We always seem to wonder how Parisian women always look so chic. There’s just something so effortless and perfect about their style, and it makes the rest of the world jealous. Although they might say there is no secret to how they dress, French women will swear by certain rules when it comes to fashion. So here are 5 tips on how to dress like a Parisian.
Invest in good statement pieces
There’s no need to buy an entire closet of designer clothes and flaunt it in the street, because you only need one signature item that will be the star of your outfit. For every outfit, wear an item that stands out from the rest, it can be a bag, a scarf, a necklace, your favorite blazer or some really hot stilettos. It’s in the small details that make the difference. The item you want to feature can only shine if you let the rest of your outfit look simple.
Parisians love their stripes. From shirts, skirts, dresses, trousers, striped clothing is a staple for every woman and man’s wardrobe in France. Traditionally, the marinière or striped shirt was part of the sailors’ uniform in the French navy, and at the turn of the 20th century famous fashion brands like Coco Chanel adopted the striped theme to their collection. Now it has become a must for any Parisian wardrobe.
Stack up on the basics
In every French woman’s closet you will always find three things: black heels, a white blouse or shirt and a comfortable pair of jeans. When you’re in a rush and it’s too late to think of an outfit, this is what you’ll wear. This combination can never go wrong with a red lipstick.
Find the right fit, and flaunt it!
It’s not about following the latest trend or buying what the hottest celeb in Hollywood is wearing, find clothes that fit your shape. You know yourself best, and are probably the best judge when it comes to what fits well and what doesn’t. Don’t try and buy yourself the trendiest skirt that you know you can’t sit down in. You also know what the best part of your body is and don’t be afraid to flaunt it!
Less is more
Parisian style is about not overdoing it. It’s about being as minimal as possible with the make-up and hair products, because a natural look is better than a full-face of makeup. And no, contouring is not a thing in Paris. (right!!??!) Same with the clothes. It’s about keeping it simple with only a touch of color. French women also know how to embrace their flaws and not be afraid of showing their imperfections. So own what you’ve got!
So you see, you don’t have to be French to dress like the Parisian woman, these are just some rules that they live by that you can take and incorporate them into your personal style. The most important thing is that you know what works for you and what makes you look best, because having your own style will make you stand out from the rest.
Bisous et à bientôt!
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