How Parisians style their jeans

New Straits Times - - Flair -

IWAS in Paris last month, mainly for the Swarovski X Neelofa cam­paign, and the trip was sur­pris­ingly amaz­ing con­sid­er­ing the windy 6 de­grees C weather. The idea of fly­ing to Paris and leav­ing my daugh­ter on her first birth­day is mind-bog­gling. She is too at­tached to me. I bring her every­where — for loan­ing, fit­ting, meet­ing up with de­sign­ers, wardrobe sourc­ing (shop­ping!) and oc­ca­sion­ally meet­ing with my clients — with a nanny by my side, of course.

But I did it, kissed her good­night and caught my red-eye to Paris. Be­sides com­plet­ing my shoot suc­cess­fully, my goal was to dress stun­ningly like a Parisian while I was there. And the best part was Paris Fash­ion Week was on the same week.

The prospect of bump­ing into celebri­ties and style stars run­ning from Elie Saab to Dior, Ba­len­ci­aga and Chanel, ex­cited me. They al­ways do it in style. Af­ter all, if you’re go­ing to bring your fash­ion to A-Game, where else would you do so but the City of Lights?


With my ho­tel bal­cony look­ing down Place Ven­dome and over­look­ing Eif­fel Tower, I had a good view. My eyes were fix­ated on the side­walks out­side for a high fash­ion stroll. Ev­ery­one dressed to the nines all week, ex­per­i­ment­ing with a lot of colour-block­ing, mas­ter­ing monochro­matic style, over­sized coats and well, over­sized ev­ery­thing and lots of bright colours.

But what in­spired me was the way they in­cor­po­rated “a touch of ef­fort­less­ness” or “a dash of Parisian” in ev­ery out­fit they wore. Noth­ing is OTT with a Parisian. There must be one key piece that grounds the whole look to­gether.

And I re­alised that the key out­fit for­mula is denim and a band T-shirt. Which is amaz­ing since 99 per cent of us own at least a pair of den­ims. Whether we’re run­ning er­rands, head­ing for a meet­ing or go­ing out with friends, denim is re­peat­edly our so­lu­tion for any and ev­ery out­fit co­nun­drum.

Since we rely on it so of­ten, we don’t nec­es­sar­ily ap­proach denim with a sar­to­rial fer­vour like a Parisian.

Let me help you break out of your rut, and wel­come cooler and creative ways to style your jeans like Parisians.

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