French Girls Don’t Do It Better: One Writer on Her Return to New York


In 2013 it was the crop top, which I was all too happy to forgo. In 2014 it was the bucket bag, a specific color-block Proenza Schouler that I coveted for months, before its imminent veto. This year it was the reworked vintage jeans by cult-favorite Vetements, which were spotted all over the Spring 2016 street style galleries. During each of my three years living in Paris, I consciously skipped a trend, not because I disliked it (crop tops and their required abdominal work aside), but because the idea of buying into it prompted the same perplexing question: “Where am I going to wear this?” Certainly not Paris.


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