My outfit: my outfit was “thrifted” from Buffalo Exchange but you can recreate it with this trench (my trench was originally from Mango), this or this turtleneck (or this Fendi logo turtleneck for some sass), a necklace that is out of stock (similar here), this or this skirt, and the same pair of heels (they’re in stock at Forever 21 still).
Most of the best items from French online vintage seller Imparfaite Paris are the new arrivals. But there are a few gems that I dug up from the 135 page inventory of mostly sold items.
Fashion and beauty industry veterans Ariane De Béchade and Camille Gabbi started Imparfaite in 2017, according to Vogue. Imparfaite means “imperfect” in French and reflects their vision: the founders are dedicated to reducing online fast fashion consumption by providing vintage items that are in style again. They embrace the imperfect for the good of people and the planet. Their mission is to “dust off the vintage and democratize it to make it a real alternative to fast-fashion online,” according to their website. They achieve this mission by partnering with French vintage sellers to source items. They’re also very popular. I have even seen Musier Paris founder, AnneLaure Mais Moreau in one of their garments. I love that Imparfaite feels authentically French. Looking through over 100 pages on their website gave me a real feel for what that “French girl” look is. Plus, I’m OBSESSED with their “search,” “basket,” and “profile” icons. Please, admire with me:
Another thing I love about their ethos is a point that co-founder De Béchade made in an interview with Vogue: “I really think we as shoppers are getting sick of finding the same clothes over and over again, and dressing the same. We are sick of bad-quality clothes that never last too.” I think this is so true. I love many of the most popular items among influencers on Instagram. However, I see everyone wearing them, and I don’t want to feel like a clone. Additionally, unless you have the budget to buy designer, fast fashion often lacks creativity (obviously) and many stores have very similar merchandise. Here’s an opportunity to buy something almost entirely unique and sustainable.
Make a statement by wearing this with a large-polka-dot bottom: maybe a pair of polka dot trousers or a wrap skirt. Pair this with some fun-loving bright-colored sandals. For something more laid back, try it with a satin midi skirt and over a white turtleneck for some winter layering.
Wear over a t-shirt with chunky sneakers for a fuss free ‘fit. If you have more time in the morning, pair with a blazer (like this beautiful grey silk one), tie your hair up with a silk scarf, and finish with no-fuss Superga sneakers.
Go full leopard print by pairing this with the infamous Réalisation Par skirt. Wear with a simple silk tank under the jacket. Some emerald heels will break up all that animal print nicely. This is a great outfit for getting litty.