One down side of being in Paris during les soldes is that usually charming window displays are covered up with giant “SOLDES – Dernière Démarque!” signs. So I was mostly thwarted in my attempt to get a) some fun window photos and b) a sense of what colors were trending for current and future seasons. Yes, it’s true that les Parisiennes often stick to neutrals, but you will see accent colors used: a blouse, a scarf, a bag, perhaps even one piece in a print. Red is usually popular, and in Spring 2015, I noticed enough pops of mustard yellow to consider it a minor trend.
I should also mention that I think the timing of our Paris visit may have been unfortunate for trying to get street style shots. Because the 14-Julliet “Fête nationale” holiday (or “Bastille Day” as it’s referred to in the US) was on a Thursday, it created what’s known as a “pont” (bridge) when most people take the following Friday off and make a 4-day weekend of it. From what I could tell, a good percentage of the locals seemed to have gotten the heck out of Dodge. Or else they were hunkered down at home with a nice bottle of rosé. Even more so than usual, it seemed that we were constantly surrounded by other tourists. To add to the challenge, my favorite sidewalk cafe for Parisian style spying had encircled the patio area with a 4-foot high wall of boxwood hedges in containers. I’m guessing this was a security measure after last year’s terror attacks, and can’t blame them for the precaution, however.
What I did notice:
- Denim jackets. Usually medium to lighter washes, on women of all ages
- Soft, fluid pants (sometimes in prints), especially on warmer days
- Still plenty of denim, but only very young women wear distressed styles
And inside the shops that had begun to display fall merchandise, I spied a lot of variations of rust/redwood/cognac/warm brown pieces on racks and shelves. And since we’ve been back home I’ve noticed a good bit of it (usually in shoes and accessories) from retailers here. I adore the richer shades of this color. It’s a great way to break up a black outfit, and works brilliantly with navy, grey, olive, taupe, burgundy, camel and beige. Accessories and accents are a great way to incorporate this color if you find it hard to wear otherwise.
I’ve been on a quest for a pair of deep cognac ankle boots for a few years, and have finally found them:
These from Paul Green are a gorgeous shade, and really comfortable. I went a half size up from my usual in Paul Green, as they seem to run just a little narrow. I love the slim fit around the ankle (but they stretch, so don’t “cut” across the front of my leg). They’re marked down as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and as of yesterday evening, are still available in a full range of sizes. A close runner-up: these water-resistant boots from Pikolinos.
What do you think of this color? Will you wear it?
RUST NEVER SLEEPS…