Trench coats + La marinière + little girls = perfection

I know there’s something not right about a grown woman (really, me?) seeing a girl’s outfit and immediately thinking, “I want what she’s wearing!” And we’re not talking a teenage girl here (ewwww, have you seen what teenage girls have been wearing lately?), we’re talking a girl who probably doesn’t even go to elementary school yet.

But I guess when the little girl we’re talking about is Françoise Durand, French Vogue editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt’s daughter, I guess I’m excused, right? Because how chic is her outfit here?

A trench coat (Burberry, bien sûr), a Breton top, skinny jeans and ballet flats. If my budget and Philippine weather allowed it, I could and would wear this outfit every day.

Okay, maybe I’ll change it up a little. Change into looser pants, change up the shoes and end up with something like this:

How awesome is this little girl’s outfit? And she’s absolutely rocking it with her “whatcha lookin’ at?” stare and her pose. The popped collar, the pulled up sleeves, her cuffed jeans just scream effortless cool.

Yes, I know the words “chic” and “effortless cool” are not exactly the words you usually associate with toddlers’ outfits. Some people might even say it’s creepy that I’m dissecting the outfits of these girls like they were my contemporaries. But, but, but… can you really blame me for wanting their outfits?

photos via jak and jil blog and curatedtaste.tumblr

I may have a problem

A ballet flat-specific one.

I’ve loved them since I seriously began caring about what I wore on a daily basis (college), and I’ve always had a pair on hand (or two or three) since then. Mostly black, but some gold or silver, and in a multitude of materials: leather, fabric, leatherette. There is just something timeless about ballet flats, something inherently chic and elegant about them. They look good with practically anything, dresses, skinny jeans, wide-legged jeans, leggings, shorts. And, except maybe for sneakers, nothing could beat them for comfort. They’re stylish and you don’t actually have to learn how to walk in them (as I need to with heels).

What more could a girl ask for?

Well, more ballet flats, for one thing.

Which is why I succumbed to the temptation, and ended up buying TWO pairs of flats last week. I was only in the market for one, because my current pair was literally falling apart, and my mom was actually threatening to throw them out already. So I really needed (ehem.) to buy a pair. I settled on the below, from Topshop. They were leather, and I liked the way they fit my feet. They are as basic as ballet flats could be, which is the entire point anyway.

I needed these

My second purchase, however, was entirely unplanned and, I admit, totally unnecessary. But, I absolutely COULD NOT RESIST. I came home from work and my mom showed me the pair she bought (in black), and within about 15 minutes, we were on our way to buy me a pair. They were so “me” and the leather was so soft, and they would go with anything, and they were classic but modern at the same time, and they were comfortable, and the two-tone was design was such a cute twist… Did I mention they were so “me”?

I DIDN'T need these.

Sorry, I’m rambling. I just really  need to justify the exorbitant purchase love these flats, and I can’t stop going on about them. So here they are. My Tory Burch Caroline ballet flats in Tory Navy/Tory Red.

They’re so lovely, they’re killing me. And, the things, I won’t even get to wear these at work.

Like I said, I have a problem.