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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Parisian

Jessica Wagner

How To Dress Like A French Girl

Sartorial undone perfection goes to the ever-elusive French girl.

So what’s their secret? (Besides wine, champagne, art, food, and the French language…)

Playing it cool in effortless, stripped down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.

First, keep it neutral. This is essential when aiming for a Parisian-chic ensemble (and it’s the perfect way to coordinate with your afternoon latte at a quiet corner café.)

Aside from the classic striped Bréton shirt and maybe a {non-cliché} beret, this look is about embracing one's own individual style. Keep it feeling oh-so-fresh by mixing high and low, classic and trendy, and wearing it with a blasé air of confidence.

Next, aim for the allure of natural beauty, and let go of the search for perfection. This doesn’t mean you have to walk out the door sans make-up (unless you want to.) It means working with what you have, to compliment or accentuate favorite features and celebrate the little imperfections –a gap in a smile, slightly crooked teeth, prominent eyebrows or strong Roman nose. Let yourself be a touch undone. These are signs of certain strength in character. Show off freckles, glasses, or au naturel hair. French women understand you can feel beautiful without being perfect. 

Last, think like a muse. To evoke mystery, you need to exude an irreverent, downtown edge, with timeless glamour and old world romance. (I know, right?!) In other words, simple is sexy. Poise and confidence are fundamental to dressing Parisian cool.

For this outfit I paired my Bréton stripe top with a mod high-waist jumper. A tight pencil skirt silhouette plays up curves, and pairs well with blouses, tees and buttons ups. (Bonus if you rock it with geek-chic suspender straps.) Layer on a menswear blazer, rolling up the cuffs, and scrunching it at the elbows for a relaxed effect. Ballerina flats reign supreme in French style, but add a hint of sophistication with a fabulous pair of two-tone Chanel inspired heels. Drape a coat, swipe on a bold lip and if you don’t have a terrible vision (like me!) that requires a script, dark oversize sunnies always make a stylish addition. Add a side-sitting beret and you’ve about cracked the code to French girl fashion. This chapeau can be worn slouchy like a beanie for a boyish look, or slightly tipped for a more feminine feel.

Next trip to the museum, library, coffee house, or romantic night with your amour, pull a few pieces from the French girl wardrobe, and joie de vivre (delight in the joy of living.)

Outfit Details:
Coat: Old (similar here) Top: J. Crew Striped Boatneck Jumper: Old (similar here and here) Blazer: J. Crew (similar here) Beret: Vintage (similar here) Bag: Zara Over-The-Knee Socks: Asos Shoes: Zara Glasses: GANT Rugger GR Gibson Necklace: Stella & Dot Mia Collar Watch: Michael Kors Lips: MAC Sin Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

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Silver & Gold

Jessica Wagner

Holiday Jewels

Accessories are the best. By switching them up you’ll be sure to have something to wear to you 100+ holiday parties! It’s the easiest way to elevate an outfit. Ever notice how adding even one necklace can change your whole look? Instant glam can be achieved in a white tee and jeans, by adding a touch of sparkle and glitz.

A lot of what I write about for this blog focuses on building a classic wardrobe by investing in key pieces you can wear long term, but maintaining a distinct style is achieved with fashion forward or fun and quirky accessories. Jewelry is all about personality. By keeping your accessories, or what I like to call “third piece,” (post here) up to date you are sure to have something to wear to all your holiday soirees. Tis’ the season to be triple booked! 

Jewelry can be an instant mood-lifter. Colorful, sparkly, superfun. Have you heard the term “arm party?”  Try incorporating a few new pieces each season. It can be an inexpensive way to keep your wardrobe feeling fab and fresh.

Mix high and low, trendy and classic. Spice it up with the latest on-point styles, but invest every so often in exquisite everyday pieces that make you feel good. For example, Stella & Dot’s  Covet line or their custom engraveable options. 

Amid the whirlwind of the holidays, it can be easy to skim over the little details, but sometimes the most intriguing pieces and gifts, are the smallest. Outfit ornaments are the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Earrings, bracelets, and necklaces make this season’s best looks complete. Stella & Dot’s latest style options sure to please both the minimalists and maximalists among us. 

Ok -- let’s break it down! Stella & Dot holiday style.

HOLIDAY PARTY: Sparkly, Minimal, Trendy
The doorbell’s ringing non-stop, there is standing room only, and the battle of the playlists is about to begin. It’s party time! This leather and gold collar is all things minimal and chic, while the second layer of silver and gold will keep your look poppin’ all night long. This statement necklace can be worn 5 different ways (see Movie Night look below for full piece.) It can be taken down long, loose and laid back or clasped up, as seen here, for a party making entrance. 

Holiday Party Jewelry Details:
Mia Collar Gold Leather ChokerSutton Necklace Mixed Metals (versatile 5 in 1) Sparkle Studs Smokey, Renegade Cluster Bracelet Gold & SilverMaylee Ring Silver

MOVIE NIGHT: Stacked, Mixed Metals, Statement
Laid back sophistication with an edgy rock ‘n’ roll attitude. The answer to “hmmm what should I wear tonight?” This look has you covered from the movies to the fancy-shmancy cocktail party to the un-schmancy dive bar afterwards. This combo can elevate any plain tee or graphic top. Don’t be afraid to stack it up, arms and neck. I love the Electra statement necklace for it’s vintage silver plating and gradient jet black to clear sparkle. Add in a leather jacket to compliment your bold statement of metal mixology.

Movie Night Jewelry Details:
Electra Vintage Chain Statement NecklaceSutton Necklace Mixed Metals (versatile 5 in 1) Triangle Path Ear Climber Hematite, Renegade Cluster Bracelet Gold & SilverWishing Bracelet Bisous, Rose Gold Lips

GIRLS NIGHT: Dangle, Layered, Elevated
If you add one new piece of jewelry to your wardrobe this winter, it should be a lariat necklace. This style is awesome for layering and looks good with everything. Let is dangle against a low cut slip dress or double it up on against a silky soft fabric. You can wrap this piece so many ways, or even tie it in a knot! I love the around-the-neck chocker-option. Tie it in your hair, or use it was a belt with a flowy dress. Here it's paired with a few dainty necklaces, and a luxe leopard clutch. This look is perfect for a weekend gift swap with girlfriends (including your very dearest friend – wine.)

Girls Night Jewelry Details:
Celestial Choker, On the Mark NecklaceZoe Lariat Necklace Gold (versatile 3 in 1) Wishing Bracelet Bisous, Rose Gold Lips, Renegade Cluster Gold, Maylee Ring Silver, Leopard Print Clutch 

NYE GALA: Celestial, Choker, Embroidered
It’s in the written in the stars. Smokey sparkle and gunmetal details with a chic bowed ribbon are all you need for a magical start to the New Year. The embroidered Emme choker can be worn as a lariat, wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet, or even swept up in your hair as a headband. This quick-change piece is perfect for a flurry of holiday festivities. Layer in hints of sparkle with the delicate celestial choker, and dreamy Luna crescent. The starlet in you will be black tie ready for cheers and (and maybe a midnight kiss) this NYE.

NYE Gala Jewelry Details:
Embroidered Emme Choker Ribbon Sparkle Necklace (Versatile 4 in 1) Celestial ChokerLuna Pendant NecklaceSparkle Studs Smokey

AT HOME: Delicate, Luxe, Layered
Snuggle up cozy and chic with your favorite holiday movie (Netflicks and chill anyone?) for a fabulous night in. Whether you are a robe and pjs, sweatshirt and tee or just diamonds kind of girl, this is a minimal everyday look that is luxe and timeless. Delicate styles have been huge lately. There is something inherently elegant about simple statements, like Stella and Dot’s Covet line. Minimal with multiple diamond options that are distinctly romantic and perfect for layering on meaningful mantras or motivating reminders. Simple shapes, engraveables and charms are anything but a snooze-fest.  So lounge in your everyday favorites that are sure to please, from the warm confines of you home to the day-to-day out and about.

At Home Jewelry Details:
Covet Pave Intention Necklace Yellow Gold, Signature Engravable Bar Necklace Silver, Sparkle Studs Smokey


Stella & Dot Gift Guide:

Who’s on your gift list? Stocking stuffers to diamond stunners, bold statement makers to delicate layers Stella & Dot has a gift for everyone (no gift receipt needed!)

$25 & Under -The perfect stocking stuffers.
-Sparkle studs in Classic or Smokey
-Wishing bracelet in Rose Gold

$50 & UnderBig statement, little price.
-Mia Collar
-Celestial Choker

$100 & UnderMake an entrance.
Signature Engravable Bar Necklace
Zoe Lariat Necklace

Luxe GiftsThe best of sparkle and shine.
- Covet Pave Intention Necklace
-Sutton Necklace

A special thank you to my lovely Stella & Dot Stylist Hannah Creager for partnering on this post! Be sure to check out her Instagram account here, and her Facebook page here