My beloved and I spent five days in France last month, staying in a beautiful guest house owned by Thierry and Guy. These two complemented each other beautifully. Guy had spent years in the hotel industry, and Thierry had been a hairdresser to the great and the good in Paris in the 1960s and 70s. Both love interior design, collecting art and antiques, books and quirky objets.
But there was one fundamental difference between them.
Thierry was incredibly stylish, in a way that his partner was not. I often advise my clients to create their own ‘uniform’ – a look that they feel comfortable and look great in. Doing so alleviates wardrobe stress and saves lots of time. Thierry had created the ultimate uniform, one which he has not deviated from in years….
He only wears shirts and jeans by Comme des Garcons. Always. The jeans may vary in cut, but they are always dark denim. The shirts are white, blue , checked or striped – always sharply ironed and with interesting details on the buttons, cuffs, collar or hem. His shoes are an extensive collection of brogues and oxfords – mainly by Heschung (a longstanding French footwear brand), but also our very own Church’s. The jumpers are cashmere, in grey and navy. In fact, the whole palette is white, grey, navy and black. And every month, he travels to Paris to top up on culture, books and a new shirt or two.
This may sound severe and uncompromising, but Thierry always feels comfortable in what he wears and so carries it off with aplomb. It’s his look, and it works. Have you created your ‘uniform’ ?