Global Fashion: Genevieve, Colombia

My friend Genevieve is an international style icon. At least in my eyes (and the eyes of those who know her), she is.

We met while living in Argentina. I moved into a shared international house and lo-and-behold another Californian already inhibited the space — Gen!

Through her, I discovered new Argentine boutiques and designers. Despite our tiny budgets and limited Spanish vocabulary, she managed to find and buy a small stock of beautiful clothing and accessories.

Shortly after moving back to the states, she studied fashion in New York City at FIT. She met a man, fell in love, and moved with him back to Colombia where she has dipped her toe into the fashion industry.

I asked her for the deets on life and style in Colombia, plus the lowdown on this saucy red dress, below. ๐Ÿ’ƒ

On what she’s doing in Colombia:

“Iโ€™m in Colombia for LOVE! I met my now fiancรฉ in New York City back in June 2015. He left Colombia after graduating to study English, and I went to the city for a month to take a course on product styling at FIT. I was staying with a good friend in Brooklyn, and during my second weekend I met Santi out one night by chance. There is more to the story…but thatโ€™s pretty much it.”

On what she’s wearing:

“This was at Santiโ€™s brotherโ€™s wedding, which is why we look so put together.

I actually found the dress on sale at Nordstromโ€™s online. My sister and her partner were going to be visiting Colombia before the wedding, so I knew theyโ€™d be able to bring it for me. Itโ€™s always a risk buying online, but I have a pretty easy fit and I know what style and cut is good for my body type.”

On her accessories:

“Once I had the dress, I knew I didnโ€™t want to over accessorize it, since the color was so loud. The earrings I got from a fashion accessory store that has a ton of options to choose from at affordable price points. I found the bag at a Colombian artisan shop. They only had it in orange, so I requested it in black and the shop contacted the artisan to make it as a special order.”

On her personal style:

“I really like to have fun with fashion! Iโ€™m not afraid to try out different trends, but for everyday wear my style is much more relaxed and classic.”

On choosing what to wear:

“I like to be comfortable in the city. I walk here a lot, and the weather is always warm, so you canโ€™t really do a lot of layering. I think thatโ€™s one of the things I miss about the Bay Area, is being able to wear jackets, boots, and scarves.”

On Colombian street style:

“It’s interesting and SUPER varied. A lot of Colombians love brand names, so youโ€™ll see a lot of branded merchandise. The designer fashion here is very colorful and oftentimes feminine.”

On what piece of clothing brings her the most JOY:

Thatโ€™s a hard question! But if I had to choose one item in my wardrobe, itโ€™d be a printed pineapple dress that I bought in NYC. I was wearing it the night I met Santi, so it has sentimental value. : )

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