Even if you’ve never been to the City of Lights, you probably know it stylish reputation that the French city has. From the runways to the streets, Parisian chic style has been around for quite some time, but there seems to be a newfound interest in the look.
From striped tops to pointelle cardigans, staples of the Parisian look are en vogue trendy. Searches for oversized button-downs are up more than 70 percent over the last year, and croissant pocket designs have increased searches by over 240 percent. While Wall Street Journal says an au revoir to the look, which may feel a bit dated in today’s world, it could grow to meet the demands of today’s fashion, according to one stylist.
What is “Parisian Chic”?
“While some people may think the Parisian look is cliché, it’s been in fashion for decades, and with good reason.” Carrie Cramer, a Los Angeles celebrity, wardrobe and personal stylist, opposite Shop TODAY. “It embodies effortless, chic style that is timeless and looks good on any older woman. What’s more French than that?”
Essentially, Parisian style is always about the basics – it’s becoming ever more inclusive for all sizes, backgrounds and shapes. From deductions and pullover with black jeans, Cramer says Parisians know how to effortlessly elevate any look. “Parisians don’t complicate fashion. Invest in timeless basics and keep it simple,” she said. “It’s never over the top, but always beautiful.”
If you’re looking to jump on the trend, Cramer has rounded up three different looks that embody Parisian style. From simple t-shirts to fancy sneakers, here’s how to pull off the look.
Sometimes the look can be as simple as a striped t-shirt and jeans. This boxy top from Everlane is slightly cropped, but the relaxed fit and scoop neckline make it look timeless. Plus, the soft, breathable fabric lets you reach for it every day of the week.
If you keep a pair of skinny jeans in your closet, let it be a black pair. They’re easy to dress up or dress down and will most likely go with whatever top you already have in your closet.
Cramer recommends opting for black leather flats to get through the day in style. This chic pair of Aerosoles has a rounded toe and quilted footbed, but is also available in several other colors and designs.
A printed scarf can complete your look and add a touch of color to your outfit. Not only can this affordable pick be worn around the neck, but also as a headscarf, shawl, wrap skirt and more.
A leather shoulder bag isn’t just a fashion statement — it’s an investment that you’ll get plenty of use out of (and can wear with just about anything).
skinny jeans, but make them breathable. These Everlane panties are made from a fabric with high elasticity, allowing you to move comfortably while still rocking the denim look.
Parisian layers and accessories
“A light beige coat is a must-have Parisian staple that should be in your closet now and until the end of time,” Cramer said. “Every Parisian has a classic beige trench coat because it works well in any weather and is a perfect layer at any time of the year.”
A simple yet chic cardigan is the versatile staple that every woman should have in her closet. Not only can it elevate an outfit, but it’s also a stylish way to add extra layers for warmth.
Cramer called this coat “Perfection”. Oversized is all the rage right now, but this blazer still has a dressy look. Plus, the shoulder pads and carefully placed buttons are details that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Do you prefer long sleeves? This classic tee is perfect for the colder months. Wear it under a trench coat or leather jacket to instantly upgrade your look.
A pair of sunglasses is one way to complement the look — and one not to forget, according to Cramer. These sunglasses feature a trendy tortoiseshell design that will have many viewers asking you where you picked them up.
“You can’t go wrong with an oversized button-down style,” Cramer said of this wardrobe must-have. “Wear it to work with skinny black pants [or] team it with a pencil skirt and tie the ends in a bun at the waist for a classy look.”
“No fuss, all elegance”
Striped sweaters probably also come to mind when you think of Parisian style. Cramer recommends pairing this wardrobe must-have with cropped black jeans or a midi skirt.
Skinny jeans are out and the Parisians know it. A cropped style with a wide leg like this one can add a more modern feel to your look.
More Parisian chic favorites
“I’m in love with the separate sweaters that create a complete head-to-toe look,” Cramer said. Creating a monochromatic outfit with a matching sweater and skirt works for both workwear and casualwear—and looks effortless, too.
According to Cramer, Parisians can wear a cardigan from day to night with a simple outfit change. It can be worn with a simple t-shirt during the day or with a slip at night. “Pointelle cardigans add a little extra interest with a subtle design that’s perfect for Paris,” she added.
Don’t be put off by the name – croissant bags are a huge trend right now. According to trendy, searches for the bag shape are up 243 percent since last year. “I especially love a croissant bag because it has a youthful feel and adds some personality to a chic basic[s]’ Cramer said.
Parisians walk a lot, and Cramer says they’ve started embracing sneakers in a big way. These Stan Smith shoes don’t sacrifice fashion for comfort, and Cramer says the on-trend “old-school style” gives them some Parisian flair.
Charlotte Gainsbourg has collaborated with Zara to launch an exclusive collection that includes everything from jeans to jackets. Cramer says she loves these jeans for the “fuller straight leg that’s an updated take on Parisian black skinny pants.”
Paired with a striped t-shirt, this jacket gives an updated Parisian “rock ‘n’ roll” look, according to Cramer.
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