Jan Fran talks about her style and wardrobe essentials


What are the three essential elements of your wardrobe? A loose-necked shirt, workout tights of all lengths, and a strong bra. One of the things about having a baby is that your norks change size depending on the time of day, so you need to have a good bra.

The vintage 1952 wedding dress from Jan.Credit:Courtesy of Jan Fran

Must-have jewelry? A gold ring left for me by my grandmother. I put it on when I need to channel the ancestors.

Do you remember a favorite outfit from your childhood? I’ve never been able to grow my hair super long; it’s been short all my life. When I was young I really wanted long hair so I wore stockings over my head in public.

And your worst fashion mistake? I don’t; these are all hits, not misses. Although wearing a tight, tight dress to a funeral was probably a mistake.

“The entire Schiaparelli couture collection” tops Jan’s fashion wishlist.

What was your first fashion moment? Wearing a shirt made by my mother with my name knitted on it when I was 18 months old.

What’s at the top of your wish list? The entire Schiaparelli couture collection: all the beautiful velvets and gold!

Is there anything you would never wear? I wouldn’t wear a bandage dress if you paid me. They suck.

Is there a current fashion trend that you love? No, but I can tell you what I hate: low rise jeans. Don’t bring them back, Gen Z, you don’t know what you’re doing; learn from your elders.

What shoes do you wear the most? Converse sneakers or Birkenstocks.

Princess Diana as a young mother continues to be Jan's main inspiration.

Princess Diana as a young mother continues to be Jan’s main inspiration.Credit:Getty Images

Who is your favorite fashion icon? Princess Diana just after having William and Harry, moving around town in all the best things.

What do you wear on a typical workday? Working from home is the old “party downstairs, business upstairs” cliché for Zoom meetings; I will wear a collared shirt but I will keep the Winnie the Pooh pajama bottoms.

What’s your favorite laid-back, laid-back Sunday look? Lycra bike shorts and a big, loose sweater that isn’t covered in baby vomit; just a clean sweater would be my favorite look at this point.

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