Outfit: Je Ne Sais Quoi



I wore a few variations of this outfit before I managed to get pictures of it. This tee and black skinny jeans, this look but a different jacket and my beret--and even on this day I couldn't quite make up my mind about the tee; tucked or untucked. Untucked I feel like it has the very modern Parisian chic look. It's the new je ne sais quoi of French style; ease and loose layers, a juxtaposition of classic and edgy elements but nothing skintight. I find Americans (as observed via fashion blogs and street style sites) on the whole prefer fitted clothing; whether it's jeans or dresses there's always this emphasis on the lines of the body being very clear and visible. It goes without saying that the rules aren't hard and fast for every French person or American, but certain elements would definitely be more popular in certain countries.
For myself I almost always define my waist in clothes and I usually define my natural waist. I think it goes back to being petite and wanting to have the look of long legs even if the fact is somewhat different. So I tried my untucked French ease (and almost had a Marilyn moment see the next to last photograph), but inevitably returned to a more fitted look. It's a small detail, but in the end it's all small details that define personal style. Which style (tucked or untucked) do you prefer?

headband, old jacket (similar), vintage brooch, tee, Shein skirt, black tightsboots
*pictures by Thomas*

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15 comments:

  1. Your hair matches the leaves perfectly! Lovely as usual :)
    -Kenna & Lulu
    http://www.kennaandlulu.com

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  2. I love your bangs! And the backdrop in these images is gorgeous.

    ~ash
    charcoalandash.blogspot.com

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  3. Untucked gets my vote.

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  4. Love this look! I have a leather skirt that looks like yours and I love it. Perfect for petite ladies.

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  5. I love the 'Marilynn moment'! It happens to me more often than I'd like to admit when I wear dresses and skirts (which is the majority of my wardrobe), so I have taken to wearing biker shorts underneath to prevent any unwanted exposure, ha! You look absolutely darling in both styles, but I do prefer the tucked better. :)
    With Love,
    Sarah

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  6. Tucked!!! I always have the same debate, and I'm not short (1,68). But my sis always reminds me, to define my lines or I'll look like an old potato sack! So whenever I feel tempted to go for the untucked I inevitably end up tucking it!

    Eva

    PS: Loving the fall feel!

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  7. Perfect pictures ever! Love Striped shirt with a jacket !
    http://maisondemilla.blogspot.com.br/

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  8. I actually really love that sword brooch!

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  9. Cool outfit,and I love how your hair complements the beautiful leaves backdrop!

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  10. Such a cute outfit! And I love your bag, where did you get it?

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  11. I usually prefer a defined waist as well, so I was surprised at how much I loved the untucked look. That's unusual for me. Both look great on you!

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  12. Loving this look and as per usual, your locations are perfectly in sync with your ensembles! Having a major hair envy moment right now, but being almost 7 months pregnant, I am postponing my hair dying urges for the moment :)

    xoxo,
    miha

    http://www.mihaskinnybuddha.com/

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  13. I prefer tucked when it comes to skirts like these. I'm petite as well and I dunno, untucked makes me look frumpy and very much like a potato sack! I cannot pull off loose dresses for the same reason of looking like a potato sack. I love A line dresses. Also, like you said, being petite just makes you want to lengthen your legs :)

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  14. @Harmony, the purse is by Betsey Johnson; I originally got mine at Modcloth but I don't think they carry it anymore.

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