With London, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks coming to a close, I’ve been feeling a little inspired by the Euro street style. Don’t get me wrong, New Yorkers are chic. But there’s something about European fashion that is just so enchanting. Boundaries are pushed, while still maintaining classic elegance. And no matter where you go, or what time of day, the women are ALWAYS put together (in other words, no quick runs to the bodega in sweatpants).
The last time I was feeling particularly inspired by our friends over the pond was on my trip to England and Spain last summer. You may recall my little airline faux pax … the one where my suitcase was lost for the entirety of my trip, and then some. Unfortunately that meant all my cute new clothes didn’t get to roam the streets of Europe. Fortunately, I did get to buy myself a whole new wardrobe (courtesy of my unnamed airline!).
The first few days I kept it very cheap … staples from H&M and Topshop. But by Day 7, I was done playing nice. I scooped up some of Madrid’s trendiest pieces and didn’t bat an eyelash on the price (I’ll just get reimbursed!). And that is where the majority of this outfit was born.
Pants: boutique in Madrid (love these) | Sweater: White House Black Market (similar) | Blazer: Les Petites (loving this) | Coat: H&M (LOVE this trench) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Ann Taylor (also loving this) | Necklace: Rocksbox | Sunglasses: Coach (similar) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + eff.Y.bee + Rocksbox | Rings: Stella & Dot + Wren & Glory + Pauls Jewelers (similar)
But you don’t have to go on a shopping spree overseas to look the part. There are plenty of tips and tricks for giving your American wardrobe a little Euro twist.
- Comfort. They may go to the grocery store to pick up milk all dolled up, but they’re doing it in silky, pajama-like pants like mine. But to be fair, they’re definitely wearing their high heels too.
- Fit. The ladies over there understand the value of good tailoring. Their clothes may not all be high-end, but each item in their wardrobe fits them impeccably.
- Simplicity. Most European women seem to have wardrobes full of classic, timeless pieces. They limit accessories and makeup … and like us New Yorkers, they love a good black ensemble.
- Effortlessness. The one secret I can’t quite figure out. How they manage accomplish that whole “I woke up like this” look, tousled hair and all. If you have the answer…let me know!
All this talk of Europe, now I want to go back. Who’s ready for a vacation?