How to be Parisian


How does one define Parisian style? Simple? Tailored? Effortless? Desaturated? Regardless of which specific definition, any of the above descriptions are like music to my ears. My recent trip to Paris coincided with Fashion Week, and whilst my main priority was to be shooting street style and model portraits, I wanted to fit in with those clear Parisian street style stars who were encompassed in style and individuality.

After observing the outfits of fashionistas arriving to shows, I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to Fashion Week, less is often more. The denim jean trend of today is highly apparent amongst arrivals to shows, many of whom pair the casual pant with a statement shoe, block coloured top, or a dressy blazer. This look is undoubtedly inspired by the Parisians, who have long been known to style simple but polished combinations of jeans, tailored trousers, light jackets, striped clothing, and the occasional beret, to name a few. Take model and muse Caroline de Maigret for example, who is renowned for her effortlessly fashionable French allure. She calls the most essential piece in her wardrobe a pair of blue jeans, highlighting the importance of essential pieces in continually defining style. The appeal of the Parisian girl is that she looks so effortless, and is not controlled by the trends of a particular season. Rather, she is influenced by the classic pieces of history.

I took inspiration from this idea in one of my outfits during my trip to Paris, feeling at ease with the top fashionistas surrounding me, but also with the renowned Parisian fashion culture. I styled my favourite pair of blue bell-bottom jeans with a plain black bodysuit, and used my blazer as the subtle statement piece of my look. I purchased it from Topshop a few months ago, as I knew it would be a piece in my wardrobe which I would long wear and which would continue to remain in style, just as those Parisian-girl pieces do. The beginning of October signalled the need for a new pair of boots for the cold seasons ahead, so I opted for these lovely leather, Gucci-style boots, again from Topshop (please excuse the dusty state of them here; prior to taking these photos, I'd been running around the Tuileries Gardens shooting arrivals to Elie Saab!). Alongside a little black bag in one hand and a flat white coffee in the other, I was in full French swing and ready to stroll the streets of Paris in harmony with the aura of Fashion Week.

During my trip to Paris I visited the beautiful Palais-Royal for the first time, which is now one of my favourite locations in the French capital, and where many of the photos below were taken. Complimented by beautiful botanical gardens and encircled with shops, restaurants and cafés, the entire location feels completely magnificent and elegant, yet also peaceful, in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the Louvre just minutes away. Café Kitsuné was a winner for me, offering a nice authentic coffee, served by nice people, in the nicest location. I also stumbled upon the most exquisite vintage store owned by Gabrielle Geppert, offering a tremendously stylish interior filled with old Chanel jackets and striking high fashion pieces! Both places are a must to visit if you're in Paris!

Let me know your thoughts on this week's look in the comments box below! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

Faye .x





















Blazer: Topshop

Jeans: Zara

Boots: Topshop

Bodysuit: Pretty Little Thing

Shades: Spitalfields Market, London

~ xxx ~

86 comments

  1. I think youve pretty much nailed it, you look so fab Faye! x

    Dana | fashiondew.co.uk

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  2. Such a great outfit! Perfectly styled!

    xo, Jennifer
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    1. Ahh thanks so much Jennifer, I'm so glad you like it! .x

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  3. Fabulous outfit! Great pictures too.
    Beautetude

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  4. Lovely outfit! I would say that the parisian style is simple yet elegant and 'airy'!

    Yiota
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    1. Thanks lovely, I completely agree! Have a wonderful day .xx

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  5. such an amazing outfit

    Zunera-Serena.com

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    1. Thanks Zunera, I'm happy you like it! .x

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  6. wonderful photos, you look gorgeous in this outfit :-)

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    1. Thank you lovely, so glad you like the photos! .x

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  7. Cute post and beautiful photos! As a Parisian I can tell you that less is more is the best!

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    1. Ahh thanks Violette, I appreciate your thoughts as a Parisian!! Have a lovely day .x

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  8. Gorgeous Outfit and amazing photos ! You looks so fabulous.
    Many kisses
    Marie

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  9. Lovely outfit and amazing pictures.

    xx
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  10. You definitely nailed the Parisan style! I do agree that less is more. Love this look!

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    1. Thank you so much Rach, I'm so glad you like it! .x

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  11. Great look Faye!
    Not only wearing jeans---but modern, instyle jeans make such a difference!
    Love the jacket too!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Ahh thanks Jodie! I definitely agree! Have a wonderful week .xx

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  12. dear Faye your look very glam and stylish
    I'd love to know your opinion on my NEW BEAUTY REVIEW
    have an happy day
    kiss ---> tr3ndygirl fashion & beauty blogger <---

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    1. Thank you lovely, that's so nice of you! I'll check it out, have a wonderful day! .x

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  13. Darling, I'm in love with this post!
    Can't wait to see the new one!

    Diana Cloudlet

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    1. Thanks Diana, I'm glad you like it! .x

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  14. I want this whole look! loving that blazer! so chic!


    kelseybang.com

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  15. You are beyond gorgeous! I love your website so much.

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model | emmanmh.com

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    1. That's so nice of you to say Emma, thanks so much! .x

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  17. Parisian style is one of my favorites. I love your look, so put together and chic.

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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    1. I agree Whitney; it's so chic! Thank you very much! .x

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  18. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos:)

    x
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  19. You nailed the Parisian look. You look amazing.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. Thank you very much Izabela, I'm so glad you think so! .x

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  20. Lovely look - I love the simplicity! Very chic and indeed very Parisian! :)

    Sabina | www.IveGotSunshine.com

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    1. Thank you so much Sabina! Have a wonderful day .xx

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  21. This look is really cool and so unique! I love the makeup, too!

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. Thank you so much Annett, I'm so glad you like it! .x

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  22. You look fantastic! Love looking through your pictures!

    xo, Maryam
    www.glamandposh.com

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  23. You look amazing :) You are very pretty! xoxo

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    1. That's so nice of you Lígia, thanks so much! .xx

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  24. Wow, these photos are beautiful, girlie, and so are YOU! I adore your outfit and how you've styled those jeans in such a stylish and very Parisian way! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having the most amazing start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Jalisa! So glad you like the outfit, have a wonderful day! .xx

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  25. I absolutely love this style! Fabulous styling with a retro touch.

    LUXESSED

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  26. Lovely outfit! I like the navy and black together and that blazer is a real classic :)

    Hope you're having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thank you very much Mica, I'm glad you think so! Have a great day .x

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  27. There's something indescribably perfect about Parisian style, I agree! There's a nonchalance and effortless beauty about it. I love this look on you by the way, especially the jacket :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. I'm glad you agree Gabrielle! Thank you so much! .x

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  28. I really like this outfit in Parisian style - so chic!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. That's so nice of you Yuliya, thank you! .x

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  31. You pretty much nailed it, like a original parisian
    Great photos though
    xx
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    1. Ahh thanks lovely, I'm glad you think so! .x

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  32. Ooh you look great!
    I've been to Paris this summer and it is such a gorgeous city <3

    Ilona
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    1. Thanks Ilona! I'm glad you liked it, it's such a beautiful city! .x

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  33. So you definitely nailed it. I was just in Paris 2 days back, and you definitely look like each and every one of the effortlessly cool girls I saw on the streets everyday!
    xo
    Siffat
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    1. Ahh thanks so much for your comment Siffat, I'm so glad you think that! Hope you enjoyed your time there! .x

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  34. Oh my you are chic, I need to raid your closet

    Filipa xxx
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  35. Wow babe super chic look! Especially loving your cropped flares! J'adore!

    Xx- Julie

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  36. Love this chic look on you! Those boots are fabulous!

    Jill
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  37. Faye you look absolutely stunning, so chic. love the whole look, the straight fit jeans and the jacket and those boots!! and i think your blunt fringe and makeup ties in everything perfectly. plus what a gorgeous backdrop *starry-eyed*

    Aditi | https://lifeasaditi.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much Aditi, so glad you like the outfit and photos! Have a wonderful day .x

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  38. Fabulous outfit! You look amazing! And your backdrops are of course amazing, too!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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  39. Thanks so much for the comment on my latest post
    it means so much to be and Iwanted to say THANK YOU in a more personal way.
    you are amazing.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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  40. Flawless look, babe! I really love those shoes!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
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  41. This look is stunning! I love it it looks so effortless! The shoes are to dies for!!
    Love Gigi
    xoxo
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    1. Thank you so much Gigi, I'm so glad you like it! .xx

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  42. love this look!

    www.londonstylegirl.com

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