Since the weather was largely inclement while I was in France, by far the most ubiquitous item of clothing I wore was my raincoat. My mother bought this jacket for me many years ago over the holidays when we were in Calistoga.
Black bubble jacket c. $100 no longer avaable
It has a kind of bubble bottom of which I was mainly suspicious until I tried it on. I found I really like the 1950s feel of the length and cut, in France I basically lived in it.
Because of the bubble bottom I can carry my cross body back underneath the jacket without really upsetting the lines which makes it nice and secure for urban travel.
Mustache Scarf TJ Max $15
The other thing I wore all the time was my mustache scarf. I got mine from Marshalls or TJ Max but it's also online for $13 from Amazon. I love it, nice and big and nice and warm. Not sure the locals appreciated the irony, but I found my choice of accessory hilarious.
This exact coat is no longer available but here are a few alternatives I found online:
In other news I'm on the bra hunt again. I'm an exciting 30J-K (30H UK) which basically just means life sucks, there are only 3 major manufacturers open to me (Panache, Fantasie, Freya), I can't find a brick & mortar anywhere that stocks my size, and I'm getting very familiar with ordering online and returning. I hate this part. And before you mention Figleaves, I will never shop there again. I've also had a bad time with Breakout Bras. So I'm down the Herroom and a few others with nasty return policies. Nash.
Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.
It's not vintage, but modern and I shelled out about $40 for it at Nordstrom Rack last spring. I have worn it non-stop since then. During the winter over tights, and in the summer with a big straw hat and sandals. It's just so easy, and sweet, and girly and ballet. It's the little girl dress I never worn as a little girl.
But it's so sublimely romantic, I just can't let it go. Neither, it seems, can the designers.
Ulyana Sergeenko S/S 2013
For the trip to France I paired my blush dress with black for a more edgy grown up look. I wore it in the evening for a fancy dinner with knee-highs and heels. And then paired it during the day with a turban and flats.
Evening outfit and the inspiration.
With black and layers for the daytime.
The turban is because my hair just refused to behave that day. After almost two weeks of styling constantly it finally gave up, and I needed a break from the morning routine.
Some ladylike blush looks from the runways...
Badgley Mischka via nymag.com S/S 2013; Bottega Veneta 2013
So the other pencil dress I took to France with me was my brown gingham. I love this dress. It just fits beautifully and the fabric is this great easy cotton. (By comparison: looking back over the photos of the flowered pencil and I think I'm
going to get rid of that one, it just isn't flattering over the Rack.)
Paolo & I at St. Malo
I wore it layered over white with cream and peach accessories for St. Malo, and with balck at Epinal.
With and without the sweater at Epinal
I am not one of those who thinks black and brown must be separated. I will also wear gold and silver together on occasion. Although that is more vintage regulation. To stay lookign very period I shoudl avoid black with this dress, but for packing reasons, black came out. I think the layering looked pretty cute, in the end.
I actually packed this dress because it is such a nice light cotton it's great in heat. Silly me, I thought it might be warm. Here's what it looks like on a hot day.
Tea in Hayward
This is not a particularly popular color-pattern combination, I hunted about for some options for you without much success. Most of what I found was on etsy.