So here we go, the first of my two recent Paris sets! It doesn’t get more classic Paris than a trip to the Eiffel Tower and even though I’m terrified of heights and hate being on the thing, I still love visiting it. It’s one of the reasons that this year I’ve come to acquire no less than three wearable items with it on, of course including my birthday dress, but also this amazing skirt.
I get super nervous about buying border print midi skirts because I quite often alter the lengths and you just can’t do that with these. If there was going to be a skirt I risked it on, though, it was going to be this one. And yes, it is slightly longer than is my preferred length for a full skirt, but with heels I think I just about get away with it. I don’t buy a lot from Lindybop these days, as the sizing and quality is such a gamble, but for pieces like this they are such a good budget option.
As soon as I saw this little bow brooch as part of Erstwilder’s new birthday range I had the pink accents of this skirt in mind and one of my favourite pairs of holiday shoes that the weather is almost never good enough to wear in the UK. I’m really pleased with how it all looked together but a bit disappointed no one in Paris complimented it. Too tourist? Probably. I certainly felt like one but hey, I was one. Perhaps more surprisingly, three separate waitresses complimented me at length on my hair and makeup specifically (cue awkward conversations half in English and French – I can in fact speak a little French and read it fairly well but whenever anyone speaks it to me they may as well be talking Greek). In fact, one of them asked about my hair sponges which is partly what triggered my previous post about them. The funny thing was, it wasn’t any different to how I look in the UK, but I have never had a compliment from a waitress or any other passing stranger over here about my beauty regime. So I was either particularly on form, or Parisians love my style. I don’t think it’s a bad thing in either case, but I kinda hope it’s the latter.
Brooch: c/o Erstwilder
Top: New Look (similar)
Belt: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Skirt: ‘Adalene’ by Lindybop
Shoes: Topshop (old)
Bag: Ollie & Nic (old)
As much as I liked this outfit, it’s actually the second one I photographed in Paris that was the most spontaneous but my hands down favourite from the trip. So watch this space for that one…