Monday, August 22, 2011

Brigitte On The Street


For years, long before I met Brigitte, I would see her in the brocante she ran with her husband, in the boulanger, having a drink on one of the many terraces in the town near ours and I would think -- "she is divine, she is so comfortable, so unfussy, so easy in her casual, personal style." I couldn't stop watching her, wondering what she would wear next.

I sought her out in the most contrived ways, just to see what creative way she had put herself together. One of my favorite winter ensembles was a long, full black skirt, boots, black turtleneck sweater worn out over the skirt and loosely belted at the hip with a wide brown belt. She never worries about repeat performances. It was clearly one of her favorite outfits -- and with good reason.





Years later, when we finally met, I asked her about her omni-present accessories. They are always the same: an arm-load of silver bracelets she has collected over the years and usually several silver chains with various trinkets and amulets, plus a collection of rings. Never earrings.

"I never wear earrings," she said. "I never have, I love them, but they are not me. I look ridiculous in them."

She lightly makes up her eyes with the merest hint of grayish liner and black mascara on her lush lashes, in the winter a minimalist's stroke of blush, and that's it. She never wears lip color or other artifice.

Another accessory, and, yes, we talk about this often, is her smile. Brigitte is never without a smile. She looks happy, she's bubbly in conversation, she's a joy.

A quick question -- no cheating, only first reactions without thinking about your first response: How old do you think she is?

Ed. Note: Please come by for The Big Reveal on Wednesday.

36 comments:

Rebecca said...

42?

I'll be the first in line for The Big Reveal.

I adore her style (and your description of it here).

déjà pseu said...

I'd guess early 40's. Love her style!! I notice that she also plays with her hairstyle and color.

The Fashionable Traveler said...

She looks fantastic-I would guess mid-40's. I love the way she wears the military jacket; it's fantastic

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I think mid forties as opposed to early.

Anonymous said...

51

LuxeBytes said...

She looks much younger than early 50s, which is why I'm going to guess early 50s.

A "Big Reveal"? I'm so there, Tish!

xoxo

kathy peck said...

Early 50's. She is very stylish, and it's interesting what she said about earrings, because recently I've begun to think I look ridiculous in them too. Maybe it's an age thing? I love it when someone wears an armful of bangles, but again, it's not me. Love all her looks except the red gingham skirt with the black top.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I love her confident, casual style. She *looks* mid forties, but I bet you're going to tell us she's not! For moi, lipstick is a must, but I like the natural look on Brigitte.

Jean S said...

looks younger as a blonde...I'm guessing 50-ish, just because she looks 40-ish!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

When I first saw her here, I thought 45!! I love her simple, classic styling and this is what I hope to aim for more and more with my own looks! I agree...she is fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I really don't like any of her outfits especially not the military getup. She is very attractive though. I think she is in her 50's.

Maia

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I'd guess early 50's.
She has a confidence that a much younger woman may not possess.
I can see why you were so fascinated with her outfits and studied he style.
Waiting for it...

Michelle B. said...

54 is my guess. A very chic and in shape 54 :)

linda said...

early 40's.....she's beautiful!
-linda,ny

Anonymous said...

She's ageless. I guess she could be somewhere between 35 and 60 and her age doesn't matter because she looks great and very confident.
I prefer the short hair though, very chic!

ida said...

Mid 50's, she comes across as a strong,attractive woman with a good figure and a great smile. Ida

Charlotte Holmes said...

She has a definite and as you say, comfortable, style--she looks happy in her bones.

Since these are all mid-range shots and I can't see her face clearly, her age is ambiguous. Clearly, she looks young for her age, but according to the details you've supplied, I think she's about 60. Sixty doesn't look anything the way we expect it to anymore.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 60's...

Anonymous said...

To me she looks 62 years old...!!

Shelley said...

I see some of the other responses are much different, but holding to my own first impressions - even after I glanced back through the photos - I was going to guess between 35 and 42, a ridiculously wide range, I know. I'm terrible at guessing age!

California Girl said...

Love guessing games although I seldom guess anyone's correct age any longer.

She appears to be in her mid-forties in the first photo where her hair is darker. By the time I viewed the last few "blonder" photos, I would guess her to be in her late thirties.

Tree said...

Engaging post! I'd say she has the confidence of at least mid-50's.

Angel Jem said...

Early 40's but if you said anything from 35 to 70 I wouldn't be at all surprised. Doesn't matter anyway, age is only a number and she has style which is a great youth serum. BUT when will you let us know?

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 60. Confidence like she has often shows up in later years. I was also thinking...I wonder if the guess of your friend's age has anything to do with the guesser's age?

StacyfrPgh

pam in oregon said...

Early 40's. I think she looks great whatever her age. It's refreshing to read about someone who has her own style and is stylish and comfortable in her apparel and look.

Mary said...

My guess is what age she "looks like" not what age I think she actually is!
Looks - 35-45 but perhaps because of the earlier statement that our guesses could be related to the age of the guessee (!)
I bet she's in her 60's!!! (me, too!)

Mary in Oregon

Mary said...

So, Pam, I'm from Eugene, where are you from?

Mary in Oregon

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

That wonderful military jacket! Those boots!
She's ageless.

beyondbeige said...

I say 60 too.

Anonymous said...

First reaction without thinking: 42 max., and a very attractive 42 at that. Upon thinking, however, she must be older or you would not have us guessing!

Debora said...

She looks in her early 40's but I'll expect you to say 59.
I love her style. I doesn't hurt to have a natural beauty also!

Anonymous said...

Early 70's.

Just Add Attitude said...

50 to 55. Agog with anticipation, looking forward to tomorrow's post.

Tish Jett said...

My, my, my ladies.

Brigitte is in her mid-50s and looks -- up close (and she has had no "work" done) -- mid-40s, max.

When looking through statistics and other information on women of a certain age, a study indicated that we, of a certain age, think we look younger than the rest of "us" of the same age. Interesting.

Thank you for your responses. That was lots of fun.

Hallie said...

Hi, lady! I just came across your site while wandering around Blogger and had to comment.

I love your writing/blogging aesthetic - these photo backgrops are gorg. Great shots!

Following! I'm excited to get to know you/your blog. :)

-Hallie
www.coralsandcognacs.com

laurieann said...

Love Brigitte's uncontrived style; she has a great figure for pulling it off and still looking svelte.

I'm going to guess 63. A very enviable 63.

I would have guessed much younger, but I have a friend who, at 63, embodies much of what I perceive as Brigitte's joie de vivre.

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