Burrrr. We've taken a temperature nose-dive today and I found myself hastily running back from my early-morning lessons (English teaching y'all) due to the appearance of an unexpected, and quite unwelcome, newcomer: rain. I guess I just thought we'd sail through this fall, well....dry. Although our days have certainly been crisp, we've enjoyed weeks of what makes this region so glorious: le beau soleil.
So after getting more than a few surprise raindrops on my H&M trench, I've had to turn to a few of my seasonal favorites to give me a bit of extra-cozy comfort; namely: espresso, chocolate, & shopping.
And thankfully, after another famously slow start yesterday, we managed to secure a superb spot on our local square for a little bit of coffee-sipping & trend-watching. Strikes or no strikes, you can certainly find a lot of things to criticize the French about, but I'm willing to overlook quite a lot for some prize café time on a Sunday morning. Superb.
While I'll surely never be French, I do love keeping an eye on what the les madames & mademoiselles are wearing each season. Although there don't seem to be major changes in the fall wardrobe - lots of black, trench coats, and boots with three-inch heels (I'm teetering just thinking about it) - there do seem to be a few trends on the move.
Here are some trends spotted around town:
1. White everything
Scarves, sweaters, home deco - if it somehow sparkles, all the better.
2. Lace-up heels
Again, think I'd be teetering like that Eiffel Tower if I attempted those, but seen lots of ladies making it work...and then some.
3. Cropped boots
Must be big in the States as well; this one I can do minus any cobble-stones.
4. The étole
And then man created.....the French scarf. A perennial favorite but I'm really enjoying the étole version, which literally translates to "stole", but simply a cottony wonder that's a lot easier to make fashionable than it's woolen cousins.
Are these the same fall trends as in the States? Seen them elsewhere? Any fall favorites you can't live without? I've got my favorite comfy hat (below) and about three coats I live in when the frost comes out - that, and the three bags of chocolate-toffee almonds I stashed from the Belgentier chocolate festival, make fall all the more enjoyable.