After visiting Paris recently, I have come to agree with the fact that Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and timeless allure. Let’s just face it, when it comes to style, the French seems to do it better. Surely, there are impossibly chic women scattered across the globe but there are just more of them in Paris. Whether I was on the Metro or in Champs Elysee, Parisian street-style had my head turning this way and that. Fashionistas across the globe have always envied the French for their minimalist and effortless sense of style.
The one thing common to a typical French style is making an effort and putting a lot of thought into an outfit, but making sure it look effortless. The idea is to look good while also looking like you’re not trying at all, French style is all about basics. For me personally, I’ve come to a point in my life whereby I’m less concerned about fashion trends and more interested in owning my personal style. Great style is not just about a great pair of Manolos, or an expensive Dior bag, but about how one puts them all together.
From my exhaustive research into the matter – walking around Champs Elysee for over two hours and
speaking with few French women and tourists, I bring you some secrets behind Parisian chic.
Forgo a trendy embellished sweatshirt for a perfectly fitted little black dress you’ll wear for years. Invest in a few classic luxury items, like a Jimmy Choo pumps, knowing it will ultimately be a value spread over time. And above
all, work to perfect a unique style all your own, because half the battle when it comes to dressing well is
feeling good in what you are wearing. Here are some guide to a Parisian inspired effortless chic.
Stay true to yourself
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from
A true style icon never buys clothes randomly and tosses them into her wardrobe. She carefully crafts her
closet based on her personal style. Trends are great to experiment with but it is imperative to develop your
signature style not based on what’s new or on trend, but based on what you know to be your true
individual and personal identity. Being genuine and having a strong sense of personal style is central to
French fashion. Dress for you and buy what you like. Don’t wear something just because it’s popular or in season. Experiment with trends only after you’ve invested in what suits you first. Parisian fashionistas develop a signature look, and stick with it. They might update their wardrobe with a few trends, but they always stick to a similar aesthetic. This also makes shopping a lot easier.
Maintain Wardrobe basics
“Buy less, choose well”
I cannot overemphasise on the importance of wardrobe basics however for the French it is a must which is why they are always so well put-together. The idea here is not owning a lot of clothes, but owning those classic items which work with anything and can be paired with each other to create loads of looks. Figure out what your essentials are be it white and black blouses, a little black dress, high pump heels, black flats, red lipstick, diamond studs, blue jeans and anything else that has a central role in your style. Remember, these looks are timeless so investing in certain items that are more expensive but higher in quality may be wiser because they will last longer.
Simplify your outfits
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
Keep your outfits from becoming over-complicated. This was the top fashion tip the VIP Sales Representative at the Chanel store on Avenue Montaigne told me. As much as you might want to pile everything on, if you include your new 4 piece ring set and your embellished earrings, your look will too busy which is never a good thing for effortless chic. CoCo Chanel being a renowned fashion genius advised to always take off one item before you leave the house.
Dress for your Body shape
“Life isn’t always perfect but your outfits can be”
I’m all for people wearing what they love but know what looks good for your shape, make sure you are aware of what looks flattering on your figure. The cutest dress might look beautiful off but if the fit doesn’t flatter your body, that once cute dress will look like a train wreck. A fundamental key to achieving great, personal style is to dress for your own body shape and know exactly what works for you to best flatter your figure.
Invest in Timeless Pieces
“The joy of dressing is an art”
A big part of why French women get it so right, so often, is that they tend to investment shop rather than buying into cheap trends. When I got my last promotion at work, my career mentor gave me a Hermès floral pink scarf as a gift which has proven to be one of my most cherished accessories. Save up for the pieces that you know you’ll have for life- that Hermès scarf, a Jimmy Choo heels, or a string of Swarovski pearls, if that’s your style. It might seem like a big investment, but divided over a lifetime of wear, a big-ticket purchase that you love can actually turn out to be a value when compared with an endless string of disposable purchases. A true fashionista always stays up to date.
**Note: Never buy expensive designer items if you cannot afford it
For my Parisian chic look book, I’ve paired a little black dress from Ted Baker with my Follies black pump from Christian Louboutin. I added a necklace from Mirina collections to add an extra touch of sophistication to the look. Finally, I also added my pink bracelets from swarovski to include a hint of colour to my outfit.
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