SINGER CONSTANCE VERLUCA’S FRENCH TOMBOY STYLE

We instantly fell for singer Constance Verluca. Why? For starters, she embodies two of our great loves: tomboy style and that je ne sais quoi of French-girl chic. And then there’s the fact that this Paris native borrows from the boys when it comes to both music (Buddy Holly) and fashion (Bob Dylan). It’s no surprise that during our My Madewell shoot she picked some classic pieces with a hint of rock ’n’ roll edge. Find out more about what she calls her “casual garçon” look (which translates to “low-key tomboy” in Madewell-ese), her music school for kids and her go-to concert look.

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Where are you from and how has that influenced your style?

I’m from Paris, born and raised. Since I was about 15, my style has been mostly tomboy. I live in Vans, oversized sweatshirts and T-shirts, jeans, well-worn boots—nothing too tight or itchy. I really love beautiful, quality fabrics, especially cashmere.

How would you describe your style?

Casual garçon.

Who do you think is the most stylish musician?

There are so many. Strangely the two that come immediately to mind are so different: Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson. Bob Dylan because his style corresponds so directly with his music—simple, honest and timeless. And Michael Jackson for his sophistication and imagination. I love people who have a unique, even iconic, element to how they dress.

How do you dress for a concert?  

I always wear the same thing: vintage white jeans, lived-in boots and a white button-down shirt. I always leave the top of the shirt unbuttoned and prefer the sleeves to be short.

What is your music about and what influences you?

I love the early rockers like Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. My music starts with a base of rock ’n’ roll with different styles, like electronic or something more audacious, mixed in. I want to do something more unique and singular.

Aside from music, do you have any other passions or hobbies?

Literature, cooking and children. I run a music school for kids in Paris called Le Club Pop, where we teach and create pop-rock music.

What is your most treasured piece of clothing?

My favorite item is this vintage blue T-shirt. It was my first skate shirt and I’ve been wearing it for ten years. I wear all of my clothes very well, until they are either threadbare or falling apart! I love things that last.

 What is your favorite book?

Martin Eden by Jack London and Balzac’s Illusions Perdues.

Favorite flower?

Nasturtiums, because you can eat them in a salad.

Favorite musician?

Glenn Gould.

Favorite restaurant in Paris?

Vivant. It’s a mix of simplicity combined with excellent ingredients—this is also what I seek out in clothes.

Favorite cultural activity in Paris?

I love to see music at the Olympia. It’s just a five-minute bike ride from my house and in a great district.

Favorite fashion film?

Picnic at Hanging Rock. It’s full of beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses. My copy of the film doesn’t have subtitles, so I don’t really understand it [laughs], but I find it so visually inspiring.

What is an article of clothing that you always have in your suitcase?

A varsity jacket and boots.

If you could raid the closet of anybody at all, living or dead, who would it be?

James Dean.

What is the best style advice you’ve ever received or would ever give?

Don’t follow fashion blindly.