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The French Girl's Summer OOTD You Should Definitely Wear

Effortless chic at its finest.
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We've already established that the French are great at styling their denims and they're amazing at making a classic, vintage piece look cool right now, too. Now, if you're gunning for an effortlessly chic summer look, you know that you can always count on the French girls to be your go-to style peg. Case in point, their summer uniform, which consist of a basic tee and a trendy mini. Read on, take notes, and score yourself some much needed style inspo this summer of 2017.

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One easy way to spice up your summer style? Mix two big trends together! Loosely tuck a cool logo shirt under a trendy gingham mini, layer long pendants for extra style points, and you're ready to beat the summer heat in style.

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Pair a classic tee with a rugged, denim mini for an easy perfect for the summer OOTD. Throw on a pair of sunnies or a dainty bangle to seal a fashionable deal.

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Break the common fashion misconception that summer equated to fun prints and vibrant colors. Instead, add a whole lot of edge to your summer uniform with a rad leather mini and fishnet stockings to boot!

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Whether it's the summer season or not, it's always a great idea to put together two contrasting pieces to create a stunner OOTD. This summer, wear your edgy, graphic tee with a fun, printed mini for a cool summer look no one would expect.

 

Who said a basic, white tee is too boring for the summer season? Wear it with an eccentric, green, leather mini, cap the look off with a pair of masculine sandals, and you're all set!

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What’s your uniform this summer of 2017?

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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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