Cherie is fine thank you, has her eye on a three-quarter length camel hair/cashmere coat from Eric Bompard and just bought a gray wool pea coat -- she already owns a long gray wool/cashmere reefer, so things are looking up.
Invitations pouring in so shopping is imperative, may have some of the houses send try-ons directly to one of Cherie's houses/apartments. Even with the driver, it is simply too exhausting to troll from boutique to boutique, designer to designer.
Enough about Cherie's favorite subject, here's the message received from You-Know-Who:
"A charming woman told me she saves all of her good clothes for special occasions of which there are few, and doesn't understand how Frenchwomen can do housework, cook, garden, run around and still look chic every day. She says she wears 'old clothes' most of the time and was wondering if I had any ideas on the subject. That's why, Cherie, I'm passing this along to you. I admit you can handle the challenging conundrum better than I."
Then she signed it.
OK, let's get to it. First off, Cherie doesn't cook, garden, clean and does a minimum amount of running around. Usually other people do the running around for her. That is not to say Cherie hasn't heard about people who do their own thing. In fact, You-Know-Who pretty much does.
Cherie's precious advice:
1.) Think crisp and polished.
2.) Unwrinkled jeans or trousers (Cherie doesn't do jeans only linen, gab or grey flannel), but has nothing against them. The jeans must be in the blue or black family. Forget about bright colors.
3.) Unwrinkled T-shirts. Preferred colors for the chic quotient: white, grey, black and perhaps a mariniere, Cherie concedes they are a classic for summer even if sailor fatigue is setting in.
4.) When white T-shirts no long pass the white-white test -- out-they-go. Buy several at a time. Cherie likes the ones from the GAP.
5.) Smart white shirts, same white rule applies, but bleach is an interesting product.
6.) V-neck and turtleneck sweaters in the winter. Cashmere T-shirts are nice and finish off smartly with scarves.
7.) Shoes: No. Never, ever running, tennis or other sport shoes -- ever! Got that! Instead, espadrilles, sandals, ballerinas, moccasins, low boots -- you get the idea. (OK, maybe some funky Converse or feminine Keds.)
8.) Add a belt, that's the polish part.
9.) Every morning, repeat, every morning, after washing your face and applying a sun block/ moisturizer, take three minutes to add mascara, blush and lip gloss.
10.) Make sure your hair is well maintained.
11.) Always keep nails manicured. Polish is not necessary. Keep a buffer next to the bed and a nail brush in the bathroom. Of course, hand cream all-day-long.
12.) How about a pair of creoles?
13.) Pedicures all year 'round, just because they are great spirit boosters.
14.) No matter how much you really, really want to: DO NOT WEAR SWEATS!
15.) Final, and highly valuable accessory trick: find a long chef's apron and wear it in the kitchen. (Cherie always dons hers to see what the cooks are up to.)
These on-the-street pictures taken by YKW, are good examples of everyday, stylish no fuss dressing that makes you feel good about yourself.