How to Perfect Parisian Street Style

There’s just something about those Parisians, the way they glide through the streets with the utmost perfect style; all while looking like they didn’t lift a finger or stress a hair getting dressed. How is this possible? Where as I, in my small hotel room, have tried on dozens of wrinkled outfits, contemplated punching out the mirror (there must be something wrong with it!) and still haven’t come up with a look that’s satisfying. To give myself some credit I do spend half the year living out of a suitcase- just to make things more difficult! At every street corner turn there’s a street-style photographer, L’Officiel editor, and power PR woman watching your every move (and outfit choice). Or so at least it feels! If you weren’t nervous about going to Paris before- well sorry for this story. ;)

After many long flights lugging way more clothing than I’d ever need across the world I’ve realized that sometimes, less is more.

Of course there’s exceptions to every rule. But In America we do what I’d like to call “trend shopping.” We’d rather spend 20 dollars buying the affordable version of every new trend that comes along. In Paris, they “necessity shop”. They save up their money to buy a Balenciaga jacket, and Isabel Marant jeans that they will continue to wear all year long (and probably the next as well.) It’s not true Parisian if it doesn’t look a little worn in.
So at the end of the day, a side by side look in our closets would show: The American closet- a huge walk-in closet pouring over with old “of the moment trends” that have far come and gone. Pieces we most likely only wore once and are never planning on touching again. “It only cost 20 dollars” we reason with ourselves. As we enviously look over at the Parisian woman’s closet- a mere thin rolling rack of 30 amazing items she’s collected over the years and continues to re-wear and seemingly always out style us. Sigh.

What you need for the perfect Paris street style look.
1) The perfect simple tee- my favorite a distressed IRO tee.
2) Boots- flat or heeled. Flat if you are going to be walking a alot. I’d suggest a patent leather oxford with studs. Like my Valentino pair here.
3) Leather Jacket
4) Celine sunnies- a must
5) Air dried “didn’t try” hair
6) Ever so slightly oversized jeans. Not skin tight, not boyfriend jeans- just somewhere in between. That “I bought these last year and lost a few pounds since then but no big deal look”

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How to Perfect Parisian Street Style

  • Jackets: Barbara Bui  |  Sunnies: Celine  | Animal Print Pants: Isabel Marant

  • Boots: Barbara Bui  |

  • Bag: Alexander Wang  | Sunnies: Celine  | Pants: Isabel Marant

  • Location: Paris, France

  • Photography by: Michael Dumler / On Abbot Kinney

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49 Comments

  1. sasa says:

    You two are looking so cool! Love the jackets:)

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  2. Sarah says:

    Fabulous post! I love a simple tee – and the effortless air-dry hairstyle is perfect (and healthier for your hair)!

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  3. Lizzy says:

    This is such a good read! I definitely can see what you mean by the Parisian woman’s wardrobe being a collection of well thought through essentials. There also doesn’t seem to be as much of a high street shopping culture as there is in the UK (I am not sure about America). Although they do have highstreet shops, such as Zara and H&M, you see much more high-end-high-street which stock high quality, simple stylish pieces (such as Sandro and The Kooples). In the UK, as it seems in America, we love to buy into trends and shopping is a quick-fix!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  4. I love Paris and I love Parisian style! I actually just wrote a similar post but for Scandinavian fashion style which is my favorite. I thought some of you might find it interesting :) You can read the post here http://maggiecallife.com/2014/06/07/what-is-scandinavian-fashion-style/
    http://www.maggiecallife.com

  5. Eye like fashion says:

    Fabulous Parisian styles. You gals look so chic and edgy! Love it.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

  6. Claire says:

    Always love your edge outfits like this! You definitely look great in biker jacket <3

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    HILFIGER
    xoxo, Claire from Vancouver, Canada

  7. Adrienne says:

    Amazing!
    Great post!
    Love that photo!
    -Adrienne. xo

    Citizen of the World
    Citizen of the World

  8. Melissa says:

    Great picks! Loving all your photos…wish I was in Paris :)
    xo,
    Melissa
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  9. Lucy says:

    Love the “I bought these last year and lost a few pounds since then but no big deal look” line! It’s interesting to see how wardrobes vary across the world. Great post! xx

    http://itslilylocket.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/girl-in-menswear.html

  10. claudia says:

    Love both looks! The booties are awesome!
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  11. Perfect article, I love the tips in your posts!

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  12. Gap says:

    I love parisian style! I’ll try again!
    XOX, Gap.
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  13. Cécile says:

    Being French, I can tell you that there are more then one “parisian style”. some are girly, some are minimalist… the thing is never trying too hard. unperfect makeup, unperfect hair… (my trick for it is to go to bed with the hair a little damp, and the following morning, blow dry it with your head down). Indeed, we tend to like “used’ leather or jeans, and everything silk is somehow prohibited! ;)

    Love from France <3
    Cécile
    http://www.maxcebycecilej.com

  14. Vanessa says:

    love your look! and very interesting what you wrote about the parisian style!

    TheVogueWord
    TheVogueWord

  15. Francesca says:

    Really amazing tips <3 I love the new design of blog too!
    kisses

    Francesca http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it/

  16. Onyxsta says:

    This style is perfection

  17. Great post! I love parisian style, so effortlessly chic!

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    xxFTF

  18. Major looks, you look like you should both be in a music vid! C x

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  19. Linda says:

    Gorgeous parisian style! Love the blog!

    xx

    Linda

    Beauty And Tips

  20. Erika F says:

    I love this post! My closet is on the border of overflowing, and there are so many pieces I just never seem to wear. I want to downsize, and start investing in good quality timeless pieces. And I’ve always loved that Parisian look. Like the new blog update btw :)

  21. Georgia says:

    love the parisian street style look, tres chic!

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  22. Whitney V says:

    Hahaha loved this!! I actually posted yesterday on my blog an article I wrote on pretty much the same sort of subject, Quality vs. Quantity and how I plan to achieve the perfect closet -Carrie Bradshaw like!!!!! You can check it out here: http://www.whitneyswonderland.com/2014/06/quality-vs-quantity.html?spref=tw

    Lots of love,

    Whitney

    http://www.whitneyswonderland.com

  23. Nitabiti says:

    That is true! Paris isn’t my favorite city but women and men there definitely know how to dress x
    you can easily say who was born in the city and who just came recently.
    I think this quality over quantity apply for many European countries especially in bigger cities x
    Nitabiti

  24. Oh la la!! Rock style!! Love it, love it! I am a child of 80’s, you know – you rock baby!! http://www.payless4brands.com

  25. Yvonne Chung says:

    Your Parisian look is effortless chic! Love it!♥

  26. Yvonne Chung says:

    Your Parisian look is effortlessly chic! Love it!♥
    Love from Malaysia, XOXO!

  27. Julia says:

    Thank you for this post!! I am moving to Paris in about 2 months, and have been stressing non-stop about what I will be wearing. Coming from Los Angeles, I am too guilty of the “trend” shopping. I’ve been trying to build up more staple pieces in my wardrobe though. Anyways, this advice is awesome! :)

    Julia

    http://exploresmore.com

  28. Stacy says:

    The jackets are sooo gorgeous!
    xo

  29. barbara says:

    Great post
    but I really dislike the new way of seeing the pictures of your blog!
    It was way better when all the pictures were on the post, huge sized.
    Now they’re really small and it doesn’t look like a personal style blog anymore… looks like a magazine website…
    I don’t know if I’m the only one, but if not you should think about it..maybe going back to the old display!

    x

  30. Jackie says:

    Super cute! I wanna try a similar outfit with my Chinese Laundry booties http://www.chineselaundry.com/products2.cfm/ID/3900/c/chinese-laundry-booties/attr1/67

  31. You two look great but I don’t have a feeling this is a parisian style..

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