Seen on the Streets of Paris

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend a conference last week in Paris so of course, I was watching to see which fashion trends were popular in this fashion capital of the world.   (With the exchange rate at $1.50 to every 1 Euro, observing was as close as I wanted to get to participating in the Paris fashion scene!) The majority of people I saw were the young, which makes sense when you understand that Paris has 600,000 college students and most of our time was spent in the vicinity of the various universities.   This remained true with our one-day TGV ride to Rennes where one third of the population is university students.

Jeans – The vast majority of the students were wearing some sort of jeans.  Skinny legged jeans, many of which were distressed like  stores are showing here, were the most popular.  I did not see even one person – male or female – wearing baggy or oversized jeans.

Boots – To complete the jeans look, most of the young women had on knee high boots.   I wrote in an earlier blog how the knee-high boots were expensive and not that wearable but their popularity in Paris certainly proved me wrong.

Winter shorts – Although I only saw a few students sporting the winter shorts look, it was enough to get my attention.  Of course, they were all worn with opaque tights so it definitely gave a more winter look.  Some were quite attractive but others did nothing for their wearers.  I doubt that this will be a big hit in Atlanta but then, maybe if I were around the college campuses more, I might be proven wrong.

Opaque Tights – The young women not wearing jeans or shorts were wearing very short skirts.   Without exception, they all completed the look with opaque tights.  With temperatures dropping to freezing some mornings, tights offered the practicality of modesty as well as much needed warmth!

Scarves – The biggest fashion trend for both women and men was the scarf at the neck.  These scarves are the oblong ones, a bit narrower and lighter weight than a traditional Pashmina.  These were often wrapped around the neck with both ends toward the front or wrapped a bit more snuggly and tied in front.  This was the most common mode for men.  Others folded the scarf in half lengthwise, drawing it around the neck and then place the ends through the loop.

So if you are like me, thinking the skinny jeans, winter shorts and opaque tights might be better on the 20’s crowd, consider the scarf.  This is one trend that is wearable by all ages. To find a fashion trend that is not only fashionable but also practical is truly an accomplishment.  And the best news is that stores in Atlanta are offering huge selections of scarves in a wide range of colors and weights.     

 

Seen on the Streets in Paris

 

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend a conference last week in Paris so of course, I was watching to see which fashion trends were popular in this fashion capital of the world.   (With the exchange rate being $1.50 to every 1 Euro, observing was as close as I wanted to get to participating in the Paris fashion scene!) The majority of people I saw were the young, which makes sense when you understand that Paris has 600,000 college students and most of our time was spent in the vicinity of the various universities.   This remained true with our one-day TGV ride to Rennes where one third of the population is university students.

Jeans – The vast majority of the students were wearing some sort of jeans.  Skinny legged jeans, many of which were distressed like department stores are showing here, were the most popular.  I did not see even one person – male or female – wearing baggy or oversized jeans.

Boots – To complete the jeans look, most of the young women had on knee high boots.   I wrote in an earlier blog how the knee-high boots were expensive and not that wearable but their popularity in Paris certainly proved me wrong.

Winter shorts – Although I only saw a few students sporting the winter shorts look, it was enough to get my attention.  Of course, they were all worn with opaque tights so it definitely gave a more winter look.  Some were quite attractive but others did nothing for their wearers.  I doubt that this will be a big hit in Atlanta but then, maybe if I were around the college campuses more, I might be proven wrong.

Opaque Tights – The young women not wearing jeans or shorts were wearing very short skirts.   Without exception, they all completed the look with opaque tights.  Of course, with temperatures dropping to freezing some mornings, tights were needed to keep warm.

Scarves – The biggest fashion trend for both women and men was the scarf at the neck.  These scarves are the oblong ones, a bit narrower and lighter weight than a traditional Pashmina.  These were often wrapped around the neck with both ends toward the front or wrapped a bit more snuggly and tied in front.  This was the most common mode for men.  Others folded the scarf in half, drawing it around the neck and then place the ends through the loop.

So if you are like me, thinking the skinny jeans, winter shorts and opaque tights might be better on the 20’s crowd, consider the scarf.  This is one trend that is wearable by all ages. To find a fashion trend that is not only fashionable but also practical is truly an accomplishment.  And the best news is that stores are offering huge sections featuring scarves in a wide range of colors and weights.

 

 

Can You Read a Face?

Posted on October 6, 2009 by admin 

I recently attended an Atlanta Women in Business meeting where one of the members introduced her guest, Naomi Tickle, author of You Can Read a Face Like a Book.  I was thrilled as Naomi had been a presenter at the international meeting of AICI about three years ago and, having been unable to attend her seminar, I bought her CDs.  After the meeting, Naomi, having heard me introduce myself as an image consultant, came over to me and we talked for nearly a half an hour.  

She first suggested that I should wear a necklace with my sweater.  I was amazed since the sweater set I was wearing always seems “undressed” without a necklace but I was running late getting to my meeting and didn’t take time to add a necklace.  She told me that the shape of my eyebrows was an indicator that I needed some drama, thus the suggestion of a necklace.  Some twenty years ago, I read Metamorphosis, by David Kibbe and tested as a “Dramatic Classic”.   With that basis, I have always known that I like a touch of drama but had arrived at that conclusion through a different method.  By this time, I was hooked!  She also pointed out that I probably was quite formal.  She had no idea that my home looks a lot more like Versailles than Crate and Barrel.  Of course, I bought a copy of her book and am looking forward to taking her up on her offer to spend some time with me the next time I get to the San Francisco area.

Reading the book at home, I kept assessing my husband, much to his chagrin.  Using her methods, I discovered that he has a long distance from his nose to his chin (that’s the Czech ancestry) indicating that he is tenacious.  No surprise there!  Then the longer distance from the base of his nose to his lips indicates a dry sense of humor.  That is certainly right on.  After being married for 23 years, he still cracks me up  with an unexpected remark.  His forehead is sloped back and mine is straight so he is an objective thinker and I am sequential.  How true!  When we recently were facing moving from our home into a condo, I was strategizing on what to move to the smaller area and how to arrange  everything and he was throwing thing into his truck and moving them!

The book is a fascinating read.  To be sure, I know just enough to be dangerous so I don’t plan to put out my shingle as an expert face-reader but from my limited experience, the principles certainly seem to be accurate.   For those of you who find this kind of information intriguing, I would highly recommend getting a copy.  Then the next time you meet a new person at a social gathering you can drop something like,  “I’ll bet you love adventure” or “You strike me as being highly imaginative.”  You will be the most interesting person at the gathering!

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