Les Parisiennes sont inexplicables’ - Honoré De Balzac


Praised by women all over the world, the iconic image of “the Parisian woman” is the embodiment of eleganc stripes tshirt e, chic and natural beauty. Most people who imagine French fashion will picture striped tops, slender black dresses and cute black heels.

But it’s not that simple! Parisian style is so much more than that…

Here we will share the secrets to Parisian fashion, lifting the veil on the often imitated but rarely duplicated style.

First of all, you need to know that you don’t have to be born in Paris to adopt the Parisian woman look. You’ll be surprised to know that the real Parisian is an endangered species and that most of the glamorous Parisian women often seen along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré have in fact moved in from the provinces.

Essentially, being “Parisian” is not about where you live, it’s more a state of mind… yes, a girl’s attitude really is everything!

The typical Parisian woman is confident, always at ease and, most important of all, never a slave to the latest fashion trends.

A “true” Parisian is aware of the latest trends but will only adopt them if it suits her mood and style.You will quickly realize that most Parisians pay more attention to what suits their body and personality rather than to what is currently “in fashion”.  As a result, you’ll rarely see Parisian women wearing clothes that don’t look right on them. In this city, casual and comfortable are the two words to live by. So if a Parisian doesn’t know how to walk with heels … she doesn’t wear heels!

The typical Parisian loves mixing styles, brands and textiles.

She perfectly knows how to match “chic” and “cheap” and she hates “total-look” and “bling bling” style.

Her motto: “More is less”!

Parisian women like to maintain the idea that they have simply woken up late and thrown on random pieces from the wardrobe, yet appear naturally elegant.

Be under no illusion, this effortless outfit is carefully planned and comprises of preselected complimentary pieces.

In a typical Parisian wardrobe, you will find quality basics pieces that will always look good and never suffer the shame of being “last year’s fashion”!


How to achieve the “Effortless” look:

  • Trench Coat
  • Leather jacket
  • Smoking jacket
  • Little black dress
  • A pair of jeans (preferable deep blue or black)
  • Cashmere sweaters
  • Striped shirt
  • White shirt
  • Loose cotton shirts and tank tops (neutral colours only)



  • Scarves (and multiple different ways to wear them!)
  • Ballet shoes
  • Black heels
  • Horse boots
  • Sandals
  • Charm accessories
  • Pearl earrings and necklaces
  • A male watch
  • Cuff bracelets
  • Shopping bag (Vanessa Bruno have fabulous pieces)
  • An old “It-bag” (remember the true Parisian doesn’t follow the trend!)
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