1.28.2008

a little french blue



Blue was the color worn by the working class in old France. This evoloved in American mythology with "blue collar" versus "white collar." In my opinion, setting politics asside, the opposite is true today: nothing says luxe like a French blue shirt.
So here's H.'s little piece of class: a checked blue shirt with missmatched buttons and a heavy linen frock. I found the fabric in two amazing stores in Manhattan. I could spend all my savings in these little stores. Pompom socks from Nordstrom add a bit of cheer.

15 comments:

mamacita said...

I'm dying over those cute socks. Were they a recent purchase? (I.e., can I still find them in the store?)

Kirsty said...

Beautiful! The mustard looks so understated with the blue check. I'm a new reader over here, and I've been really loving what I'm seeing...

melissa said...

Yes, I just purchased the socks on Saturday.

lynne said...

Straight out of a storybook, Melissa!

Bethany Hissong said...

You and Frederic Fekkai! He loves blue checked shirts too. I ADORE this outfit and I strongly feel that you should be designing and producing your own line of children's clothes... absolutely. I wish my own children were this little again so I could dress them like this. And I love the fashion history! I think you've just inspired my next oil painting color scheme... LOVE this!!!

Jen said...

Melissa- adorable!

Joanna Goddard said...

i love blue. it's definitely my favorite color. this looks so cute and fresh.

Audrey said...

Gorgeous! I love the socks and agree with Bethany! Your designs are amazing!

Sabina said...

Must have those cute pom pom socks for my two girls - Nordstroms you say. I also love the french blue check.

jessica said...

gorgeous...

k e n d r a said...

ahh, the sweetest little details here. i love the patch and the mismatched buttons! am dying to know which fabric shops in nyc???? and, i wore those same shoes as a little bird. do they still sell them? so many questions.......

Carissa said...

Since you were talking about the history of the blue collar I thought you might like to know that the Hope Diamond was originally called the French Blue.

fanja said...

the whole ensemble is perfect, the mismatched buttons, the styling, the photos.. you're a genius. I used to wear this French vintage worker jacket when i was much younger, it was a perfect blue and was made out of the nicest heavy cotton..

k e n d r a said...

thank you for the sources! i know the linen one- its called gray line linens and they have the best prices- about $8/yard. and i can't wait to explore and find the other. maybe once its not so cold and blustery out (boo!). xoxo

lilou said...

adorable!!!

T'es une fee...

j'aime les petites chaussures aussi!