When I was little, American Girls were introduced. As luck would have it, one of these dolls was named Kirsten. There was no way on Earth my mother thought I should go one single day without having a Kirsten doll of my own. Eventually, she got a best friend named Samantha. Having spent the past week in Paris (much more on that later), I’ve learned quite a bit about what French men (and women) think about American girls. While I didn’t stand out like a sore thumb with a money belt and massive camera, once I spoke English, the French were very intrigued to ask us about our President and who we thought would be the next. (Their guess is Hillary Clinton). The style here is much like New York, except they aren’t afraid of a full length fur and even those dressed down have a bit more polish and panache than their American counter parts. While I blended in nicely, I do suppose wearing the outfit in this post would have been a dead giveaway of American descent.
If you live in America, you own a pair of jeans. For whatever reason, this time of year feels very “Americana” to me. The only thing I own more of than crop tops is denim. Once I found a brand and style I liked, I bought it in every available color and/or pattern. When it comes to cold weather, I start at the bottom (much like Drake), as in my jeans and then build my outfit around them. This is why I often complain to my friends about having no tops. But that is neither here nor there, as let’s talk about you and your denim needs. Whether it’s the perfect pair of jeans, a chambray shirt, or a beaten up jean jacket, be sure to slip into something that feels more American than apple pie.
Another trend that was once a fashion faux pas is double denim. While you are probably rolling your eyes and ready to click that cute little “x,” hear me out. Kate Bosworth can clearly do no wrong and here she is as a shining example of how denim on denim can look totally chic. Britney and JT, on the other hand, are exemplifying that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
The trick when wearing “denim times two” is to make certain that the pieces are distinctly different shades. Also, the silhouettes should also be contrasting proportions. Don’t wear boyfriend jeans with a blousey shirt or vice versa (jeggings and a denim tube top). If you’re going to attempt this somewhat controversial trend, try a dark skinny pant with a loose chambray button down just like Kate.