Paris is the city of light, the city of love, and by no doubt a fashion capital. All would agree that Parisian fashion is the epitome of elegance and beauty. And it makes sense that all the greatest fashion trends and designers were born in Paris.

Yes, we are talking about CoCo Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Jean-Paul Gaultier–three of the most known fashion designers who set industry standards and established a fashion style that is meant to never go out of trend.

Parisian fashion is simple elegance. Their style is a perfect balance of class, style, and comfort. The French made the streets—or even their staircases—their very own runway. They carry themselves like a walking piece of art, and they put the whole world in wonder: “Why do Parisians look flawless and sophisticated day and night?”    

Parisians Love Simplicity

Parisians wrap themselves with simplicity and elegance. They are so stylish and straightforward, they would never go unnoticed in a crowd. The adage, “Less is more” accurately describes their fashion style.

You’ll never see a Parisian wearing too much jewellery or matching all the colours of the rainbow in one outfit. Parisians pick the right statement pieces to complete their look. For instance, a basic outfit can be paired with a delicate scarf or a statement bag or a hat to add a touch of personality to a simple palette.

Parisian women also wear little or no makeup. They often opt into Au Naturale, and they always look fresh. Lastly, they don’t usually wear labels unless they are discreet ones like the Channel logo. Is it confidence? Or maybe they just don’t want to be a walking brand advertisement? 

Every Parisian Woman Owns At Least One LBD

CoCo Chanel made the little black dress popular. So popular (and versatile), in fact, that every woman in the world should own one. From casual days to classy gatherings, you will never go wrong with a slimming little black dress. Dress it up with a scarf or a statement necklace and a pair of classy heels and you’re ready for a night on the town. Alone with smart flats and a scrunchie-bun, and you’re fine to pick up the kids at school. On the days you can’t figure out what to wear, you can always reach out for your LBD. 

You Can Always Spot A Good Pair Of  Stilettos

Stilettos go with everything–may it be a dress, trouser suit, or cropped jeans, so investing in a good quality pair just makes sense. We agree, this is not the most comfortable footwear ever made, but if you can learn to walk in them as the Parisian’s do, you’re guaranteed to turn heads, command attention, and exude that certain je ne sais quoi for which the French are so famous.

They All Own A Classic Trench Coat

The perfect fusion of fashion and function is the classic trench coat. One of the staple pieces both men and women swear by. They may have been invented by the Brits but Parisian’s gave life to this statement piece.

Keeping with the theme of ‘less is more,’ the trench coat says it all–it is the complete statement. Whether sheilding one from the rain and sleet or concealing the ‘bare’ essentials, nothing is as mysterious and intriguing as ‘nothing but a trenchcoat.’ You’ll definitely find this hanging in any Parisian’s closet.

Scarves Are For All Seasons 

The scarf is probably the most important accessory you should have for your Parisian inspired look. Rarely is a Parisian (male or female) seen without a scarf, especially from September to May.

Though still popular even in warmer months, they select this statement piece with care. In choosing a scarf, they don’t go all out with colours and patterns, they opt for more sophisticated stripes, block colours, or a minimal Aztec print. 

Other Staples

Of course, it is not all about the classic trench coat, little black dress, and stilettos, they also have other staple pieces that Parisian men and women swear by. Like the white button-down shirt, the bespoke blazer, a classic leather jacket, and Marinière sweater. These pieces are all classic and timeless. 

The Art Of Wearing It

French style “is more the way you mix the clothes and how you move, how you open your bag, how to cross your legs—just little things that make a difference. With French women, you first see the woman and then you see the clothes,” according to French fashion editor, Carine Roitfeld. Parisian style is more than just the clothes you see but also the art of wearing it and looking good in it. 

Parisians know which wardrobe pieces work for them and what doesn’t. They have an outfit formula that they wear over and again. They know exactly how it looks, what they like about it, and what makes them feel comfortable. The formula outfit is the foundation for the confidence that defines the Parisian’s style.

Pay Attention to the Silhouette

They choose a silhouette that flatters the figure. No, we are not talking about skinny jeans and bodycon dresses here. We are talking about A-line dresses and jeans with long jackets. They wear clothes that are well tailored and perfectly fitting. Ask any couturier, the most important element any person can bring to their wardrobe is poise. Know what works with your body type, and wear it with pride. 

Man Chic

“Chic” is not limited to Parisian women, men in Paris are chic too! They dress equally as elegant as their female counterparts. They aren’t afraid to sport scarfs, trench coats, or wear a bold colour that is considered “feminine” — they are too self-assured for such trivialities. They dress with a bit of swankiness. Even Parisian men are keeping it classic and refined.

The sophisticated look for which Parisian men and women are known comes from fit, fabric, and style. So when purchasing always look for high-quality goods. If you want to dress like a Parisian, it’s definitely worth the investment.