Since I started my blog, one designer that has continued to influence my style with her cult favourite pieces is Isabel Marant. As my fashion choices change and evolve, I find that I often go back to Marant's bohemian relaxed off-duty stance for inspiration. Born in Paris in 1967 to a German model mother and a French photographer father, her style can only be described as "equal parts rock 'n' roll, California surfer girl and insouciant Parisienne" (1). Like every fashion lover, I hope to one day visit her shop in Paris and own one of her pieces in my closet. However for now, I want to show you a more affordable version of Marant's signature style and hopefully capture that Parisian cool that we all envy and admire.
To embody Marant's trademark style, I got this sweater from Zara during their holiday sale and thought it was perfect for this occasion. Very reminiscent of her runway 2015 Fall/Winter collection that consisted of ruffles, Breton stripes and geometric trims; this cozy oversized cardigan fits perfectly into that description. Warm enough for a chilly sunny winter day, I paired this sweater that I treated as a jacket, with a thin navy blue turtleneck sweater and dark washed distressed skinny jeans. Style Tip: If you would like something more true to her runway looks, I suggest finding a pair of distressed white denim skinny jeans and tuck them under a buckle ankle bootie or wear the sweater over a ruffle printed dress.
With French girls like Caroline De Maigaret, Lou Doillon and Vanessa Paradis, you will notice that they often have tousled hair and very minimal makeup on. Excluding the arm party trend we saw a few years ago, I would say Parisians are also generally very minimal when it comes to the accessory department. Hence, I opted for no jewelry but instead incorporated this fringe embroidered bag that matches perfectly with the sweater. I also love the fringe detail of the clutch as it gives me movement and a boldness that is modern yet feminine. Like my bag, I also wore fringe on my booties which allowed me to capture the French designer's bohemian spirit. To finish off my look, I put on my favourite leather trimmed sailor leather cap and a je ne sais quoi attitude and I am ready for my runway moment.
Thanks so much for reading and I hope you can incorporate some of today's French inspired look into your wardrobe. Until next time, stay effortless and chic- Joie de Vivre!
Cardigan: Zara (similar version here & here)
Boots: Zara (similar here)
Hat: Eugenia Kim
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