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!
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.
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!