Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tricks to Steal from Paris Fashion Week

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Source: ImaxTree)As per tradition, Paris Fashion Week dazzled with the good (Valentino's resplendent gowns, Jean Paul Gaultier's final spectacle), the badass (rocker-chic at Saint Laurent, leather galore at Givenchy) and the we-hope-no-one-ever-wears-that (we're talking about those intense face helmets at Alexander McQueen). Amidst it all, there were more than a few styling tricks we're stealing for our immediate use. Herewith, our favorite wear-now outfit ideas straight from the City of Lights.

Wear Red Shoes with a Black-and-White Outfit
Our love affair with the add-a-red-hot-accessory trend continues. This past week, designers amped up otherwise-subdued black-and-white looks with a zingy dose of crimson. At Nina Ricci, a pair of patent-leather sandals enlivened a graphic floral-and-lace ensemble, while Céline styled a minimalist ensemble with cherry-hued slippers. It's a look that works for day or night, and couldn't be easier to pull off. 

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Nina Ricci, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week
 (Céline, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Pair Bold Gold and Classic White
Now that post-Labor Day white is fully sanctioned by the fash pack, why don't you jazz up your basic white button-down, jeans or dress with a hefty serving of gold? That was the look at Jean Paul Gaultier, where Joan Smalls' crisp collared shirt was offset by a metallic skirt and matching accessories. (Confession: the early '90s bombshell moment was one of our favorites of the week). Don't want to set off the metal detector? Then limit your gold rush to a simple belt or shiny shoes, like the ones Karl Lagerfeld showed at Chanel. (But, please: leave the gold lurex tights to the pros). 

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Jean Paul Gaultier, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Chanel, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Layer on a Bandeau
If you thought bandeaus were only for the beach, think again. A bevvy of designers let the minimalist bra top peek out from under sexy sheer tops, like the striped sequin style at Balmain and Barbara Bui's slinky black number. We're loving this look for a big Saturday night out, but a word to the wise: To avoid looking like you got lost on your way to the pool, opt for graphic black and white, and style it with urbane separates (think pencil skirt, not mini skirt).

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Balmain, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Barbara Bui, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Throw a Miltary Jacket Over Your Mini
Surely you have an army-green anorak in your arsenal. (You don't? Get thee this J.Crew fatigue jacket, stat). The all-purpose outwear looks great with jeans and a boyfriend sweater (duh), but it's also a killer complement to dressier duds—like a sequin mini (seen at Sonia Rykiel) or a vintage-y floral frock (spotted at Saint Laurent).

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Sonia Rykiel, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)Easy Outfit Upgrade: Four Styling Tips from Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Week(Saint Laurent, Spring 2015; Source: ImaxTree)
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