Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Feeling Parisian.

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I very recently had bangs cut into my hair. In truth, the decision to get bangs was one that was a very long time coming, but one that took a dramatically long time to make. Nevertheless, last week I finally bit the bullet and, well, there's no turning back. My new hair coupled with my outfit of choice made me feel very Parisian chic, like I was elegantly strolling through the charming, cobbled streets of the French capital, as opposed to the reality of the rainy streets of Belfast.

It really goes without saying that black and white Breton stripes paired with nonchalant bangs, a leather jacket and a red lip are incredibly stereotypically Parisian (add a beret and it's actually borderline painful) - yet regardless, they make for a classicly timeless, effortlessly chic look that works like a charm every single time.

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Adding a pleated skirt to this look is something that is currently totally out of my comfort zone. If I'm being completely honest, I fell head over heels in love with this skirt when I initially purchased it - but it didn't take long at all for me to fall out of love with this piece and shy away from wearing it. "To the back of the wardrobe you go, painfully beautiful skirt that I'm utterly convinced I can't pull off because I'm pretty sure it makes me look like a grandmother way, way, waaaaay before my time!" And yet, despite that, something gave me the urge to dig it out from the back of my wardrobe and try again - and now I vividly remember why I fell so deeply in love in the beginning.

The skirt, in all its glory, adds to the undeniable Parisian feel that I'm going for with this look. It adds another dimension of classic timelessness, as well as a slight air of Parisian sophistication. Oh la la. Ultimately, there is definitely a lesson to be learned here somewhere. Don't give up on something too soon.

Or perhaps, if all else fails, just channel your inner Parisian.
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Photography by Adam Johnston.

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