How To Dress Like A Parisian
Stroll around Paris and it's not only the confection-hued patisseries, bloom-topped shops and you know, all the historical buildings that attract our meandering eyes. We also can't help but gaze at the blasé locals striding about, wearing nothing special but the best jeans, plain tees and steppers we’ve ever seen. What accompanies their look is, of course, an unsympathetic mystique... or that “je ne sais quoi,” for those non-cliché-aphobes.
Of course, obsessing over the style of Frenchwomen is nothing new. It can, however, be difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is about them that we find so captivating. Or rather, it was difficult, until we got our hands on How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, a book by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas. Along with sharing the classic recipes all French girls should know (like pot-au-feu and chocolate fondant) and the direct aphorisms they live by (“always be f--kable,” no joke), the authors present us, overly-cautious fashion followers with a chance to understand their unconcerned way of living and how to incorporate some of their cool-girl style tips into our own wardrobes.
We learn that the classic dos and don’ts of a French girl include embracing navy and black together as well as pink and red, not following trends (“trends follow you”) and when cleavage is involved, “less is more." But there are a few item-specific ways to bring Parisian fashion to your wardrobe, and they’re probably a lot easier (and more affordable) than you think. From choosing the right, walkable shoes to investing in a Seine-worthy topper, ahead are the eight items you need to look Parisian wherever you are.