Margo & Me fashion and lifestyle blogger, Jenny Cipoletti, is back to share her tips for perfecting your Parisian look this season!
There is nothing on this earth that I love more than Parisian-inspired fashion. Chic, effortless and insanely sophisticated, it’s no wonder that I fell head over heels in love with The City of Light. It’s that je ne sais quoi in the use of clean lines, sophisticated silhouettes, rich textures and fresh neutrals that have deemed Parisians supreme in the design department.
In the fashion world we live in, where trends and styles are constantly changing and shifting, what makes the iconic French “It Girl” so unique is her ability to exude an effortless elegance. One of my favorite quotes says it all, “In a world full of trends, I wish to remain a classic.” It’s all in the way the enviable French girl carries herself—she never lets anything wear her.
So, what are the fundamental pieces that make up a stellar collection of timeless looks? I’m sharing my six favorite key elements to envious Parisian style below so you can rock that iconic French look in no time!
1. The “All Occasions” Blouse.
The French are far more concerned with quality over quantity. Of course, it would be amazing to stop into your favorite department store and purchase five great blouses at an amazing price, but do you really need five different variations on the same look? Opt for one incredible blouse that’s perfectly tailored to fit you, and that features quality material, understated elegance and one that falls in all the right places.
2. The Perfect Smoking Jacket.
Perfectly structured with just the right amount of give, a smoking jacket is a definite staple in any Parisian’s closet. It’s slightly oversized to hit your hips at the right length. Try pairing the jacket with a tailored trouser or pull it on over a simple LBD that shows a little bit of leg to give off an air of on-trend classicism.
3. The LBD.
You’ve heard it a million times over, but there’s definitely a reason that we all tell you to find the perfect little black dress. The Parisians have perfected the LBD. They know how to keep it simple with just the right amount of interest. To dress it up, find an LBD with an interesting neck or hemline, and pair it with minimalist jewelry. For an everyday look, pair your black dress with a rad pair of clean, white kicks and a simple scarf tied around your neck.
4. The Perfect Everyday Flat.
Parisian women are all about extreme comfort. They manage to look amazing and still get the job done, saving their heels for special occasions. Instead, you’ll find most French women donning a pair of incredibly structured loafers or always-reliable ballet flats. They go with just about any look and make your outfit feel incredibly put together.
5. Oversized Sunglasses.
Perhaps it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who made the iconic look popular, but I think it’s safe to say that she was definitely taking style tips from Brigitte Bardot. Don’t worry about whether or not they’ll overwhelm your look—just pick the right shape and lens for your face. Instant movie star status!
Get the look: Classic Cat Eye Sunglasses ($5.90) // Metal Square Sunglasses ($7.90) // Phoenix 59mm Sunglasses ($45) // Emma Sunglasses ($16) // ASOS Oversized 70s Rimless Flat Lens Square Sunglasses ($23) // AJ Morgan Heavy Frame Flecked Tortoise Sunglasses ($19.50)
6. Structured Handbag.
A handbag is like the cherry on top of a perfectly Parisian look! Again, it’s all about structure and clean lines. You can never go wrong with a neutral color palette that transitions your wardrobe from winter to spring, and back again! One French-inspired tip? Tie a vintage scarf around the handles of your handbag to really encapsulate the Parisian’s attention to detail.
Maybe you have a whole new autumn shopping list or maybe you just want to invest in a few quintessential pieces. Either way, these key elements to enviable Parisian style will have you blending into French culture in no time.