Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reader's style challenge and FSH inspiration

There hasn't been a reader's style challenge for some time, and it was so nice to receive the following from Cynthia in the US:
Dear MaiTai,
See that you are visiting Paris. In NYC, after our Labor Day, most women stop wearing pastel colors and turn to black. Since black no lingering suits me, I wear navy. What is your Summer/Autumn transition wardrobe? Can you post a few ideas on your blog?
Thank you.

I agree that with so many beautiful autumn colors around it is a little early to succumb to winter black. With so much color inspiration from the autumn windows at Hermes, your request dear Cynthia could not have come at a better time! Many of the combinations resonate with some of my favorite autumn scarves, and remind me of previous ways of wearing them.. Looking at the date of some of these pics, I'm thinking how timeless a simple capsule wardrobe with beautiful accessories can be. The windows also inspired some new looks and reminded me of other locations and photos. Because there are so many, there will be a part two as well.

The picture below is from 2014, and incidentally part of a style challenge (how to wear leopard print.. click here to see the full post). Wearing a 'Carré en Carré' 90 scarf in a rectangular pleated fold.

Below the same scarf worn in the same year, but this time tied into a criss-cross bow knot and teamed with a dark brown jersey shirt, checked wool pants and a 32 Kelly in ebene. The look itself is a repeat of my first blog post in 2009 (click here to see the full post).

Going further back... in 2012 I brightened up an all-black outfit with a brown leather belt (click here to see the workshop and how to order) and a 'Madame et Monsieur' 90 carré worn in the basic bias fold. You can prevent the scarf from slipping by securing it with a small magnet (click here to see how)

I had many requests regarding the scarf pictured above... it is a 100 x 100 cm cashmere/silk scarf from the men's collection, and it's called 'And the Winner is' (available here at H's US site). Its beautiful blues inspired me to take out my Cavalleria d'Etriers cashmere shawl (tied into a cowboy knot with ends left loose). I teamed it with blue pants and a Picotin 18 in Bleu Sapphire, and for an autumn touch framed it with a linen sweater in orange.

As usual, I toasted Paris good-bye in the bar of the train station's magnificent Train Bleu restaurant, only this time I had an orange bag as extra company!

Inside the orange bag... Tigre Royal! I've been looking for a 140 x 140 cm (55"x55") carré géant for the longest time, and this one was love at first sight (Ref. H671632S CW12 noir/argile/turquoise .. available here on H's French site). Even though it's from the current Autumn/Winter collection, it can be worn in a light and summery way too...up until the last couple of days it has been sunny and warm in the South of France, so I wore it for its first outing with cream trousers. More on the Tigre Royal coming soon!

I tend to get quite absorbed while taking pictures of the FSH windows... zooming in and out of them, the colors and textures seem to imprint themselves on my subconscious... I often recognise them afterwards in a myriad different contexts and atmospheres - nature, buildings, someone's clothing, a scarf or piece of jewelry or even another shop window. I came past this beautiful board game at 12 Rue des Saint Pères... home to Galerie Ducha, where Master engraver Dominique Duchange gives a new life to centuries old paper board games (

Combining the trousers from look #2, the scarf from look #3 and the sweater from look#4. Pic also from 2014!

Coming next: FSH inspiration part two


  1. Ravishing, dahlink! I would like one of everything. Could you please pack it all up and send it to me? But, before you do that, please have everything altered to fit a size 10. Those itty-bitty size 4's you wear will never do.

    And, please include that utterly fabulous D. Duchange restored board game. Please pack that extra carefully!:)

    Seriously, you look beautiful in these autumn shades, and the blue and orange is particularly striking.

    You look 1000% better than those darn windows!

    Can't wait for the BIG box to arrive,

    1. Jerrine,
      Did you start spending Meryl’s fortune?
      Size 4? didn’t see it in my closet since ages…too much chocolate probably!

    2. Catherine, I wasn't a size 4 when I was born! And, yes, I hacked Meryl's account - woo hoo . . . free Birkins for all the Swans.


  2. Your autumn inspired outfits are always my favorites. Thank you for sharing your find about the board games! It's hard for me to tell on my tiny phone display, are they low tables? How cool would they be as a coffee table. With the surface protected of course! Um, yes please!

  3. Thanks for the inspiration. That Tigre Royal looks fantastic!

    I have also looked at several scarves from the men's collection. They are definitely several that would be equally wearable for women. Worth a look!

    Have a nice weekend!

  4. Like Cynthia, I'm wearing more navy, so thanks for the inspiration! And you've given me some great ideas for wearing my burnt orange Waterfall necklace too! And the timing is perfect because I've recently gotten a leopard cardigan & shell/vest, so I'm going to have fun wearing them with the burnt orange Waterfall necklace & autumn-toned scarves with my MTC rosewood scarf rings. And my Double Anneau necklaces are great with Fall & Winter layers! Thanks for your beautiful collection & styling ideas!

  5. I enjoy reading your styling posts, ever since a child, I've had a thing about scarves. I still wear a scarf at least 4 times a week when I go out. Love the magnet idea.

  6. Thank you Dear MaiTai. A fabulous post and so much inspiration. I love the way you pull all the colors together and create so many timeless and chic outfits. I adore your new scarf, the colors are amazing. Can't wait for part 2. Xx Barb

  7. Beautiful Autumn inspiration, darling, styled with perfection! Beautiful choice with the Tigre Royal and I look forward to seeing it at play here! Enjoy! xx

  8. You are the ultimate proof of timeless fashion! And I agree, warm autumn colours are one of my favourites, too. So I'm waiting for your beautiful yellow skirt to have an outing soon again- inspired by the riding boots (which will never fit my calves). Quite funny, just yesterday I was browsing through all the scarves in desperate hope to finally find one I really love- and stopped at the tigre royal. The modelling picture didn't convince me at all- but yours does!! Congratulations to this beautiful addition. Looking forward to part II!
    P.S. Jerrine, I'll join you for the bigger size:)

  9. Loving these looks and the xtra helpings on MaiTai in mid-season Autumnal Form...I have a notion of those hair down selfies shot just after slipping out of rain hat with that Joe Cocker 9 1/2 Weeks song blaring.

  10. Beautiful autumn colors for a sunny beauty. Congrats for the Tigre, this cw was made for you! Elton started singing when I saw your picture wearing it…. blue eyes…

  11. The best posts are those of you wearing H scarves. Love all the pictures and the way you present them. Congrats on the Tigre Royal. It is very beautiful and I do look forward to the many possibilities of wearing it. Have a wonderful weekend, Dearest.
    Orange, silky hugs, Manuela xx

  12. Great to see another Reader's Challenge post, dear MT! Love Tigre Royal, it'll be so fun to see what you do with it. The orange and royal blue pairing is stunning! Happy weekend to you and all the swans! We're waiting for a big storm to hit this weekend. Fingers and toes, as Faux Fuschia would say -- hoping all our trees stay put!
    Much aloha,

  13. OH THAT TRAIN STATION restaurant I have NEVER been TOO!Perhaps we can meet there one day!I hear there is a CAT that LIVES THERE!
    I definitely want a HORN RING to hold a scarf.Sent you an email the other day think I may have ended up in your SPAM again!

  14. Dear MaiTai,

    thank you for all the inspirational wardrobe pics you share with us. I really like the mustard and saffron yellow as well as the beautiful copper color you can wear so well. Have to figure out how could I wear them maybe with blue and brown without looking like death. So courious for part two :)

    Congrats on Tigre Royal, it is breathtaking. Blind as I am, I saw it on but not realized the beauty when tied. Have to visit the MT Academy the next years too :)

    Have a lovely weekend,

  15. So pretty. Love the fur collar idea. So creative!