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Hey everyone! Parisian women are a huge influence on my personal style. They have this knack of looking imperfectly perfect, basic but not so basic, neither overdressed nor underdressed, casual but elegant and that is the balance I always look for in my outfits. Decoding the Parisian style is a challenging task and here's what I have come down to from my travels, women watching is my fav thing to do in Paris, reading fashion magazines and observing my  fellow french bloggers and friends.

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1) the colours-  the French women would 8/10 times choose neutrals like black, grey, white, nude and camel. The other colors they love are shades of blue like navy, pale blue, chambray and true red. 
2) patterns-  Breton stripes and polka dots are classic French staples.
3) heels- on an everyday women in Paris are mostly in flats maybe to manage the cobblestone streets! but seriously aren't flats more comfortable when you are rushing to work or running errands and that comfort lends itself to the look making it much more effortless. If you really love heels go for the kitten heel. The stilettos are kept for special occasions or fashion weeks!!!!
4) do not over accessorise- if you want to wear a statement piece like a stylish beret or a striking bucket bag or a stunning necklace leave other accessories or keep them bare minimum so it speaks.  Never do the mistake of overloading your outfit with too many pieces and always remember what Coco Chanel once said- before you leave the house you should look in the mirror and remove one item. 
5) silhouettes are very crucial to getting the Parisian dress code right. Nothing too form fitting or structured or polished it's about fabrics and silhouettes that enhance the shape of the wearer in the most effortless way. Choosing midis over minis and cigarette pants over skinnies will give you clues.
6) the uniform on the streets of Paris- white button down shirt paired with black pencil skirt or cigarette pant under a fitted blazer or trench worn with flats or block heels. Scarfs are also huge in France, In no other country i have noticed them in this glory, French women will mostly wear a neutral outfit with a pattern scarf  and wear equally with dresses as well as pants.
7) do not jump on trends -  Parisian women stay true to their own personal style before anything. They believe in wearing the clothes and not the clothes wearing them so they are in no rush to jump on every trend that comes out of the runway or deliberate statement making. So see which trend suits your personal style and the existing pieces in your wardrobe and then pick instead of just wanting to be rocking all the trends the moment they hit the street and when wearing trends pair them with classics for a relaxed vibe. For e.g if you are choosing to wear cropped frayed pants wear it with a white shirt or ballet flats. 
8) Try some masculine pieces- like boyfriend jeans or a masculine pant suit or boyish shoes but with a feminine flare. Todays outfit is a good example of doing so, i am wearing a rather masculine lace up shoe, Oxfords, with my feminine outfit of polka dots and midi skirt.
9) hair plays a major role in the Parisian look, it's never too perfectly done, not messy but also not too neat, be it the French twist, or the French braid or the French roll. In fact the streets are filled with woke up like this hair aka the bedhead.
10) red lips- go for it on the daily

So in short if I may summarise it's like walking on a thin line which is only perfected by practice. 


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Skirt- Vesper (similar), Top- Shein (similar), Shoes- ASOS, Watch- Daniel wellington


I wanted my Parisian look to be Parisian but not blue or black and since red is also one of the loved colors of Parisian women I went for this beautiful red midi skirt from vesper, there are so many ways i can style this skirt so u will definitely see it a lot here, Vesper does a lot of classic but trendy pieces, their online shop delivers worldwide and I just found out their exclusive collection is also available on ASOS and there are some gorgeous pastel pieces. 
I could have gone for stripes as well but I chose polka dots because I wanted to wear these edgy shoes and polka dots are sweeter than stripes so the edginess is balanced with the sweetness!! I did my hair in a loose Ponytail, chose the classic Daniel wellington watch as the only accessory and tucked my shirt casually for all the effortless Parisian vibes.


This look can be easily recreated with the above pieces, I have also linked some skirts and shoe options with polka dots in case u love them. 

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Thank you for stopping by! See you in my next one.

Love 

chichi

59 comments

  1. Great look, love the flat shoes!

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  2. Great post! I love your review of Parisian dressing - flat heels are essential on those cobbles! Love your outfit too - the red midi skirt is gorgeous
    Julia xx
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  3. Perfect!
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  4. Looking lovely! :) x
    Helena - Swedish girl in Tokyo
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  5. Very beautiful! That red is great ... iwant the skirt now ... I am gonna have pop by Forever 21!

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  6. Loved this post Chichi. Parisian style is the best and this really suits you. Gemma x
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  7. Great look, that really suits you!

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  8. Very pretty look. I loved to live in France and to see all those French women. I lived one year in northern France and one year in Paris and loved both stays a lot :)
    Xx
    Larissa
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  9. You do looking perfectly Parisian! I love the red skirt and its swingy fullness. And the adorable balance with the patent oxfords. And who doesn't love a polka dot shirt? Seriously, adorable outfit. You should come visit my page and join my new link up and show off your perfect Parisian look!

    Shelbee
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  10. I totally love this style. looking so good

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  11. I loved the shoes with this outfit! Makes the outfit a lot more Parisian and unique!

    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  12. So chic! Loove it, you are so adorable. <3
    The Fancy Cats

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  13. Your are indeed very French chic in your wonderful look!
    xx Rena
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  14. Qué falda tan ideal!!! Me encanta!!!
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  15. Love the post chichi 💞 chic and beautiful 💗

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  16. I adore this post, I would love to dress more Parisian! That red skirt is adorable too!

    Chelsea
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  17. I just came back home after spending nearly 4 months in France and I have to say, this post is on point. You got the style perfectly right and your look is amazing, I love the skirt and how you combined it with the blouse. xx

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  18. This outfit is perfection, I LOVE it. Great tips! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  19. Beautiful outfit, I love your skirt, thank you for sharing, you look fabulous!!!

    xxx

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  20. These are super tips to dress like a Parisian, and you are totally doing it. Love those shoes.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  21. Parisian style is always "in style" - the looks are too classic to not be! Love that you went with red instead of the typical red.

    -M

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  22. Such a cute French look!
    Xx
    Molly
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  23. Gorgeous Parisian inspired look!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
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  24. i love this outfit! i would 100% wear it!

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  25. Great tips, this outfit is so adorable and fabulous!

    Have a great day!

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  26. This look is gorgeous and definitely looks Parisian! I love the Parisian woman style. So elegant and chic!

    xx lavishingg.net

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  27. Love this post! As a Parisian I can tell you than you're right!!

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  28. You need to move to Paris my dear, you literally look like one of them. I agree with all the tips about achieving the Parisian look and I have always wanted to do such a post and thanks to you I will do it soon. You look amazing and I absolutely love the Parisian colors that you choose.
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  29. Such a cute look! That skirt is gorgeous! xx

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  30. Loving this chic, yet romantic outfit. You really do look Parisian!
    xo
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  31. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Gorgeous look! Totally Parisian - the skirt is especially gorgeous!

    Annessa
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  33. You look adorable and I love that you wore flats with this look!

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  34. This is such a cool post and I love the shape of that skirt! SO cute.

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  35. Amazing style! Love the hair too.

    XO, Jessi
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  36. Fab tips, love Parisian style it's so chic. Your skirt is lovely
    Lauren
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  37. Hi Chichi and thank you for your visit! Parisian style is a trend that I like so much. I love so much this combination...you are perfect!!! Have a nice monday, kisses,
    Eni

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  38. I think you really got the spirit of the Parisian style, I agree with each one of your statements and the look you created really captures it!
    My personal style has become a lot more mixed since I moved to Southern California from France, as I started incorporating shorts, flip-flops and coral tops or dresses into my wardrobe. But I always, always pair the statement pieces with something basic and neutral! I don't mix prints (never!) and black and whites are still the most common colors to be found in my closet.

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  39. I adore Parisian style and your tips evoke the essence of French women! I also think your outfit would win their approval!

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  40. OMG!! what the dress. You looks very pretty in shorts. I love to buy frock kurtis for the summer. But also love to wear georgette suits for stay more comfortable.

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  41. I need every midi skirt in my life including this red one! Sometimes I think I would love to have classic French style, and other times I think fashion is too fun to never wear something crazy! Still these are great tips for effortless style.
    -Kristin
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  42. Lovely, chic French look!
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
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  43. Fabulous style tips and beautiful look! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Hope to see you back next week.

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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  44. This post was perfect! I love the shirt you are wearing! I read all the tips and they were so helpful!
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  45. This is such a gorgeous look my dear, so Dior's New Look!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

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  46. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

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  47. Gorgeous! I love the red skirt & flat loafers! Such a smart styling idea

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  48. Simply classy style..awesome and best one...

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  49. Great tips, this outfit is so adorable and fabulous.

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  50. Simply beautiful. Really nice collections.

    Scintilla Kreations.

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