It really doesn’t take much to transform your every day wardrobe into Paris-native worthy ensembles fit for the avenues of Paris and the trigger-happy paparazzi. Simply adopt the city’s unique style mantra of understated cool and invest in a few key pieces...
The tailored staples
Minimalist elegance doesn’t come simpler than chic tailoring - a pair of wide legged pants, a luxe cashmere sweater and a sleeveless jacket and of course the ultimate accompaniment, sneakers. If you don’t own a pair, make sure you do pronto, as you can team white sneakers with everything from pants and cropped denim to midi skirts and dresses. Even high heel heroine Victoria Beckham has been seen joining the flat pack this season.
The athleisure attire
This new style buzzword is ideal for the more casual of days, although still front row worthy, with ‘dressed down’ fast becoming the new ‘dressed up’. Tailored track pants, a simple luxe tee and two of this season’s must haves - a bomber jacket and a backpack give this look its unique sporty allure. Get creative with your bomber to give your look its very own individual flair.
The wide trousers
While Paris is renowned for its sleek and chic black staples, pattern, print and oversized silhouettes are not to be dismissed. A boxy floral print top or jacket (cropped if you’re young and trim enough!) teamed with a pair of ultra wide legged statement trousers will give your style a dramatic and fresh sophisticated edge.
The tunic layer
Layering is a classic way of giving existing wardrobe staples a fresh new spin, but to really up your style game, make sure you invest in a tunic, oversized shirt or shirt dress and wear over a pair of tailored trousers or maxi skirt and finish with mannish flats.
Just because you’re heading to the chic streets of Paris, don’t discard your denim. Classic skinnies, 70s style flares and the new season cropped wide legged varieties are all on Paris’ dress code this season. Team your denim with a relaxed tee and a beautifully tailored and sophisticated jacket, for the epitome of contemporary laidback elegance.
With all the mannish styles and trousers on the packing list, you might just wonder if your feminine, waist cinched dress should make the edit... Yes. A long sleeved cotton, jersey or broderie anglaise dress is a beautifully feminine antidote to spring’s more androgynous of styles. But still keep the womanly wiles at bay, by taming your dress with a pair of brogues, loafers or ankle boots.