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  • Writer's pictureIlana Hill

What Emily In Paris Taught Us About Fashion

If you were an avid watcher of Gossip Girl or Sex in the City, then Emily in Paris is the perfect light-hearted and fashion-forward show that feels both new and nostalgic all at the same time. I'm sure most of you, like me, have already binged the show, and while watching beautiful garments and effortless glows strut across my computer screen, I picked up a few things that Emily in Paris has taught me about fashion and beauty.

Mixing prints is accomplished through confidence

The thought of combining stripes with an animal print or polka-dots can be a very daunting one, but Emily in Paris has proved over and over again in only ten episodes that you can make prints a stylish combination with the right attitude. One print alone can be a bold choice, but when you're adding yet another you have to embrace standing out. You need to walk with pride and be confident because confidence truly does make an outfit.

Dirty waves are sexy waves

The show somehow perfected and elevated the effortless bedhead that makes us wish we woke up with perfect waves that look immaculate even without brushing our hair. Emily's long, wavy hair really stood out during the show and never seemed to lose its beauty even with her collection of berets and bucket hats - which I thought was cute to see again even after the trend faded away a bit. All I know is I'll definitely be practicing to try and perfect those effortless waves for my fall looks.

Tulle will never disappear

The one look that stood out to me the most was Emily's black tulle dress that she wore in the second episode. Since the show was directed by Darren Star, the outfit seemed to pay homage to Carrie Bradshaw's classic tulle skirt from Sex in the City - a show that Star also directed. Emily in Paris brought back the fabric in a new way that I'm sure will be finding its way into stores and our wardrobes in no time.

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A great black dress will last a lifetime

I think this fashion tip was spearheaded by the one and only Sylvie who was rocking a mature, effortless, and sexy look all season long with her Parisian hair and black dresses. It really is true that it's so important to invest in pieces that are staples in your wardrobe, and a black dress is a timeless piece that can practically last a life-time. Whether it's to work or a party, you can never really go wrong with a black dress.

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Jewel-tones and Matching sets

As someone who doesn't have a lot of color in her wardrobe, I will admit that bright jewel-tones are not something I own much of, but they really stood out in the show and made so many of Emily's outfits pop. The colors are great for the springtime, but as Emily adorned many of these colors with her gorgeous coats, you could also incorporate them in with fall fashion to really stand out.

I also loved the inclusion of matching sets, whether the pieces were patterned or just monochromatic. I think a matching set is the perfect way to look put together when in reality you don't have to put that much time and effort into your outfit. Sets are such a great way to achieve a cohesive look, and Emily in Paris did a great job in making us want to look for new ones to sport all year round.

Keeping up with the classics

I couldn't end this post without talking about the classic look that Emily Cooper sported that was a beautiful tribute to Audrey Hepburn's look in Funny Face. This just reinforces that "out with the old and in with the new" doesn't really apply to fashion. Trends always find their way back into our lives, and iconic looks of the past will never disappear.

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