My Favorite European Fashion Purchases

Americans know nothing about fashion… there I said it. You want to know how to dress for all occasions, ask the French. Men and women here have mastered the cool, casual and put-together look. So I’ve been taking notes and slowly adding to my wardrobe. I have found that the key is to mix and match simple pieces with loud statement pieces. So I picked up a bunch of pieces from essentially 2 stores.

ZARA

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I love Zara. It is pretty well priced, most articles are under 60 euro (~70 USD) and it is such good quality for what you pay. The first things I picked up were a pair of jeans and a sweater. I desperately need a medium wash of denim, as I arrived  with only very light or very dark jeans. I found these and immediately grabbed them. They are the perfect color and fit; very skinny but with a detailed fringe/flare at the bottom. They are mid rise at the waist and look great with a belt and a crop top, not to mention they make the booty look fab.

I also realized that I was lacking sweaters and long sleeve tops. And guess who answered my prayers… thats right. Zara. If you need basics, Zara, Zara, Zara. I found this adorable light sweater. It is simple but embellished with bell sleeves and simple black detail. For some oomph, it has a deep v-neck. I also found a super cute crop top in a forest green, which I don’t have much of in my wardrobe. I love this top because at the bottom it is twisted into a cool knot-type-thing (I know, I’m great at describing). It goes great with my black, high-waisted jeans and boots.

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I also needed a new winter coat, as I only brought my long rain coat. All the girls here wear moto jackets in suede or leather. I picket a thicker one with a shearling lining and I am obsessed. The zipper cuts diagonally across the front of the jacket and it has detailed zipper pockets and sleeves. It is pretty cropped and snug so I did go a size up, but it keeps me warm and stylish.

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One of my all time favorite pieces is this suede, ribbed dress. It fits like a dream. It a lightly fitted straight dress that goes down to just above my knee. It looks killer with tights and you can dress it up or down with different footwear. I love to wear it with my converse and my bomber jacket.

PULL&BEAR/PUMA

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A new store I discovered, specific to Europe, is Pull&Bear. This place is amazing for great statement pieces, sweaters and accessories.

My latest conquest involved getting a New Years Eve outfit and I found the PERFECT piece. This red velvet romper is the love of my life. I plan on wearing it with tights, a black bralette and my black ankle boots.

Also, I found this adorable chunky knit cardigan. It has a very boxy fit and is super cozy, plus it goes with most of the clothes I already own.

And lastly, you know me an my sneakers. I can’t get enough. I came with just my Pumas and my Converse but everyone here wears white sneakers so I bought the same style of Pumas but in a white leather. They are the comfiest shoes I have ever owned. I definitely prefer Pumas to Adidas because they are cheaper and less chunky, not to mention they feel like you are walking on clouds.

And that is most of the fashion I have purchased in Europe (so far)! If ever you find yourself in Europe and need a little pick-me-up, just go shopping!

xo Em

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