We’ve examined the best in Paris street style to find out which staples French women really love to wear …
If the idea of ‘nailing French women’s style’ is starting to feel a little trite or ubiquitous, take it from us, you’re just looking in the wrong places. Yes, the street style images we used to pore over for inspiration years ago are starting to look a little, well, posed (the very antithesis of French dressing, no?) but there are still so many things to love in the wardrobes of our Gallic counterparts.
Which is why we love Parisiens in Paris. The voyeuristic Instagram account has hit the big time thanks to its refreshingly natural depiction of French style. There’s none of the perfectly appointed photography we’ve come to expect from internet lore, rather a bevy of chic women going about their days. All blissfully unaware they’re about to become Instagram style icons.
The guerrilla style photography is refreshing. Sometimes all you’ll see is the flash of a trench coat, the cuff of a mannish shirt, a cool tennis shoe; it’s authentic French women’s style and we love it.
We’ve spent a lot of time scrolling through these looks and here are five staples we’ve noticed crop up time and time again.
1. The Reimagined Trench
Is it leather? Suede? Surprise and delight with a striking trench in oxblood or gabardine. If you are going to do a classic beige trench coat, pair it with a sporty accessory and a kitten heel: French style is nothing if unexpected.
2. The Vintage Look Bag
French women don’t do screaming labels. Handbags are discreet, too much hardware is avoided and leather is beautifully, butter soft. The aim is for your cross-body or shoulder bag to look wonderfully aged and classic.
3. Light Denim
Not just for summer, not passé after Labour Day; Parisians embrace light-coloured denim all year around. A word of warning, the denim is heavy duty, the fit impeccable and the shade bounces from ecru to a crisp white (all the better if paired with an oversized button-down shirt).
4. The Breton Top
Update yours by opting for a long sleeve, or choose a navy background which pairs wonderfully with light wash denim. There’s a reason why the Breton top/jean/ballet pump combination is a true classic.
5. Unexpected Footwear
French women don’t do average shoes. There’s always an element of surprise. They might wear a sporty trainer with a tweed suit, update a classic camel coat with a blocky boot or allow a tomato red heel jazz up the morning commute. Our advice? Go with the unexpected.
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