Say oui to layers!

Until about 8 years ago, I’d never left my native China. But when I moved to America to marry my American husband it opened up a lot more borders. He often travels for work and because my teaching job leaves my summers open, if the timing is right sometimes I can tag along! This was the case in the summer of 2010 when we spent several weeks in Munich, Germany. What a great base of operations for exploring the Alps and beyond! I have always dreamt of seeing and smelling the lavender fields in the Provence area of France. Unfortunately, it’s still a dream as we got there about two weeks too late! Timing really IS everything! Oh, we still made the best of the trip and visited Lyon on our way to the beaches of Cannes before heading back to Munich. The concierge at our hotel directed us to a small hidden gem of a restaurant in the old part of Lyon. I’ll never forget walking along the narrow stone streets around this corner and that to arrive at the open walled eatery. It was decorated in rich dark wood and heavy soft velvet curtains. Mmmm, the wine, the croissants, the roast duck…SORRY! I got lost in the past for a minute!

Black leather skinny pants
Black leather skinny pants

For today, I’m highlighting a classy layered outfit. I’ve always liked the effect it brings. For some reason it makes me think of the French women I couldn’t help but notice. It’s a classic way to create a sophisticated look and feel that’s just right for mature women. I’ve kept with a mostly dark color palette for the whole collection to go with a more edgy vibe. A touch of basic white here and there can really help to add some contrasting sharp crisp lines. I was able to achieve this with the 2 tone shirt in a very distinguished grey and white. The next layer is also in the grey and white family but is a fun nature print. Its shirt-dress length contributes to the girly feel while helping promote the layered theme.

Brown faux fur long coat
Brown faux fur long coat

My new favorite coat covers me with class while keeping me warm. It’s toasty wool with an always sophisticated faux fur collar. The classic simple cut really flatters my body and the rich brown color is very versatile as it pairs with pretty much any color. I went with my form fitting leather skinnies with leopard booties to contrast with the loose fit of the top. If you have a smaller frame like me you probably want to avoid using loose fitting clothes on your whole body. They can make you look shorter and wider than you really are. And who needs that? Of course what I did need was my signature colorful pop. Reminded of the rich curtains in the Lyonnais restaurant, I was drawn to this bright blue quilted velvet purse. I finished on top with my grey knit jeweled hat that was underscored with my cool big sunglasses.

grey shirt dress
grey shirt dress
Leopard booties
Leopard booties
blue small cross body bag
blue small cross body bag

Knit, Leather Skinnies & Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Coat @Ivanka Trump
Shirt-dress @Ann Taylor
Velvet Purse @Forever 21
Sunglasses @Chloé
Au revoir and Cheers!

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