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Frugal Fashion: Ines de la Fressange at Paris Fashion Week

July 11, 2012 |  6:02 am


When you think of someone who embodies French chic, it's no surprise that Ines de la Fressange comes to mind. The former model and designer has been a force in the fashion world for decades. Last year Fressange wrote a book called "Parisian Chic: A Style Guide," in which she divulged her secrets to dressing, eating and acting like a Parisian. 

When she's not giving away her style pointers, gleaned from years in the fashion industry as the face of Chanel and brand identity consultant for Roger Vivier (among other things), De la Fressange can still be seen on the runways in Paris. In 2009, she modeled two dresses in the Jean Paul Gaultier spring-summer haute-couture collection and also made an appearance on the runway for Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel spring 2011 show.

De la Fressange is also a fixture off the runway, spotted in the front row at shows during Paris Fashion Week this month. She attended the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture fall-winter 2013 presentation in a white blouse with sky blue blazer and dark capri denim. She added flats with a sparkly buckle and classic accessories in the form of a red bag, coral-colored bracelets and a long beaded necklace. It was signature de la Fressange: simple, understated elegance.

De la Fressange's outfit is a combination of affordable basics and well-curated accessories. For a similar look get a versatile, plain white blouse, cropped denim pants and a blue blazer. Try the  Robbi and Nikki jersey contrast top from for $58, the Black Orchid denim capris from for $79 and the Pale blue boyfriend blazer from Topshop for $70.


For a patterned pair of flats with a buckle, get the Via Spiga Odessa snake embossed buckle flat for $118. Accessorize with the 31 Bits Designs Waverly necklace from for $34, the Kenneth Cole New York "modern Riviera" coral bracelet from for $48  and toss your cellphone, wallet and keys into the Banana Republic leather market tote from for $89.99.

Mix and match these basics with existing items in your closet to give your wardrobe a budget-friendly lift for any occasion.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.


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-- Jenn Harris

Photo: Ines de La Fressange attends the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week fall-winter 2013 on July 4 in Paris. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Middle photo: Robbie and Nikki top, $58 /; Black Orchid denim capris, $79 /; Pale blue boyfriend blaer, $70 /

Bottom photo: Via Spiga Odessa snake embossed buckle flat, $118 / Last Call by Neiman Marcus; 31 Bits Designs Waverly necklace, $34 /; Kenneth Cole New York "modern Riviera" coral bracelet, $48 /; Banana Republic leather market tote, $89.99 /