My Anne Fontaine experience!

Thanks to Angie's posts about her lovely times at Anne Fontaine, I have been dreaming of getting an Anne Fontaine blouse of my own. A crisp white shirt is always on those "wardrobe necessities" lists but I never had one that fit me right so I rarely ever wore button down shirts. Last week my husband and I both had the afternoon off and we went into the city together. I asked him if we could stop by the Anne Fontaine store to have a look. I tried on all kinds of blouses...white, gray, black. I was so sick of buttoning and unbuttoning that I started pulling half buttoned shirts over my head, LOL! The SA was very nice and attentive and looked at each shirt I put on and gave me feedback (and accurate too...she would tell me when I didn't look right in a particular style). My husband also was very patient and great about giving his opinion too. In the end I narrowed it down to three blouses and I was having a hard time deciding between a white one with long sleeves and a double collar, an off-white short sleeve slightly retro looking blouse, and a plain black long sleeve one. Well, my husband was so sweet! He surprised me by saying that I should get all three blouses and that it would be my Christmas present (even though he knew how much they were)! He told me they would be good investment pieces for my professional wardrobe. I am so excited! I am going to wear these blouses all the time!

1-4. Christie long sleeve white blouse, size 38. 93% cotton and 7% elastane. The sleeves and back are stretchy. The SA showed me how to fold up the sleeves and tuck the cuff over them to make them into shorter sleeves.
5-9. Naeva ivory short sleeve blouse, size 40. 50% cotton and 50% silk. Had to size up because of my waist (it is not stretchy like the other two). This one is my favorite because it fits with my slightly retro/whimsical style. It pairs nicely tucked into my midi skirts.
10-15. Nuage black long sleeve shirt, size 38. Also 93% cotton, 7% elastane. Tucked into tweed and lace skirt.

I know people are saying the blouses look too tight on me, especially since I'm an apple. (I wore the black one in my previous thread about the DVF dress). They are really form fitting but I think they're supposed to be like that. I have a cami on underneath. Maybe Angie can comment on the fit and how the blouses are supposed to look? I tried the size 40 in the long sleeve blouses but they looked too big and wrinkly and loose all over and the SA agreed the 38 was a much better fit.

ETA: I'm not even sure what the size 38 & 40 mean...are these European sizes? Are they equivalent to a certain dress size?

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  • Azure (sowmya) replied 8 years ago

    I am a total sucker for white shirts - love both the shirts though was wondering if the first one is a bit tight at the sleeves?
    The black is perfect to tuck in!

  • bj1111 replied 8 years ago

    gp, your hubby has come a long way. didn't he comment on your vanity when you were taking photos of your outfits? now he's encouraging you to get new stuff to photograph!!!

    ps: really like the white shirts.

    pps: the 38/40 are italian sizing (i think it may also be french?). 36 is roughly a US 0, 38=2, 40=4. this is without the size inflation rampant in the US. also, anne fontaine fit models must be slim...i have to size up in her blouses.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Your hubby is very sweet :) Hugs to him! I love hearing that you had fun at one of my favourite stores in the world.

    Anne Fontaine's fit is usually quite snug (typically French). Their French 36 is equivalent to a size 0. The same as an Italian size 38, or Dutch and German size 32. UK size 6 or 8.

    I like the fit of the black shirt best! It's fabulous! I also love you in #5 because it fits very well. Pretty :)

    (Btw, we share the same birthday xoxo).

  • anna replied 8 years ago

    They are all lovely but I think number 2 is especially nice. It could fit with very many styles from jeans to tweed midi skirts. What a great gift you got ! european sizing is a bit confusing since the numbers are the same but the size is different. A swedish size 38 is not the same as a french size 38.

  • Sarah replied 8 years ago

    Oh my goodness! These are so flattering--they really enhance you in such a beautiful way. You look stunning! I'm sure everyone will have a favorite but I think #1 is divine on you and I love the texture of #2.

    How sweet of your husband!

  • Nicky1234 replied 8 years ago

    Love these blouses on you. The details on the first and second blouses are breath-taking. I am loving watching your shopping adventures. You've gotten some fabulous stuff over the past couple months, and it's kind of like watching a flower blossom.

  • ironkurtin replied 8 years ago

    You look absolutely marvelous and those blouses fit perfectly!

  • crwilson replied 8 years ago

    All of them are lovely, but I especially like the first blouse with the double collar. You will wear these for years and years - what a great investment.

  • marianna replied 8 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love all three on you. Great, smart investment!

  • cjh replied 8 years ago

    Nice blouses! The short sleeve one is so pretty and you're right, it really goes with your overall style - I like it with the print skirt very much.

    The black one looks great with the tweedy/lace pattern skirt. Good styling!

    Nice hubby, too. Isn't it fun when they join in the fashion adventure?

  • DressLover replied 8 years ago

    GP, so happy to hear the DH is coming around to accepting your new found love of fashion. The double-collar shirt is a fantastic spin on the basic white shirt.

  • lpr200 replied 8 years ago

    I don't think they look tight. Love 1 the most, 2 and 3 esp when tucked. I've also had luck with Brooks Brothers shirts, if you want something even more basic. I also had to size up on the fitted ones, but no one is looking at the size except, you. Others only see the fit!

  • Michelle replied 8 years ago

    Natalie, this post made me happy...You have marvelous, practical new pieces for your style, you seem overjoyed about your look, and your husband is being incredibly generous and sweet!! What' snot to love? I hope you enjoy your blouses for years!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Wow - what gorgeous, gorgeous shirts! The detailing on the short sleeved one is so sweet and it fits into your style beautifully. I also love the way the black one looks. You are a lucky woman!

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  • Nakidra replied 8 years ago

    GP .... could you have your hubby call my hubby and tell him to buy my Christmas presents from Anne Fontaine, please :)
    I think you look wonderful!!

  • Small But Mighty replied 8 years ago

    I LOVE this post and this thread! My love of Anne Fontaine blouses is actually how I found Angie's blog in the first place, after a google search.

    I think these blouses look great, and I actually have that white one. I bought it in Chicago about a year and a half ago and always feel like a million bucks when I wear it (Anne doesn't always retire styles at the end of a season, and I love her for it!)

    So can you please share the sleeve-shortening trick the SA taught you? I'm dying to know!

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    Lucky you! Those are all gorgeous blouses.

  • Vicki replied 8 years ago

    What a a sweet experience with a sweet husband! Merry Christmas early! I am so happy you shared your Anne Fontaine shopping experience with us. They truly are beautiful stores with the nicest SA's. It feels so civilized and sophisticated when I walk through their door. I love your black shirt and it looks so nice on you! Have fun with them and one of these days I may actually walk out with a first purchase myself.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    The *N* shirts are really knock-outs to me!

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    Oy. I die.


  • goldenpig replied 8 years ago

    I know gals, I am so lucky to have such a sweet and caring husband! Still beaming!

    Small but Mighty, let me see if I can describe the sleeve folding trick to you. Take the sleeve and pull it up (turning it inside out) so that the cuff is just above your elbow. This leaves about 3 inches or so of folded sleeve below your elbow. Then take that folded part and fold it again so that the edge of it covers the bottom of where the cuff starts (that helps keep the cuff in place). Then you fold the cuff down over that double folded part so that all you see is the shortened sleeve and then the cuff at elbow length. Try it and tell me if it works for you!

  • Erin replied 8 years ago

    I love the details of your blouses! So pretty and what a hubby to boot.

  • Small But Mighty replied 8 years ago

    Goldenpig, great explanation! That sounds totally logical I'll try it later today, but I already think I get it. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

    Your hubby's a peach!

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    Hubby is super sweet! I like all 3 tops, each has a different vibe to them and look quite versatile. The drape on these is superb on you.

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