Romanticised by the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Paris is a city where one can find a little bit of magic around every corner. So it should come as no surprise that Parisians have incorporated the dazzling charm of their city into their wardrobes. The value of Parisian style is not found within the brand of clothing, but within the quality of the individual pieces. In the mind of the Parisian woman, simplicity is key. All items of French wardrobes are further impeccably tailored. A jacket that is properly fitted will achieve the distinct sophistication associated with French style.
American fashion can sometimes be deemed as pretentious, accompanied by a gentle wave of insecurity. The crowd wandering around Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week is assuredly gaudier than at the Jardin des Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week. Parisian women have mastered the art of looking elegantly tousled yet perfectly put together. Whether promenading down Paris’s ritzy Avenue Kléber or riding the Madison Avenue bus, anyone can radiate the celebrated style put forth by Parisian women.
In order to maximise your chic factor, it is essential to incorporate the following three fundamental items. These can be defined as “investment pieces”: if you spend a larger amount of money you’re bound to get superior quality.
This will be the most expensive of your purchases as well as the most necessary. Trench coats can be worn all year round: over a sundress in the summer or accompanied by a cashmere scarf and denim in the colder seasons. Burberry features the trench in many different updated styles to accommodate all preferences.
Cashmere turtlenecks and ballet flats
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. That is all.
Scarves or foulards
Parisian women adore scarves: silk, cashmere, wool. Leaving the house sans un foulard is comparable to walking outside naked. Invest in a few silk scarves from Hermès as well as warmer ones for winter. A collection of neck scarves is also imperative, adding an instant dose of luxury to any outfit.
When pondering Parisian style, who is better to acknowledge than Coco Chanel? Chanel famously quoted: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”. Just please, not le foulard.