Moving clothes

” The street about me roared with a deafening sound.
Tall, slender, in heavy mourning, majestic grief,
A woman passed, with a glittering hand
Raising, swinging the hem and flounces of her skirt;”

How could I better describe the fascination that clothing in movement create than by copying those verses of Baudelaire?
I could hear the sounds of the streets muffling whilst being replaced by those of the fabrics and bracelets of that astonishing passerby.

Clothes accompany every single movement we do. We can opt for skintight attire, elastic, underlining the the body without being noticed. Or stiffer, corseting the figure and the walk.

Then, not a cloth moves.

Yet if you were fluid clothes, they surround you with a moving halo. Sometimes slightly sensual, sometimes really spectacular.

Which is why I often suggest my clients to walk with a firm step around the shop in order to observe the effect of the moving cloth on her allure.

1/ The flowing clothes

The speed of the walk often causes clothes to take off.

Gravity defiant trenches and light skirts are like a train to our look.

When it is not about the wind that blows off our skirts like Marylin’s.

  • The flying coat

To sail, it shall have some wings.

Long trenches, wools coats or silky kimonos do.

For even more style, treat your lining.

  • Dresses and skirts

Above the knee they can spin like in elementary school or fly around your legs.

Beyond the knee, heavy fabrics bring you back to that time when walking was no easy task for women whereas light ones make you feel like a flowy fairy.


Silk satin

Light mousselines, frilly flounces, twenties fringes or refined pleats are you best allies for a walk that could fascinate a poet(ress) enough to write about you.

2/ Sliding clothes

  • Tops

Whether of light cotton, silk or knitted wool, tops, if not meant to be tight or structured are supposed to flow on our bodies.

Optimally they should not grip to them. Beware of the T-shirts that cling to your love handles, of the shirts that pull around your breasts or of the sweaters that stretch on your biceps.

Taking that in account may make shopping a harder task (I must acknowledge, even more complicated for the muscular or overweights ladies here) yet it is worth the time and effort. You will then own clothes that sensually flow on your body. (I can help you with shopping if you visit Paris)

Once you have finally found your perfect matches, make the best out of their flowy materials.

Roll the sleeves.

Tuck your tops all around of just in front, french style.

Belt them and make them fluff around.

Open as many buttons as you want/ can.

Let them slide by accident on your shoulders (planned accident ^^).

Let them be and live move along with you!

Paco Rabanne style metal cloth is really bouncy. 

  • Scarves

Frenchies fav accessories can either be as strict as those of Air France stewardesses or hang in a nonchalant manner creating a moving flowyness.

If it is long and thin (at least thinner than it is long), you can let the two bits hang on the sides (or one in front, one in the back).

Here a bit overdone (I like it though!) but you get the idea. Style du monde.

Folded in a triangle, the square scarf flows upon our coats

The oversize scarf turns into a cocoon.

Maja Wyh

3/ The accessory that won’t stay put

  • Bracelets and earrings

In the last book I read, “Leurs enfants après eux”, Nicolas Mathieu describes a character by the sound and movement her bangles make.

“A chaque fois qu’elle portait la cigarette à ses lèvres, les joncs en or qu’elle avait au poignet cliquetaient joliment”. “Each time she would lift the cigarette to her lips, the gold bangles around her wrist jangled daintily”

I adore the idea to be bonded to a sparkle of light and sound (maybe that could become a sparkle of joy? A good reason not to Mari Kondo yourself. Shall advertise this to potential boyfriends. Hope they like sparkles of all kinds).

You can create it with delicate bangles or earrings.

  •  The light belt

Which sometimes takes off.

Moving clothes are moving souls <3

If this article raised some personal memories, please share in the comment section!

14 Responses to “Moving clothes”
  1. Marji says:

    Le mouvement!
    J’ai une robe qui n’a l’air de rien sur le cintre mais qui bouge autour de moi quand je marche!

  2. Loved this post! The last part about the jewellery reminds me of anklets and the role they play in Indian stories and music. Often in scenes you can hear the soft, enticing jingle of the anklets before you see the woman. Or maybe you hear the sound, but she doesn’t appear, she goes somewhere else.

    I often fall in love with the way clothes move, maybe this explains my love for viscose, silk and A-lines.

  3. Laura says:

    Alois! I love your blog

    I live in Sydney and love my vintage markets and op shops teamed with good quality classics.

    Your post is so timely- on Saturday I bought 3 skirts at the Surry Hills Markets- all fab purchases but the mid length 1980s skirt, I should have walked in it! Whilst the fit is flattering and the pattern amazing, walking to get coffee on Sunday morning was such an effort!

  4. Carola Naranjo says:

    Hi Alois:

    Yes, I know what are you talking about, I have some pieces with great movement, a particular blue dress it seems that it floats when I wear it, I just feel sexy, confident, feminine….
    Also Indian jewelry with many stones making a nice sound…. So nice!
    Thanks for your post!

  5. Valérie says:

    “La jupe qui danse” a toujours du succès dans les cours d’école. Ah, les yeux qui pétillent quand je demande à une petite fille (au delà du CE1, c’est fini) si sa jupe “danse bien”…

  6. MABdePARIS says:

    Voilà pourquoi j’aime tant lire ce blog.
    Loin des pseudo-affolements médiatiques de la blogsphère (le dernier it-bag, la nouvelle nomination de styliste ….), vous nous parlez ici de style, de coupe, de tissu.
    Oui aux jupes qui tournent, au jupon qui virevolte au rythme de nos pas, au tissu fluide mais pas collant. De la souplesse mais pas de l’avachi.
    Vivement le printemps…

  7. Eugénie, says:

    Pour le mouvement j’adopte le trench ouvert et le foulard en soie. Chic et pratique. Par contre pour les jupes j’ai un peu plus de mal. Je trouve que sur des hanches “développées”, comme le dit pudiquement Cristina Cordula, ce n’est pas terrible. Alors que le plissé soleil me fait rêver.

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Ca doit être très joli!
      En ce qui concerne le plissé soleil, je suis d’accord avec vous, il ne sied pas aux hanches développées, mais des robes fluides, ceinturées à la taille comme celle de Marylin sur le gif de l’article pourraient être adorables sur vous <3

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