When we’ve visited Paris before, it’s usually been earlier in the season and still been cool enough that most people are out and about in overcoats and trenches. This time the weather was warmer and mostly sunny, and people far less bundled up. We also were staying in a neighborhood (6eme, not far from Montparnasse) that seemed to be home to lots of young families and working people, a bit less posh than some areas where I’d previously taken street style snaps. Many of the photos below were taken from a sidewalk table at what seemed to be a neighborhood cafe tucked away on the corner of two smaller rues; others were taken while out walking in the area. Paris is far more diverse than my photos might indicate, however I was focused on women 40+ who seemed to be residents rather than tourists, and was trying to be subtle about photographing subjects. So let’s have a look at some Paris street style:
First, the neutrals we’ve all come to expect…
The woman on the left was probably in her late 40’s to early 50’s. She had a lovely patina of grey on the crown of her head, and was totally owning that rocker-chic look. Middle woman had that very classic Parisian look, but note the sneakers. Woman on the right, 40’s, head-to-toe black chic.
Denim jackets were everywhere, on women of all ages. Usually dark wash (sometimes slightly distressed) and worn fairly cropped and fitted. I did not notice any oversized, light wash or overly distressed styles. Sneakers were also ubiquitous, though I did not see as many bright or bulky trainers as last year. The sneakers on the woman in the middle photo were pretty typical of what I observed women of a certain age wearing. Chuck Taylors are still popular as well.
Light neutrals: whites, beiges, browns, soft greys.
but lot of color too…
I also noticed much more color being worn than ever before, most often a single piece, but sometimes a coordinated outfit. Reds, corals, pinks and blues were the most frequently seen. There’s a lot of yellow and emerald-green on store shelves, but I didn’t see much of either of these being worn.
Note the bright blue pants, the soft pink head-to-toe outfit (left background), and the bright coral jacket (right background). Usually brighter colors were worn one at a time (jacket or pants or bag) as an accent. Saw lots of red handbags with an otherwise neutral outfit.
(The woman the middle bottom photo was wearing neutral pieces, but mixing patterns which isn’t something I’ve often seen.) You’ll notice some people carrying cloth shopping bags; the cafe where I parked myself to take pictures was across the street from a pâtisserie and near a couple of grocery stores, so I think I caught a lot of people doing some marketing on their way home.
The pictures above were taken at an open air market on one of the warmest days of our stay. Fuller, knee-length or midi-length skirts, usually in color and often print were skirts I saw worn most often. (Wasn’t quick enough to get more photos.) I did not see any women wearing minis or pencil skirts, at least not in our age group. This was the only day I noticed many women in dresses, and they all seemed to be softer, easier-fitting pieces.
Though I didn’t see anyone wearing footwear quite as blingy as those slip-ons in the shop window (photo at the top of this post), I did notice lots of metallic flats and sandals worn (again, not quick enough to get more pictures) as well as bags and the occasional bit of trim on clothing, often beading or embellishment at the neckline of a top.
And did you notice anything else about the shoes in all of the pictures above? Almost to a woman, they are wearing flats or very low heels. You’ll sometimes see women in heels if they’re dressed up for an evening out, but the vast majority are in “sensible” shoes.
How do these styles compare to what you’ve observed in Paris, or what you regularly see people wearing where you live?
WEAR IT IN PARIS…
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