• Wed16October 2013
  • From Paris with love – the French brand Oxyde

    After a few days away in Spain at the marriage of my big bro to his beautiful new wife, I arrived back to a rather chilly Angleterre. While I’m not a huge fan of the cold, I do love the different seasons in terms of weather and fashion. It’s time to dig out those woollies from hibernation and wrap up in some of my favourite pieces from my autumn/winter wardrobe. Now one of those pieces that I always return to is a white sleeveless sweater-style dress from a boutique called Oxyde in Paris. It must have been almost 10 years ago that this piece, which I love to layer up with rollnecks and colourful hosiery underneath with a classic Beatnik chic, came into my life. Extremely versatile and easy-to-wear, this dress is a fantastic representative of the casual and laid-back style of the French brand Oxyde.

    Whenever I visit Paris, I always head to the store located in the Marais (their workshop is also located there) to see what fashion goodies they have in store. The Marais boutique is almost hidden in the back streets of Paree on a street called rue Saint Merri. If you’re heading to the famous Centre Pompidou, go past the fountains (below), cross the main road and you’ll find yourself at rue Saint Merri.  There are also other stores dotted around Paris, which I would not have known about had it not been for my little discovery about oxyde.fr. I have, from time to time, searched the internet for their site, so imagine my excitement when I came across a full blown e-comm boutique. Woo hoo. Not that this would ever stop me from returning to the City of light (it’s one of my second homes after all) but this feast of fashion online is certainly enough to satisfy my sartorial urges between trips.

    The delivery charges to the UK may be a little pricey and the website is pretty basic but if you’re looking for winter staples that no one else will have oxyde.fr is worth a browse.  And in true Parisian style, here are 10 key pieces that I would choose for my wardrobe (numbers go from left to right):

    My pick of 10 (images go from left to right)

    My Oxyde pick of 10 (images go from left to right)

    1. Robe Farah, 110 Euros

    This pretty print dress with a ruffle neckline is made from a light floaty fabric that doesn’t cling to your lumps and bumps. Easy-to-wear and comfortable, it’s the kind of piece you can wear with woolly tights and a thick cardigan or simply with a pair of pumps.

    2. Chemisier Eden, 92 Euros
    Swap your winter coat for a denim shirt in-between seasons for that 90s grunge look. This over-sized version from Oxyde would toughen up a pretty slip dress or channel that cool casual Sunday look when worn with slacks.

    3. Manteau Cary, 225 Euros
    Forget camel coats, navy is where it’s at for all those Fashion Editors and this cape-inspired Cary coat from Oxyde hits the nail on the head. It’s a bit Sherlock but the nipped in waist and elegant design transforms an outfit to chic in an instant.

    4. Pantalon Jacinte, 98 Euros
    Inject a 40s’ feel into your wardrobe with these Jacinte trousers. Made from 60 percent wool, the loose fit leg and tight ankle means you can team them with boots or heels alike.

    5. Jupe Darice, 85 Euros
    I’m a huge fan of short, pleated skirts as you can team them with just about anything. This pretty number available in prune or beige is something you’d want to wear again and again.

    6. Short Lou, 78 Euros
    Or get shorty in a pair of checked shorts. Not convinced? Don’t worry, they’re not for everyone. I love the look of them when teamed with a pair of dark 70 percent opaque tights and a polo neck.

    7. Cardigan Imma, 98 Euros
    This is a classic golfing-style cardi that you can wear with jeans or dress up with a pencil skirt. Made from 85 percent cotton, it’ll also help keep the warmth in.

    8. Gilet Darice, 92 Euros
    I love these kind of cardigan coats or “coatigans”, the kind of thing you can pull on over a pretty floral dress to keep you warm and an absolute must-have in your winter wardrobe.

    9. Pull Nelly, 95 Euros
    I’m a bit obsessed by jumpers but you really can never have enough. I like the fact that this is a slightly baggy version of a classic shape and knit that is 60 percent wool – again another flashback to TV series My So Called Life of the 90s.

    10. ECHARPE INé, 45 Euros
    No outfit is complete without a scarf and this linen and wool multi-coloured number fits the bill. And to really up your game, you’ve got to learn how to tie it properly, n’est pas? Maybe I’ll do a post on that, what do you think?

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