Ballet Flats and Two Minis

I have an ongoing girl crush on Audrey Hepburn. And yes, I realize I’m not alone in this chic-appreciation cum borderline obsessive admiration. But, like so many enduring affairs of the heart, my fixation on the object of my desire ebbs and flows. Well, the floodgates opened this week in Paris when I stood in front of this spectacular fountain, the Fontaine Saint Sulpice, and skipped about in my black ballet flats. Visions of Roman Holiday danced in my head and I felt Holly Golightly on my feet and filled with a certain joie de vivre. My black mini bandage skirt added a voluminous, flirty and modern touch to my fantasy moment, and my Minnie Mortimer dress-turned-top (what can I say, I ate my way across Paris) rounded out my unwitting Audrey Hepburn homage. Alas, as (further) evidence of the great divide between me and Audrey, I did not have the guts to splash about in the fountain like she might have. But, to quote the icon herself, “The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.” And in this moment, I was very happy indeed.

With love,


Amanda Garrigus Minnie Mortimer Paris

Amanda Garrigus Ballet flats in Paris

Amanda Garrigus Paris Black Mini skirt

Amanda Garrigus Minnie Mortimer top Paris

How to Wear a Midi Skirt

The midi skirt can appear to be a baffling sartorial choice. The seemingly awkward mid-calf length risks frumpiness, while the volume can make a girl feel bigger than her actual numbers suggest. So why on Earth should you wear one? Because it’s trendy! No. No. That’s not the right answer. Take two. Because it’s chic! Think Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief or Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. It’s a sophisticated, elegant option that can actually elongate your frame and create a decidedly feminine silhouette. If you’ve got a finely tuned internal chic-o-meter that can gauge with near perfect accuracy the success of an outfit, then you should try the look with flats. Otherwise, a little extra height from a high heel or wedge shoe will go a long way to assuaging any frumpy-fears you might still be harboring. Keep proportion in mind and pair with a nicely tailored top, tucked in, and you’re well on your way to acquiring Olivia Palermo-level style cred.

Amanda Garrigus - Midi Skirt

Amanda Garrigus - Midi Skirt and a White T-Shirt

Amanda Garrigus - Midi Skirt

Amanda Garrigus - Brownd Suede Platform Mary Jane Shoes