What I Wore: Paris

Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Skirt and Bag, Urban Outfitters Boots

If you follow me on Instagramyou probably already know that I was in Paris this past weekend (yes, during Paris Fashion Week!). While I’m not yet cool enough to attend any shows, that doesn’t mean I didn’t partake in the fashion delirium taking place. The city was stylistically thriving (even more than usual) and this refreshing state of mind certainly guided my approach to dressing throughout the trip. The quintessential Parisian effortlessness that everybody talks about – it’s there, and it’s real.

I think there’s an element of trust between fashion and the French that the rest of us don’t experience; we spend precious minutes out of our day tucking and re-tucking shirts, re-tousling our hair, striving to achieve the perfect look. But the effortlessness of the French comes from them knowing that whatever garments they put on their back will indeed look more chic the less they are fussed with. They can’t afford to waste a moment double checking themselves – they have too many baguettes to eat and too little time.

I’m still trying to maintain that Paris state of mind when dressing back in Edinburgh and forever will, but there’s a spirit that exists in the city of style’s origin that’s hard to come by anywhere else. Until next time, I [wistfully] suppose.

Anyways, here’s what I wore. Let me know how I did.

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Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Bag, Zara Pants, Dr. Martens Boots
Vintage Jacket, Free People Hat, Dr. Martens Boots, & Other Stories Bag, Levi’s Jeans
H&M Shirt, Levi’s Jeans, Urban Outfitters Boots
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Feminize

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In light of all the leopard we saw this past fashion week and an attempt to ~feminize~ my fall look…

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Finding this dress was a blessing sent from another realm. In this weird transitional time I keep finding myself gravitating towards my baggy jeans, vans, and simple tees, and leaving my look at that. While I’m all for simplicity, the effortless cool one feels whilst wearing blue jeans and a white tank has gradually slipped into a mundane dressing routine, and I’m beginning to hate it.

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The result of this pendulum swing is a newfound attraction to more feminine dressing that I haven’t felt in a long time. Just in time for fall, too, when life is becoming routine again and I need something refreshing. Wearing a skirt or a dress can put a spring in my step that nothing else can, and you don’t need baggy jeans to bring you down when school is already doing so.

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Here’s to another 2 (maybe 3) weeks of being able to wear this dress! Then I’ll have to start engaging my brain while getting dressed again.

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Jenny Cavalleri and Diane Keaton

New York Fashion week is in full swing and obvious elements of a particular decade are materializing in a multitude of collections.

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See by Chloé, A/W ’15

The wonderful aspect of the 70’s influence on the Fall 2015 collections is that it strays from your typical free spirited, bohemian look. Rather, this Fall, the 70’s will be manifesting themselves in that classic, power female look that everybody falls in love with when they watch Ali MacGraw play Jenny in the 1970 classic “Love Story.”

Suits, coats, and capes in warm tones graced the runways this past fashion week in a glorious attempt to revive this forgotten but fabulous era in fashion.

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Altuzarra, A/W ’15

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Jill Stuart, A/W ’15

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Tory Burch, A/W ’15

Derek Lam

Derek Lam, A/W ’15

Derek Lam explicitly cited Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, and Katharine Hepburn as the muses for his collection this season, presenting us with his impeccable interpretation of said “New York Heroines.”

It looks like you won’t be able to miss the pressing influence of this past decade next fall, and I’m all for it. Essentials to get this look below:

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NYFW: Recap

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As New York Fashion week officially ended today with the Marc Jacobs International show, I decided to review my favorite collections of the week with you guys! The first is the Donna Karan show. The edge was undeniable, yet the silhouettes were classic and sophisticated.

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The BCBG Max Azria show was incredible for multiple reasons:

1) Leather

2) Incredible fur pieces

3) Maxi and Midi skirts with boots

4) Need I say more?

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The Coach show was so intriguing in the way that the collection included warm and cozy “log cabin”-esque attire along with sharp looks.

One look would seem as if it would be perfect to wear to a weekend in a cozy lodge and the next look to come out would be a leather mini with a graphic sweater (see left).

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Finally, my favorite collection of the A/W New York Fashion week! The DKNY show blew me away in all its effortlessly cool glory. The fur gillets and mini skirts added up to a perfect city girl look. Watching the show made me want to pack up my bags and move to New York right then. (As if I don’t want to move there badly enough?!)

I can’t wait to see what London, Paris, and Milan have in store for A/W 2014. What were your guys’ favorite collections? Favorite looks? xx