In 'Outlander' Season 2 , Claire and Jamie Fraser are living abroad in France as the overseers of a wine merchant's business while the owner is away on travel.
While there, they will also be caretakers of the owner's home in Paris. The owner is also Jamie's cousin, Jared Fraser, and he and Claire will have run of the house and servants while Jared is away on his trip.
This post focuses on the 'Chatelaine' aspect of Claire's grey satin French gown ensemble. The term chatelaine denotes a woman in charge of a large house or household.
This title was certainly true of Claire while staying in France as the temporary mistress of a large Paris townhome where it was on her shoulders to run the affairs of the household during that time.
Additionally, a 'chatelaine' can also refer to a set of long or short chains attached to a woman's dress or belt, used for carrying 'skeleton' keys or other items that may be needed in the care of a home.
Claire's gown is designed in this same 'Chatelaine' style.with a rope cord and decorative chain belt on which is hanging a small collection of silver items such as a pair of scissors, watch, locket and key - perhaps a key to Lallybroch?...
When running a large luxury townhouse in the city of Paris in the 18th century, one most certainly might need this useful but beautifully extravagant 'utility belt' for women such as the one used with Claire's outfit.
Below are some ideas for a Chatelaine: chain, belt, belt clip, necklace, or brooch pin. Just click on a photo to see a larger image, and to find out how to get a Chatelaine Belt like Claire's:
(See our other posts for Claire's Chatelaine Gown I HERE, and II HERE for more ideas on Claire's Grey Satin Dress.)