Parisian Style: Spring/Summer 2018
We’ve been back home for a couple of days now, and I’ve been going through my notes and photos trying to distill my observations on What They’re Wearing In Paris. (Aside from “a little bit of everything.”) What you see people wearing also depends a great deal on the arrondissement. The 6eme and 16eme are only a short distance apart, but will have very different style norms. We stayed in the 6th near St. Sulpice, which has a more relaxed, eclectic, arty, intermittently Bohemian vibe.
Click here to read Style Notes From Paris Part 1.
Overall, I’ve seen a few shifts in Parisian style over my last few visits:
- More oversized pieces. While “volume” has been a global fashion trend for the last few years, it seemed that many Parisiennes were reluctant to give up fitted silhouettes. But now and you’ll see a little more ease, volume and fluidity. Not usually head-to-toe, though; often more voluminous pieces are balanced with more fitted ones within an outfit.
- More color and pattern. While it might just be the time of year, I did notice that women are wearing more colors and prints overall.
- Less formality. Denim and sneakers are ubiquitous, and often worn mixed with pieces that are a little bit more polished. But “casual” doesn’t devolve into “sloppy.” Nor do you see a lot of distressed pieces on women over 30 or so. Parisians still look neat and put-together. And there’s thought put into outfits, especially when it comes to color coordination. Everything works together.
Rust Never Sleeps
One of the more notable trends I observed, both in shop windows and on women of all ages were rust, burnt orange, russet red and ochre shades. I’ve been noticing these colors in many brands’ spring/summer collections here too. But the Parisians tend to wear them in specific ways: most often as pants or a skirt, or in a trench or jacket, or accessories. (All three of the examples above are on the more vivid side. I also saw plenty of more muted rusts but wasn’t able to get photos that showed the color well.)
The color “russet” in the current Eileen Fisher collection (also HERE) is Spot On.
Longer, Fuller Skirts
Below the knee, often pleated and/or diaphanous, and worn with a simple tee and maybe a jacket on top. There were a lot of floral prints in shop windows, though when les femmes d’un certain âge did wear these skirts, they were usually a solid color or striped. And yes, they were often worn with sneakers.
Blue and White Stripes
Whether in a dress or top, a blue and white stripe seems to be one of THE prints of the season. (Note the eyelet details on the dress too, saw many pieces with eyelet in shops.)
While I saw mostly leather and fabric bags, I did notice straw bags beginning to make an appearance. Totes usually, but also round styles. I spotted a lot of them in window displays, and imagine that as summer kicks in they’ll be a popular choice to pair with lighter summer fabrics. I also noticed a few women carrying Jane Birkin-esque basket bags.
There were a good number of floral print and wrap dresses in shop windows, but I did not notice very many women our age wearing them. It might have been the weather, the areas we were in, or a combination of both. I’ll probably remember more styles I noticed as I continue going through my photos, and if so will update.
If you are planning to visit Paris this summer, be sure to check out Monoprix for some nice linen pieces and budget-friendly accessories.
Are you seeing similar trends where you live? Which of these would you wear?