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How to get a Parisian Fashion Wardrobe: Capsules and Outfits – Part Two

All of my Parisian Style & Wardrobe Posts can be found here.

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?




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.




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 toΒ 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.




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.


French-Wardrobe-Parisian-Fashion-Outfit-FourThis 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.

All of my Parisian Style & Wardrobe Posts can be found here.

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  1. belinda paterson

    Hello. Just a note to say thank you .
    I’m remodeling a doll and totally lost with what to do and this has helped.
    I’ve got the head done legs and black ballet shoes which I painted all.
    It’s the middle and arms.


      You’re welcome! I’m so happy it helped. Please let me know via email if I can help any farther.

  2. Jayne

    Do you happen to know where the “mom of three” dangle earrings are from?
    I’m kind of obsessed with them.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Hi! They’re sold out, but the brand is by Ali Khan. You can check out the other earring styles here.

  3. Heidi Mazel

    LOVE this blog. Is there more coming? Part IV?

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Hmm. I’ll think of what I can say for Part IV πŸ™‚

  4. Tee

    @Laurie @thefrugalfarmer..I just took my (over 40 self) to see The Rolling Stones a couple of months ago and you cannot imagine how many stunningly dressed over 50’s and more I saw, all que’d up at the Merch counter to pick up shirts just like these πŸ™‚

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Good to hear. You’re older but better looking as you age, I believe.

  5. Stacy

    Found this post just as I was editing my closet for fall 2014 and voila! You made it so dang simple for me :-)…thank you. My husband is quite happy that I’m slimming my wardrobe…now just to slim me somewhat. With my build, a heel definitely helps and the simplicity of the outfits are slimming. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Oh excellent! Well I don’t do fashion posts all the time but when I do, I get inspired and start creating more.

      Check out my Style section under my Best Posts: Best Of Posts: Style

  6. Heather H

    These posts make me realize I need more jackets, I just don’t gravitate to them but they do pull an outfit nicely together!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      It’s my secret. πŸ™‚

  7. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Wow – super cute outfits – all of them – although I can’t necessarily see my 46 year old self in the first one. πŸ™‚ You’ve given me some serious wardrobe inspiration – thanks!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Really!?!? I think 46-year old women would look really fantastic in that first outfit. Ballet flats, a t-shirt and a blazer.. nothing could be more chic and simple. πŸ™‚

  8. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction

    It would appear I am more French than I thought πŸ™‚ I just need to polish it up a bit more with accessories and I can totally do this!

  9. Gillian

    I live outfit #4. Well lately I live in snow boots… but when weather allows, this is what I like to wear. All great outfits! I love #2 too, I am a fan of lots of black.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Gillian: I myself am not a fan of all-black. It’s depressing to only see all-black especially in Paris, but I can understand that it makes it easier to dress.

  10. Tania

    1 & 2 is definitely me. The mama outfit, not so much. I don’t like shorter tops with skinny jeans, prefer to do slouchy layers with a fitted pant. But as a 46 year old can definitely say it’s better to dress a bit younger but tastefully as you mentioned too. If you dress like a middle aged lady stereotype, you look old. Love this post! TY, lots of great layering ideas for items I already have. And oh yes I am not tall and skinny by any means, no need to give up on simple minimalist fashion ladies just because you’re a shorty with some curves. It can be done. In fact, these types of looks can lengthen you somewhat and be flattering.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Tania: Outfit #1 is also very me. I like just wearing a t-shirt and having a topper on it like a blazer and calling it a day.

      As for lengthening your look, you just have to play with your proportions and make sure your items are perfectly fitted and tailored to you.

  11. Bridget

    The last outfit is my go-to. I wear that all the time haha.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Mine too, except my boots are knee-high.

  12. AdinaJ

    I truly love these looks, and can mentally picture each of these looking phenomenal on the right girl. If I was wearing them, though, I’d feel drab. And probably extra chubby. So yeah, I’m totally for taking these as inspiration and putting your own spin on them.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      You are NOT chubby πŸ™‚ I wish I could have taken pictures of all of them to show everyone but I was too shy to ask.. and it would be kind of creepy.

  13. Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt

    I love outfit number one – that’s what I see myself looking like in my extremely warped vision. I actually dress much the opposite but this is currently for financial reasons. Would love to dress like mum of three too!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt: Warped vision? Not so warped! Looks achievable to me πŸ™‚

  14. MelD

    Well analysed!
    Also, these looks work on many French women partly because they are very figure-conscious and therefore slim (usually without being skinny, but definitely slim). And as you mentioned, make-up, hair and jewellery are generally super-simple to non-existant.
    As soon as you put weight in there, it can go either way – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t! The “mom” look for instance would never work on my short, stocky figure – I’d just look like I’d come off a building site and was wearing inappropriate accessories… LOL

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @MelD: Oh yes, French women are all about the figure and staying slim. It’s kind of their obsession if you happen to ask them about it.

      It’s true — it all hinges on your figure to pull off these looks but in shorter or stockier builds, I can’t see why you couldn’t just modify it with pieces a bit more flattering πŸ™‚ Maybe not an off the shoulder top, but a pleasing blouse in lieu..?


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