Tuesday 28 Aug, 2012

The Secret to Dressing Like a Parisian

Paris is a very stylish city and is known as one of the four fashion capitals of the world. If you don’t want to be spotted as a tourist while travelling in Paris, follow these tips. You should still pack clothes and shoes that you are comfortable spending long days in. But if you put some thought into what you bring, you can feel comfortable and look like a stylish Parisian at the same time.

Start a Scarf Collection
Scarves are very popular in Paris year-round. If you’re travelling when the weather is warm, try a silk scarf tied in an interesting way. For the cooler months, wear a heavier knit scarf to keep warm. If you don’t own any, you won’t have any trouble finding one when you are there. They are sold all over the city – especially in popular tourist areas. If you want to spend a little (or a lot) more, try Hermès.

Wear Black
You will never go wrong wearing black in Paris, and you’ll fit in well with the locals if you do. If you prefer not to limit yourself to one colour, neutrals like gray, brown, or blue work too. A good rule of thumb is: stick with a darker colour palette. You can always add a bit of colour with a bright scarf. The best part about black is that everything you own will match. You won’t have to pack as much, but you will still be able to easily come up with interesting outfits.

Layer – Even in the Summer
Layering is a great way to deal with the unpredictable weather in Paris. It also lets you use some of those pieces in your wardrobe that have been forgotten. Instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, mix and match what you already have. When the weather is warm, layer pieces made with lighter fabric and summer colours. In the winter months, wear heavier materials and lots of sweaters. And don’t forget your scarf.

Dress Up
You won’t see many Parisians leaving home in sweatpants, even if they are just running to the corner store. Your outfit should be dressy enough that it is appropriate for almost any occasion the day may bring. You should be casual but put-together. This is where layering comes in very handy.

Go Classic
In Paris, it’s common for many people to have small apartments with limited closet space. Having a basic but functional wardrobe makes a lot more sense. Invest in good quality, classic clothing that fits really well. These items never go out of style and can be updated by adding trendy pieces. If you stick to the neutral colour palette, everything will match and you will never run out of options. A great trench coat is a good place to start.


“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel


Flickr photos via liketearsintherain, …love Maegan