Timeless Trends

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Timeless trends — the phrase itself seems to be contradictory. How can a trend be timeless? After all, the very definition of “trend” is focused around ideas of movement, change, and development.

Yet, somehow, the French have captured this idea and continue to establish timeless trends for the rest of the world to follow. Trends are now dominating the fashion industry as an effect of fast fashion‘s fairly recent emergence. Society’s obsession with the next biggest thing is our issue at hand. Why dump your money into fleeting trends like oversized corduroy bell bottomed trousers and pearl-drenched tops when that money could’ve been invested on a fantastic white blouse that you’ll adore and wear a little too much over the course of the next two – or five – years?

Below you’ll find some pieces that I notice re-occurring on the streets of France time and time again. I promise, these looks aren’t going away anytime soon.

The Blazer

This underestimated piece of clothing is the holy grail of the fashion world. It cleans up an outfit and subconsciously tells others that they don’t want to mess with you. A blazer is slick, yet effortless. Use it to put the finishing touch on an elegant evening look, or dress it down with some cut-up Levi’s, a white tee, and a red lip. Other colors and fabrics are becoming more commonly seen, but stick to black for best results.

 

Jeans 

Speaking of Levi’s, a good pair of jeans or two is essential for the completion of any closet. Classic medium-wash skinny jeans are my personal favorite, however boyfriend style jeans are a good choice as well. The versatility of this piece is incredible and denim is a known staple material. Throw on a pair of pointed black heels and put your hair in a top knot to give off that Parisian vibe.

 

Little Black Dress

This piece is your best friend and partner in crime. You wear it to get lunch with the girls as well as to the most upscale dinner events. No one will know that you’ve worn it dress one million times, because the amount of ways you can style it is infinite. Sleek and flattering, don’t hesitate to splurge on your LBD because it is worth fifty cheap, on-trend dresses.

Blouse

Wear it open so it catches the wind. Halfway buttoned and tucked into high-waisted trousers. Closed up completely to mimic the look of a turtleneck and achieve the Vogue-chic look. Always opt for a well-fitted, comfortable, and light blouse. If you’re bored by a plain white blouse, try a baby blue or salmon pink pinstripe.

Leggings

Now, don’t get confused. I don’t mean the cheap, almost see-through leggings we all rocked in middle school. Well-made leggings are one of my favorite go-to pieces to merge comfort with style. Try a fun but basic print (like gingham) or leather leggings to take it up a step from plain black. Zippers and buttons can also work wonders to elevate the style of a legging.

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Leather Jacket

If you want to dress more French, this is all you need. If I had a dollar for every leather jacket I see on the streets each day, I would have enough to buy you a plane ticket so you can see this phenomenon first-hand.  It’s an incredibly functional piece that adds flair and edge to any combination. Meeting with classmates or coworkers? Throw it on with a graphic tee and black jeans. Going out with your man for drinks? It’s perfect over your LBD and stilettos. Steer clear of the embroidered ones, you’ll be able to wear a clean black leather jacket for the next ten years.

 

Congratulations, you now own only black and white clothes. But trust me, it’s worth the lack of color! These staple pieces can be mixed and matched in a million ways, guaranteeing that they will never go out of style. Each time you are tempted to purchase something new, ask yourself, “Can I create at least 5 different outfits out of this piece and what I already own?”

Happy shopping! xx,

ANDI

 

Simple in Stripes

Style

Welcome back!

I’m coming to you live from France… finally.

After a 7 hour plane ride, 2 hour wait in the train station, and a 4 hour delayed train ride, I made it to Angers!

I happily welcomed bright sun-rays shining through the windows on my first morning here, ready to eat an authentic French croissant and explore the charming town that is Angers.

But what to wear?!

It was my first day in France so I opted for something almost embarrassingly French, just to play it safe:

a B&W striped turtleneck crop

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high waisted light wash jeans

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the classic oversized mens-style black blazer (shoulder pads and all)

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and all black accessories.

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Voila ! The finished look…

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I was expecting to take cute photos of this outfit give an idea of how stereotypically French I look, but when you’re wandering around a town alone there’s not much opportunity for photos. Thus, the result is a shameless selfie in the mirror of Galaries Lafayette — WHICH WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT.  Just take a glance at this beauty of a mall; it’s no Macy’s, that’s for sure.

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The best part about today was living like a true French person. By the rate of speech and complexity of language people were using with me on the street, I think everyone else believed I was, too. I bought my first baguette (the best one I’ve ever had in my life) for just one euro and munched on it as I walked the charming streets of Angers. Here’s a few snapshots from my day:

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I’m ecstatic to eat some more delicious food so a post on Cuisine will definitely be coming shortly! Thanks for reading!

ciao,

#AVECANDI