So, now that we’ve gone over how to get into the mindset of dressing like a Parisian, how about some examples of very chic women I saw on the streets?
OUTFIT ONE: CASUALLY POLISHED
So this girl was outside smoking (of course) with a fellow colleague.
She was leaned casually against the side of a building, one ballerined-foot crossed over the other, and had her hair lightly curled across one shoulder as she puffed away.
I was turned off by the cigarette (being pregnant and also really sensitive to smokers), but her look was so effortless I wanted to run and ask her if I could take her photo.
Like some creepy tourist-y stalker.
It all works together because the colours are neutral and nude.. but they aren’t totally 100% black.
A simple white dinner jacket over a graphic t-shirt for a pop of colour and a graphic touch, paired with some comfortable nude ballet flats, a pop of colour in the crossbody bag, some aviators and a scarf.
The graphic t-shirt makes it way more casual (as does the crossbody bag), but more importantly, you can just change the t-shirt to a sequin-covered one, remove the scarf and you’d be ready for a night out.
OUTFIT TWO: WORKING CHIC
So this is one outfit I saw outside of Galeries Lafayette. Picture a girl with just bright red lipstick, flowing long blonde hair up in a high ponytail and legs up to here.
She looked awesome, even if she was totally 100% in black from head to toe.
The skirt swished and flowed around her as she walked expertly in her stiletto mary janes (not too high either!), she had that black clutch tucked underneath her arm, aviators on, and checking her cellphone as she moved down the street.
She looked incredible, and that outfit was burned into my brain. I’d never be able to pull it off (black hair on black…. on black is a bit much for me), but it was a perfect fashion moment for me.
It all works together because it is totally monotone, but it is also because she picked items that kind of go together without being too prim and proper.
The leather jacket and aviators basically toughened up an otherwise sweet and conservative look, and she kept it simple on the accessories — just pearl earrings and her blonde hair swept up in a ponytail.
OUTFIT THREE: MOTHER OF THREE?
I saw this woman hanging out at a cafe. She had her hair loosely plaited in a braid hanging over her shoulder, a deep red lip, some mascara, and sipping on some sort of iced drink.
Anyway, my first reaction was: She.. totally pulls it off. She looks cool, casual, comfortable and totally effortless.
Then when I saw her 3 children come up and greet her with her husband, I did a double-take and thought: WHAT? She’s also a mother of three!? SIGN ME UP FOR THIS PLAN!
She looked at most, like a woman in her late 20s hanging out at a cafe, waiting for friends. Upon a closer glance, I realized she was closer to her mid-40s.
She just looked so comfortable and relaxed, not at all uncomfortable that she could be wearing the same outfit as her teenage daughter, but did not look like a fashion victim in the slightest.
This outfit works because it’s so casual. It was an off-shoulder t-shirt so it showed a bit of skin without being too revealing (she is a mother after all, no one wants motherly cleavage in your face all the time), everything was neutral so it all went together, and her dangly earrings grazed her shoulder which highlighted just how good she looked.
OUTFIT FOUR: GOING OUT TO MEET SOME FRIENDS
This girl was going out at about 8 p.m., waiting for the subway train at the metro. It’s another all-black outfit, but her concession to colour was in her jewellery and her scarf. The sunglasses must have been from earlier that day, because she had them propped on top of her head.
She stuck out in my head because she (again) looked COMFORTABLE, but totally neutral, and most of all, she had no handbag whatsoever. All of her cash, ID and whatever else was tucked into her pockets or her jacket.
She looked completely free, which was liberating for someone like me, who carries a purse…. pretty much all the time.
Simple black biker boots, kind of matching-style rings, and the entire outfit came together.