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13 July 2009

Chère La Couturier,

I completely adore your blog – it’s one of the select few that I check daily – and I equally adore your updates. However, I really enjoy the posts where you reccomend outfits for certain scenarios or ideas… and I was hoping that you could help me with a little dilemma I’ve run into!

On your blog a few months ago, I saw your post about the Guess Maeve boots – naturally, I adored them as much as you did! It took a while, but I finally hunted down a pair in my size and ordered them. They arrived yesterday and they are really comfortable and are really quite easy to walk in. But… as much as I love them, I can’t seem to get an outfit to look right with them! Could you give me some advice or suggestions?

The only things that I can figure out are what doesn’t work (for me, anyway – I have long legs and they do tend to make them look disproportionate to the upper half of my body) so I have come to the conclusions that jeans do not work with the boots and my legs (tucked in or out). I’m at a loss for ideas!



Guess Maeve Boots

I have never realized how much effort was required in restraining the green-eyed jealousy monster from making an appearance! But fear not, darling, for that particular alter ego of mine (not the lady-like Parisian Coquette) has been fettered elsewhere. She is making quite the racket, still, fussing over a loss at these boots I had first raved about {here}. I digress, as per usual, but I must mention that if you have the long legs, dearest Julia, flaunt them!

These boots are unbelievably versatile – which is one of the many reasons why I do love them so. However, I did find that these boots look a tad better with skirts (bandage and ruffled minis in particular). Do keep in mind that the outfits below quite easy to change around to incorporate what you already own – have fun and play with those shoes! Substitute denim or tailored shorts in place of the skirts, try skinnies again, tuck in a feminine blouse into a skirt – make it work for you.

{ensemble no. 1}

guess 1

BB Dakota knit bandage mini (I’m completely enamored with it) or American Apparel knit bandage pencil skirtElizabeth & James light blue button down “school boy” shirt w/ sleeves rolled up slightly | {optional: Elizabeth & James blazer or Forever 21 white denim jacket with sleeves rolled up}

{ensemble no. 2}

guess 2

BB Dakota knit bandage mini | any tee of your choice tucked in {ex: Elizabeth & James loose grey tee; Kain light pink silk blend tee; Wildfox Couture Red Sparkle Heart tee; E.VIL Lavender Skull Burnout tee etc.}

{ensemble no. 3}

guess 3

BB Dakota knit bandage mini | any loose tank of your choice tucked in {ex: Kain grey silk blend tank; Splendid white racer back tee; etc.} | Current/Elliott snap denim jacket

{ensemble no. 4}

guess 4

any ruffled/layered mini dress – florals are best! {ex: Paisley chiffon tiered dress; Poppy chiffon dress; Leopard party dressleather jacket or denim jacket

{ensemble no. 5}

guess 5

fitted white (ribbed) tank | cropped little black vest (sequins are lovely!)** or little denim vest | any ruffled/tiered, non-body con skirt {ex: Tiered Floral Skirt; Scratch Print skirt; Tiered Gingham skirt}

** Je suis désolé; I couldn’t find any images of a cropped black vest I had pictured when [virtually] putting this outfit together! **

C’est fin; I do hope this helps darling!


La C.

75 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 July 2009 12:08 am

    Love all of these combinations…

  2. 13 July 2009 12:09 am

    Cute boots & outfits, La C! 🙂

  3. 13 July 2009 12:27 am

    the advice is spot on, La C! totally agree that boots that are calf-length go well with skirts. good luck with julia and her outfit!

    much love


  4. 13 July 2009 1:38 am

    i love ensemble number 3!

  5. 13 July 2009 4:18 am

    Love ensemble number 2 and also the dress one – the lepoard one is gorgeous!

    Kiss Kiss


  6. 13 July 2009 4:55 am

    Those boots are hot…


  7. 13 July 2009 6:03 am

    So many great pieces!


  8. 13 July 2009 8:02 am

    i totally dig ensembles 1 and 4. As in i wish i had these shoes so i could pull of those looks, haha. number 2 and 3 kind of remind me of something Rumi of Fashiontoast would wear!

    oh, and i love how you can just put these outfits together within your mind like that. i wonder if i ever think about my things like that…but i have a feeling i don’t have enough items to just revolve my ensembles around one certain thing.

    anywho, xx.

    • 13 July 2009 8:03 am

      michtseng: I do wish I had those shoes too; and 1 & 4 are my favorites too! (: Mmhm, that’s what I was trying to go for! (: Ahh, you read me too well. Which is why I love you.

      Oh pshhh. ANYONE can do that. I’m just the only who is crazy enough to put those on paper (well, internet, technically speaking)/ have the time to do so (;

      bisous xx

  9. 13 July 2009 8:20 am

    I adoooooore #s 3 & 4! That bandage skirt is awesome ~ nice find!


    P.S. That Dsquared2 look in your right hand margin is TDF!

  10. 13 July 2009 8:43 am

    Your outfit advice posts are my favorites out of any body’s. I would actually wear all of this stuff, simply great. xo

    • 13 July 2009 8:44 am

      Couture Carrie: ISN’T IT?! I absolutely looooove that look; I’ve tried recreating it, and I do adore the end result!

      Diane: Aww, thanks! (:

  11. 13 July 2009 9:47 am

    loving the tips hun!!! do it more often 😉

    take care and Happy Monday!!!


  12. 13 July 2009 9:51 am

    Wow, you’re a genius! I love the boots too. Your blog is great, girl and you seem like such a helpful&nice person hihi 🙂

  13. 13 July 2009 10:11 am

    It’s been too long! Those are really cute outfits and I remember those boots!! They’re so droolworthy…no drooling ON the boots of course..;D
    Hope you’re doing well these days!! You’ll probably be hearing from me soon about outfit advice..ahahaha..

    E> An

    • 13 July 2009 10:12 am

      Kristiana: Aw, darling, thank you! You’re positively sweet!

      An: It really has been too long! Of course – no drooling on the boots! (;

      bisous, xx

  14. 13 July 2009 10:25 am

    OMG the boots are so hot.

  15. 13 July 2009 12:53 pm

    Really digging the look with the burn out tees! Fantastic suggestions!

  16. 13 July 2009 1:57 pm

    Whoah those boots are awesome. I am loving ensemble no. 5. 🙂

  17. 13 July 2009 2:07 pm

    I love those different ensembles. Great photos. Hope your week has gotten off to a good start. Cheers!

  18. 13 July 2009 2:07 pm

    the third and first ensemble were really great. id definetely wear the third one right now.. need a good jeans jacket.. hmm..
    hope youre having a great summer, take care xx

  19. 13 July 2009 2:52 pm

    I adore all of these ensembles! Number 3 and 4, however, are my personal favorites. I love those boots, they are indeed very versatile. I hope you are having a fabulous summer!

    – laur @ neonmango

  20. 13 July 2009 2:54 pm

    La C, love the boots, need to add those to my list for the fall. ooh and i love ensembles 2 and 4….such ruffled girliness, toughened up by the boots

  21. 13 July 2009 3:25 pm

    Oh wow, all these outfits are amazing! Plus I’m really loving that bandage mini — I’ll be on the look out for that, most definitely. Thanks for the great advice! Your ‘how to wear’ posts are always marvelous. 😀

    • 13 July 2009 3:25 pm

      Julia: Thank you darling! You’re so sweet (: I’m on the lookout for a similar skirt, since it is sold out in my size ): bisous! xx

  22. 13 July 2009 3:48 pm

    i like the floral ensembles!

  23. 13 July 2009 4:06 pm

    Those boots are amazing! I love the contrast with the feminine skirts! Love!


  24. 13 July 2009 4:26 pm

    I love the looks you came up with for this!

  25. 13 July 2009 4:34 pm

    Ensemble’s number three and four are so my favorites. Whether I’m in possession of these boots or not, I’d love to rock all of these styles! 🙂

  26. 13 July 2009 4:53 pm

    LOVING ensemble no.4. Tough boots+feminine dress=swoon!

  27. 13 July 2009 5:33 pm

    i love the flowery skirts, but unfortunately i end up looking like a cleaning lady… can’t just pull that look off! xx.

  28. 13 July 2009 6:56 pm

    I’m quite certain I absolutely adore these posts as well! They’re brilliant and spot on! And those boots with those outfits are giving me ideas…!

    • 13 July 2009 6:57 pm

      S.Elisabeth: Aw darling I’m so glad you like these posts of mine (: bisous! xx

  29. 13 July 2009 6:57 pm

    All the ensembles look fabulous… I can’t even chose.

  30. 13 July 2009 7:09 pm

    Those boots are SO amazing, loving the straps 🙂 Outfit 3 is probably my favourite – totally fierce! Hope you’re well dear.

  31. 13 July 2009 8:53 pm

    LC, what great looks. I like all but 4 is my fav.

  32. abdcforever permalink
    13 July 2009 9:03 pm

    i luv # 1 & 5 id def were those outfits!

    im ordering those skirts off f21 rite now =)

  33. Clare Brown permalink
    13 July 2009 9:58 pm

    Love the bandage skirt one! Gorgeous!

  34. michaelmelwani permalink
    13 July 2009 10:44 pm

    i love the floral with the leather jacket. that is probably exactly how i would wear it. such cute boots.

  35. 13 July 2009 10:45 pm

    ahh sorry i just commented from my friends laptop and he was signed in. lol

  36. 13 July 2009 10:46 pm

    ensemble #4 reminds me of

    love the blue school boy shirt.

  37. 14 July 2009 12:28 am

    All of these outfits are outrageously cute! You’re too much LaC!
    I want a bandage skirt so badly now!

    • 14 July 2009 3:40 am

      Delightfully-tacky: I really wanted that skirt too; but they no longer have my size ): Anyway, thank you (:

      Marta: Thanks love!

      Ellio100: Again, thank you (:


  38. 14 July 2009 3:07 am

    Beautiful outfits…very inspiring post 🙂

  39. 14 July 2009 3:40 am

    love the tips, making it all look effortless! Natural style, class all over.

  40. 14 July 2009 5:25 am

    Those shoes are just fabulous!
    You alwasy give such inspiring advive! thanks you for that!


  41. 14 July 2009 7:02 am

    Style guru!! Fabulous choices!! x

  42. 14 July 2009 10:33 am

    I too would have suggested wearing a dress or skirt with these. You gave some great style choices! My favorite is no. 4. I think alternatively leggings or tights with an oversized shirt or long tunic would work as well, but I can see how she would have trouble combining these with any kind of jeans or trousers. And don’t worry about not finding this boot… I’m sure a variation of it will come out in the near future!

  43. 14 July 2009 4:07 pm

    I love looking all those ensembles! They give me so many ideas and that gorgeous bodycon skirt is no long in my size! I’m beating myself for not getting it when it was available! xxoxoxoxo

  44. 14 July 2009 5:18 pm

    This is so lovely, love the bandage skirt combination.

    Also, I use a nikon d60 which i love with a passion, my boyfriend’s got an olympus e410 which is pretty fancy aswell. Hope that helps! xx

    • 14 July 2009 5:19 pm

      Shin: I’m floored that I’ve inspired you in some way! And I am beating myself too for not purchasing that bandage skirt… ): They no longer have my size either!

      Melanie: I’m glad you like the ensemble (: And thank you for the suggestions! I think I’ll look into the Nikon d60!

      bisous, xx

  45. 14 July 2009 7:16 pm

    the third is my favorite; I would wear that in a heartbeat!

  46. thebaglady permalink
    14 July 2009 8:24 pm

    Ooh LC you need those boots ASAP so you can wear these fab outfits you’ve concocted for this girl!

    I wish I was young enough to wear these…

  47. kristine permalink
    14 July 2009 8:26 pm

    i loooove the last ensemble to much – it’s such a different way to wear those pieces together! lurve it!

  48. anonymous, please permalink
    14 July 2009 9:16 pm

    i couldn’t think of an interesting name so there ;P

    i nvr commented but at first i thought you were someone who just strictly into super girly clothes & classic/sophisticated looks but i TOTALLY dig how versatile you are! loved the something chronic post & these outfits. i’d def wear these in a heartbeat!!

    can u tell? i’m a fan. (:

    • 14 July 2009 9:17 pm

      anonymous, please: Aw, thank you so much! As much as I love those particular looks, I do have my “phases” of all sorts – so my style is ever evolving! bisous! xx

  49. 14 July 2009 11:52 pm

    Cute outfits! I love your choice of dresses.

  50. 15 July 2009 6:14 am

    those boots are beautiful. they look comfy love thick heels! x

  51. 15 July 2009 9:18 am

    Great imaginery combos! I’d love a pair o boot like those, though I don’t think I’ll find that exact pair. Still, about the clothes, you’re so right!

    juliet xxx

  52. 15 July 2009 11:14 am

    I LOVE and am a HUGE fan of your blog! Hope you can take the time to check out my site!

    We sell Vintage and Designer clothes, shoes, and accessories all in one place. We have some really great things up right now! Studded boots, Alexander Wang halter top, and vintage blazers. Check it out!

    • 15 July 2009 11:15 am

      Amy Nguyen: Aww, thank you darling! I will most definitely check out your site! bisous! xx

  53. 15 July 2009 11:16 am

    Oh my goodness, amazing boots and amazing outfits. Great post!

  54. 15 July 2009 1:04 pm

    this is such a useful post, thanks

  55. 15 July 2009 6:15 pm

    Oh, but do I want those. And in the brown as well!

  56. 15 July 2009 11:31 pm

    What a fabulous post!! I love each and every ensemble, especially those fun printed tees. I am definitely putting these shoes on my wish list. I would actually LOVE to find a black blazer similar to the E & J, but less expensive. Do you have any suggestions for great fitting blazers that are long & stylish?

    • 15 July 2009 11:52 pm

      TheBeautyFile: Thank you darling! I do love those boots so much! At the moment, I don’t know of any cheaper blazers similar to the Elizabeth & James ones; perhaps try vintage shopping? bisous, xx!

  57. 16 July 2009 12:02 am

    Thankyou soooo…. much for commenting on our blog!!!! Also love the nails!!!!! And that phone is great!

  58. 16 July 2009 6:57 am

    Hi. thanks so much for coming over to my little old blog and commenting…..I’m off to paint my nails that gorgeous colour.!!!!

  59. 16 July 2009 9:03 am

    oh man i am currently obsessed with floral dresses, especially the layered ones ❤
    love your ensemble picks! as usual =)


  60. 16 July 2009 11:06 am

    Oooh Love the boots and the outfits that are possible with them!! I’m tempted to run out and find them too :~)

  61. 16 July 2009 1:10 pm

    I think I’m going to have to bust out these boots again!

  62. 17 July 2009 2:38 pm

    All great inspirations, now I need a pair of these babies… 😛

  63. didi permalink
    21 July 2009 8:59 pm

    Great outfit suggestions LaC! & congrats Julia on these boots, a fab purchase, I love them. Love #3 outfit but not tucked in.

  64. 25 February 2010 8:54 am

    These sexy “Maeve” boots by Guess have a take-no-prisoners attitude with their rugged sole, tough buckles and kick-ass heels. Take your pick of black ($185) or brown ($99.52) at

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