9-19-16 French Inspired Style

September 19, 2016, 2:24 pm by MSP


Dear MSP SYSters,

I'm not French, but after visiting France, Paris in particular, I was enticed by the Parisian's uber-chic way of dressing. In fact, I really admire it. I made a lot of mental notes of the street fashions and the way the Parisian women dressed...piece by piece. After a week, I was anxious to rush back home and try to replicate a few of these chic outfits I saw. But, there is more to their style than just a few fab looks to copy. The way they dress goes deeper than that-it's a lifestyle and certain healthy attitude about a woman's clothing and body.

French women tend to follow this fashion rule, "Bon chic, bon genre" when translated means, "good style, good attitude". In other words, dressing well matters for your well-being. I say the French women have always been right about this. When you dress better, you feel better.


Think for a moment-is this not true: When you look good you feel good.


The French are minimalists. The French way of dressing is to value fewer clothes, but better quality. This makes sense because fewer clothing purchases saves you money in the long run-even if they cost you more. When you wear a classic piece often because it always looks good, you wear it for a longer period of time-that equals money saved. We should all strive to be minimalist with our wardrobes. This week I'll give you good reasons why less is more in your wardrobe. 


The French women that I noticed in Paris were four (4) things:

Minimalists, simple, classic, and conservative-with a little bit of an edge.




This week's article at MSP, "French Inspired Style" will give you seven (7) changes you (along with me) can make to dress more like a chic Parisian woman, or as the French say, "Bon chic, bon genre" or in other words, good style with a good attitude!

Let's do it! Join me for this challenge! With the change in seasons coming; now it time to changes things up in your wardrobe. Learn 7 ways to dress more chic! What have you got to lose?

Follow these 7 steps in this week's article because as they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Learn from the best in fashion, learn to wear your clothes more like the classic Parisian women.


Start Your Journey of Improved Style Today! 


Reminder: This week's article "French Inspired Style" will post on Thursday. Look for a reminder email in your inbox later this week!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week’s Style Mission: Break the unwritten fashion rules!

Want to renew your style (and your inner spirit) plus give yourself a “younger” looking vibe?

This week, ditch the old-fashioned "rules" and try something new and different with your clothing! Dress in new ways that will refresh your style quickly.

Do you remember these fashion "rules"?

__Always match your shoes to your handbag.

__How about wearing eye shadow the same color as your shirt or dress? Dated!

__How about not wearing white after Labor Day?

__Never wearing brown and black together-ever!

...Let's forget these OLD rules! They no longer apply.

This week: Un-match your handbag with your shoes. Instead, choose a bright colored handbag. Wear a neutral eye shadow that compliments your eye color or learn how to apply makeup in a more youthful way (tip: less is more). Wear white because you want to and you look great in those white pants.  Mix browns and blacks and maybe add a touch of animal print while you're at it. Add a skinny belt over your top because it would look extra cute OR wear a new accessory and make it something BOLD!!!

How are you going to break free of the fashion rules that have been holding you back? Style is creative and it's YOUR style we're talking about. It’s about expressing yourself—break the “rules” and show off your new creative side of dressing. You can totally do this!

Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. Email me your style stories: missusmsp@windstream.net...and I'll share them right here next week!

What SYSters Are Saying


MSP: I just wanted to let you know that I've found your color lists (what goes with what) particularly helpful. I have a copy taped to my closet door. It's helped me to vary my outfits while shopping my closet; for example, if I want to wear my navy slacks but I'm tired of what I usually pair them with, I check your list to see what other colors go with navy blue. Your list has inspired me to try new combinations and extend my wardrobe with what I already have. Thank you! Susan


Your eBook “Style Recipes” puts my clothes together like magic...  

Dear Leslie,

Thank you for this great avenue to fun, beautiful and balanced dressing...

I have printed out the Style Recipes eBook and I’m keeping it on my sweater shelf...ready to take a look. Wish I had found you long ago...all those hours in dilemma...of what to wear are now spent in discovery of how what I already have goes together like magic...

Could not have done it without your fashion sense. Thanks so much and again for the fun and confidence!!! Ellen


Dear Leslie,

This saying (below) is also good for the FLYLady :)
PS: Thank you SO much miss leslie for all you do ~

I have been doing much better at working the wardrobe than i ever
have before

I actually think about the shape and construction of an article b4 bringing it home

I actually think about 'my' colors before i bring it home
And if it doesn't work with 3 things it stays on the rack

This is ALL due to your ability to share your passion and wardrobe system


Let me introduce myself, my name is Jennifer, I am a 30-something stay at home mom.  I have received your advice for years, and have always enjoyed and looked forward to your weekly updates!  I always look forward to seeing how you use your own advice and principles and I hope that the pictures that you post of yourself won't stop. I have always thought you looked great!  Keep up the great advice - and the great pictures so we can see how you put yourself together because it is so helpful!