10 absolutely chic ways to dress like a Parisienne

They say French women are the chicest women on earth, so why not dress like them

Okay, let‘s face it. Parisians always look so well put together and carefree. Minimal makeup, messy hair, plus the simplest (yet the coolest!) outfit you can think of – it all looks so damn good on them. Well, it seems it’s really about the minimal fuss, laid back style and the right attitude.

What makes the French style so desirable?

Parisian style is more a way of living than the style itself. What best sums French fashion and state is mind are four simple words: effortlessness, elegance, attitude and individuality.

Trend-driven fashion is not what makes the Parisian style so classy nor effortless. French women believe less is more so they prefer to invest in quality pieces rather than splurging on seasonal trends.

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French girl basics

Think 50 shades of neutrals mixed with the timeless wardrobe classics. 

Clothes

They tend to invest in a high-quality outwear – tailored (camel) coat, structured blazer, biker jacket and trench coat. All year round pieces such as high waisted straight cut jeans, white tee, silk blouse, little black dress and a cosy sweater are another key staple.

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It’s important to mix masculine shapes and feminine silhouettes though, that is what normally make their looks so chic.

Colours and prints

Splashes of colour are welcome, but that’s usually reserved for one hue only, paired with black, white, grey, navy or beige. Same goes for prints and patterns; polka dots, stripes and checks are highly desirable but don’t overdo it.

Accessories & Jewellery

When it comes to accessories; keep it simple with occasional eye-catching statements. Details such as scarfs, bows and pearls are a great way to add some fun into your outfit. Some of the most iconic designer bags originate from France, which makes it clear they tend to invest in luxury handbags.

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French women go for delicate and fine pieces of jewellery. Pearls, diamonds (real or faux), metals – it doesn’t have to be expensive, it has to be timeless.

Shoes

Did we mention footwear? Well, it’s no brainer really. Always go for ballet flats, loafers, (mid-heel!) pumps and ankle boots. Sky-high stilettos are not something a French girl would pick, quite the opposite. For instance, they would rather buy block-heel Mary Janes or espadrilles. Although they only wear sports clothes for the gym and workout, fashionable white kicks are great everyday shoes.  

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1. A classic beige trench coat is a must

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2. Prints can be elegant and classy

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3. Don’t overdress it; undone it’s preferable

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4. Nowhere without the scarf

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5. When in doubt, wear matching set

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6. Invest in a chic pair of pointed pumps

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7. Have some fun with splashes of colour

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8. Structured blazer is the ultimate wardrobe staple

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9. Nothing beats good old straight cut jeans

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10. Minimal fuss, minimal makeup  

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