I am alarmed to announce that since moving to Paris I have bought only two pieces of clothing, and my christmas list this year is entirely practical. If I weren't quite positive that I would have noticed a brain transplant I would definitely consider myself suspicious, especially given my new propensity to come to things on time. It really won't do. Well, it will, in fact, but I still find it rather disquieting.
What I really covet, however, is a Swagga & Soul Florence Frill Jacket.
It took me all of two days to work out that, especially with platinum blonde hair (Which is accepted fine if you're obeying the code/once you demonstrate french ability) bright colours mark you out as a foreigner and Parisian males make a lot of assumptions based on that. Luckily, I don't really have that problem, with my wardrobe. However, there is a uniform in Paris. It's very, very obvious to anyone spending an extended period of time here. the leather jacket is a key component to the whole look. Parisians, young ones, that is, dress down anything with a leather jacket. When headed to crazy dive bars like the Pop In or Zeros, to people watch at fashion parties and underground basement partie in vintage stores in pigalle, to Black Calvados, La perle, Regine... what have you.... the leather jacket is worn. Its weather appropriate. It fits the dark aesthetic..... it's classic. It's a blank canvas. The white tee shirt.
Leather boots. Leather jacket. Scarves. Stripes. Grey, Blue, Black. These are my parisian fundamentals.
Is it not ironic that after my 5 year long search for, eventual compromise and acquisition of the leather jacket, i find several which i would snap up in an instant? I KNEW I SHOULDN'T HAVE COMPROMISED...then again, it has come in useful... this being paris.
Other, more realistic options (what's the point of them when there's no way in hell i have money or leather jackets falling out of the sky in my general vicinity, despite working 8 hours of overtime on a 5 hour week.....) include All Saints' Altamont at £295
The Topshop Cheat lookover....
Alright ~ I'll link properly from now on!
UO UK - £18.00
UO UK - £28.00
UO UK £17.99
UO UK - £48.00
UO UK - £48.00
UO UK - £38.00
UO UK - £9.99
UO UK - £32.00
ok so it's a white shirt, and i slipped it in. But i dooooo need one. Now £14.99 @ UO UK
Additional extras include faux-fur snoods (It's COOOOLD), this baby...
made by I heartnorwegian wood on Etsy ($65)
Zum ZHP005 Violet Headphones (My inherent attraction to things shiny and bubblegum comes through in an acceptable manner; did i ever tell you about the period where i only wore pink and, failing that, dresses? OK, so i'm rehashing the dresses thing but that's because they are the simplest thing to laze in, not requiring any form of co-ordination and producing far less washing; i like to pretend i'm being efficient. And at least i'm not wearing a)pajamas (My other favourite) or b) tracksuit bottoms.
Oh, and AA Tri-Blend V Neck packs in orchid/black/evergreen and grey/indigo/athletic blue wouldn't go amiss...
Other, slightly more fun (read: Never going to happen you poor, deluded young student) wishes include..
A trip to eight London. Where after accosting the designers, begging to be their slave and attempting to thieve all clothing in sight, I would hit up the Zoe, Karen and Flora dresses... I love their clean aesthetic. Because I wear dresses so often, i like watching for things that i could wear again and again and again but have enough interesting detail not to be boring. These fit the bill. So nicely. But not my bill... because i hate art supplies and just spent 15 euro on 3 BLOODY SHEETS OF PAPER. MANDATORIALLY. 3. AND THAT WAS BUYING THE CHEAPO PAPER WE WEREN"T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE BUYING UNLESS WE COULDN'T FIND THE EXPENSIVE ONE.
oh, sorry, did I lose my composure?
The sad thing is, these are so terribly IN budget... 250£ for a made-to order dress? (website= http://www.eight-london.com/) Yes please thank you very much i'll be going now before you change your mind...
But i've spent so much money replaacing broken technology, feeding myself and on art materials (Some of which i successfully lost on the bridge between concorde and assemblee nationale... effing traffic....) that I just. can't. afford. clothes. (I WAS TAPING. TAPING. one pair of ballet flats back together.)
Could I justify in the name of charity? Edun x Dazed and confused charity tee-dress. Bamako. (LIMITED QUANTITIES LEFT!!!) €156
C SOCIETY - $199 - Pixiemarket
Of longevity??? (Forget me Not scarf in Blue Deer - €270)
of Addiction?? (to tea)
...No seriously..witness the tea boxes...
On that note.... 3 outfits and an adieu!
(I hate new flickr rushn shushn rotation....)
Tee from Ediot on etsy, then ancient stuff you couldn't buy anymore. ever.
Arthur says goodbye.