Marie Marot is a French label that focuses on simple and timeless everyday shirts for women. Since its launch in 2013, Marie, the designer of her eponymous French brand, has continued to impress discerning women across the world with her unique sense of styling and design. We asked Marie, the embodiment of effortless Parisian chic, what the term ‘daily chic’ means to her, and what makes her feel fashionable in her everyday life.
“I value the idea of wearing the same clothes and accessories every day as if they were my uniform. Rather than being dolled up or dressed to the nines, wearing clothes that allow you to be yourself gives you confidence and brings out your unpretentious attitude,” the designer answered unhesitatingly when asked to share her ideas on how to live a truly chic life. Her core style, what she calls her ‘uniform’, seems to have the comfort of a lounge wear. “I always dress the same: button-down shirt, jeans, loafers, and jewelry. This was my style since I was a child; my parents always wore shirts too, so this was my definition of chic. I dress like this whether I’m out or at home—for me it’s the most comfortable and natural. I never think about wearing anything else.”
These essential items that she holds near and dear are just as important for Marie’s own label. Marie Marot has a comprehensive line of button-down shirts that can be worn in a variety of settings, from loungewear to everyday business casual; it is the perfect embodiment of who she is—an independent, free, and contented quintessential Parisienne. “When I wear a shirt, I feel powerful and confident. In Paris, a lot of women wear jackets over shirts; I find the combination very chic. I often walk from meetings to meetings, so I need to dress somewhat smart with a shirt and jacket. Of course, Parisian women love to dress up too—but it’s equally important to always feel natural and relaxed,” explains Marie. Button-down shirt is her wardrobe essential. Scrolling through her Instagram feed, you’ll spot a variety of women wearing shirts over their bare skin—shirts become sexy and feminine under the spell of Marie Marot.
Marie Marot’s shirts are not glamorous, but they enhance the beauty of women with a touch of sophistication—a reflection of Marie’s pride and joy in being a woman. She says: “The Parisian women are naturally sensual. To be sensual means to have an open mind and to love yourself the way you are. My brand is for women—it has a little bit of a tomboy quality, but it’s important to contrast that with sexiness. I don’t have a vision of an ideal woman; I just really enjoy seeing different women around the world wearing my shirts freely in their own style.”
In addition to shirts, vintage Levi’s 501® are essential to complete Marie’s style. “I only wear vintage Levi’s jeans,” she says. “I love the silhouette and the vintage quality, and I find women in denim super sexy. You can combine anything with a pair of jeans—shirt, shoes, cashmere sweater. In Paris, being chic means being effortlessly cool. When the French go out, they often wear jeans; they feel casual, and above all, they’re tough.”
Another must-have items for Marie in addition to the two essentials—shirts that exude femininity thanks to her unique sense of style and vintage Levi’s 501®—are the J. M. Weston loafers. For Parisians, craftsmanship seems to be deeply linked to the word chic: “J. M. Weston is one of the most sophisticated French shoemakers. Their products are handmade by artisans and can be worn for a lifetime. It’s a historical brand for Parisians and that’s why it’s very natural for us to wear their shoes. For me, it’s like wearing sneakers—I can walk all around the city comfortably.”
Marie’s style is simple. In contrast to her usual no-frills timeless outfits, she likes her jewelry to be loud and bulky. She wears Chrome Hearts jewelry on her fingers and around her neck. “I like to add some edge to my classic style with jewelries from Chrome Hearts—add some rock ‘n’ roll vibe. It’s chic to mix the two worlds together. I find it boring to have the same unified look throughout. I like wearing jewelry with bold designs; just like my shirts, they give me confidence,” says the Parisian.
Marie wears the same type of clothes, shoes, and jewelry every day, but when it comes to fragrance it’s a different story—what she wears depends on her mood. On this day, she showed us her favorite Christian Dior and Hermès perfumes from her collection. “The thing about perfumes is that I’m not loyal, so I own many and I never wear the same perfume every day. I choose a scent depending on my mood: sometimes I want to feel strong, and sometimes I want to feel more feminine.”
Marie doesn’t carry a bag—whether at work or at play, her simplistic style is striking. As a true minimalist, she only carries what she thinks is necessary with her, empowering her with the feeling of freedom and her unpretentious attitude. Marie says: “You may be disappointed to hear this, but I never carry a bag. My style is carrying everything in my pocket: cell phone, credit cards, cash, pens, lipstick, keys. I don’t need anything else. I always want to leave both hands free; and for me, a bag is an item that can ruin the silhouette of an outfit. I value the expression of an outfit in motion.” We asked her to share with us some of the items she keeps in her pockets. The first item that came out was the Yard-O-Led pen and pencil, traditional sterling silver products that are handcrafted following the design and mechanism that was popular in England in the 19th century. They are indispensable to her especially while working in office.
Marie also loves Hermès leather accessories for their elegant and timeless designs, like the key ring with a horse motif and the card holder. As for makeup, she uses products from Sisley and Westman Atelier with the same simple approach in mind. “These are all high-quality products I use for my daily routine that make me feel chic,” she points out. “Some were given to me as gifts, but I’ve been using them for a long time so they’re special.” As an independent woman, Marie stays true to herself all the while maintaining a carefree spirit that cultivates her comfortable lifestyle. Her beliefs showed us the keys to living a fulfilled life.
Marie Marot is the designer of her eponymous brand, Marie Marot, which was established in 2013. Based on men’s tailoring, she mainly creates shirts for women with androgynous silhouettes that ooze feminine sexiness. She has collaborated with St. James and Marc Jacob in the past
|Photo Laura Friedi
Hair & Make-up Fabien Giambona
|Interview & Text Shunya Watanabe||Special Thanks Guillaume Vincent
English Translation Akiko Watanabe & Rei Matsuoka