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Street Chic: PFW, Spring 2012

Today’s special edition Street Chic story is devoted to four of the best looks from Paris Fashion Week, where the weather was unusually warm and the dress code was all about dresses!


Street Chic: PFW, Spring 2012

Sadly, our street style coverage of the spring 2012 shows is about to come to an end, but not before we explore the amazing looks seen on the Tuileries. Yes, today’s special edition Street Chic story is devoted to four of the best looks from Paris Fashion Week, where the weather was unusually warm and the dress code was all about dresses! On that note, click through to see what they wore in Paris and make sure you take notes as today’s story is simply overflowing with ideas and inspiration! Read on!

1. We would expect nothing less of Wonderland editor Julia Sarr-Jamois than a brightly printed dress and a pair of statement heels. Yes, we just adored the ensemble Julia put together for a day of shows, partly because it is so easy to assemble—just two must-have pieces—and partly because she makes it look so effortless. Why does this outfit work so well? Instead of picking a muted floral print, Julia opted for neon pinks, blues, and greens, which really stand out against the black fabric. To make this look your own, pick up a dress like Lucy In Disguise’s Fortnums Floral Dress ($259) or Topshop’s Border Dress ($100) and team it with a pair of heels like Boutique 9’s Chastelyn Booties ($126).

2. You will rarely find a shortage of references at Paris Fashion Week, but we are particularly partial to the inspiration behind Claire Courtin-Clarin’s ensemble—the early 1990s, of course! Claire adhered to the “frocks and Docs” uniform of the grunge era by picking out a flirty, feminine dress and pairing it with printed Doc Marten boots. By adding oh-so modern accessories—specifically, a cute clutch, oversized sunglasses, and a smartphone, natch—Claire created a cool, contemporary ensemble. To try this look for yourself, pick up Mango’s Combi-Fabric Henley Dress ($43.99) and pair it with Dr. Martens’ Pascal Botanic Boots ($145). Finish the look with Rebecca Minkoff’s MAC Bridal Convertible Clutch ($177) and Ray-Ban’s Classic Wayfarer Sunglasses ($145).

3. No matter where you hail from, coming to Paris brings out a certain je ne sais quoi in everyone when it comes to fashion, as evidenced by the third lovely lady above. Her ensemble—a striped tea dress, two-tone ballet flats, and a shoulder bag—is a perfect example of Parisian chic. Not only is her outfit effortlessly chic, but it will easily transition from a day of shows to a late dinner, followed by an industry event, with barely a touch-up. Parfait! To create an equally chic look, pick up Mango’s Ethnic Print Dress ($59.90) or Rebecca Taylor’s Tie Dye Shirtdress ($365). Then, simply add Pieces’ Kira Quilted Ballet Shoes ($52.38) and you are on your way!

4. Although Taylor Tomasi-Hill always looks amazing, we have a funny feeling she saves her best outfits for Paris. For proof, just look at the ensemble she put together above. Once again, the highpoint of the look is how it consists of just three easy pieces: a cropped sweater, a printed long-tail skirt, and peep-toe booties. By picking neutral pieces to go with her statement-making skirt, Taylor has created an ensemble that is guaranteed to turn heads, but is also easy to move around in, which is essential at fashion week! To make this look your own, pair Vince’s Cropped Sweater ($245) with UNIF’s Get It Skirt ($78), and then slip into Vince Camuto’s Brendas Heels ($100.30) before you head out the door.

Photos: Stockholm Street Style, Vanessa Jackman

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