STYLE GUIDE: HOW TO DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN WOMAN

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Paris being one of the fashion capitals of the world, and so it has a notorious style that has slowly developed through many eras of French cinema and culture.  Parisian style is defined by poised and elegant pieces that are timeless as opposed to the fast fashion that is famous in other countries. Experimentation is kept at a minimum, while minimalist style is very popular.

TAILORED CLOTHING

It is important and vital that your clothing items are tailored and cut to fit your body shape. While Parisians are known to be sexy, this is not because of how much skin they are displaying, but rather due to the cut and seaming of their clothing, which ensures that it extenuates their body shape through well-fitted clothing. You won’t see a Parisian in ill-fitted clothing that is too big or too small, but instead in shapes that adhere to the silhouette of the body. This is commonly created through tailoring and seamstressing, which adheres to the sense of uniform style dressing in Parisian style.

COLOUR PALETTE 

Notorious with Parisian style is a neutral colour scheme. This usually entails black, white, grey and beige clothing as opposed to more vibrant colours. While in recent years there has been a surge in bright colours being worn in moderation, such as bright blazers or skirts, for the majority,  black clothing is essential to Parisians as it creates a sophisticated look.

LACK OF EMBELLISHMENTS

That means keeping jewellery minimal. It is unlikely that you’ll see a Parisian walking down the beautiful streets with lots of embellishments. Instead opt for more delicate, simple pieces that complement the outfit you are wearing. It has been quoted by Chanel that  “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” 


SLOW FASHION

Do not follow trends that will be over by next Summer or winter. Look for timeless, well-cut pieces that can be worn year round and won’t go out of style. These pieces are listed further down, and are essentials which never go out of style and are a staple in every Parisians wardrobe!

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                                                        DETAIL TO THE SMALL THINGS

Ripped, creased, chipped nail polish will not do. Look at the finer details, and make sure you are well- groomed and pay attention to how clean and fresh your clothing looks. It is important that you look well polished.

                                                               DEFER GRATIFICATION

Invest now, save later. It is common and preferable as a general rule to invest in higher end pieces that you spend more money on instead of cheaper clothing. While this may not make sense originally, or you may be unwilling to fork out that much money on good-quality clothing, think in the long term. In the long term, those clothing items will last you longer, they won’t tear as easily or lose their shape, and this means that you won’t have to keep re-buying outfits.

NO LABELS

Parisians are not known for showing off labels, this is much more of an American culture style. While they do wear fashionable pieces by the likes of Chanel and Luis Vuitton, they don’t flaunt their expensive purchases.

                                                                         CONFIDENCE

The most important rules with any wardrobe is exuberating confidence. Without it, the clothing will drown you instead of you wearing the outfit. Being poised and confident in what you’re wearing is the most important rule, we promise it will make all the difference.

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Jeans

Cited by both Clemence Poesy and Garance Dore as staples in Parisian wardrobes, denim tesselated perfectly with other staples in a Parisian wardrobe, like shirts and blazers. It creates an effortless yet put together look. According to Camille Charriere, a pair of good quality denims are the “ultimate cool girl staple” as it is effortless, yet looks good with almost any outfit. It’s a win-win if you ask us.

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Shirts

This is a must-have staple as it can be worn for any occasion. A simple shirt that can be tucked into a pair of jeans to create that looks which is perfect for a business meeting or a night out or a night in with friends. It’s a classic look and an item that everyone should have in their wardrobe, regardless if they want to dress like a Parisian or not. Do not fear menswear as dressing more stereotypically masculine is very much welcomed.

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Stripes

Mariner stripes are a very popular pattern in France, if not the most worn pattern. A striped t-shirt is perfect for warmer days, yet is a very simple style that does not look overdone.

Blazers

Timeless and charming. Throwing on a blazer makes any outfit look well-groomed with a touch of masculine style. We would recommend a beautiful, well-tailored blazer to anyone. Especially one that resembles the one shown below.

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Flat Shoes

High heeled shoes aren’t worn that much on a day to day. While a short heel will go amiss, Parisian women barely ever wear high heels, especially not on a day to day. Instead wearing the French New Wave style of brogues, ballerina flats or boots are a much better idea.

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Trench Coats 

Needed for the rainy days. A simple and effective pieces if you find the right one for your shape and that fits your personal style. It’s elegant and simple, and always manages to make you look put together.

Sunglasses 

 They are really popular as an accessory in France over jewellery, so while stepping back with the amount of jewellery you wear on a daily basis, invest in a nice pair of sunglasses.
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PHOTO CREDIT: The beautiful @Pluminthecity on Instagram!

 

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18 thoughts on “STYLE GUIDE: HOW TO DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN WOMAN

    1. What are you waiting for Gabby? You’d wear Parisian style so beautifully. Although, I also only wear rings and small earrings! Bracelets tend to irritate me throughout the day, haha. If you understand what I mean? Thanks for the lovely comment. x

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  1. I love love love this so much. My wardrobe faves are ripped denim, good tailored blazer, a well fitted biker jacket, good heels, an IT bag, sunnies – aviators!, and relaxed tees. Love a good LBD. I prefer a neutral palette and minimal dewy makeup. And you’re spot on – confidence is the absolute key! Adore the Balmain tee with blazer!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cynthiahia! I think you just listed my style down to the tee. Confidence definitely is life-changing. I also love the Ray-ban club masters because the style just reminds me of Malcolm x, haha!

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  2. I love this guide. Parisians really seem to have the best style, don’t they? A big part of it is totally cinfidence but there’s definitely a little bit more that goes to it. My favorite tip for dressing Parisian comes form How to Be Parisian, “Leave one thing undone” whether that’s a killer look with a messy bun, or less than stellar nails. It gives that air of couldn’t care less without ACTUALLY caring less. Beautiful post.

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

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    1. That quote is so relatable to Parisian style! Honestly, a messy bun looks so pretty with a killer look so that everything doesn’t look overly polished or “try hard.” Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  3. I definitely agree with the no-labels thing! Every time I’ve been to Paris I can pick out designer brands on chic women – because the quality is impeccable! – but never because the label is showing!

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