Culled from Paris: Try a Long Skirt & Trench
I picked up some tricks and now I want to share them with you, okay? Open wide!
In Saturday’s post on white jeans (and FUPAs), I mentioned a universal-but-unilateral truth: that coming home from Paris always informs something about the way in which I will want to dress. While over the weekend, the cue may have been more casual and elementary, today it’s actually a lot less about the clothes and more about what they do.
Also, it’s going to continue. For the next few weeks, I plan to share different tricks I’ve culled from being in Paris. I’m not sure if they’re representative of my time there among the city’s denizens or the misplaced-but-perfectly-well-situated fashion pack, who know how to make the town their own but either way, here’s what I’ve got.
While waiting for the Anthony Vaccarello show to start on day 0 of Fashion Week, I noticed a girl walked into the venue (Palais de Tokyo) wearing a red and white breton striped blouse with a denim, ankle length trench over it and a beige pencil skirt. She looked incredibly cool and obviously, not American at all. So I resolved that when I got home, I’d try the seemingly simple but spectacularly articulate pairing.
Starting with a printed pencil and an ironic t-shirt (which should the determining element that makes the look my own), I chose to use the photographed Jil Sander skirt from spring/summer 2011 because a. I wanted to gloat about my bad ass deal: I bought the skirt on Yoox early in the summer when they were doing one of those “Surprise! We’re giving shit away!” days for $85. B. Wearing the skirt makes wearing an Ill Slander t-shirt, which obviously riffs off of the anterior luxury label, considerably more meta.
Ultimately, how you decide to pair your ankle length coat (trench coats are easiest but now I’m jonesing for a denim one) doesn’t so much matter, neither does where you draw your skirt from. Just make sure they’re similar lengths and if you’re in the market to go balls to the walls (multiple walls for hearty balls), you can definitely try a pair of ballet short-heels — I jacked these ones from Dorothy because I’m an asshole. My instinct is actually to tell you that short booties will probably look really cool and more suited for a Man Repeller.