My sister-in-law invited me and my husband on a trip to Paris sometime within the next few years. We have not been there but she and her husband travel frequently and have visited the City of Love. With four boys in high school and college on the horizon, we are not sure exactly when we’ll be able to make this trip, but it’s nice to plan and look forward to it sometime down the road.
I thought my outfit today had a certain Parisienne vibe to it, thanks to the striped shirt. Although this is not the classic Breton stripe shirt that the sailors of the French Navy wore and that has characterized Paris fashion for generations, I still like the one I’m wearing for its simple and classic design.
I purchased the shirt last year from J. Crew and wear it with so many things. It takes a plain outfit up a notch by adding just enough pattern so that the eye has something more to look at than just solid blocks of color.
An Investment in Style
But the real star of this outfit in my opinion is my long denim vest. This is from Sanctuary, the Los Angeles-based brand known for its modern take on vintage styling. This denim vest is a cotton linen blend and while the material is a nice weight, it is not heavy, stiff or stifling.
I love vests of any kind. Visually, they add more structure to an outfit. Practically, they add a layer of warmth. Aesthetically, vests are easily adaptable to my own personal style. You can see how I’ve styled vests in this post, this one and this one.
I’m wearing my Old Navy black pixie pants which are figure hugging but not skin tight. They are a midrise, which helps to prevent the dreaded muffin top. The pants also have a little stretch to them, which makes them easy to move around in and comfortable.
To create a long column of color on the bottom half of my body and to help elongate my legs, I am wearing my J. Adams black suede boots. I like that there’s no break as your eye travels down my pants to my shoes. I think the lack of a different color shoe interrupting that line helps to make me appear slightly taller.
Accessories That Shine
While I loved the stripes, I wanted to add even more interest by bringing in accessories with a few more colors. So I wrapped a vintage multicolor silk scarf around my neck. I picked this scarf up at a vintage store downtown for about $6. You can see it styled with a dress in this post.
Because the scarf is wound up, you can’t see too many of the colors, but the gold did peek out. To draw that out even more and to add a bright pop of color to the overall outfit, I added this cute yellow leather clutch that I picked up from Amazon. It comes with a long strap so it can also be worn as a crossbody.
My jewelry is pretty simple. I’m wearing my Jefra gold initial bar from Plunder (you can see it above in the scarf picture), gold earrings (several years old) and a cute initial bracelet from Plunder called the Celine. I didn’t think to get a closeup of my bracelet, but you can see it in the links below.
We may not be going to Paris until our boys are out of college. But we can keep planning and we can certainly dream. For now, that is all we can do. C’est la vie!
What I Wore
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