Once upon a time, I took to Instagram to post an #OOTD (well, way more than once, but for the purpose of this blog, “once upon a time” sounds much better than “many instances upon a time, but this one time in particular”). There are certain outfits that I anticipate being asked about, but then there are wildcards like this where I throw something on in five minutes or less because it’s noon and I’m still in my pajamas but have a thousand things to do… And then tons of people ask about what I’m wearing, where my pants are from, etc. etc. etc. I get confused, sure, but moreso excited to share some favorite fashion finds!
Welcome to the birthing of an unanticipated fashion blog! I personally loved this outfit for so many reasons… For one, it’s super comfy. The pants are a more relaxed fit and not constricting whatsoever, flats are always a yes, and a soft tee with a slightly Parisian look (black and white stripes are très Paris) takes it a step above a plain white top and pants. I added a clean black and gold watch and tied my shirt in a cute little knot for subtle personal touches. Outside of the black and white stripes, I felt like this look gave a nod to the Parisians in that it’s simple an effortless – something I have found is a common theme in the best French street style. In my opinion, that’s the key to rocking basics or to developing your style in general… Sticking to clean lines and things that feel effortlessly you, while also adding your own personal touch… Whether that be tying or tucking a shirt a certain way, wearing your go-to thumb rings (guilty), or adding some other fun accessory that is uniquely you, make it your own! Even a lip color or signature eye makeup look takes an outfit from “just another gal on the street” to the easily-identifiable, undeniable you.
Fashion doesn’t have to be rocket science – it should be fun and something you enjoy doing. I know that not everyone cares about clothes or how their outfit looks, which is fine if that’s you! But I personally love getting dressed every day. It gives me a chance to be creative, to celebrate my body, and to celebrate my uniqueness. Clothing is a sort of outward expression of something internal. Whether it’s daily basics or your most dolled-up, glam, “F’Em” version of yourself (shameless plug), what you wear should make you feel good. That starts on the inside of course, but a nice outfit can amplify that if you let it.
Ready for me to stop rambling and give you the outfit specs? I thought you’d never ask! Let’s start with accessories.
Yes, I got my nails painted in two different colors. I’m obsessed with it.
Bracelet: Forever 21 (bought a while ago, unsure of price… Usually around $5)
Watch: MVMT Watches, Santa Monica style. $115.
Pssst… The code “Emily” saves you 15% on your order from MVMT!
Now for the actual outfit itself.
Shirt: Madewell, Whisper Cotton Crewneck, size XS, $32
Pants: Lululemon “Dropt” pants, size 4, $108
Shoes: Merona brand at Target, Poppy D’Orsay flats, size 9 ½, $22.99
Find them here: http://www.target.com/p/women-s-poppy-d-orsay-pointed-toe-flats-merona/-/A-50801883
(Original photo featured some Steve Madden gladiators that I’ve had for upwards of 3 years. I just so happened to buy these adorable flats at Target while I was running errands that day, and I definitely prefer them with this look! Plus, it’s officially fall, so sandals are on their way out for the season.)
Bag: My go-to Marc Jacobs.
Et, voilà! Groceries bought, errands run, and I felt cute doin’ it. I gravitate towards looks that are simple, clean, and to-the-point. I don’t need any more fuss in my life, nor can I afford to spend precious time getting ready for hours on end to go to Target (if you can, more power to ya sista!). This got the job done and was so wearable that I didn’t even feel a need to retreat into my usual sweatpants-and-fluffy-robe ensemble upon returning home. I can get down with that.
The “La F’Em” declaration of style: Wear what you want. Wear what you love. Wear what makes you feel powerful and confident. Someone doesn’t like it? ‘F ’em. I am “La F’Em.”