How To Dress Like a Parisian

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Parisian Style

Famous worldwide for their effortless chic and elegance. Parisians favor simple yet timeless style, mixing key staple pieces with beautiful stand-out accessories. The good news for us is that Parisian fashion is actually remarkably easy to emulate, with some careful thought and planning.

Have a look below at our top tips for copying gorgeous French style:

1. Rock Stripes

Quintessentially French, stripes (particularly monochrome ones) immediately shout out Parisian chic.

The classic way to wear stripes is with a Breton stripe shirt or top, which was originally the uniform for French Navy Seamen in the 19th Century.

The best way to wear this piece is to team it with a gorgeous pair of fitted jeans and some heels,  like the picture above.

Switch up

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However, if you want to rock stripes in a slightly less conventional way, then gather some inspiration from Fearne Cotton.

Her high-waisted striped trousers elevate Parisian style to a whole new level!

2. Go For Loose Tailoring

Outside @chanelofficial ✌️😬 photo @blairandlynae #ChanelGroundControl #TheCHANELGabrielleBag

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Parisians always look well put together and effortlessly smart, and one way they achieve this is by wearing plenty of loose tailoring.

Sometimes this is in the form of shirts and coats, other times it is in the form of trousers and shirt dresses.

Keep your outfit from being too formal and overdressed by ensuring the tailoring is loose-fitting – you want to have that “I haven’t even tried” look.

3. Keep Colours Simple

My @rouje uniform for the next 6 month 👋🏼

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One theme with all the best Parisians is that they only wear at most three colours per outfit.

This prevents the look from looking too over-the-top or messy – and keeping things chic.

Make sure accessories either match the colours of your outfit or are neutral toned. The key here is being quietly confident – Parisian ladies don’t feel the need to show-off or wear loud colours to be noticed.

4. Get Statement Sunglasses

French break ☕️ @casiomontres #casiocollection

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You will notice that most of the ladies featured in this post are wearing a gorgeous pair of statement or oversized sunglasses.

These are the perfect addition to any Parisian outfit, adding an extra touch of glamour and elegance to your look.


Try the classic French designer Chloe CE604S.

Their oversized black frames and lenses and silver detailing would look perfect with any chic French outfit.

Chloe CE604S

5. Red Lips

New-York in @toryburch ❤️ #ToryBurchSS17 T satchel 📷 @hadar_pitchon

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Red lips are a classic addition to any Parisian outfit. Keep eye makeup neutral and simple, and let your lips do the talking!

6. Buy a Trench Coat

The good old-fashioned trench coat is the must-have piece for any Parisian wardrobe.

Perfect for those transitional months and will-it-won’t-it rainy days, a trench coat in a classic camel colour is so easy to throw on over your outfit, and again nods to the loose tailoring trend.

Have a look at the fashion trends for AW17 here!

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