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.

Try a messenger bag if you’d like. Or a fanny pack -0 et voila, you, me, WE! are French.

Mina + Olya trench coat, C.O.I. t-shirt, Jil Sander skirt, Valentino heels. End scene.

Get more Personal Style ?
  • (BAD) Blog About Design

    Love this idea. Cool chic!

    Check out the BAD blog…

  • The flu

    Gorgeous as always! How did you know the tee was Jil Sander? I mean, what gave it away?

    • Leandra Medine

      The type face!

  • jas

    OHMYGOSH how did you get that skirt for $85?!?! love it ironically with the tee. long trenches – just invested in one from topshop! yeah!

    reckless abandon blog

  • claudia

    Love the print of that skirt! Great, as always!

  • Lavinka

    perfecto, is all I have to say!

  • Marina Zilliacus

    Hey Leandra!! Great article as usual. Can you do a review on the American Apparel vagina shirt? I think your opinions on it would be awesome.

    • Leandra Medine

      Ooooh, yeah! Didn’t want to beat a dead horse but sure. Stay tuned.

      • Amatoria Clothing

        it would be inappropriate to NOT address a garmet with a vagina on it. 😉

  • Adore that skirt! And the jacket is perfect 🙂

  • Nica

    Great look, did something similar a couple of weeks ago. Same shoes (red) and pencil skirt. I’m jumpin’ for joy I’m ‘presque Parisienne’ according to your blogspost .. does Brussels count too ? It’s just around the corner .. 🙂

  • Natali

    In love with these bag and shoes!

  • rhodawong
  • Fashion Fields Forever

    You are so stylish as always!love it!

  • Eve Tobolka

    You’ve inspired my Oct. 17th Default look.

  • Susanna Goferman Shaul

    Love Mina + Olya

  • Miss Key

    Very lovely Chanel bag, the color is so cool. I like so much this look



  • Elisa Taviti

    Love the trench!

    My Fantabulous World

  • Luciana Safdie

    Love the concept, not sure about the shoes, I do believe short boots would look better.

    Also, huge fan of the shirt, hadn’t seen that particular spinning on big labels yet.

  • Chloe

    Good idea! I’ll have to try this! I love how you paired it with a tee — it gives it such a cool vibe!
    xx Chloe

  • Love the pairing but I’m too petite and I feel like long skirt might not look good on me. I don’t know, what do you think?

    Glitter & Blush

    • Leandra Medine

      Maybe try a pair of pumps with your pairing?

  • udonika

    I will forever regret not getting white floor length trench from Zara last summer. Ahh!!

  • AS Style & Design

    You look great, Leandra!! Love the trench and, of course, the Chanel bag!!
    Lots of love

    Alicia & Sofía

  • Lena

    Please please please please please please please please please…. I want to read you book in SPANISH!!! Is it Impossible???….nooo Impossible is nothing!!

  • Bangerz

    Wait, denim trench coats, I need one : and so it begins.

  • _ANA3ANA

    your tshirt is so sick. great outfit.

  • Ahh I almost didn’t notice it said Ill Slander if you hadn’t pointed it out. And yes, short booties would look best.

  • Jennifer

    Lovely outfit!

    xo Jennifer

  • Jessi

    Your hair looks amazing! Must be the dryer sheets 😉

  • Ora@Solefixationnyc

    well, at least it will be halachically approved….

  • The colors are just amazing


    Great look, and love the pop of yellow! Your writing is awesome too!

  • ni ni

    The colour palette of this outfit is extremely endearing!

  • Alba B.

    Your hair is growing so fast!!! Is it a Parisian effect?!!
    By the way I like your flamingo shot!!!

  • RedsBoutique

    Sooo different. I don’t love it but at the same time it’s so eye catching.

  • Despite the leg-shortening effect of ankle strap shoes, I’m really loving them lately. I might have to give the stubby area south of my knees a men-repelling makeover with a pair of my own!

  • Karla

    That skirt looks like something from my 4th grade wardrobe – only you could pull that off and actually look amazing in the process!!

  • I really like how the trench looks rolled up. Must invest in a new trench this year so I can do that. The trench I have has a slightly pink colored lining inside so I can’t fold it up nonchalantly!!

  • olivia

    love the top and the bag, as always!

  • Alejandra Juárez

    You should move to Spain… Zara is a spanish store… I love youuu <3

  • Anna

    I was pleasantly surprised and super glad I stumbled upon this post! My mom actually got me a really nice trench on sale a month ago (which equates to about $12 if I’m not mistaken), and I’ve been wearing it ever since with floral print or lace dresses. It’s a shame that it hasn’t become a trend here in Manila where I’m from (people prefer hoodies and windbreakers even in the rainy months) because trenches can be stylish if done the right way and not look so much like Law & Order cop chic.

  • danyel96

    find out how to make 75 usd a day from your home visit surveymoneymaker dot net

  • bruce richard

    I have never read such quality post as yours, ever on the web. Your post is very detailed and insightful yet easy to understand. Please write more frequently for this community.
    super fan shirt
    dot com