Colorful, whimsical, elegant: here are some ideas for wearing the Lavallière shirt
The Lavallière shirt is back in style and we will see it often this fall. But what is it about? And above all: how do you wear it?
Lavallière shirt: what is it?
In reality, the Lavallière is a kind of tie, which is tied with a bow and which takes its name from Louise de la Valliere, one of Louis XIV’s favorites. Originally it was male, or rather, it was men who wore this tie. Subsequently, the flaps of fabric were applied directly to the collars of the shirts and then tied in a bow and customs clearance for both men and women. Now, even women’s tuxedos can be worn with a Lavallière shirt.
Personally, I find it very elegant! It is the classic garment that you can wear to make an elegant look because only it is enough. There are many fabrics and with the edges to be tied more or less wide or long: the size of the buttonholes of the bow, consequently, will be more or less large.
How to wear the Lavallière shirt: playing it down
As always, if you want to wear a garment that is born difficult, play it down. A nice way is to wear the Lavallière shirt in a total black version with an animalier detail, which immediately makes it more gritty and roaring. In my opinion, even white works great.
How to wear the Lavallière shirt: for daytime
Do like Jeanne Damas (pictured below), Parisian it girl: choose it in micro-pattern and wear it by tying the bow at the bottom. Then match it with jeans and blazer. Jeanne completes the look with blunt décolleté, but I would find it much more gritty than sneakers or moccasins, maybe even with socks, if you have thin ankles.
How to wear the Lavallière shirt: very colorful
If you like the idea of color, you can take a cue from Caroline Daur, in the photo below, a German fashion icon, who chooses it in leather, therefore in a material that will already make the bow voluminous and important. With a shirt like this, my suggestion is to opt for minimal accessories and add only one color to the ensemble, otherwise you risk weighing down the look.
How to wear the Lavallière shirt: without a bow!
Those who do not like looks that are too plastered, simply undo the bow: the flaps of fabric will be free to be floating and light on your look! Obviously, be careful not to jam or dip them around. In this case, a super feminine (but colorful) midi skirt and shoes will work perfectly to complete the look.