A Warm Winter Coat
French ladies want to be warm in winter for sure, but above all else, they want to look stylish. There is just no way you’re going to find any Parisian woman buried in huge ski coats on the street, no matter the temperature. For them, a coat is certainly the most difficult item to buy, but also the most important. To steal their style expertise, go for warm, natural and high quality fabrics, and look for flattering and trendy shapes like this wide sleeved, belted coat.
Cropped Sleeve Coat, Afwosh
An Office Skirt
In France, office wear is still quite traditional and many women find it hard to escape the classical skirt + heels combination. Luckily, their choice of skirts is as wide as the range of cakes in their local patisseries so that they can always find elegant pieces with a modern twist, like this flower-shaped pencil skirt.
High-Waisted Skirt, Paperdolls
French women are less daring than their European neighbors in their choice of clothes and tend to concentrate on touches of fun and color within their accessories. A beautiful and trendy scarf is the perfect fashion statement, like this cashmere one by famous German designer Lala Berlin.
Triangle Cashmere Scarf, Matieres-a-Reflexion
In France, you have to choose which part of your skin is going to be visible, meaning that you would be severely frowned upon wearing a very short skirt with a deep V-neck. Locals like to look sexy, but enjoy it even more when it’s done with discretion. This way, people notice but everyone can pretend that they haven’t and continue playing the never-ending French seduction game. The killer piece to score true Parisian points in this amusing match is an open-back long-sleeve top, preferably with a pretty bow. This sweater is a perfect example.
Bow-Tie Back Knit Sweater, Allison
A Cocktail Dress
In Paris, you can’t get away with a well-accessorized average dress. Your best bet is to go for noble fabrics like pure silk and add an evening detail like the golden (but certainly not shiny) tone of the top of this beautiful dress, and you’re all ready! Yes, Parisians are snobbish when it comes to clothes, but that’s because they love it so much! It’s part of an “art de vivre" that focuses more on natural beauty in architecture, food and fashion so that you can focus on life’s more essential pleasures.
Sleeveless Bicolor Silk Dress, Vanina Escoubet