An Eiffel Amount of French Style
I've been killing the black on black game recently. Amongst the multitude of black pant and top combos I have had already this winter, I wanted to add a French twist. I like to say that I'm not a fan of Paris, but the Parisians have great style, which is why I tend to draw towards French elements like breton stripes and berets.
Recently I discovered Sezane, a French online store. Sezane releases a capsule collection every month with different staple pieces that have a certain theme to them. The pieces feel very wholesome and timeless rather than on-trend. Most collection pieces sell out pretty fast, and restocks are limited. The Sezane knit collection is where my eyes wandered to at first, but I fell for the Ninon blouse, a full sleeve, all-lace top with dainty ruffles. The top comes in red, black, and ecru. Not gonna lie, all lace made me question my choice for a second. However, I love the sultry but conservative vibe of this top.
Sezane sizing is in French, so a 34 is equivalent to XS in the US. The top I found was true to size, since XS regular tends to be still a loose. The ruffles conveniently cover the front torso from bringing completely see through, which was nice.
In an effort to try something different, I paired this all lace and ruffle combo with my New Look check trousers that have a cute ruffle hem. I like using a central element to bring a look together. Ruffles are one of my go-to ways to do this. While a PETITE cropped fit, the trousers still ended near my ankles. This is problematic because cuffing the hem wasn't an option. Instead, heels were needed to get a height boost and to make the ruffles stand out a bit more.
Just to really play up the stereotypical French look, I added a beret. Though, I don't really need much of an excuse to wear a beret any day. Sophisticated feels have got me.