Summer has landed in Paris! This week has been wretchedly hot. It's 84º today. And also, strikes are erupting all over Paris, which have extended to the universities. All of my classes have been cancelled, therefore I can enjoy the weather (well, I don't actually know to what extent one "enjoys" this heat, but in any case, I'm enjoying the free time).
So last night my friends and I decided to attempt a rooftop bar in the 16th (which was probably a mistake, considering the 16th near Trocadéro is like the most touristy spot in the city) and therefore we got all dressed up. It was unfortunately all for naught, because every bar was packed to the brim and my friends didn't have time to wander and look for other cool things to do. But I retract that last statement, because getting all dressed up is never "all for naught". Considering I have no legit fancy clothes here, I was proud of my creation!! Despite the fact that I looked like a new-age victorian widow but who caresssss.
Since even being in my apartment is a sweaty mess (AC is like barely existent here), I pulled out my summer-staple: My cheap Gina Tricot gingham midi skirt. I bought it on a quick trip to Gothenburg, Sweden, two summers ago, and it hasn't let me down yet. It's perfect in every way: Light and airy, a modest but flattering length, fun print, and doesn't cling too much ;)
And I didn't exactly mean to pair it with black... Parisians seem to do this a lot, but it's never really seemed appropriate at home (but I will be doing this a lot more in the future because I actually love them together). I had recently purchased these sheer socks, so I essentially built my outfit around the skirt and the socks. And then in the spirit of sheer things, I added this polka dot ruffled collar (which solidifies the Victorian widow-look). When I was thinking of an Instagram caption, I thought of the song Bruises by Chairlift, but that was a little emo, and apparently people read into my Instagram captions so I can't do that anymore. But the idea was quite literally just "black and blue".
And I realized I had also recently purchased this cheap fabric clutch, also in a gingham pattern so boom: Clashing everything. And that's how we got here. I absolutely adored this outfit. It was super comfortable, pretty fancy I would say, but not over-the-top (thoughts?) and warm-weather appropriate (even though on the metro I was dying in the sweater – can't avoid this though. The solution is to not move). I would also like to point out that in the grand scheme of things, the outfit was extraordinarily inexpensive. I always maintain that fashion doesn't have to be pricey (though it often is). But each individual piece I'm wearing was less than $20! :O
Below I have attached a slideshow of some ~ inspiring ~ summer prints that I'm wearing "early". Also, most of the brands I've linked are French :)
Skirt: Gina Tricot
Socks: And Other Stories
Shoes: Anne Klein
Clutch: And Other Stories