Paris trip: fashion

I remember the first time I went to Paris. I was so excited, looking forward to finally seeing firsthand the infamous Parisian style. I don’t know what I was expecting but I was a little underwhelmed. this time though, it was different. and I think what made the difference was staying far from the tourist spots and immersing ourselves in the culture a little. I got a feel for the simple, sophisticated style that Parisians are known for. a few recurring themes I noticed included:

  • monochromatic palettes: navy blue top to toe, all black,

  • navy, white, red: a lot of French stores we passed had this in their windows. i’m used to seeing this in the summer but this is clearly a style staple for the French. I love this as it means people are less inclined to buy disposable fashions & invest in pieces that will last for years.

  • breton stripes - no brainer! we all know that this is the epitome of French style. the thing I loved is that the stripes were in full flow in autumn - for us, they come out in spring/summer.

  • Peter Pan / scalloped / high collars - I could not get enough of this! I saw so many chic ladies in their high collared tops with round collar sweaters. i really hoped to find a couple of shirts in this style. I am OBSESSED.

  • Mustard colourway: sigh. I LOVE this color & I tell you I saw so many little kids in mustard colored tights. naturally I had to buy them!

  • sneakers (in white/grey/black) - the beauty of European cities is that you can walk to a lot of places! for this reason, a lot of people rocked their sneakers stylishly. this was awesome for me because I think for mums on the school run, sneakers are a perfect item to just throw on and go. seeing these women weave the sneakers in with a suit/ dress / shorts was inspiring.

  • culotte jeans - saw a few people in these, especially with a frayed edge. not the easiest style of jeans to wear

    at some point during this trip I really wished I was a street style photographer. there was so much style to take in and I really wanted to remember it all! I felt so inspired. unfortunately I don’t have too may examples of the general style I saw, but I do have a few examples of people whose style stood out to me. some I was brave enough to ask, others I sneakily took!

a few things drew my interest here. first is the trench coat! I love a “hero” piece! you wear this coat, you can dress as simply as you like and throw this on to elevate your look! also, I love an outerwear hero piece - you can wear this multiple times a week without worrying.  other things - the caramel color of the cards & coat: love for autumn! - the cropped frayed jeans teamed with chunky trainers by a guy: not my style but i’d like to try it with Adidas trainers and a white tee in the summer.

a few things drew my interest here. first is the trench coat! I love a “hero” piece! you wear this coat, you can dress as simply as you like and throw this on to elevate your look! also, I love an outerwear hero piece - you can wear this multiple times a week without worrying.

other things - the caramel color of the cards & coat: love for autumn! - the cropped frayed jeans teamed with chunky trainers by a guy: not my style but i’d like to try it with Adidas trainers and a white tee in the summer.

sneaky pic of a man in an office in Breton stripes! and look! there’s a lady on the right also in Breton stripes :)

sneaky pic of a man in an office in Breton stripes! and look! there’s a lady on the right also in Breton stripes :)

another sneaky pic! I love the way this girl on the left wore her red skirt. teaming it with that black top and two-tone Chanel pumps just looks so simple and chic. the pumps really elevate the look. I also love the green bag! then, the lady on the right - that pleated back dress: YES!! #thats all!

another sneaky pic! I love the way this girl on the left wore her red skirt. teaming it with that black top and two-tone Chanel pumps just looks so simple and chic. the pumps really elevate the look. I also love the green bag! then, the lady on the right - that pleated back dress: YES!! #thats all!

this couple though! I really love the guy’s curated style. that mustache though! again, i’m not about to style Kola like this, but I am taking a lot of inspiration for my more androgynous side. I have a similar jacket and i’d team it with a high collar shirt buttoned all the way up, skinny ankle jeans and brown brogues. because I love the contrast with the girl’s green coat, i’d probably carry a forest green purse.

this couple though! I really love the guy’s curated style. that mustache though! again, i’m not about to style Kola like this, but I am taking a lot of inspiration for my more androgynous side. I have a similar jacket and i’d team it with a high collar shirt buttoned all the way up, skinny ankle jeans and brown brogues. because I love the contrast with the girl’s green coat, i’d probably carry a forest green purse.

look at this couple! the man is wearing YELLOW!! now thats confidence!! and look at the lady in her red dress….and red rim glasses…and animal print bag! I just loved the fact that their style was so individual. red always looks good with animal print.

look at this couple! the man is wearing YELLOW!! now thats confidence!! and look at the lady in her red dress….and red rim glasses…and animal print bag! I just loved the fact that their style was so individual. red always looks good with animal print.

sneaky pic I couldn't resist! that jumper!! I wish I knew where it was from. I love the whole outfi, especially the way she worked black/white/yellow with the trainers and handbag.

sneaky pic I couldn't resist! that jumper!! I wish I knew where it was from. I love the whole outfi, especially the way she worked black/white/yellow with the trainers and handbag.

this is actually Alicia’s friend’s daughter whose dad owns the restaurant we visited on day 3. she was off to a concert.  monochrome with a pop of red - check! lets not miss the cropped frayed jeans and, not only that, does anything say French more than a beret? I didn’t think so!

this is actually Alicia’s friend’s daughter whose dad owns the restaurant we visited on day 3. she was off to a concert.

monochrome with a pop of red - check! lets not miss the cropped frayed jeans and, not only that, does anything say French more than a beret? I didn’t think so!

this little girl’s outfit just screamed “Parisian child” to me! her little dress with a Peter Pan collar, little blue socks and blue shoes. teamed with her little bob and cute hair clip she was just irresistible!!

this little girl’s outfit just screamed “Parisian child” to me! her little dress with a Peter Pan collar, little blue socks and blue shoes. teamed with her little bob and cute hair clip she was just irresistible!!

with mummy!

with mummy!

these ladies were obsessed with the girls’ gold and silver backpacks and asked to take their picture! I agreed on the condition that I could capture their adventurous style. I need those black and white brogues!!

these ladies were obsessed with the girls’ gold and silver backpacks and asked to take their picture! I agreed on the condition that I could capture their adventurous style. I need those black and white brogues!!

below is a store we snuck into walking to the park. it’s called Baudou and is on Rue de Solferino, Paris. this store was just a haven of the most fun finds for kids. I got a lot of inspiration for when MH & Judah finally have separate rooms. there were some really cool wallpapers, cute toys, and really really fun lighting options.

some Paris style inspired finds we brought home! that market basket was high on my list of priorities! loved finding mh those mustard tights and a Peter Pan collar top. and of course my boots!! (by the time I took this picture i’d worn these boots a few times! and mh had managed to stain the inside with slime - motherhood, ha!)

some Paris style inspired finds we brought home! that market basket was high on my list of priorities! loved finding mh those mustard tights and a Peter Pan collar top. and of course my boots!! (by the time I took this picture i’d worn these boots a few times! and mh had managed to stain the inside with slime - motherhood, ha!)

so, even though I wasn’t able to capture the essence of Parisian style the way I wanted to, I took a lot of inspiration from soaking it all in.

I was also proud of myself for being brave enough to ask few people for their pictures - even if a few killed me with the no! oh, and I was proud of my paparazzi abilities!

xoxo