Oui, it’s Too Darn Hot in Paris right now. Too hot to linger anywhere outdoors, for sure! But I’ve been observing and making notes, and here are a few of the styles I’m seeing most often here during the “canicule” (heat wave).
Paris Summer Style Trends
Parisiennes tend to keep it simple. They avoid overwrought styles and keep accessories to a minimum. You will see more color and pattern here in the summer months. I’ve seen a surprising amount of black still, but the pieces are usually lightweight and loose.
I should stipulate that I don’t know whether women I’m observing are Parisian, or even French, unless I hear them speak. (I try to mentally filter out people who are obviously tourists.) I’m just reporting on what I see being worn. There are a lot of visitors here now, and apparently we’re between Men’s Fashion Week and Haute Couture week, so probably some Fashion Folks Walk Among Us as well.
I’ve been seeing quite a few midi-length floral dresses. Not prairie dresses, just simple styles, usually dark florals, in soft, light fabrics. Sometimes sleeveless, sometimes with short or 3/4 length sleeves. Usually belted or wrap styles. Worn with flat sandals or sneakers.
Simple shift dresses, usually knee length (sometimes slightly above) are also worn. Usually they are slightly-fitted to loose.
When I do see skirts, they’re most often midi- or knee-length, often pleated, sometimes A-line. Usually worn with a tee or tank on top, white or solid if the skirt has print. I’ve seen looser, just-below-the-waist length tops worn untucked with these fuller skirts too. Also mostly with flat sandals or white sneakers.
Especially in white! And no one’s worried about wrinkles. 😉 I’ve seen everything from classic white shirts (tucked into a nice pair of linen pants) to tunics to dresses. And Don’t Fear The Sheer. I’ve seen women of all ages wearing loose linen tops and dresses that are somewhere between not-opaque and sheer. (I’m guessing they’re wearing over flesh-toned bras and underwear they’re not noticeable.) My linen shirt has been a lifesaver, and I’ve picked up a pair of navy linen trousers that I’ll wear until the heat dies down.
I’ve noticed quite a few dresses and tops with eyelet details, which allow for more air flow. Simple designs keep it from skewing too twee.