photography by Anna of A Lily Love Affair
There is no denying that Parisian style radiates an air of self-assuredness. Its that indefinable je ne sais quoi that initially seems so elusive, and yet at the same time simple, uncontrived, even effortless.
The idea is to look good while also looking like you’re not trying at all, in sharp contrast to the over the top, American, Kim Kardashian-esque excess. And while there are many versions on French chic, French style is all about basics.
The big picture is important.
The French will think long and hard before buying something. They won’t buy something because the individual piece is great. The first thing on their mind is how to fit that individual piece into their already existing wardrobe, and if that goes with the vibe of their overall look.
This is a lesson I always try to keep in mind when making a purchase. Can I wear it with at least 3 pieces I already own? Can I wear it across multiple seasons? Is it overly trendy? Great style doesn’t come from one piece, but is how one puts them all together.
Parisian fashion is about restraint and balance. If something is overly girly, offset it with a little androgyny. Sporty? Add a feminine piece. And if something is more formal, take it down a notch.
A midi skirt in a feminine silhouette is a building block of such a wardrobe. I love how this ruffled gingham skirt pairs with a graphic tee, and would also style it with a fine knit sweater and leather jacket in the fall. A classic bag and heels finish the look, but I think it would also be super cute with a pair of white sneakers and a slouch basic tee. Mixing feminine with sporty and dressy with casual, not only creates interest, but also that that je ne sais quoi. Effortless, fuss-free style that is the epitome of Parisian chic.