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Timeless Riviera Chic – Capsule Wardrobe

May is probably the most exciting time of the year for the Cote d’Azur , between the avalanche of movie stars who descend upon Cannes with all their glamour and red-carpet glitz and Europe’s glitterati lining up Monte Carlo’s sinuous roads to watch Lewis, Sebastien and Fernando work their fancy machines, the French Riviera has a lot to make the rest of the world dream.

Breton Striped tank top and Cream Lace shorts

Breton Striped tank top and Cream Lace shorts by Topshop, Polka Dot scarf by Warehouse

By the time summer is around the corner, fashionistas, movie stars and stay-at-home mums all around the world are sizzling with excitement at the prospect of their holiday in the South of France. What’s there not to like? Amazing landscapes stretching from St Tropez through Cannes, St Paul de Vence, Antibes to St Jean Cap-Ferrat, fragrant fields of Lavender that stretch for miles and the guilt-free pleasure of downing a bottle of rose every single day; not to mention amazing restaurants and beach clubs that take you all the way from St Tropez’ Club 55 to Monte Carlo’s Casino.

The bay of St Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The bay of St Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Cream Crochet Monokini by Lisa Maree, printed denim shorts by Pull and Bear

Cream Crochet Monokini by Lisa Maree, printed denim shorts by Pull and Bear

There is something quite cozy and predictable about the Cote d’Azur, you can always expect the same great feeling of “j’adore les vacances” and a fail-safe sense of style that has worked since the 50s which will surely be transported into the future . Think a monochromatic palette of sleek black and white lace, crochet and Broderie Anglaise to set-off a deep tan , not to forget the all-essential Breton stripes and a polka-dot headscarf to keep your tresses tame on the beach or in your rented Peugeot convertible.

Hotel Eden Roc - Cap d'Antibes

Hotel Eden Roc – Cap d’Antibes

Lace shorts for evening by Topshop, black draped jersey top from Net-a-porter last summer, strappy suede Miu Miu platform sandals

Lace shorts for evening by Topshop, black draped jersey top from Net-a-porter last summer, strappy suede Miu Miu platform sandals

Pastis Boutique Hotel St Tropez

Pastis Boutique Hotel St Tropez

Red and white striped tank top - printed denim shorts

Red and white striped tank top – printed denim shorts all by Pull and Bear

White Fedora Hat with Black stripe

White Fedora Hat with Black stripe, available at Shopbop.com

Kris-Kross Jersey Dress by Warehouse, Golden Flat Sandals by Russell and Bromley, Stingray earrings by Saint Laurent, bag by Balenciaga

Kris-Kross Jersey Dress by Warehouse, Golden Flat Sandals by Russell and Bromley, Stingray earrings by Saint Laurent, bag by Balenciaga

Narrow Alley in St Paul de Vence medieval hilltop village

Narrow Alley in St Paul de Vence medieval hilltop village

We’ve picked for you a capsule wardrobe to take away every year to the French Riviera, by mixing up stripes with lace which you can also take from day to night. We’ve also rethought of swimwear and fallen for crochet monokinis and the slimming black one-piece swimsuit. Click on the small icons and buy these items at the bottom of this post et Vivent les Vacances!

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