In the past month, I've found myself walking the streets of New York, London, and Paris. They're considered fashion capitals for a reason—the people there always know what's ahead of the curve before anyone else does. And while researching them through the online lens may look easy, it can still be tricky to figure out what's being worn for a social media moment and what's actually being worn on the streets. Luckily for you, I kept a running list of things I saw everyone wearing. I might have been on vacation, but I couldn't help it. I was inspired. Since I just got off the plane 48 hours ago, I can share my research with you while it's fresh in my mind.
Each city is known to have its unique sense of style, but I surprisingly found a plethora of similarities while visiting each. My travels didn't just give me a mental refresh; they sparked the sartorial side of my brain just the same. From maxi hemlines to large carryalls, the items below will have you ready to take on fall no matter where you live.
As a modest dresser, I have always incorporated maxi hemlines into my wardrobe. But with the style seeing more light in the past year, I'm chock-full of outfit ideas. New Yorkers opted for leather, Londoners wore slinky slips, and Parisians wore their skirts low-rise with some midriff showing.
Whether you love or hate ballet flats, there's no denying that they've made a huge comeback. While Parisians have always been fond of the shoes, I also happened to see them aplenty on the streets of New York and London. Mostly, I saw them with miniskirts and straight-leg jeans. Add an oversize sweater or slouchy blazer, and you're ready to take on fall in style.
I'm used to seeing cargo pants styled with the New Yorker sporty essence, so it was refreshing to see them worn in a more elevated manner in London and Paris. No matter what kind of look you gravitate toward, you'll get a lot of use out of the relaxed pants this season.
Gone are the day of mini bags, and in are larger-than-life carryalls. It makes sense. Why should those who trek big cities like London, Paris, and New York resort to tiny bags that can't fit their on-the-go essentials?
I know this seems like a statement trend you'll only find on the 'gram, but I was surprised at how many silver details I saw in real life. Whether it was a simple locket or a full-on sequined skirt, the fun trend paired well with minimalist pieces.
Sheer pieces featured in almost every runway collection in New York and London. The trend presented itself not only on models but also heavily among the fashion set. It may have been styled in a more laid-back and relaxed manner than the runway looks, but nonetheless, it looked just as cool.
This may not be a revolutionary trend, but I've been seeing sweaters used as accessories more than ever. Mostly, I've seen them tied around the waists of dresses, serving as cozy belts. I've found it useful when a simple outfit needs a little special something, and the residents of the fashion trifecta seem to agree with me.