I like to live colorfully, so I refuse to give up on bright colors come winter. If I’m looking to rock a bright shade, I merely change the texture, opting for winter tweeds and wools rather than summer cottons.
I was recently heading to dinner with girlfriends at Pinea, the recently renovated steakhouse in the W Hotel. (It was once J&G Steakhouse.) While the style across Washington varies greatly, the W provides an excellent excuse to dress to the nines. In a hurry and feeling cheeky, I threw on my favorite winter piece—a bright blue mini skirt from French designer Maje. I paired it with a sheer lace blouse from Isabel Marant for H&M. Not willing to stop there, I threw on citron jewelry and a pale pink Pashli bag in lieu of black. Somehow, it worked.
I picked up the Maje skirt in Paris, using data from True Currency, an application that helps you find data on the best exchange rates when shopping internationally. I was in France in August, shopping, brunching, and sightseeing, and you can read our Bitch-approved city guide for Paris coming soon.
Using data from True Currency in advance of my trip, I discovered I could not only buy high-end brands like Hermes and Chanel, but I could also snag some of my favorite French ready-to-wear brands—Sandro, Maje, and Isabel Marant—at a significantly reduced price. I bought about five pieces from Sandro and Maje, and I noticed the prices were far better than at Bloomingdale’s.
You can do the same right here on Bitches Who Brunch, as we have a widget on our travel page that can help you prepare your shopping itinerary for your next international trip.
Come winter, texture is your best friend. A brightly colored wool mini will help you stand out among the shades of black and grey. Lace will help you feel feminine and chic amid all the bulky sweaters. Here are our picks.