Do it French style
As we know, less is often more. So make like a Parisian and take it down a notch.
Hey everyone, I’m in Paris! My friends and family reading this now will be probably p y be groaning: “We know.” But ut for those of you who ho didn’t, I am. And while it’s not exactly actly original,
I have to say that Paris is one of my absolute favourite places ces to visit. What’s not to love? It’s equal parts elegant and edgy, breathtakingly thtakingly beautiful and downright ht dirty.
The history, the culture, e, the language, the food, the e wine! It’s also a place I take many style cues from.
Parisian women just do it so well. If I listed my style tyle icons, at least a third would be French – Jeanne Damas, Emmanuelle Alt (pictured), Clemence Poesy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Caroline de Maigret, Isabel Marant ant and Capucine Safyurtlu u – to name a few of those who ho spring to mind.
And while outside of special occasions, all of these women are partial to capsule classics lassics such as jeans, T-shirts, silk blouses, the odd floral dress, ankle boots or sneakers, somehow they ey just wear them so well.
So what is it that sets Parisian style apart? It’s hard to pinpoint, oint, but of course the French have e a word for it – insouciant – and a phrase ase – je ne sais quoi (I don’t know what). at).
French fashion writer, r, photographer and influencer Garance Dore describes it in her book Love Style le Life in three words: “Elegance is refusal.” fusal.” While the rest of the world might be studying trends and buying into the next big thing, in Paris they know their style and stick to it. “Parisians have this ability to be cool and chic without appearing appearin to have made an effort. It is a question quest of attitude, of details, and of a character c that makes this ‘something more’,” French It-girl Jeanne Damas told W magazine. Speaking to B British Vogue, model and music pr producer Caroline de Maigret s says the same – “attitud “attitude”. De Maigret says clothes should be cool and sexy, but bu still you.
“To m my eyes, what is sexy is mystery.” myst
Instea Instead of having cleavag cleavage on full display, she’ll ch choose a top with a narrow, plunging V-neck or a jacket jacke that flashes a little collar collarbone. The three pieces piece every woman should shou own? “A blazer, jeans jean and a white T-shi T-shirt,” says de Maigret. It’s ac achievable.
And while building bu (and rocking) a war wardrobe of cool classics might seem easier than trying to chase and keep up with trends, there’s one o thing to keep in mind, according to Dore.
The New York r resident says the downside of Paris Parisian fashion is that it can be “too simple at times” compared to style capitals like the Big Apple, where bolder forms of self-expression are on display.
To me, the final takeaway take is that it’s not what you wear, but ho how you wear it, and how you feel in it, which surely translates in any language. In the me meantime, I’m off to my local bistro in jeans, T T-shirt and as much Kiwi attitude as I can mus muster. Salut!