Paris, Couture & New Year's Style Resolutions

Every season Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week inspires me beyond words. From the immaculate runway shows to the theatric street style of international fashion mavens, explosions of individuality and innovation are the norm. 

Don't expect to see a perfectly polished woman on the street, instead she is slightly undone but exudes the confidence and eternal chic of the Parisian we all wish to emulate.

These images all strike a chord with me and have me thinking about a new style resolution that's been said a million times - less is more. Not in terms of minimalistic dressing, but in terms of choosing carefully the items that end up in our daily style arsenal. I have always been a bargain shopper at heart and this has led to my wardrobe being made up of more quantity than quality.

I'm only just beginning to understand the full appeal of a well-cut statement jacket, the versatility of a simple black or neutral-tone quality leather handbag and the structured form that a classic coat can offer. 

We can't all afford a wardrobe brimming with these quality items I speak of, yet, by diverting those hard-earned dollars away from piles of cheaper, trend-oriented pieces and shopping smart 
(or lay-bying) during sales on websites such as Reebonz, Net-A-Porter, The Outnet and Matches Fashion, it doesn't seem that those quality pieces are so far from attainable after all.

Images: Tommy Ton for Style.Com, Giovanni Giannoni for WWD

































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