How To Dress Like A European

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

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).

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

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)

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

A New York Love Affair :: Euro Style

All this talk of Europe, now I want to go back. Who’s ready for a vacation?

xoxoelenamichelle-200

25 Comments

  • Reply March 9, 2015

    Mary

    Love this look – the bag – I need it!

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      ahhhh, can you believe this bag is Ann Taylor?? they have been KILLING it lately.

  • Reply March 9, 2015

    Nav Brar

    Love your look! The shoes, jewelry, jacket! Love it all!
    Nav
    navkbrar.blogspot.com

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      Thanks Nav!! And it’s a totally achievable look! Comfy too :-)

  • Reply March 11, 2015

    Ashley

    That furry little bag is super cute:)

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thank you Ashley!! it was such a great find. it looks so much fancier than the price i paid!

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