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Last Updated on 18th August 2019 by Sophie Nadeau

The Parisienne is forever chic, always confident and always practical, and this is why you should always dress like a Parisienne!

Safe for two golden rules, the Parisienne knows no fashion rules; she breaks and creates every rule simultaneously. She is the rulebook. There is no ‘orange is the new black’ here; black is always the colour of choice and red lipstick is forever on-trend.

how to dress like a parisienne when you visit Paris, France

Parisian fashion staples

There are a few pieces I make sure to always pack in my carry on suitcase. These include a trusted pair of black jeans like these ones that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

How to dress by season:

Spring: The Parisienne knows that with spring comes not only the promise of Summer but that of Spring showers. She always has an umbrella to hand in the case of sudden downpours. Any fool knows that a raincoat simply flattens your ‘just got out of bed’ hairdo.

Summer: While the rest of the World may be trying to perfect that ‘just got out of bed’ hair look, the Parisienne needs to make no effort. The Parisienne really just got out of bed.

Autumn: The days may be warm but the nights certainly aren’t and the Parisienne is no idiot. She always brings a jacket. Who knows where the cool night may lead her: a rooftop escapade, a stroll down the Seine?

Winter: The Parisienne knows that while a poorly chosen scarf can destroy an outfit, well-chosen one can make an outfit. She chooses wisely and makes sure to keep warm: no one wants a runny nose ruining their makeup.

How to accessorize à la Parisienne:

The accessory is always the Parisienne’s favourite weapon of choice.

Handbag: Large enough to carry all she needs, yet small enough that she doesn’t look like she’s going on a month long backpacking trip to Australia, the handbag is a staple, a necessity.

Sunglasses: The Parisienne knows that sunglasses are not only the perfect protection against the sun, they also provide great hangover camouflage.

Makeup: The Parisienne does as she pleases. She is her own woman. If she wakes up and doesn’t feel like wearing makeup that day, she won’t. She knows that she is flawless either way.

Perfume: Much like her je ne sais quoi attitude, she has a signature scent. If she forgets her perfume she will not borrow her friend’s. Ah, non! Her signature scent is her trademark, a logo smelt on her skin and she would rather go au naturel than wear any other.

Shoes: The shoes must be aesthetically pleasing yet practical at the same time. No one looks sexy twisting an ankle because they haven’t factored in walking over cobblestones.

The single most important thing that we can learn from Parisiennes is that they are confident in their own skin. If other people don’t like the way she dresses, then tant pis. The Parisienne will always be Parisienne and Paris will always be Paris.

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About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Pam Kumar
    25th February 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Love your article. I always been my own woman and it makes me more confident. Thanks

    • Somu Banerjee
      27th February 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks and regards

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  • Jennifer
    12th March 2016 at 9:59 am

    Love this article x

  • Cristina
    10th March 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Loved the article! There’s a lot of inspiration here.

  • Emily
    7th March 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Haha this is so cute! Definitely picking up How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are soon. I’ve heard good things. This sort of reminded me of it. 🙂

  • Darina
    7th March 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Love this article and I love the way how the Parisienne dresses. Very inspiring!


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