What is it that makes French women always look chic and put together? The perfect mix of je’ ne se quoi, and joie de vivre makes for an enchanting wardrobe. So how do you get that look if you can’t even pin point what it is? If you can’t plan a trip to Paris to admire French fashion style then keep reading. Here are the top 5 tips dressing like a Parisian.
1. Stick to basic colors! Black, White, Navy…
Yes, it can sound a bit boring, but Parisian women stick with neutral basic colors. That makes your entire wardrobe easy to mix and match, creating lots of different outfits with relatively few clothes. This also makes it easy to mix patterns and shapes and always look pulled together, another fashion skill of Parisian women. The most popular colors are black, white, grey, beige, brown and of course navy. Save the red for your lips. Keep it neutral and classic. This look is timeless and elegant, and always chic.
2. Dress like a Lady
That means modest clothing that fits well and flatters your body. French women love to be feminine without being overly sexy. Their style is well tailored and demure. You will hardly meet a Parisian woman dressed in a short tight dress with many embellishments. They would rather choose a simple chic dress in muted colors that fits perfectly and flatter their body.
3. Don’t follow Trends
French women have their own sense of style. They don’t need to follow trends. They know what looks good on them and they wear what flatters their body. Isn’t that the point of fashion anyway? To make you look your best? Do this by dressing for your body type not just following the most recent trends. Wear classic shapes like an shift dress, an A-line skirt, a bateau neckline top that never go out of style. Try on the clothes in your closet and decide what is most flattering, then stick with those shapes.
4. Keep it comfortable
Part of French fashion is the effortless elegance and grace. It’s very hard to look chic when you’re uncomfortable, especially when it comes to shoes. That is why French women love flats! They are one of the essentials when creating truly Parisian style. Many people think that you need to be wearing high heels to be stylish, but the truth is that few women in Paris wear them for everyday occasions. Paris is a walking city with many beautiful places, and old streets. Classic ballet flats in black, tan or navy are the perfect choice for traversing the city.
5. Less is more
Coco Chanel once said, “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Parisian style is famous for its simplicity. Do not over accessorize. Wear only the essentials. A designer handbag, a gold tone watch, sunglasses, and one accessory are all you need for the perfect classy Parisian look.
Now that you are armed with these 5 tips, you can hit the streets in style for your cafe. Don’t forget your poodle!