Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I Learned in Paris

by Marissa Bognanno of The Boot

I'm very excited to be featuring Marissa Bognanno of The Boot. Marissa is originally from Boston, but she currently lives in Italy with her soon-to-be husband, where she lives a beautiful life filled with lovely Italian experiences and delicious food. At her blog, you can find an abundance of inspiring posts about travel and food. Marissa's guest post today combines two of my favorite things: fashion and travel. Enjoy! 
If you think you’re stylish, coordinated or en vogue, go to Paris and you’ll realize, “Oh wow, I’m not.” 

The thing is, Parisian women are gorgeous. Effortlessly, simply gorgeous. Five days in Paris and I left with pages of my journal dedicated to outfits I saw on the street, written like poetry. “There goes a flower-print sundress with gladiator sandals and a cute head scarf. Oh wait, look at those red pants, paired perfectly with a white, lacy tank and tortoise Ray Bans. Hm, it seems as if tucking in a shirt is the new black.”

This is funny because I’m not a fashionable person. Like, at all. My idea of an outfit is a pair of converse, jeans and a tee. (If I feel like trying. Otherwise I’d stay in my pajamas if it were socially acceptable.) It’s not that I don’t appreciate a nicely put-together outfit, I just don’t feel the motivation to create one. But Paris and its beautiful women taught me that I could look good with less. That it doesn’t take much to have style that sets you apart. Like a good blazer, for example, I learned is key to looking chic. The same goes for a good belt, a nice handbag and shoes. If everything else you’re wearing is simple, you’ll still stand out with those nice pieces. Their hair was simply adorned with beautiful clips, or pulled up loosely into a chignon. Makeup was positively minimal and I appreciated that they let their natural beauty shine through. 

So, thank you Parisian women, for teaching me that fashion doesn't have to be a time-consuming, wallet-depleting stress inducer.

One last thing I saw girls sporting left and right, though? Tights and shorts. No, merci. 

7 comments:

Stesha said...

I can only imagine the fashion you experienced. I am jealous! that back of the dress....uh!! wow!

xx

Jenna said...

Love Marissa! I've never been to Paris, but it's at the tippy top of my list of places to travel :)

xxx
Jenna

Malou Morgan said...

This is so true, I was there last week and I felt the same way! The girls are so effortless and chic. Don't even get me started on the guys, they're so well put together that they make me blush. xxx

rooth said...

I'm not a super fashionable person either but there's something about them that looks so effortlessly pulled together as well. Maybe it's the French air?

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Agree, they are so effortlessly chic!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

I will definitely check out The Boot...because I love Italy! The sights, the food, the people...everything! :)

This is a great post! I'm certainly no fashionista, so I took notes in regards to her simple, yet effective fashion advice!

Alexandria - http://therolexrelease.blogspot.com

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

I will definitely check out The Boot...because I love Italy! The sights, the food, the people...everything! :)

This is a great post! I'm certainly no fashionista, so I took notes in regards to her simple, yet effective fashion advice!

Alexandria - http://therolexrelease.blogspot.com