If there’s a woman who can give us petites a lesson in power dressing, it’s French First Lady Brigitte Macron. Every time she steps out, we take outfit notes. Brigitte looks smart no matter what, her now-signature tailored looks are all the style inspiration we need. Even in casual wear, Miss Macron has her wardrobe staples nailed. She has been dubbed the French Jane Fonda – recognisable for her blonde, tanned, sporty look – and we just can’t get enough of her style.
At 65, she looks just as stylish as her younger counterparts, thanks to her impeccable dress sense. She manages to look age appropriate, all the while incorporating the latest fashion trends. Her tailored favourites (think sharp blazers and structured dresses) are making waves within the fashion community, France’s designers are all rushing to dress this elegant lady. But she’s found a style that suits her, and she’s sticking to it.
Petites can glean so many style secrets from Brigitte, and can take inspiration for our own work and weekends (rather than state visits!) So if you’re looking for a chic update to your wardrobe, we have the shopable styles that’ll have you saying, “Oui, oui!”
Pretty in Pink
We want to rubbish the rules that say older, sophisticated women can’t wear pink. Brigitte looks every bit the stylish trendsetter in this long sleeved number. Again, it’s that structured style she loves so much. Get the look in our pink denim t-shirt dress in the exact same style. Wearing something tailored rather than floaty gives this dress a grown-up air. Plus, our version’s v-neckline will flatter a larger bust and curvier figures. This look is quintessentially feminine and summery. Perfect for a First Lady, and for you.
We think the First Lady hit the style nail on the head in this timeless printed dress. An overall pattern like this will flatter a petite frame, and is forgiving to the figure. Our Zeena dress is made of intricate lace and satin in monochrome – just like Brigitte’s, and is perfect for all petite body shapes. This look is classic, yet contemporary, plus showing off some leg will give you an illusion of height. Wear with a blazer for work, or with midi heels for the weekend.
All White’s Alright
French women really have the chic outfit nailed, don’t they? As Brigitte perfectly demonstrates here, there is no need to shy away from head-to-toe white. Brigitte knows a delicately a-line dress and tailored jacket will flatter her frame, look elegant and stylish. If you don’t have a white dress like ours in your wardrobe, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect ‘base’ to style up or down. Our Sweetheart jacket is totally Brigitte-approved, it’s a versatile piece that’d look great with a dress, skirt or jeans. Whilst Brigitte styled her white look with navy high heels, our pieces would look just as good with a nude midi heel.
Sleek and Structured
If there was ever a case for a tailored petite wardrobe, we think this is it. No matter the occasion Brigitte always manages to look polished to perfection, and we think her structured outfits are to thank. There’s no reason these pieces can’t be stylish – just add our black skinny jeans, the slight cropped hem will elongate your figure beautifully. Make like Brigitte and try head to toe black to give the illusion of height. Or, mix black and white – as she did on a separate occasion, for a modern monochrome look. Our blazers are cut to drape perfectly, no stuffy workwear-esque jackets here. That’s why it’s worth investing money in key pieces like these, they add interest to an otherwise simplistic ensemble.
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For a relaxed yet elegant look, take a leaf out of our style star’s book and opt for a sleek shift dress. Our shift dresses are so versatile that they work for day or night. Their structured shape is also forgiving to the figure, with their boxy shape adding a block of colour that extends the eye upwards. For daytime, Brigitte tends to keep her accessories neutral and hair and make-up minimal, to ensure her look is stylish yet age appropriate.
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Nice ‘n’ Navy
Every woman should have a navy item in her wardrobe arsenal. The colour is inherently expensive, and flattering too. We’re going to guess it’s Brigitte’s favourite colour, as she has worn too many navy looks to count. There’s something so stylish about this practical alternative to black. This colour could be the answer to your petite workwear dilemma, whether you opt for one of our stylish dresses, tops or skirts – you’re guaranteed to look chic.
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Yes, you can work a mini skirt
You can totally twin outfits with Brigitte here, we wonder if she saw our fabulous Lada skirt and white top? Whilst you may have written off knee length skirts long ago, we ask you to think again. As Brigitte demonstrates, a light coloured skirt paired with white can look so summery and elegant. Our version is high-waisted and thus super flattering. Adding a smart, tailored jacket would allow you to wear this stylish outfit as the weather gets colder, too.
Ready for Rouge
Our favourite First Lady isn’t afraid of colour, and nor should you be. This red shade really makes her complexion pop – did you know there’s a shade of red to suit every skin tone? We love Brigitte’s use of a belt here that draws attention to her waist. The arm covering sleeves, which also feature in our Artio dress – cover many women’s least favourite body part. Whilst this stunning dress would work alone, colour blocking is a huge trend this year – why not take your red look to the next level with our rope jacket? We count this as an evening style conundrum, solved.
When it comes to eveningwear, Brigitte has it nailed. Her navy dress in elegant lace is a sure style winner, and perfect for petites. Her dress might cost the earth, but yours doesn’t have to – our Kristen dress is just the ticket for that special occasion. Brigitte is vocal about her love for fashion, and is forever seeking out one-of-a-kind, fashionable details. We think our black lace jacket is quintessential Brigitte- fashion-forward, flattering and unique all in one.
Next time you go to get dressed, ask yourself – what would Brigitte do?
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