Our Paris visit was all too brief. I had a lovely long lunch with Tish, walked around with le Monsieur to find some small gifts to bring home, and enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Pirouette (which I highly recommend for both creative, tasty dishes and comfortable, laid-back atmosphere). Somewhere between shopping and dinner we managed to park ourselves at a corner cafe with a glass of bubbly so I could snap a few photos. After dinner it was back to the hotel to pack and crash, as we had an early flight home the next morning.
Parisian Style In Context…
The few street style photos I was able to snap are probably already obsolete, as the weather has changed completely in the few days since our visit. It was still cool and damp when we were there; now it’s sunny and hot. Also, due to the short length of our visit, we didn’t get much beyond the city center (1st and 2nd arrondissements). Most people were moving quickly, and I was sometimes shooting from a distance, so apologies in advance for the blurry images.
Not much had changed from the styles and silhouettes I noted in December (Style Spying In Paris) except for some seasonal adjustments.
A perennial in Paris, trench coats are seen on women, men and children. Most often they are khaki/tan, but sometimes black, olive or even another color (center). Note how belts are tied, saw that frequently. I also spotted some softer, more drapey styles, though wasn’t able to get photos. The woman on the left above is wearing the fluid, wide leg pants I mentioned previously. These were almost like pajama pants.
Pops Of Color
Neutrals still reign supreme, but often accented with a colored scarf, bag, or pair of shoes. I noticed a lot of red shoes/boots. And sneakers, lots of sneakers.
Jeans: Long And Lean
While I did see super-skinny and/or distressed jeans being worn, most often they were on younger women. Slim straight-leg and boot-leg styles were what I observed most often on les femmes d’un certain âge, worn long enough to cover ankles or tops of boots. (Though that may have been a function of cooler weather…I’d be curious to see if there are more cropped or cuffed jeans now that the weather has warmed up.) Also note the pink pants on the guy on the right; variations of faded red, salmon or pink pants or jeans are something I’ve spotted on previous visits too, on men and women both.
And Still Lots Of Black, Bien Sûr…
Saw a few lighter, patterned or textured short coats like the ones on the left and right. Not as many puffers as in Italy.
I did see a few women in dresses or skirts, and they were almost always worn with black tights.
Again, take these with a grain of salt, as it was a very limited sampling.
While Parisians still seem to go light on the maquillage, I did notice more women wearing red lipstick than in the past. It’s by no means universal, but notable. The old “rule” about either eyes or lips still seems to hold though…if obvious lipstick is worn, the rest of the face is relatively un-done.
And Speaking Of Lipstick…
Brian at Makeover Workshop has created another tutorial, this one on Lips! Sandy and I are in this one…you’ll get to hear my squeaky voice again.
Brian is offering a value-priced Beauty Box featuring the products shown (choose your liner, lipstick and gloss colors) that includes a printed How-To guide. As I mentioned in the video, I love his Re-Creation Lip Treatment and still use it daily.
Do you like to wear a brighter lipstick, or do you stick to natural shades?