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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September

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In an unexpected turn of events, I’ve chosen an outfit filled with cool tones just as we head into fall. I suspect that a hint of nostalgia for the summer months had something to do with the choice of ensemble, but who’s to say.

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Nostalgic as I am, however, I am beyond ready for fall. I’m slightly tired of having my makeup melt off in the humidity of Montreal and I’m more than a little excited to be wearing 4 layers again. (With boots, such as these incredible snakeskin beauties that I snagged this summer at a killer price)

I guess this look is the middle ground between these two, very conflicting, tendencies.

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Style Session: Heeled Daytime Sandals

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Steve Madden Sandals

I thought it was finally time to show you guys what these sandals were all about. I’ve been wearing them all summer to work, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how I use them to complete a look – and how I can wear them for a 9 hour shift without complaining!

I do realize we’re reaching the end of the summer and it’s a little late for styling advice on sandals, but if you guys live anywhere like the Bay Area or Montreal, you know that we have a little more time before it really starts to chill down. So I thought I’d show you guys some ways to make sandals like these work for this transitional time, while also accommodating that lingering heat.

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Look 1: Madewell Jeans, Aritzia Shirt, UO Necktie

For look 1 I went with a couple of western-inspired instincts – the necktie, the tied shirt, the denim.. and then I brought it back to reality with the sandals, and I brought it into fall with the dusty color scheme.

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Look 2: Zara Shirt, Free People Skirt, Brandy Melville Choker, LF Bag

Look 2 is a girly look at its core, with the skirt and off-the-shoulder shirt combo. I then masculinized it with the pinstriped fabric and structured bag, and gave it a touch of edge with the unconventional skirt and choker. The denim and brown leather in the shoes make this a nice September look – an older version of the classic first day of school outfit.

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Look 3: Zara Romper, BP Scarf

I’m not really sure what the inspiration behind Look 3 was. I think you can’t have a style session with heeled sandals without including some sort of dress (this is actually a cleverly disguised romper), and the scarf just seemed to lend itself to the look. What I ended up with is something you would probably see on a nicely dressed lady at a Mexican resort – but I would easily wear this out to a nice dinner.

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Look 4: Levis Shorts, Zara Shirt, Free People Belt

Look 4 is a personal favorite. This new belt is the love of my life. I softened up a rugged bottom half with this light 70’s inspired blouse for a look that feels effortless. Throw on some sunglasses and a crossbody bag and I could easily wear this all day long.

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Trend Talk

Let’s talk about trends.

(It’s no secret that off-the-shoulder shirts are 110% on trend right now.)

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Zara Shirt / Free People Jeans, Boots / UO Scarf / YSL Sunnies

I read an article on Man Repeller (a personal favorite source of up-to-date fashion information and inspiration) the other day, and as I clicked out of my browser, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth. The gist of the article (I will spare you having to read it) is that off-the-shoulder shirts are gone, even faster than they arrived. Not only that, but there were undertones implicating that if you were seen in one, it would be damaging to one’s image should they consider themselves to be part of the fashion world.

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Things that are trendy are trendy for a reason. I’ll bet that the author had plenty of off-the-shoulder shirts stashed away in her closet being a writer for Man Repeller, and she even expresses her remorse for losing the spark.

So why should I be embarrassed to wear a piece that too many people can relate to?

 I happen to know the answer – because people are obsessed with the idea of being original. As soon as the famous girls of Instagram have caught on to a trend, the trend is dead to anybody remotely involved in the fashion industry. I too have caught myself gagging at pictures of girls at Coachella wearing trends I once cherished (cue Sunhats and crochet crop tops).

But in the last couple of months I have reached a conclusion that comforts me in this era of “fast fashion.” Be yourself. Being original isn’t about wearing something nobody’s worn before. It’s about wearing something like nobody has before.

Aspiring towards being one-of-a-kind means you’re just going to have to try a little harder. Take those trends you love and make them your own. Nobody can emulate the exact way you tuck your shirt or tie your laces.

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Maybe what I tasted was bitterness after heavily investing in this trend only to realize it was already over. But I like my off-the-shoulder shirts, my 70’s suede boots, and my cropped flare jeans. So I will wear them, and continue to wear them, regardless of the implications on the sartorial image I project.

As long as I feel like myself.

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