Parisian women are known for their impeccable style and taste. For as long as we can remember, the French have always been forefront on the fashion scene and have been keeping us absolutely green with envy over their effortless style. Turns out a lot more thought goes into their outfits – that effortlessness doesn’t come out of thin air!
The quintessential Parisian style is definitely sourced back to the French New Wave film scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Some pivotal actresses that changed the way we think about fashion include Anna Karina, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Birkin. With their crisp white t-shirts and skinny black pants, these women perfected cat eye liner and the nude lip. Their iconic looks have truly become timeless as we see their style emulated all over the world to date.
I have pulled together the essentials to turn you into a Parisian ingénue in no time at all!
Neutrals + Black
Parisian girls always stock their day to day wardrobe with clean neutrals like white blouses, creamy cardigans and stone-hued leathers. And of course, she always grounds her outfits with a strong black piece like pants or a leather jacket.
Keeping it simple and comfortable for lots of walking, black flats are an absolute must-have. Pointy, ballerina or square – these classic shoes are excellent for packing and travel.
Parisian wannabe, Audrey Hepburn was never without a pair of skinny black pants. Cropped at the ankle, these pants go with everything.
Another timeless piece, the classic khaki trench coat is an essential for travel. Wear it casual or dress it up for a night out, you’ll be looking sharp no matter what.
And If You Must, Stripes…
Everyone thinks of striped tees when they think of Parisian fashion which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To avoid looking like you are going to a French theme party, stick with subtle stripes like pinstripe jeans or a black + white tote. You can break out the red + white stripe boatneck occasionally, of course!