FASHION FROM ABROAD: Midis And Metallics

Something every girl should own, no matter the city, is a midi skirt. I think many girls are afraid to try this look out because they can't quite figure out how to wear them. But that's the beauty of it! They can either be high-waisted or rest nicely on your hips and they're adorably retro. I've even seen Fashionistas rock midi skirts with boots — an awesomely daring biker girl look that's also very Spanish. My favorite way to wear a midi skirt is by pairing it with a crop top — the outfit just has such an feeling of summer about it! Madrid has been extremely hot lately, which makes it hard to find something to wear that won't stop you from enjoying your day. The perfection of the midi skirt is the fact that it won't stick to the shape of your body, locking in the heat; rather, it will just flow around you as you walk.

I saw this Fashionista at Plaza Chamberí, about to grab a glass of wine with friends. Her outfit is incredibly understated and perfect for a stroll through the Rastro flea market on a Sunday morning. What I love even more than her carefree air is her careful attention to detail when it comes to her jewelry. Accessorizing is like reading between the lines: it's something that should speak to you so subtly that you don't even know it's there. This Fashionista perfectly combined gold and metallic accesories, complementing her outfit in a most classy way. I often struggle with ways to accessorize without making it seem like I'm trying too hard. I think the key is to make sure your jewelry doesn't take away from the entire look itself so that you don't even notice that it's there… but you do at the same time.

I'm in love with this Fashionista's necklace because the pop of color is a great touch to the black and white look. I've said it before and I'll say it again but a small crossbody purse is a girl's best friend, especially in Madrid. Though safety hasn't been a concern for me thus far (knock on wood) I've been doing so much walking that I cannot imagine what it would be like if I had to take my large handbag around with me all day. Crossbodies do the work of a purse and a wallet all in one and allow for more movement and freedom. For your next fashion splurge, maybe consider getting a midi skirt like this one!

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