French women have always had an air of effortless sophistication. Harper’s Bazaar has a few tips on how to emulate that parisian je nai se quoi.
Black and white Breton stripes may seem just as stereotypically French as berets (ever been a mime for Halloween?) but modern iterations keep the trend fresh, especially when it’s paired with unexpected pieces like wide-leg pants.
LESS IS MORE
When it comes to Parisian dressing, the simpler the better. Keep accessories to a minimum and don’t overload your ensemble with too many pieces. Part of the appeal of French style is that it looks so effortless.
GO FOR RELAXED SILHOUETTES
Clothing that’s too form-fitting or structured has no place in the French woman’s wardrobe. Give your style a carefree touch by sticking to relaxed fits without looking too baggy.
THE LOWER THE HEEL, THE BETTER
Flats are key. Rarely will you catch a Parisian woman strutting in 6-inch heels on the daily (unless it’s fashion week). How else would they survive running around those cobblestone streets?
BRING ON THE SHADES
A pair of oversized sunnies gives any outfit a chic and elegant air.
DON’T FEAR MENSWEAR
Just because their style rules are simple doesn’t mean that Parisian women are afraid to take a risk. Tackle blazers, trousers, suits and co-ords for a classic, tailored look.
On the note of simplicity, stick to hushed tones and color palettes. Parisian women are laid back, but not boring, and their confidence shines through without having to wear loud hues that desperately scream for attention.
INVEST IN A WHITE BUTTON-DOWN
The most versatile shirt in the book. It looks great under a blazer or trench, paired with flats, or under a striped sweater.
EMBRACE THE FRENCH TRENCH
Another classic wardrobe staple that fulfills the requirements for dressing Parisian: simplicity, versatility and practicality.
PERFECT THE BEDHEAD
Now that you know how to assemble the ultimate French ensemble, top it off with the hairstyle Parisian women wear best: the bedhead. Look chic yet nonchalant, with the perfect “I woke up like this” flair.