If you follow me on Instagram, you 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.
Another look from Sun Valley featuring Madewell denim.
In all honesty, this post is really just about the jeans. I’ve discussed these boots to death, and you’ve seen this incredible bomber before. And the background? It’s our very very cute Airbnb – The Lodge in Sun Valley – but clearly the pictures are not about that either.
It’s rare to come across a pair of jeans that manage to make you feel like so many different people at once, all the while making you feel 150% you.
To name a few of the personas I can take on while donning these jeans: western cowboy, 70’s groupie, Americana enthusiast.
But here, I’ve chosen to dress up as the me persona – a questionable mix of urban street and west-coast-retro casual.
Check out my last post for an intro into my 6 States, 6 Days series to stay in the loop!
So on our last day in Sun Valley, I told myself: “Enough is enough, I need to put on a cute outfit to feel like myself again!”
I don’t know how you guys feel about this – but when I travel, I want to romanticize everything about the adventure I’m on. I shamelessly want to feel like my trip is a beautifully shot film, and I like to dress accordingly. So on a road trip, especially a road trip to the outdoors-y destination of Sun Valley, you can see that I would run into some trouble.
The main conflict, of course, is where practicality and my personality collide. My romantic imagination would prefer to wear a flowing midi dress on a nature hike where reality needs me to wear hiking clothes and a baseball cap. I had to accept that my fashionable movie moment just wasn’t going to happen on this trip – and after a short internal struggle, I accepted this whole-heartedly.
I accepted that for parts of the trip, the romance lay within the nature I would be viewing. How I remember those precious moments will not be tainted by the heinous athletic clothing I chose to wear. But I still made time for the moments I needed to feel like myself and exist by my own rules, and these photographs capture those moments where my last post’s photographs did not.
Madewell Blouse / Cindy and Johnny Coat / Free People Boots / Topshop Jeans
As my return to Montreal quickly approaches (I go back next week!), I can’t help but reflect on simply how much my style has changed over the past year. Throughout the winter I made a strong, urban statement, with my docs, 90% black wardrobe, and a lot of leather. Returning to San Francisco for the summer (especially this summer, a small stylistic revival of the 70’s) completely shifted my wardrobe from dark to dreamy and ethereal, leaving me in a bit of fashion limbo as I prepare myself for the ’15 A/W season.
This outfit, though a little more retro than urban, is a small attempt to integrate these two looks I’ve possessed and loved. Pairing the mom jeans and the structured jacket with a peasant blouse and brown suede creates a nice fusion of boho and street, and I will continue to merge these starkly different strong stylistic feelings of mine for the rest of the season.