, this little joint is frequented by Kim and Kanye when they want a bit more privacy. It’s located right around the corner from Le Grand Colbert and Palais Royal.  The restaurant is famous for their udon noodles, which people claim are the best in Paris.

Located just around the corner near Rue Saint Anne which is a mini Japanese area with lots of great Japaense reataurants is their little sister restaurant: Ubon Bistro Kunitoraya which is also trendy with a smaller price tag.

When Kourtney Kardashian comes to town she prefers to stay at the very chic George V, a luxurious Four Seasons location right near the Champs-Elysees where she loves to shop for herself and her children. The cheapest room for rent? If you can shell out 1200 euros a night for it, it’s yours! It boasts lavish accomodations, an indoor pool and a Michelin-star restaurant.

Right around the corner from Hotel Costes is this small, high-ceilinged brasserie which boasts an amazing collection of seafoods, meats and desserts. The Kardashians, especially matriarch Kris Jenner, enjoy stopping here for lunch between the designer shops.

 

It’s no surprise that when Kim and Kanye come to Paris they want to stay in the most fabulous accomodations. Want to stay there too? It’s a cool 6,000 euros a night! It’s rumored that Leo de Caprio frequents this French masterpiece as well, given that it has its own movie theater inside. Of course, it has to be five-star all the way for Kim.

When Kourtney Kardashian comes to town she prefers to stay at the very chic George V, a luxurious Four Seasons location right near the Champs-Elysees where she loves to shop for herself and her children. The cheapest room for rent? If you can shell out 1200 euros a night for it, it’s yours! It boasts lavish accomodations, an indoor pool and a Michelin-star restaurant.

Once you’re done getting your hair dyed to perfection, take a quick walk down the block to this five-star hotel and famous restaurant. Kim and her mom dine here whenever they’re in town. It’s rumored that the Beckhams stay here too. For 15,000 euros a night you can stay in the Imperial Suite, which the likes of many Hollywood names have slept.

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Since Kanye’s been breaking out in the fashion biz, they often venture to the LV headquarters just outside of Paris when they’re in town. They have meetings at the fabulous Le Frank Restaurant but there’s also some amazing Chinese art on display. The exhibitions are called avant-garde and unique. Of course Kim would be seen there, she’s admitted she’s a sucker for Louis Vuitton.

If you watch the t.v. show enough, you’ll see that the Kardashians travel to Paris quite often, as they claim it’s one of their favorite spots, mainly because they love fashion week and all things fashion for that matter. Kris is quoted saying, “It’s Kourtney and my tradition that we get to Paris and we hit the ground running.” They seem to love the vintage carousel between the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.

If you watch the t.v. show enough, you’ll see that the Kardashians travel to Paris quite often, as they claim it’s one of their favorite spots, mainly because they love fashion week and all things fashion for that matter. Kris is quoted saying, “It’s Kourtney and my tradition that we get to Paris and we hit the ground running.” They seem to love the vintage carousel between the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.

So given that it’s Kim and Kanye’s big day, they would spare no expense (420,000 euros) to rent out Versailles for a private guided tour and rehearsal dinner for 600 of their closest friends and family. Guests included Johnny Depp, Beyoncé and a performance by Lana del Rey. It’s a rare occasion when Versailles will let individuals rent out the chateau, especially when they have a private fireworks show in the garden! It’s so exclusive, the palace wouldn’t even let Kim and Kanye have their wedding there, so they had to move it to a fabulous villa in Italy. Thinking of renting out Versailles for you and your girlfriends? Think again. But do stop by to check out the chateau and imagine Kim K clad in a white silk Lanvin gown, with soon-to-be husband Kanye dressed in a beige suit by her side.

If you do indeed keep up with this famous family and their outrageous reality t.v. show, then you’ve probably noticed they love the designer label Balmain, based out of Paris and designed by Olivier Rousteing. Kim, mom and famous sisters love to shop here when they’re in town and get a sneak peak at all the fabulous pieces from Balmain’s new collections. Located in the 1st arrondisement on Rue Francois, it’s just a short stroll from the Champs-Elysees.

If you do indeed keep up with this famous family and their outrageous reality t.v. show, then you’ve probably noticed they love the designer label Balmain, based out of Paris and designed by Olivier Rousteing. Kim, mom and famous sisters love to shop here when they’re in town and get a sneak peak at all the fabulous pieces from Balmain’s new collections. Located in the 1st arrondisement on Rue Francois, it’s just a short stroll from the Champs-Elysees.

Since Kanye’s been breaking out in the fashion biz, they often venture to the LV headquarters just outside of Paris when they’re in town. They have meetings at the fabulous Le Frank Restaurant but there’s also some amazing Chinese art on display. The exhibitions are called avant-garde and unique. Of course Kim would be seen there, she’s admitted she’s a sucker for Louis Vuitton.

When Kim wanted to get in shape (or more in shape) ahead of her nuptials, she choose this trendy Parisian gym.   With individual coaching and group classes such as boxing and yoga as well as massage, you can join Kim’s exclusive and trendy Parisian gym.  L’Usine means the Factory in English.

Carrie Bradshaw’s Paris

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Let this map guide you to Carrie's favorite Paris haunts

 

Miss Carrie Bradshaw is the epitome of the New York 30s-something — columnist, fashionista, girl who knows how to brunch. After six seasons centered on Miss Bradshaw’s Manhattan lifestyle, Sex and the City took a daring plunge and moved its 2004 series finale to Paris. New York may be home to Carrie’s best gal pals (and most of her shoes), but it took a visit to the City of Love for her to finally reunite with her prince. Impressively, this is Carrie’s first time in the city (“Well, not if you include movies!”) and Bradshaw proves herself the ultimate American in Paris, hitting up the coolest Parisian hotspots (all in stilletos, nonetheless). For a chance to walk in Carrie Bradshaw’s Louboutins, follow our SATC Paris guide! Who knows, you might just meet your Mr. Big along the way…


Hôtel Plaza Athénée

25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

plazaatheneeThis luxury hotel on Avenue Montaigne is known for its striking, red-accented facade. If you don’t fall in love based on appearances alone, note that the hotel is a ten-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower and just next door to Dior! For EUR 5,995 you could book a night in the Presidential Suite — tempting, I know… but if that’s outside of your budget, a visit to the bar will suffice. This is the very bar where Aleksandr Petrovsky gives Carrie her stunning diamond necklace. And later, of course, the hotel serves as the site of Carrie and Mr. Big’s reunion! You may remember this ornate carpet where the two fall — quite literally! — back in love.

 

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Tip:  Lusting after Carrie’s red umbrella.  You can get your hands on your own as its from the hotel.  Though they no longer have the exact same model for sale, they d have a very similar one.

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Kong

1 Rue du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris

Sip une verre de vin rouge while chainsmoking at Kong, the trendy restaurant where Carrie and Petrovsky’s ex-wife Juliette have a strangely intimate lunch date. Keep in mind, Kong isn’t for everyone. Carrie praises the modern restaurant, while Juliette thinks “the chairs are hideous.” We’re on your side, Carrie; we think Kong is effortlessly chic and Parisian!


Place Saint-Sulpice

Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris

Here Carrie makes a desperate call home to Miranda, confessing that her life in Paris is not exactly La Vie en rose But get this, the angry French pay phone she uses doesn’t actually exist! It was installed off the Place Saint-Sulpice just for this scene. Um, Carrie, if people are installing pay phones for your exclusive use, I think things are going assez bien!

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Christian Dior

30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Carrie’s a bit clumsy abroad. Dior is the locale of one of her many Parisian faux pas. Mon dieu, this is a difficult scene to watch…

*Pause and catch the pained expression of the French lady who doesn’t find Carrie’s fall particularly amusing!


L’Avenue

41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Missing her gal pals in NYC, Carrie looks on sadly as an anonymous group of French women dines at L’Avenue. This trendy Parisian restaurant is in the heart of Carrie’s Paris, near Dior and Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

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Cador

2 Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny, 75001 Paris, France

Sadly, Cador Patisserie is no longer. In its place you’ll find Cojean, an organic cafe chain. Somehow, I doubt said health-conscious cafe would allow Carrie to light up at an indoor table as she does here at Cador…

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Promenade de l’Allée du Séminaire

Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Not far from the quaint rue Servandoni where Carrie really puts her foot in it, she finds solace in a nearby fountain.

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Rue Servandoni

Rue Servandoni, 75006 Paris

Oops! It’s one calamity after the next for Carrie in Paris. This time Carrie steps in a pile of Parisian dog poop — while wearing a pair of white Louboutin pumps — ooh la la! If you’re planning to visit the infamous rue Servandoni, maybe skip the designer heels…

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Place Dauphine

75001 Paris

This stroll through Place Dauphine marks one of Aleksandr and Carrie’s final moments of happiness. He’s excited for his new exhibition and she’s happy that people read her book in France. They both have Parisian fan bases, yay! Things go downhill soon after, but they’ll always have (this lovely stroll through) Paris.

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 Jeu de Paume

1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

Carrie has a major epiphany in the modern photography museum the Jeu de Paume (spoiler alert): Petrovsky sucks! He made Carrie miss a party that was thrown in her honor, and then he ignored her all night. Jerk! Unfortunately, this epiphany comes too late and she’s already missed her fan club dinner… but it’s not too late for her to run into Mr. Big!

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Commerce (Formerly Grange Hall)

50 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014, United States

Surprise, this “Parisian” restaurant and site of Carrie’s would-be party is actually in NYC. In the episode, Carrie arrives late to a still-set table, a lipstick-stained copy of her book left behind. Considering the time difference, maybe she’s not actually late to the party, but maybe 6 hours early…? The restaurant changed hands (and names) from Grange Hall to Commerce, but sadly, neither restaurant has stayed in business.

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New York stand in: They even had a French taxi and roadsigns to trick you into thinking this is Paris

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Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris

After six seasons of missed connections, Carrie and Mr. Big finally get their ‘happily ever after’ (until the 2006 movie, that is). And could they have found a more romantic site than the Pont des Arts, a.k.a. the “Love Lock Bridge”? I’m going to go with NO! They seal their fate with a kiss at nightfall (swoon!).

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Big to Carrie:

‘I have to hand it to you kid. Most people come to Paris to fall in love. You came and got slapped.’ 

 

Follow our Sex and the City tour to learn more about Carrie’s journey in Paris.

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True Love Has a Color and a Name

Cartier

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What better backdrop for a proposal than Paris? Exactly what the advertisement managers at Cartier had in mind when filming their most recent diamond ring advertisement released on Valentines Day 2015.

Opening with a scenic view of the Eiffel tower (because of course, when filming in Paris you MUST include a shot of the Eiffel tower,) this five minute advertisement follows the love story of three young couples in Paris.

The two most notable spots in the short film are the Musee Rodin and the Charles de Gaulle Airport. The third story is filmed In a French style elevator at a philarmonic concert hall (Philarmonie de Paris).

 

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What is interesting about filming in the Charles de Gaulle airport is that it is the tenth busiest airport in the entire world (second in Europe – behind London.) This poses quite the problem for film makers trying to get a clear scene in one of the most populated areas on the globe. Sneaking away to a small corner near a boarding gate Cartier makes it happen. The only thing that a girl loves better than flying away for an adventure on her own, is having her best friend permanently seated on her left ring finger the whole way.

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Next stop of the monumental tour is the Musee Rodin. And what better place to make a proposal than in a castle that houses some of the most significant creations from Rodin himself. Grabbing his little read Cartier box, from the hand of The Thinker, this man gets down on one knee in one of the most extensive and natural museum gardens in Paris. Picture-esque to say the least.

 

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Of course, all three stories have a happy ending. Because who wouldn’t like to end their Valentine’s Day with a diamond?

 

 

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Which brings us to another Cartier ad, although not released as recently, just as, if not more heartwarming. This story of two love birds takes place at the Opera House in Bastille. This clip is set in modern day with flashbacks thrown in which is a nice asset to the scenery as well. I won’t ruin anymore about this one because if you watch it for yourself if it sure to bring a tear to your eye.

 

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Cartier is no stranger to the commercial production scene – L’Odysee de Cartier was another advertisement that they released circa 2012 to celebrate the 165th anniversary of the company. Calling it a commercial however does not do this small production justice. Wanting to leave a lasting impression in the public, Cartier spent two years producing this three and a half minute journey following their iconic panther as she makes her way through China, India and Paris.  The most interesting thing about the filming of this short film is that, while typically producers are trying to mimic scenes of Paris in their films, Aveillan (the director,) is actually filming in Paris attempting to recreate scenes from China and India (although also shot in a few other locations as well such as Prague and Spain.) One would never know that the commercial is not actually set in these locations as it has been lawlessly connected while you are mesmerised by not only the beauty and captivity of the jewellery, but the history behind it as well. And, we aren’t the only ones that think so either – L’Odysee de Cartier was featured in the Clio Awards, the D&AD Awards, and the International Andy Awards in 2013 in recognition especially of the commercials impeccable special effects.

For a company that works with jewels for a living, it is not a surprise that they did exceptionally well utilising the scenery in which they originate from in creating the most eye-catching advertisements of spring 2015.