“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”-Yves Saint Laurent
Françoise Sagan was the ultimate cool girl writer. If you believe that style should be effortless and detached, then she is your muse. Even today, a wardrobe like hers can take you almost anywhere, and anywhere it can’t you probably don’t want to go.
Her uncomplicated look remains fresh more than five decades later. Who needs nail varnish and lipstick when you can look like this? She is proof that decadent lives do not need visible gilding.
Minus the cigarette, this is the ideal uniform for the beautifully jaded thinker: useful, comfortable, elegant and great for doing after-hours double duty at a shadowy jazz club.
What do you get when you combine gingham and polka dots with a soupcon of insouciance? Beach chic at its finest. This shirt and 2-piece bathing suit ensemble can take you from girlhood through death, and every decade in between.
Her jaunty scarf (polka dots again!) is the only accessory a serious but style-minded writer needs whilst working. Although I’d probably rip it off and toss it across my desk after 5 minutes, I admire her restraint-and fashion sense.
This is what smart casual looks like: comfortable, easy, understated and timeless. Sagan is my ultimate style crush, a natty blueprint for (almost) everything I try to accomplish when I dress myself. Attitude included.