I promised an interview. I think this is what might be graciously described as a "compromise" although it is an interview of sorts.
Back I went to Cristel to have her choose a few more pieces or ensembles from her menswear boutique that would look equally stylish -- if not more so -- on women.
You can see her profile above (she said she would never let me take her picture, but allowed this glimpse) fondling a tweedy, plaid jacket with a cotton/silk blend long sleeve T-shirt beneath. She decided at that moment it will be incorporated into her fall wardrobe.
In fact, she said everything she chose she plans on wearing at some point.
Her favorites include: a charcoal gray pea coat; a hefty, nubby three-button pullover; a sleek gray V-neck cardigan ribbed in navy (verrrry French ready-to-wear femme for fall and winter as you know); a simple, chic navy classic jacket -- except it's in velvet -- over a crisp, traditional men's white shirt; a snappy argyle V-neck to add punch to gray, navy and just about anything else, jeans included and the beautiful Cristel with her new jacket.
As you are no doubt aware, menswear tends to be better made than women's wear often with richer materials and lower prices and if you're especially lucky the boys' wear departments, i.e. you're the right size, are a fantastic option for fashion finds.