Gamine style – how to get the look
Missoni striped dress, GNW Luxe blue sweater, Salamander wedge boots, aviator sunglasses, whimpsical church window inspired pendant necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch (all own), down coat c/o Happy Goat Lucky and tights c/o Hipstik
Contents
  1. Beware: The term Gamine Style may be misleading
  2. Who looks best in this style?
  3. Key elements of gamine style
  4. Grooming
  5. Gamine Style icons
  6. Where to shop for gamine style wardrobe
  7. Outfit of the day
  8. Top of the World Style linkup No. 253

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Beware: The term Gamine Style may be misleading

Gamine is the French word for kid. Originally, Gamine Style was a variation of the Romantic Style. It referred to a quite simple, sweet, gentle, naif, childlike, innocent, charming and adorable way of dressing in general. This means that gamine style can work with any shape. The association of gamine style changed when Audrey Hepburn became the gamine style icon. Today gamine refers to a slim, boyish, doe-eyed gal who has innocent and mischievous childlike/youthful appeal rather than the way of dressing. No wonder that some people call a more androgynous wardrobe gamine, while other people use the term for a girly, romantic wardrobe like.

Gamine often is used to describe an adult woman who regardless of her age has a youthful (or childlike) appearance.

Who looks best in this style?

Beauty is in the contrasts. Thus, gamine style looks best on a boyish frame as the feminine qualities of the clothing stand out. Natural gamines need little details. They are cute, fun, snappy, funky, quirky, tomboyish already.

post banner for gamine style featuring a woman with pixie and white shirtKey elements of gamine style

Gamine clothing has clean shapes. This means it is unfussy with interesting small-scale details. In the following, the head-to-toes key pieces of this personal style are listed to get you started.

Tops: Button-down shirts or blouses (buttoned all the way up) in pastels (soft pink, tea rose pink, mint, light yellow, baby blue) or white, graphic T-shirts with bows, flowers, butterflies, etc., boat-neck tops, pastel polo shirts, striped red-white or blue-white sailor shirts, pastel cashmere shallow v-neck, crewneck sweaters or turtleneck sweaters, stripted buttoned turtleneck sweater.
Jackets: Short cardigans, school girl blazers, cropped fitted jackets, hoodie, double-breasted cardigan, indigo smock jacket, brown leather biker jacket.
Skirts: Mini, knee-length or midi-skirts in tulle or flowing fabric, sailor skirts, bubble mini-skirt.
Dresses: A-line, tunic and baby-doll dresses, LBD’s with bows, ruffles or flowers, belted safari dress, striped tunic.
Pants: Dark blue jeans, black denim, denim shorts, capris, pedal pushers, ankle-length pants, tailored wide-leg pants, thin militray pants.
Outwear: Trench coats, peacoats, wide collar coats, capes.
Hats: Beret, balloon hat, straw sunhat, Derby hat with bow, flat cap, syriped knit hat.
Jewelry: Small, short earrings, pearls, charm bracelet, analog watch, stainless steel diver’s watch, aligator impress cuff, delicate pendant necklace, small rings with small stones.
Bags: Small, Chanel-like quilted bag, chain shoulder bag in light colors or tan, duffle-style handbag.
Footwear: Ballet flats, Vara-like shoes with bow, kitten heels, sandals in a light color, cork-heel platform sandals, slingback wedge sandals, ankle boots, loafers, high-top sneakers, black pumps with less than or equal to 2.5 inch (5 cm) heel, ankle-tie espadrilles, brown wedge boots.
Belts: Basic brown leather belt, skinny red belt.
Scarves: Graphic print scarf

Note that gamine prints are small and evenly spaced with low contrast.

Grooming

A pixie is the most popular hair cut followed by long hair pulled up neat in a ponytail or a ballerina-like crown. When worn down, the hair is pulled back by a head band or head scarf. Romantic hair accessories like flower barettes or bows are favorites of the gamine gal as well.

The makeup is sweet, rosy and modest. Typically, the cheeks are rosy, and the lips are light pink or nude, but glossy. The goal is to look cute like an innocent little girl. Thus, there is no eyeshadow. However, there is a lot of mascara for long curly eyelashes like a little girl. Recall kids have large eyes as compared to their other features. The eye brows are full, pronounced and well shaped. To finish the look keep your nails are nude and short.

Gamine Style icons

Famous style icons are the young Jackie Kennedy, Twiggy, Olivia Newton-John, Judy Dench, Debbie Allen, Susan Sarandon, Sofia Coppola, Michelle Williams, Halle Berry, Audrey Tautou, Emma Watson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rihanna and Natalie Portman. Heroines in movies with gamine style are Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany or Sabrina prior to her Vogue internship. Fashion bloggers with gamine style are Miroslava Duma, Lea Medina of Man Repeller, Susan Blakey of une femme d’un certain âge.

Miss Twiggy
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Where to shop for gamine style wardrobe

Various brands and designers offer gamine style clothing (among other things). The following list bases on some of my favorites. Note that I am not affiliated with them and I also did not receive any payment for mentioning.

High end: Dior, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloé, Thakoon, Moschino, Burberry, Marni, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu.
Bridge: Jason Wu, Diane von Fürstenberg, Kate Spade, Rodarte, Vera Wang, Lanvin, Alice+Olivia, Betsey Johnson, Phillip Lim
Affordable: GAP, J. Crew, The Limited, Banana Republic, Zara, Nine West, Ralph Lauren, Boden.
Accessories: Forever 21, Juicy Couture, Happiness Boutique

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Outfit of the day

fashion blogger in gamine inspired look with striped dress, sweater and coat

stylist in striped jumper, blue sweater, navy downcoat, aviator sunglasses

Zoom-in on skirt, sweater, pendant, downcoat with collar

Alaskan style book author walking in black booties, striped skirt with headband

over 50 years old woman in cute pink skirt, wedge boots, blue coat and sweater with pendant necklace
Missoni striped dress, GNW Luxe blue sweater, Salamander wedge boots, aviator sunglasses, whimpsical church window inspired pendant necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch (all own), down coat c/o Happy Goat Lucky and tights c/o Hipstik

 

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Top of the World Style linkup No. 253

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Welcome to the 253rd Top of the World Style linkup party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav outfit from Melody Jacobs' post
Melody Jacobs post became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

You clicked Jill’s post the most which showed chic looks for staying-at-home. She blogs at Doused in Pink.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Martina Berg of Lady 50 plus in texas tux
Martina Berg of Lady 50 Plus became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post
Top of the World Style Winner Gail in double polka dots and jeans
Gail of Is this Mutton became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

Gail of Is this Mutton became the Top of the World Style Winner.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Anna Shirley

    To be honest, I have never heard of a gamine style. I love Audrey Hepburn and her style. She was just beautiful. Your look is lovely. I love the color of the jumper; I like the combination with the skirt. And I love your snowy pictures.

    Anna

  2. Meraki

    You r super stylish and your smile is very pretty.

    Bala

  3. Michelle

    Interesting! I had no idea gamine could also refer to a style. Very cute gamine style outfit!

    Michelle

  4. voguefauxreal

    I’ve heard the term before but never really had a solid handle on it. Audrey Hepburn. I love her and her style and do try to work some of that into my looks. And who wouldn’t want to dress like Twiggy? Your outfit is gorgeous! I love love love that skirt and the color of the sweater – just beautiful! I love that you’ve paired it with leggings and the black fur-lined ankle boots. There’s so much snow! It’s feeling like winter here today (48F) but should be back up to the 80’s this coming week. I hope the warm weather knocks this virus out since we usually see an end to the flus when spring gets here….. Stay safe and stay healthy and thank you so much for the linkup!

    Ruth

  5. Amy aed

    I feel like now really is the time for us to treat ourselves to some gorgeous clothes to lounge around in – and this post really encapsulates the self-isolation-yet-still-chic vibe I’m really going for!

    I hope you’re staying safe during this quarantine!
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  6. Ahh, I’m probably in the minority here, but I have never heard of gamine style! Thanks for introducing it to me. That skirt looks lovely on you AND look at all of that snow!

    Carrie

  7. Linda Cassidy

    I agree with Suzy such a fun look from a great era

  8. mireilleftm

    Interesting read: also like to learn more about fashion.

  9. fiercefashion

    I’m glad you spelled out the gamine style. I have a hard time figuring out those catagories.

  10. shelbeeontheedge1

    Ah, Nicole, thanks for this lesson on gamine style! I have heard that term before but never took the time to research what it meant and I had no idea what it meant! You look adorable in your gamine style! Great colors and so cute with the tights and furry winter boots.

    Shelbee

  11. isthismutton

    Very honored to be Top of the World Style winner! Thank you Nicole!

  12. Suzy Turnerw

    I always thought Twiggy was super stylish! It’s a fun style from a wonderful era!
    Suzy xx

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