One of my Paris guilty pleasures:
Admiring the basic style, "Bon gout" or good taste - one of the reasons why sitting at a cafe is the joy that it is.
Style is buyin' your moms a house
Style is a clean mouth
Style is puppy breath
Style is no fear of death
The people of Paris are well dressed and very stylish. You won't see too many people with baggy jeans down around their thighs and their underwear showing.
If you want to fit in, plan to dress nicely the way the locals do.
for the ladies: please don't wear shorts!!! Wear a skirt - you're in paris and are not only allowed, but encouraged to be sexy!!!
for the (american) men: whateveryou do, refrain from wearing large, white tennis shoes. You might as well be wearing a sign that says, "make mean jokes about me in french, 'cause I sure as hell won't know what you're saying!"
If you are American, it would be beneficial to not broadcast it to the city. First of all, shorts, short skirts, and tank tops are generally not allowed in cathedrals. Some rules are different from place to place. Respect this rule! Make an effort to blend in with the locals. The French are very fashionable and will treat you better if you attempt to make an effort.
French women are world known for their sense of style and chic way of dressing. France is, after all, the country where such famous designers as Coco Chanel originate. So if you want to dress like a French woman follow these steps:
(1)Find the style which suits you! Contrary to popular opinion, French woman are not slaves to fashion. At a young age a French woman is taught to find the style which suits her best, and stick to it.
(2)Buy less. Yes, that's right! It is a myth that a French woman owns an enormous amount of clothes. The secret is that she prefers to spend her money on a few good quality pieces than to buy hoards of cheap clothing.
(3)Keep your style simple. A French woman is not a fussy dresser. She will always have some well cut simple pieces in her wardrobe.
(4)Buy some accessories. A French woman will always have a string of pearls and an elegant scarf ready to brighten up an article.
(5)Be ready for the unexpected. A French woman is always ready for an unexpected invitation which is why she always has a cocktail dress on hand.
(6)Understand that it is in the way you walk. A french woman looks chic and elegant not only because of the way she dresses but also because of the way she walks! Confidence is key!
I personally love Paris and all the women of Paris dress beautifully and each have a unique take on classic style. Please if you are going to this capital of fashion do try and dress with some elegance; it will be much easier to interact with the local's as you will not stick out like a sore thumb in your shorts, over-sized t-shirts and sandals with socks. Believe me very few people can look good in that ensemble.
-Personal Experience Tip-
Sunglasses (A Must When I Go To Paris)
To be a tourist doesn't mean you go in tennis shoes to Paris! This is the capital of fashion so, dress properly, even though if you just go grocery shopping. With some jeans, a scarf and a nice hat you're in!
Style & allure are taken seriously in Paris. Not really fashion. It's about effortless chic. When you look at Parisian women, they seem to favour a low maintenance style. That's a misconception. It is all but low maintenance. The key is to look not overdone & to find one's own style. As a woman, I know it takes thorough studies of oneself (as a whole) to know what suits one best. Be it the make-up, the length of a skirt, the cut of trousers, the vest, the hair...
Now, why do they want to sport this effortless chic ? I guess mostly, because of a culture that serves as a pattern. How can you not be inspired when long surrounded by arts, beauty yourself. I think they do it for correctness sake as well. Although I've noticed French women don't really wear a piece of cloth to please the crowd (they do it for them!), I think I'm right saying that they have this culture of wearing a look that is correct to show to the "other" (even at supermarkets). It's not hypocrisy, rather relates to "seduction".
It's correct to get out with a bit of make-up. What do I say ? It's polite. At least the lips, classical red lips, gloss or their favourite "beige rosé" for a nude look. But you don't have to wear foundation (overdone risk), probably a loose powder. Now, when a young Parisian wears lipstick, she would add a blush & mascara.. but that can be all.
Jewels: elegant women would wear earring & ring even on jeans... but again, in a style that matches casual wear.
Scarf: it's not an old lady stuff here. It's not unusual to notice a silk scarf over jeans in Paris. Can be even with a pearl necklace, on a bag (Hermès or sthg else).
I admire Parisians for this ability to wear décalé. Typically, it is to wear a Chanel tweed vest (posh & ladylike), a T-shirt (casual), jeans (casual) & pearl necklace (ladylike) & canvas sneakers. But whatever the style, confidence gained through self-conciousness is the key.
For me, they use the trends & their creativity to serve their sense of themselves & style. That makes them pleasant to watch.
In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only "those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves" of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.
My friend Nicolas showed us real details of this couture, he is just nuts, but a good guy and we had a good time in this Metropole
Please DO NOT WEAR tennis shoes, camera, or big diamonds. It is the fastest way to be pegged as an out of towner. It saves you lots of problems. It is a must to say bon jour at EVERY time you enter a store or at the cashier. IT IS A MUST. The French are very kind people if they perceive you as well trained- that means formal, respectful and never loud. They look at life through emotions so they do tend to get upset about little things but just stand still and watch them run out of steam. But the city is still one of the largest in the world and tooooo many people still makes for LOTS of opportunity for stress. Just smile with your eyes and have fun watching them.
For the first few months that I lived here, I had to realize that they were not just mad at me they really didn't like each other and especially in a store. It is amazing that this country has any gross national product because some days I can not find ANY service that is pleasant. You do have to go OUT of the city. Just chalk it up to normal and just stand in line and dream about something pleasant.
St-Germain-des Pres, is one of the most famous meeting places for the intelligentsia and gives glimbses of fashion and arts nearby/
Along the sides of the Seine is a footbridge where artists display their work./
The georges Pompidou Center at Beaubourg is called 'the heart of Paris'
Some personal observations of these cool Parisians:
(1) Everyone in Paris really does the 'kiss-kiss' thing to greet each other. However, DON'T do it if you're a gentleman. Yes, men in Paris don't kiss each other. At least that's what I noticed. Anyway, my best friend and I were kissed more times in our week there compared to our entire life up to this point. haha.
(2) Oh...and NOBODY in Paris jogs. Try talking to a Parisian about the 'stairmaster' and they'd stare at you blankly. ;-)
(3) So, they stay thin with the help of nicotine and caffeine. For non smokers (like me), we DO need the 'Stairmaster'! :-(
(4) Nobody in Paris ever wear sweatpants. Horror of horrors - that would be too uncool for them! People here actually wear leather pants to the grocery store and it's probably the only city in the world where a young woman must wear a miniskirt in order NOT to be stared at. Do I look like I'm kidding?
(5) Condoms are called 'preservatifs' (hehe...) and are available from vending machines on the streets. Why don't these French people call condoms - condoms instead of PRESERVATIFS. Hm...
put them out on your window ledge...it likely works, plus it makes for a very cool photo for the person staying in the hotel room across the street!!
Fashion at its best
You will certainly enjoy fashion shows organized by world's most famous stylists.
Paris is the metropolis for fashion and design....These three top models are presenting new hairstyles!!!