Many styles observed frequently in Paris aren’t that different than what one sees here in Southern California, adjusted for climate bien sur. Jeans tucked into boots, longer sweaters, and slouchy bags are some examples of popular styles in both regions. Women here do wear more color, jewelry and maquillage, but several of the overall trends translate quite easily. While I admire the well edited simplicity often observed on les Parisiennes, I’ve found the unrelenting sobriety of more “strict” Parisian ensembles a bit too oppressive for me. By keeping my clothing simple and sophisticated and adding some color and fun and whimsical accessories, I’ve struck a balance that incorporates my favorite aspects of Parisian style and works with both my body and personality.
Above, I’ve taken what is a common autumn look spotted in Paris (long sweater, lean pants, boots, neutral colors) and added some favorite accessories. The earrings, watch, patent bag and scarf add some fun, sparkle and color, and lighten up the look a bit. In warmer months, I’d swap out some of the darker colors for lighter neutrals, and go for a brighter color accent.
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