OOTD: Independence Day

Today’s holiday was celebrated with a road trip and a very, very indulgent lunch.

Coincidentally, I found myself wearing the colors of the Philippine flag:

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Red, White, Blue, and Gold

I took advantage of today’s rainy weather to wear one of my favorite marinièresIt’s made with a heavy, thick knit and the soaring temperatures this past summer means I don’t even remember the last time I wore it. I love this shirt so much that I have a second one in the navy and red colorway.

I paired that with dark blue jeans, a red bag with gold hardware et voila, coincidental tribute to today’s holiday. Ok, it’s a French-inspired tribute, but it’s the thought that counts. Heehee.

Just because

I don’t think I really need a reason for posting this picture:

You still there? You haven’t passed out yet? Do you need to wipe the drool off your laptop/iPhone/iPad first? Ok.

You’re back? Ok.

The entire outfit, not just the guy (who I didn’t know when I first saw this photo was model Rafael Lazzini) is just so… guapo. Well, for one thing he’s wearing a marinière, which immediately earns him +1,000,000 points from me. I love that everything fits so well, but it’s not too baggy (the jeans) or too fitted (the sweater). And those shades. And the perfect facial hair. And that hair.

And of course, that face.

Swooooooooooooooon.

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

Obsessed

There is no other word for it, really.

I have long been a fan of the Breton shirt and stripes in general. Stripes make up such a disproportionate part of my wardrobe that my sister groans “Ugggggh, another striped shirt?” every time I come home with another one. I really just can’t enough and am always on the look out for the perfect shirt. There’s something inherently easy, timeless yet effortlessly chic about them that I can’t resist.

So imagine my delight when I discovered a Tumblr dedicated to the la marinière. I’m not kidding when I say I think it’s the best Tumblr ever.  This Tumblr is to me as gin is to an alcoholic. I am obsessed. This site, if anything, reconfirms everything I love about the Breton shirt: that it is elegant, it is versatile and it is absolutely stylish.

If you need further convincing, just look at who’s been photographed wearing it. Surely Coco Chanel AND Audrey Hepburn can’t BOTH be wrong.

PS: Girl Crush Alert! Mini Anden, she of that beautiful face in the lower right corner, is, was and always will be one of my all-time favorite models.