Ahh, Paris… The infamous city of love is also the most famous fashion capital in the world. So be sure to pack a wardrobe that is as chic as it is travel-friendly.
Here are some outfits that ooze French Flare and some tips on how to dress like a Parisian.
To Dress with French Style: Stick To Minimal Classics
Parisian women somehow always look effortlessly chic. Their style is understated and classic with an added edge. So if you want to add some French flair to your vacation look, keep minimalism in mind. Pack key pieces that are sleek and well-tailored such as a classic blazer, white button-up shirt, and tapered pant.
For a daytime look, try wearing a fitted white t-shirt over a pleated skirt in tan. Add a skinny black belt to take this simple look to the next level of chic.
Wear Neutral Colors
Parisians also like to keep it simple when it comes to choosing colors. So stick to neutrals like navy, gray, black, white and beige for your staple pieces of clothing, and pack accenting accessories for smaller pops of color. You’ll also want to avoid combining too many colors together in one outfit.
Too many colors can distract from the classic pieces that you want to emphasize. Channel Coco Chanel with your look by trying a classic striped boatneck tee in navy and white. Pair with cropped white pants, tan wedges, and a silk scarf to add a pop of color.
Be Picky about Your Shoes
Your shoes can be a dead giveaway when it comes to standing out as a tourist in Paris. Parisians tend to value style over comfort, which means you usually won’t see the locals sporting footwear like running shoes or flip flops (although this year there has been a bit of a statement sneaker trend going on).
If you are going to be doing some walking, which I guarantee you will, then you need a shoe that blends comfort with style. Choose something simple, in a solid color. A supportive flat, or boot with padded soles in cooler seasons will keep your feet comfy while you see the sights. And if you want to amp up your look with heels, great! Just avoid anything too pointy – the charming cobblestone roads of Paris can be treacherous in stilettos. Try a classic wedge or chunkier heel that can work with multiple outfits.
Accessories Will Make Your Outfit
The most classic of French accessories is the scarf. It’s a super versatile and chic accessory. Tie a colored silk scarf around your neck, or to the strap of your bag to add some “je ne sais quoi” to your outfit. When it comes to jewelry, you’ll want to keep it minimal again. Choose a single bold piece of jewelry to accessorize with such as a large gold cuff or a statement brooch.
Since you’ll be on the move, you’ll need a bag that can carry-all and look great at the same time. A messenger bag is a perfect option because it allows you to keep your hands free and can fit all your travel essentials. Avoid bags with too many colors, prints, or logos. A simple black leather bag with minimal hardware is Paris chic as well as convenient.
So if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to the romantic city of Paris anytime soon, or if you’d simply like to try out a Parisian chic look at home, keep in mind that Parisian chic is all about the classic pieces and a great fit, combined with a modern twist. Bon, voyage!
P.S. Here is one of my readers JoBee in Paris. Doesn’t she look cute?