How To Style Your Wardrobe Like A Parisian Model


Parisian style has been something that women around the world have been trying to emulate for years. It’s effortless and distinctive, and no one wears it better than Parisian models. While some elements are simple enough to copy (wearing striped tees or keeping colors neutral), others take a little more thought and planning. But there are a few tips that we can learn from Parisian it-girls to add a little je ne sais quoi to our wardrobes. Here are eight ways to style your wardrobe like a Parisian model.

written by Jessicka Bell

  • Listen to Coco.

    No one is more synonymous with Parisian style than Mademoiselle Coco Chanel herself. One of her most famous style rules was “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” This translates into keeping jewellery simple, no more than three delicate pieces at once. On the other hand, if wearing a statement piece (such as a scarf, a hat, or a great pair of shoes), these should be the primary focus, and everything else kept simple.

  • Forget the labels.

    For the Parisians, it is neither stylish nor tasteful to dress in clothes merely because they are “designer”. Style is determined by how a woman wears the clothes, not what label she is wearing.

  • Forget the labels.

    For the Parisians, it is neither stylish nor tasteful to dress in clothes merely because they are “designer”. Style is determined by how a woman wears the clothes, not what label she is wearing.

  • Smart is sexy.

    The French prefer to play the intellectual card, instead of being overtly sexy. They believe that their sexiness is a result of how they walk and hold themselves. For this reason, forget your push-up bra or short skintight dress. Instead, leave it to the imagination and be sexy within yourself.

  • Love your “uniform”.

    One thing that all Parisian models have in common is a “uniform”. They have spent time curating their look, and they know what works, what they like, and what is comfortable. They don’t feel pressure to change this for seasonal trends.

  • But be open to surprises.

    That being said, don’t let your uniform make you predictable! Update your uniform in small surprising ways, such as a single rip in your jeans, or a pair of sneakers with your fancy dress.

  • Relaxed and flattering fits are your best

    Related to the intellectual over sexy point, French girls tend to bypass skinny jeans with crop tops or bodycon dresses. Instead, they opt for A-line dresses and jeans with long jackets. Their femininity is expressed through boyish silhouettes or cinched waists with relaxed shapes.

  • Follow your instinct.

    When it comes to style, it is the little things that make a difference. Personal style is when you first see the woman, and then you look at the clothes. Before you go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, take some time to work on your inner self. Whether it is perfecting your posture, feeling confident everywhere you go, smiling often and slyly, or just accepting yourself for who you are, clothing can only do so much, and the Parisians know that true style is more than skin-deep.

  • Balance the dressy and the casual.

    The key to Parisian model style is sophistication mixed with a little imperfection. This means adding a casual element to a dressy outfit or combining an elegant item with a casual outfit. Ideas include wearing jeans with gem-encrusted heels, a tuxedo jacket with sneakers, a pencil skirt with ballet flats, a chiffon print dress with battered biker boots, a sequined sweater with men’s trousers, or an evening dress with a straw handbag.
    What it doesn’t propose is trying too hard to make anything seem too perfect. That’s the real Parisian style. This is true whether talking about your ensemble or yourself Once you have committed these eight tips to memory and have curated a closet filled with basics that reflect who you are, you are well on your way to styling your wardrobe like a true Parisian model. Who knows, you may even be able to join a modelling agency in Dubai, London, or maybe even Paris!

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