A Guide to Parisian Style (Fall/Winter 2021)

#1 Classic Pieces

Classic pieces and easy basics are what you’ll need to achieve the ultimate Parisian Look. Although Paris is known as the fashion capital of the world, you’ll find that most Parisians reach for timeless pieces on the regular as opposed to overly-trendy fits. You likely already have a few Parisian staples in your closet and if you don’t, you’ll definitely want to grab a few as they’ll last you forever! A few basics to have on hand if you’re planning a trip to Paris this winter are:

  1. Oversized Sweater – something loose and carefree will do the trick
  2. Classic button up – in white or blue makes for a great layering piece
  3. Fitted turtle neck – also for layering!
  4. Masculine blazer – Opt for wool, plaid, or houndstooth
  5. Straight legged pants – in classic denim or tailored
  6. Long wool coat – to throw over your ensemble, will make you look trés chic

I’ve always been super inspired (and impressed) by all that is Parisian style – easy, effortless, and most importantly… chic. Dubbed the fashion capital of the world, it’s no surprise why many worldwide flock to Paris to be immersed in all things style and culture.

If you’re looking for the best way to pull off the Parisian Look for your trip to Paris this season, you’re in the right place!

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you pack for your trip:

#2 Muted Tones

If I had to choose, I would say Parisian style leans more towards cool and casual than it does colorful and trendy. Most Parisians opt for an understated look that turns heads versus an out-there ensemble that steals the spotlight. With that said, when choosing your color palette for your upcoming trip, I’d stick to muted tones and classic colors - black, blue, grey, brown, cream will have you fitting right in. Now wearing color is absolutely okay if that’s what you’re into! Above all else when it comes to looking you’re best in Paris, you’ll need wear what you feel most confident in.

#3 Comfortable Shoes

Before actually living in Paris, I thought I’d find Parisians strolling down Champs Élysees in four-inch heels and having déjeuner in full glam. Boy did the media fooled me… Strolling down Champs Élysees? Yes. Wearing four-inch heels? Absolutely not. When it comes to footwear you’ll find that Parisians most always choose a more comfortable alternative, as do I. And with Paris being a walking city, filled with cobble-stoned streets (and apartment buildings sans ancenseur) I’m not sure any of us would survive the wrath of high heels. Here are a few great shoe options to bring with you on your trip to Paris this winter:

  1. Combat boots – whether paired with jeans or a flowy dress, a comboat boot is always a good idea
  2. Knee high boots – to stay warm and stylish, also super versatile
  3. Loafers – worn with chunky socks of course
  4. Ankle boots – suede, leather, or black heeled

#4 Patterns, Prints, and Logos

You won’t find Parisians mixing too many prints and patterns together, but rather choosing one (maybe two) to be the star of their outfit. Classic prints like stripes, houndstooth, checks, or plaid are favored over others. In addition to this, they tend to steer clear from pieces (whether it be clothes or accessories) heavily adorned with brand logos. Although they love a good luxury staple, they’re typically not a fan of pieces that very distinctively show the brand name. Subtley is key!

#5 Minimal Accessories

Understated jewelry will be your go-to. The French love to accessorize, but in a way that’s effortlessly chic of course. Simple earings, a delicate necklace, and a few rings serve as great additions to your timeless Parisian look. If that’s not your jam, you could also opt for a fun statement neckalce to spruce things up a bit. Over all, simple add-ons will be your best bet! Hold off on layering too many accessories as they could quite easily clutter your look. Same goes for handbags – classic is key. Most sport small leather crossbodies or bumbags versus oversized totes.

#6 French Fashion Brands

Now, we can’t talk about Parisian style without mentioning a few French fashion brands (that I personally love)!
Below are a few cult favorites to check out when you get here:

+ Quick tip: I’d highly recommend you visit Paris during the “soldes!” The soldes are huge sales that happen twice a year – in January & June/July -- where you can snag affordable and luxury pieces at extremely discounted prices.

  • Ba&sh – An easy go-to for Parisian style. Ba&sh offers up effortless feminine pieces with understated details. Here you’ll find a handful of elevated staples with a touch of bohemian elegance.
  • Maje – A leading brand in accessible luxury, Maje is known for it’s bold, modern, and urban fashion. Their pieces, adorned with quirky details, are timeless yet fun.
  • Modetrotter – Modetrotter offers a range of feminine pieces with an urban twist. Here you’ll find cool, travel-inspired streetstyle looks.
  • Sandro – If you’re looking for a more sophisticated look head to Sandro, where the essence of French style comes to life. Effortless, elegant, and chic with a twist.
  • Claudie Pierlot – Made for “the women of Paris,’ Claude Pierlot is where you’ll find classic wardrobe essentials. Described as “refinded and minimalist,” the brand aims to embody all that is Parisian style. That’s all from me! Hope this quick guide helps you visit Paris in style.
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