The French First Lady showcases an Amazon beauty type, with inherent Amazon style solutions.
Last Friday, a controversial entry by a Russian blogger about wearing mini and aging made waves in the style-conscious community. I decided to catch the wave and wrote an article on the same subject for the Russian part of my website.
Several comments that followed on the blog and in the Instagram mentioned Brigitte Macron and asked me what I thought of her style and her minis. I Googled the French First Lady and loved what I saw.
What I have come to realize while working with women as an image consultant is that our bone structure has much more to do with wearing minis than our age. I use bone structure to loosely organize all women into two types: S-Sirens and Z-Amazons. Sirens have a softer bone structure and fall into Renaissance inspired aesthetics. They usually have a hard time making miniskirts work for them even while they are insanely fit and annoyingly young. Amazons, on the contrary, have a stronger bone structure with increased rugosity (a term I borrow from forensic anthropology for my style blog writings). The increased rugosity makes Amazons lean more towards nature and modern art for their style inspiration. These aesthetics help Z-type women shine and look feminine in shorter skirts, age 7 through 77 and beyond.
Many women combine qualities of both S and Z types and need to navigate between them. But Brigitte Macron is a textbook Amazon, and above-the-knee skirts are her textbook personal style solution. Technically, what she is wearing for her formal appearances is not a mini; it is what I call a “millennium length pencil skirt.” This length works wonders for her physique.
But if a woman like Brigitte Macron ever blessed me with the question of what she should do differently, I’d say I’d really love to see what a sleek, simple, straight-out-of-the-shower, Ursula Andress-like hairstyle brings to her looks. Based on recent pictures, an updo looks better than a bob, and hints that there is a promise of even sleeker hairstyles without bangs and layers, but pulled back into a tight bun or loop-ponytail. That would leave her face entirely open, in an Amazon warrior style.
Once in a while readers ask me if I believe in capsule wardrobes. I never know how to respond because to me “capsule wardrobe” sounds like “free gift,” a definition generated in the age of uninhibited shopping. Before impulse buys and blowout sales became the norm of our everyday life, all wardrobes used to be capsules. That […]