Parisian in Punxsutawney

Hi babes! I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me! Actually, due to some ~technical~ issues back in March with my domain, was down for a few weeks (a super sad and stressful time in which I had an existential crisis). The good news is, however, we are back in business and back with fashion, of course! I am happy to be blogging again as writing/connecting helps keep me grounded, especially during these last few weeks of classes that have me tired and creatively drained. Contributing to The Closet Comber is the best way to refresh! Speaking of refresh, while I would love to escape to Paris right now, I had to settle for my hometown of Punxsy! I thought a few French fries and French outfit inspiration would do the trick (and lots of imagination)! So, as the French gals do, I kept it sleek, chic, and minimal, pairing a cream body suit with coordinating boots, a vinyl jacket, vegan leather shorts, a beret, and my new Yves Saint Laurent tote—nothing says Paris like a designer French fashion house. If you’re like me and want to live out your “Emily in Paris” dreams on a budget, then keep reading to see how I keep it equally chic as “Maggie in Punxsy (and Pittsburgh)!”

On chilly, dreary days, I like to reach for “comfort” clothes instead of comfort food (well maybe some of that too)! And I’m not talking sweatpants, but more like clothes I know will look good, like the classic black and white neutrals. This entire ensemble was inspired by this new YSL tote bag I recently purchased. The minimal graphic design is sleek, so I wanted to keep the outfit equally sophisticated, but with bold touches like shiny-texture fabrics. I chose this black vinyl jacket because I love the depth and interest the vinyl fabric adds, making it far from basic. The white stitching gives contrast to the piece, while also helping to tie in the bodysuit. A fitted bodysuit is the perfect piece to layer under a jacket because it isn’t too bulky—also great for spring time if you’re in need of a lightweight layer! For a feminine touch, the lettuce edge of the neckline and sleeves, a.k.a the dainty ruffles of the cuffs and collar, make this a must-have. 
The bodysuit also tucks in smoothly under these vegan leather shorts. The shorts have more of a matte finish that also creates some contrast, again making this a dynamic look, even though it is all neutral. Since they are a more billowy, paper-bag style, a fitted top, sweater, or bodysuit is a flattering option to balance out the proportions. Now, comb those closets for some fun finished fabrics to pair with pretty little layers! 

The tote was the summer staple last year, and I have no doubt it will be an essential for hot girl summer 2022. I admit that I was a little late to jump on the trend, but I am so glad I did because this piece has been one of my best investments yet! The reason I never toted around a tote (see what I did there?) was because I always carry my purse. However, since I’ve moved to the city and walk literally EVERYWHERE, I’ve started carrying more than just a cute bag…now I carry my “fancy” shoes (like these stiletto heeled boots) and walk in my sneakers. Sure, I’ll probably have a ~that girl~ moment where I post a pic of a flat lay with cute things I like to carry, i.e. pretty claw clips, fun lip gloss, perfume, or my Moschino wallet. In reality, though, it’s mostly the shoes that kill my feet! 

As a graphic designer, we have to take a moment to talk about this design! I know you’re probably thinking it’s very “plain” for me, but I am in love with the minimal type and neutrals. Don’t get me wrong, I love to make a statement, but this tote goes with every outfit imaginable! The white on black creates a bold contrast, while the simple type is chic and sophisticated. One thing I’ve learned through my design classes is that, sometimes, less is more. I also love that it’s black instead of the typical beige canvas because it gives it a more high fashion feel that isn’t as organic looking. It is considered a designer tote which made the price tag slightly higher than average, but as something I use almost every day, it was worth every penny! 

I didn’t know how much I needed a winter white boot until I got these beauties. I can’t tell you how many times I have worn these slouchy off-white shoes! Like many, I fell in the black hole of dark colored footwear, but these are a great way to lighten up your winter wardrobe. I know we all have spring on our minds, and these are also perfect as we transition to (hopefully) warmer weather because I am ready to retire my boots for sandal season! 
Last but not least, I have to mention the beret. Every influencer I saw on my feed donned a beret at one point or another. Personally, I’ve had this one for about 3 years and absolutely love wearing it! Though they are having a moment, I believe they’re as classic as they come! 
As much as I’d love to talk about fashion forever, I need to get back to my finals! I definitely have a love/hate relationship with school because I love learning new things, but, like anything in life, it can get overwhelming from time to time. Overall, pursuing graphic design was one of the best decisions I ever made because I fell in love with it and the creative process, while also meeting some talented people! It has been a very new and different adventure, but the best time! I think I’ve definitely discovered I am a city girl at heart (though I will love Punxsutawney forever)! There is something about the energy, the hustle and bustle, and all the stimulation that fuels and inspires me! Are you a city or country person? Let me know in the comments! One thing is for sure, Paris is one place I have yet to live in or even visit (but, hey, you never know). For now, I’ll stick to seeking inspiration from the French and their designers. If you too want to take a faux French vacay, then comb those closets for bold black and whites that have elevated textures to pair with top notch totes and beautiful boots and berets. Je l’aime! Or, you can always shop my links below! Happy Closet Combing! 
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