Sunday, 17 January 2010

La Belle Paris

Fashion seems to have fallen head over heels with the city of love. The high street is abound with Breton stripes and Eiffel towers, and as for colours - well it just won't do unless it's black, red, white or blue.

I for one am loving this unashamedly pretty start to 2010. After a winter of studs, shoulder pads and attitude a little bit of the whimsical comes as a welcome contrast. All these Eiffel towers make me dream of being in Paris; drifting around art galleries,
shopping in glorious boutiques and cycling along the Seine with a baguette and croissants in my basket. Although I may not be able to run away to the Parisian attic appartment of my daydreams, I can at least feel all the joy of la Belle Paris by adopting this season's trend. I fell in love with this Topshop Eiffel tower jumper and just couldn't resist. I pair it with my cream and black ruffle skirt, my black velvet jacket, and - of course - my Accessorize Eiffel tower earrings. Too many Eiffel Towers I hear you cry? Not ENOUGH in my opinion! This isn't a trend that's about subtility; with an eiffel tower emblazoned across your chest you might as well go the whole fabulous hog. How about with this oh so cute Accessorize necklace, just £6?

Stripey blazers fit in perfectly with this trend, and I love this
red and white one from Topshop (£60). Perfect with a plain t-shirt and tailored shorts, or a floaty skirt for a more mix-and-match feel. Add opaque tights, black boots or simple pumps (tied with floppy ribbons for the total 'pretty meets paris' effect) and you're looking tres
jolie. At Topshop you can get all your souvenirs of Paris on one pretty pink dress, (£35) covered as it is in Eiffel Towers and Arch de Triumphs. Along the same lines is this fab Eiffel tower playsuit (£40) from ASOS, which looks great with a grey jersey jacket as shown on the model.

When thinking of Paris you can't help but think of Chanel, and this
black trimmed cardigan (£38) from Warehouse has a chic, 'Chanelesque' feel. You can pick up a similar style cardigan from Dorothy Perkins, or jacket from Topshop.

When it comes to prints, the Paris trend is all about spots and stripes. A simple Breton stripe top or dress has a classic appeal that oozes effortless style. This
stripe tshirt (£28) from ASOS with its cute heart detail is perfect, whilst this white and blue stripe tunic dress (£18) from Warehouse would look great with a grey jacket, or cinched with a red waist belt. Polka dots offer a pretty Parisian feel too, in the shape of this polka dot body (£16) from Dorothy Perkins. Bodies like this might look scary (childhood ballet lessons spring to mind) but they are surprisingly practical. Wear with high waisted shorts or skirts and avoid having to constantly tuck your top in as it rolls up, or pull your tights up as they roll down (ruining the elegant look somewhat). You can also get a striped version at Miss Selfridge.

And as it's still chilly outside, keep snug with these
cute I love Paris socks (£2) from Dorothy Perkins, or this navy Eiffel Tower scarf (£15) from Miss Selfridge. Finally (and because it just wouldn't be a Paris trend without it) this Accessorize navy beret (£12) with its polka dot bow is not only fantastique but practical for the wintery weather too All in all J'ADORE this trend!


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