How to Dress Like a Parisian: 5 Fashion Staples
Trying to fine-tune your wardrobe and achieve that charming je ne sais quoi French women possess no matter their age?
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If you’ve been here before, you probably know that I’m a fan of the french style, not just when it comes to home decor.
Today, I decided to share some of my tips and style ideas after spending years surrounding myself with french influences.
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s start with some general tips french women swear by.
Fit is everything.
Whether you love a fitted outfit or the over-size trend is more your cup of tea, there’s only one rule to make any style work; it has to fit you correctly. Always check for how the garment fits around your shoulders and neckline, the sleeve length, and always make sure you’re wearing the correct bra size.
If you can’t find the perfect fit, visit your local tailor and make every piece in your closet work for your body, not the other way around!
Make it impractically comfortable.
Add an element of impracticality to elevate your outfit and make uniquely yours. After observing French women and their fashion choices for years, I’ve noticed a trend that seems never to fail; there’s always one impractical factor that makes even the most basic outfit enter the chic category.
Whether it is adding red lipstick to a white tee and denim combo, a stunning but not practical bucket purse, or an unnecessary silk scarf, these add-ons can elevate a simple outfit and make it easy to look and feel stylish.
When In Doubt, Go Neutral
Keeping a cohesive color palette will help you build a collection of interchangeable pieces that seamlessly work together.
When picking your French-inspired fashion staples, go conservative in the pattern department.
Trendy patters can feel outdated in a couple of months after the trend dies off, and this goes for every piece of your wardrobe if you want to achieve the French effortlessly chic look.
Comfort will always be in style.
Confort equals elegance. This may sound cliché, but truer words were never spoken.
Feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin (and outfit choice) reads as instantly stylish, so don’t go against your intuition and enjoy fashion your own way.
Get a French Muse.
Emulating some of your favorite French women and how they put together their outfits, it’s a fantastic way to get inspiration and adapt those outfits to your daily street-style.
Although Jane Birkin is British (shocker, I know!), she will always be the quintessential French girl in most of our minds. Along with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Carla Bruni, and Isabelle Huppert, 73-year-old Jane is still the leading muse when we talk French-elegance.
I highly recommend getting some real french outfit inspo and check their outfits!
5 Key Pieces To Nail The French Look and Dress Like a Parisian Girl.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but blazers are taken for granted. We forget how incredibly adaptable they are and how sophisticated they make any outfit look.
Dress it down with a distressed jean, elevate it with a high-waisted silk trouser or throw it on top of your workout ensemble. There’s nothing a good blazer can’t fix!
For an outfit that is equal parts elegant and relaxed, try to pair this ultimate French item classic staple with light washed jeans and a t-shirt or layer it over a long blouse and legging combo.
A pair of jeans may be the essential clothing item to nail the all-American look, but french women know precisely how to Parisian it up!
Forget about the ripped, low rise, white-washed denim and opt for a classy pair that flatters your figure. As a golden rule, a fitted pair of straight-leg, high-waisted jeans make any body type look fantastic, and if it’s a darker wash, even better.
Not a fan of constricted styles when it comes to pants? Go for a pair of knitted culotte pants!
The stretchiness of a knitted fabric is deliciously comfortable, and it adds a relaxed polish to an every-day outfit.
The ideal balance between flattering your body and feeling comfortable has a name, and that’s a shirt-dress!
If you live in warmer weather (as I do), the best fabrics for these dresses are linen, silk, viscose, and poplin. You can layer your shirt-dress when the colder season approaches, wearing it with tights and boots. This clothing item is one of the most functional ones to have in your closet.
Go with wedges, flats, or high heels, but chose to wear espadrilles if you really want to make your outfit have that french vibe. Espadrilles are picking up momentum in the states right now, but they’ve been the go-to shoe style of French women for decades! Can you blame them? Comfy, versatile, and incredibly chic, espadrilles are a must.
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