Style Breakdown: Camille Charrière

Taking notes from a half-French, half-English fashion writer.
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Taking notes from a half-French, half-English fashion writer.
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It's best to read Camille Charrière's blog Over the Rainbow with a pen and paper (or your iphone notes app handy)—you won't want to miss a thing. Since launching her blog in 2010, the half-French, half-English fashion writer has convinced us, among other things, that layering two coats is fashionable, modern art is important, and that a well-placed emoji can be incredibly cool. We culled through hundreds of her past looks and identified key philosophies she dresses by. Here are a few of our favorite Camille-approved, fashion-forward trends:

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Whether big and neutral or bold and '80s-inspired, Charrière reminds us of how a pair of statement shades can make your look. The key is balance: no matter how daring and futuristic the sunglasses style, she sticks to classic but cool tailored pieces: camel outerwear, crisp button-downs, and slimming lines. 

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Oversized knits have been huge this year, so we've seen them styled with skinny jeans and mini skirts everywhere, but Charrière's adventurous pairings have made us fall in love all over again. In most cases, she balances the proportion up top by showing a little leg/ankle in the form of cropped pants and angular midi skirts. 

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Pants and pumps are a killer duo—together, they're sleek, elegant, and extremely flattering and elongating. Charrière enhances the effect by pairing them with long coats and sweaters that extend the torso, helping her look even taller.

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If Nicole Warne is the queen of pastel monochromes, then Camille Charrière is the queen of styling winter tones. The blues, blacks, whites, and browns here are anything but boring, thanks to silhouettes that range from slouchy and masculine to short and tight. The lesson here: Wearing monochromes is an opportunity to play with other aspects of the outfit, like sculptural shapes and mixed textures 

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Boyfriend tees have the same appeal of a loved vintage sweatshirt—they're approachable, easy to dress up (with a leather mini) or down (with denim), and have an instant cool vibe. Add an eye-catching bag to seal the deal. 

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If there's one piece Charrière wears more than most, it's leather leggings. We came across countless examples of her wearing them with everything from worn-in sneakers to pumps and boots. Needless to say, we're inspired to play dress up with our own favorite pair.

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What's more evocative of Parisian streetwear than stripes? We love how Charrière makes the classic feel fresh again by wearing the pattern in unexpected forms, like a billowy off-the-shoulder blouse, woven into a pleated maxi skirt, and in a high-low front-tie shirt.

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Red is an easily over-powering color, but used in moderation, it can add the perfect amount of drama to an outfit. Charrière wears it peeping out of coat sleeves, and adds red shoes to otherwise neutral outfits.

What do you think of her style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.