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.
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.