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Net-a-Porter styling

One of the things I love about Net-A-Porter is that they style just about every item, from clothing to accessories. And they mix it up between designers in an outfit, so you don’t get just another boring, uber matchy, shopped-the-mannequin look. Take this one above for example….I was perusing handbags (just a bit of online faire du lèche-vitrines), and paused wistfully for a moment on the Saint Laurent Small Sac de Jour. Scrolling through the images I did a hard stop [sound of screeching brakes] on this one, which looked so Parisienne to me. I was inspired to create an LA-ified version of it with pieces already in my closet.

long jacket, riding boots, skinny jeans, scarf

Riding boots

These boots are a few years old, from Etienne Aigner. I wasn’t able to find anything current from this brand online, but if you’re looking for riding boots, you’re in luck as options abound right now!

Burberry scarf, skinny jeans, grey denim, riding boots

Here’s the look without the jacket and with different eyewear. I used a lightweight silk scarf as temperatures were still relatively mild last weekend when I did this photo shoot, but if you live where it’s colder, something like this knit J.Crew scarf has a high-contrast print for impact.

Now, I just need that bag…. 😉

Jacket: Eileen Fisher from last year, similar // Sweater: J.Crew // Scarf: Burberry // Jeans: Eileen Fisher // Boots: Etienne Aigner, no longer available, similar // Earrings: Ippolita // Watch: Burberry


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  1. Marguerite Dawson Krenek
    December 4, 2013 / 4:15 am

    Love that scarf, dear Femme! I have flat heel riding boots, but don’t wear them often. We are leaving for Paris later this morning. Will think of you and all the ladies of the Blogosphere who love it,too. Au revoir!

  2. December 4, 2013 / 4:37 am

    What a gorgeous look – suits you beautifully, Susan! Both versions elegant, I’m just a little partial to the second. Bloggers d’un certain âge are my favourite inspiration. 😉

  3. December 4, 2013 / 4:47 am

    This is a beautiful look and you styled it so well! My daughter stole my black riding boots I bought last summer in the Nordstroms sale…..I need some more! I guess I need to get to shopping….you look so lovely and this is a great look for you!

  4. December 4, 2013 / 5:16 am

    What a great look! I agree with Amber, it suits you beautifully. I will look at Net-A-Porter. Good idea to style items of mixed brands. BCBG does videos that I watch sometimes for inspiration.

    blue hue wonderland

  5. December 4, 2013 / 5:36 am

    Success! Your look is fabulous and so authentic for your style. The riding boots are so smart.

  6. December 4, 2013 / 5:51 am

    Just love the boots. Unfortunately most long boots are too tight on the calf for me. There is only one brand in the UK that fits so I am a bit restricted.

  7. December 4, 2013 / 5:52 am

    I agree – Net-A-Porter is great for style inspiration, and you’ve adapted it well for LA. Great look.

  8. Duchesse
    December 4, 2013 / 5:59 am

    I love this equestrienne look and agree with everyone that it looks fabulous on you For me it’s one of those classic ensembles that, worn with great hair and accessories, looks timeless and fresh.

  9. Amelie
    December 4, 2013 / 6:21 am

    Looking good! Chill and classic at the same time! Just back from 3 weeks in India, did I miss that new scarf knot? Love it and want to know how, please!

    • une femme
      December 4, 2013 / 7:23 am

      Amelie thanks, this one’s actually going to be my next scarf tutorial. I’d hoped to post this week, but the pictures didn’t come out as clearly as I’d like, so I’ll re-shoot this weekend and have up next week.

  10. December 4, 2013 / 7:08 am

    This looks great on you! Am I reading too much into the situation, though, to know that it was a bag that first caught your eye and that you’ve styled your own outfit without one. Should Monsieur be taking note of the void and of the easy way it could be filled?

    • une femme
      December 4, 2013 / 7:21 am

      Frances, actually the earrings were a gift from le monsieur. Let’s just say I’m preparing to send another bag or two off to consignment…. 😉

  11. December 4, 2013 / 8:06 am

    Great outfit! I call it taking inspiration from others as opposed to copying, you did a pretty good job recreating the look, love the boots. Equestrian outfits always remind me of something regal, perhaps the assosiation with polo!

  12. sisty
    December 4, 2013 / 8:48 am

    You are looking very svelte these days, I must say!

  13. December 4, 2013 / 9:26 am

    Classic. Doesn’t black feel kind of refreshing these days? And I love those earrings.

  14. December 4, 2013 / 9:28 am

    This entire look is so flawless. (love love love the boots)

  15. December 4, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Oh, perfect. You got it precisely. I’m so happy it’s winter, so I can watch great women like you look so marvelous!

  16. December 4, 2013 / 6:18 pm

    I like your LA-fied version better. The scarf adds je ne sais quoi. Ah, actually I know exactly what the sais quoi is – some softness and colour. Beautiful. Your boots are holy.

  17. December 4, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    I love the bag. I saw many women carrying St Laurent bags last summer in Europe–they look so chic.

    Your boots show that even mid-priced footwear can look good.

  18. Lady of Style
    December 6, 2013 / 12:33 am

    That’s a look I love wearing – skinny trousers tucked into boots. Always chic. And you are right, a big scarf always adds a stylish touch. Love your Burberry scarf!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  19. December 6, 2013 / 10:22 am

    Susan, you look gorgeous. I love the riding boots, and those earrings are perfect. Your husband has good taste.

  20. December 6, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Wonderful outfit.. timeless!! You look marvelous and very comfortable.. perfect!!

  21. Clara m
    December 10, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    This is me all day

  22. December 12, 2013 / 10:23 am

    So classic- loving those boots! I have a vintage handbag in oxblood by that brand- can’t seem to bring myself to sell it. Ah, vintage hoarder that I am- maybe next year.

    Your scarves- they rock- I need that red one you were modeling the other day. NEED. stat.

    Thank you for sharing your #SHOESHINE. You are a star.

  23. December 15, 2013 / 4:58 am

    Bonjour,Buongiorno…trop charmant tenue,this equestrienne look is very Chic!

  24. Lynne DeVenny (@GoodwillFangirl)
    December 16, 2013 / 8:58 am

    Those boots are classic and perfect, way better than anything I’ve seen offered this season. I love your inspiration – and your hair! Bloglovin is doing something strange with your blog; it’s driving me crazy that it says I’m following you, yet I can’t find your posts. I’m definitely not using the old feed. I will figure this out!

    I love your hair. You and Emma Thompson are crazy hot blondes!

  25. December 16, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    What a great look!The riding boots are so beautiful:) i love it 🙂 kisses Beata.

  26. Cher
    November 23, 2015 / 6:48 am

    Great outfit! Love everything except for I think the scarf is too bulky with the jacket. I have this issue myself of ten with a scarf over a sweater or jacket. I’ve decided it’s because of me hair which is the same texture as yours. I live in Texas and was not fortunate to be born with big Texas hair. I think ,for me, the bulk of the scarf overpowers the face and hair. Maybe sounds silly, but , makes sense to me!

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