How an American in Paris Dresses From 9 to 5

After Vogue’s then–International Fashion Coordinator Sofia Bernardin met her destiny husband, a French restaurateur, in a early 2000s, she decamped from her local New York City and landed in Paris. “It sounds so helplessly quixotic, yet we altered for love,” she says with a laugh. The transatlantic channel valid to be moneyed in some-more ways than one. Bernardin, a longtime secondhand fan who grew adult scouring selected stores on St. Mark’s Place, and former stylist Sabrina Marshall were carrying lunch during Toraya, a Japanese patisserie in a First Arrondissement, when they came adult with a suspicion for Resee, an online finish for covetable shipment now dear around a world.

“We were saying, ‘Do we remember that good Prada chinoiserie collection? If usually we could find one of those pieces now . . .’ And, ‘eBay! Who wants to differentiate by hours of product not meaningful if things are genuine or authentic?’ So we thought, ‘Why don’t we emanate this rarely curated sourroundings where we can emporium a best from a past?’ ” Bernardin says. And so a site’s revise includes all from Saint Laurent Belle de Jour dresses to ’90s Jil Sander pantsuits and lots (and lots) of Phoebe Philo’s Celine. “We wanted to combine these worlds of conform that impacted and altered a approach women wore clothes.”

Now, when Bernardin isn’t given to her dual toddlers or scouring a Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market, she’s roaming a creation in hunt of selected gems. “Every marketplace has a opposite vibe and opposite goodies, so we’re on a highway a lot,” she explains. “In Paris, we get a lot of black, chic, and some-more minimal [clothes]. In a South of France, we had one seller who had hundreds and hundreds of ’90s Chanel—the candy-color pieces that you’d never see a lady in Paris wearing. [It was] totally crazy and kooky stuff, yet it’s so iconic. In New York, we get a lot of Helmut Lang, Balenciaga, and apparently a American designers, while Italy has a early 2000s Dolce, a Prada.” Before a twin determine to take anything, though, “We always consider about a complicated lady [and ask ourselves], ‘How would she wear this?’ That’s how we know if a square goes on[line] or not.”

Below, Bernardin breaks down her possess operative habit and personal character rules, from her biggest secondhand scores to a turtleneck she can’t live without.

Maison Martin Margiela pinstripe hang jacket, $338,; Chloé bermuda shorts, $483,; The Row bare uneven leather sandals, $790,; Céline large bag medium, $3,950,; Céline oversize sunglasses in acetate, $460,

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Always take off one object before streamer out a door.

“I’m a Gemini, so no matter how many we devise ahead, my outfit will all count on my mood in a morning. When we open a curtains, we demeanour during a sky and take it from there. we will always start off with a unequivocally adventurous [look]—a unequivocally high heel or a splendid tone or lots of jewelry—and afterwards barter in and out a few pieces until we feel gentle and like myself. At a finish of a day, we have to be honest with how distant we can pull [your style]. As Coco Chanel said, ‘Before we leave, demeanour in a counterpart and take one thing off.’ For me, before we leave, we adjust [my outfit] to a existence of my life given we never know when I’ll have to run and collect adult my children or bound on a craft or accommodate with investors. [That way] no matter how my day goes, I’ll be lonesome for any astonishing occurrence that competence come up.”

Stand detached in selected finds.

“I wear selected each day! There is no denying how good wearing a one-of-a-kind square creates we feel, generally when there is a good story behind it. Vintage for me can be anything from a elementary span of ’90s Tommy Hilfiger jeans to a square from Saint Laurent’s iconic 1976 Russian collection or something some-more elaborate like a ’90s bespoke Hermès bag done by a French count for his mistress. It all only needs to wobble in organically [with your wardrobe] and not feel forced. No one wants to demeanour like a satire of some ended time.”

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Saint Laurent ’70s hobo ensemble, $4,490,; Emilia Wickstead Richie pleated snake-print silk crepe de chine midi skirt, $1,580,; Salvatore Ferragamo ankle-strap sandals, $348,; Chloé beaded dusk clutch, $489,; Charlotte Chesnais tiny offshoot singular earring, $290,

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Invest in new pieces sparingly.

“The comprehensive initial thing we demeanour for is peculiarity and longevity of a piece. we work with pieces that are 50-plus years aged and pristine, so anything new we buy will be totalled to mount that exam of time. No one wants disposable fashion. we always buy a lot of [Phoebe Philo’s] Celine and Gucci. we adore what [Alessandro Michele] is doing given it reminds me a lot of a selected pieces that we have. we never like things to be too new, though, given afterwards we feel like I’m a small too on trend. When Balenciaga’s bomber came out, we waited a year and a half before we wore it. It was too trendy, so we only hold on to it.”

Throw on a blazer when we need a exhale of uninformed air.

“There is always a new park to learn in Paris and they are always their many pleasing in fall. we adore throwing on a tweed blazer for prolonged walks in Paris; there is something unequivocally eminent about it. Paris is one of a few cities where we can get mislaid for hours in full inspirational bliss.”

Wolford Colorado swimsuit bodysuit, $155,; Saint Laurent ’70s plaid blazer, cost on request,; Helmut Lang lace-trimmed pleated skirt, $395,; Balenciaga Bistrot pumps, cost on request,; R. Scemama ’70s cranky necklace, $629,

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Black is never boring.

“I’ve unequivocally incorporated a lot some-more black in my habit given relocating to Paris. In America, we tend to wear some-more colors, yet in Paris, there is only something about a city light and a grand Hausmannian buildings. The tone black simply looks so superb opposite this backdrop.”

Good tailoring goes far.

“What’s unequivocally French about my character is a tailoring: a good cut span of high-waisted trousers or a jacket. The French can take a simple square and given of a craftsmanship spin it into a square of couture. That’s what creates women so extraordinary and so superb here is that they always play with a manly [and] feminine. [Yves Saint Laurent’s] Le Smoking [suit] was invented here, so there’s good reason for that.”

Alaïa stretch-knit bodysuit, $950,; Saint Laurent ’70s fringed skirt, $582,; Topshop super oversize denim jacket, $95,; Chanel haute couture necklace, $2,560,; Vetements leather slingback kitten-heel pumps, $595,

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Know your conform history.

“I grew adult in New York City and went to high propagandize downtown during a ’90s. When we skip New York, we trove my closet for some-more urban-inspired pieces. Cargos from [Nicolas] Ghesquière’s 2002 collection staged during Gagosian in New York do accurately a pretence though adjacent into streetwear. They are done out of Tencel, a tolerable fabric harvested from all-natural materials, that was renouned in athleticwear in a ’90s. Ghesquière’s talent in those early years during Balenciaga [was] holding practical pieces like scuba rigging and flier jackets and personification with a materials and volumes to make them unequivocally stylish and powerful.”

Stock adult on bottom layers.

“In fall, my uniform is a Wolford turtleneck bodysuit with a sweater and possibly a span of high-waisted trousers or a prolonged skirt. My partner during Resee, Sabrina Marshall, put me onto them. we possess a dozen in black and white, and they offer as a arrange of armor—I can’t get dressed in tumble and winter though them! They are unequivocally stylish underneath a V-neck sweater or blazer and make certain that you’re always lonesome in a cold.”

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