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The Essentials. : For Your Parisian Styled Wardrobe

The essentials

I get asked often by fans or readers how they should pack in order to fit in with the Parisians. So I thought an « essentials » post would be in order. Contrary to what many people tend to think, the Parisian way of dressing, although sophisticated in a way, is not sophisticated as in complicated. It’s rather simple. And a Parisian at an event would prefer to be under dressed rather than over dressed. Understated outfits offer the opportunity to have one small element that stands out, and gives that one element all the visibility it needs to « shine ». Whether it be a fabulous pair of shoes, intricate Calais lace on a blouse, a funky cocktail ring or or amazing handbag.

A basic outfit would consist of a well-fit pair of slacks, a blouse or top, a well-cut jacket and a pair of ballerina flats. (The Parisians are not the spike heel type generally speaking. Cobblestones are just death to heels). Accessories add a little pizazz, but should not be too matchy-matchy.

And voilà! It’s really that simple.

*Bisous de Paris!*

 

About Prête-Moi Paris

An American in Paris, blogging about Paris, the expat life, fashion, culture, people, palces and pieces of the city of lights.

3 Thoughts on “The Essentials. : For Your Parisian Styled Wardrobe

  1. Lovely outfit Prête-Moi – & I agree, it would totally blend right in in Paris!

  2. I’m a major Smoking fan… have you heard of the one’s by Pallas? I am so tempted….

    • Oh yes, a smoking jacket is so chic, and I love when people pair it with a pair of what the French call « cigarette » pants. They do seem to love the smoking references in fashion! Oh those Frenchies!!! LOL! :-)

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