Did any of you ever read my interview with Niyah at Inexpensive Chic or with Jessica at Marvelous Things? Well, if you did, you would know that I have had trouble wearing bright colors ever since I came back from studying abroad in Paris in 2008. For some reason, living there changed me...in more ways than one, but sartorially speaking, I became drawn to neutral colors, and in particular, black. This article about what to wear in Paris says it best:
"Neutrals are key- If you're from a climate that sports a lot of florals and bright colors, aim for hte subdued approach. You can never go wrong wearing black in Paris. In fact, you'll notice that this is the color scheme that most of the locals live in. You've heard it all before- black is slimming, always in style, and versatile. A flattering black sweater or pants/skirt can be dressed down for daywear and easily spruced up for a night on the town."
Although I didn't do any fashion research prior to living in Paris, I realized pretty quickly that my fuzzy sheepskin boots, Hello Kitty tees, and colorful sweaters did not belong. I remember Parisians staring at me as I walked (okay, so I might have sprinted...I'm not exactly a morning person) to my 8 a.m. cours de Français à la Sorbonne in my American attire. I felt like a knockoff Louis Vuitton sur les Champs-Elysées or la Tour d'Eiffel to Parisians: an embarrassing eyesore. I definitely grew quite accustomed and comfortable with my daily uniform of black pants/black blouse/black boots/black everything. When I returned to California, I automatically began to neglect and eventually purge away my floral tops, graphic tees, and colored jeans, items which I had frequently worn prior to my trip. Unbeknownst to me for a long time, I started to stock my wardrobe with neutral colors almost exclusively. Now that I've identified this bad habit of mine, I've been gradually trying to incorporate fun colors back into my daily wardrobe, and may even wear some obnoxious neons in the near future. And so, here is another step forward on my journey to finding my personal style. Cheers!
Clothing: Coral tank- Marshall's, $13 (similar here & here), Skinny jeans (the recurring pair of my fave)- Vigoss
Accessories: Aviators- Michael Kors ($20 @Ross!), Arrowhead Necklace- Charlotte Russe (on sale for $5!), Quatrefoil earrings- Francesca's, Charm bracelet- Tiffany & Co., Bangle & assorted bracelets- ?, Ceramic watch- MK5387 Michael Kors, Floral chain clutch/flap purse- Victoria's Secret (VERY old style)
Shoes: Braided wedge sandals- Steve Madden
Have you ever been influenced by local fashion while traveling? How so? How has your style changed over the years?