What I have noticed is that there are variations on a theme of a Parisian uniform.
I have sort of tried to group them into uniforms with style icons that for me, best exemplify each look:
PARISIENNE #1: AUDREY HEPBURN
Sleek and Proper
- Simple tee (long sleeved, short, whatever), in a solid neutral or neutral stripes
- Jeans (ripped, not ripped, boyfriend, loose, girlfriend-style)
- Ballet flats or loafers (pointed, rounded toe, almond toed..)
- Blazer (neutral coloured, simple single lapel, double-breasted if you can pull it off)
- Jewellery (delicate, bold, only one piece with a watch, or nothing at all and just a boyfriend watch)
Paired with these kinds of shoes…
Or these loafers!
PARISIENNE #2: CAROLINE DE MAIGRET
Effortless with an Edge
- Oversized top (graphic band tee, oversized cashmere sweater, all neutral colours only!)
- Trousers or Jeans (leather, baggy, ripped, peg legged, wide-legged, loose and not at all tight or sleek)
- Loafers or heels (anything easy breezy, not too buttoned up like a prim ballet flat)
- Classic black leather moto jacket, loose and worn over the outfit
- OR .. an oversized blazer double-breasted…
PARISIENNE #3: BRIGITTE BARDOT
- Summery, effortless cotton sundress or a tank top / top and skirt option
- Gladiator sandals, low wedges or espadrilles
- Straw handbag or a small little summery clutch
- Jean jacket or a leather jacket to wear over the summery ensemble
- Straw fedora or summer hat
PARISIENNE #4: VICTORIA BECKHAM
I know she isn’t French, but her style is SO very much this style for me with fitted dresses, and a kind of preppy conservativeness.
- Fitted sheath dress or some sort of form-fitting yet covered outfit like a tucked in button-up shirt into a pencil skirt
- High heels
- Ladylike bag of some sort
- Zero jewellery, except for maybe a simple watch
- Blood red lips
These are all outfits I’d wear in a heartbeat.