Tourist, But Make It Fashion

Every fashionista dreams of someday glistening the streets of Paris during Fashion Week just like Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. The glitz, the glamour, the spectacle—what’s not to love?

Before the start of summer and my long-awaited move to New York City, I faced my traveling fears and boarded a plane to Paris, the city of love. The catch, however, is that I wasn’t traveling with a significant other but, instead, with my older brother. Nonetheless,  the trip was phenomenal and of course, the fashion was as elegant as the Parians themselves.

French style is much different than my own. Whereas I love trying out bold, extravagant looks, the Parisian’s dawn clothing that is more monochromatic and relaxed. Yet, at the same time, they ensure that their style is clean, sophisticated, and well put together. And so, in attempts to blend in amongst the residents on Montparnasse, I tried to tone back my over-the-top style for a few days. It didn’t last long but hey, at least I can say I tried!

My three favorite looks were not only comfortable but also inexpensive. The first look accompanied me to the top of the Eiffel Tower where the view was more breathtaking than any sight I’d seen before. I paired a yellow and white striped polo ($4 on sale at Goodwill—I love a good thrift shop find!) with a textured pink bomber jacket from Macy’s ($30 on sale), and slim fit, stretch jeans from JCPenny ($15, on sale of course). The vintage sunglasses were purchased for $12 on Amazon.

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I wore my second favorite look to the gorgeous Louvre where I got lost for hours within the iconic paintings and sculptures. I knew from the start that one of my looks needed to incorporate a fanny pack so I picked one up from ASOS for $22. I paired it with a mauve bomber jacket from Macy’s ($17), a black and white striped shirt from Old Navy ($10) and a pair of black jeans that are too old for me to remember the price. The glasses were $10 off Amazon and added an extra touch of glamour to the outfit.

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And finally, my third favorite incorporated pieces from the two outfits above with a few others I picked up right before the trip. I paired the mauve bomber jacket with a floral navy blue shirt ($22) and blueberry-colored pants from Old Navy. Shoutout to the wind for coming in clutch for the photo since I was left without my blow dryer while in France.

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