How to dress like a Parisien – 5 must have items!


Bonjour!  I have recently returned from a special trip to Paris!  It was a celebration of milestones with a few close friends and it was an amazing trip!  Before we went, we scoured Pinterest for ideas on how to dress and how not to look like a tourist in Paris.  We found lots of pins showing jeans, sweaters, slip ons and other easy to wear basics.  We all have these types of clothes in our closet, so how hard would it be to pack?   Funny enough each day as we got ready to go out, we often looked the same; striped shirt, jeans, moto jacket and slip ons.  With a bit of laugh, one of us would go change so that we didn’t look exactly alike as we walked out the door.

The women in Paris dress simply wearing classic clothes and shoes.  It is not complicated and looks so easy to put together.  As we wandered the streets of Paris and admired the women, we noticed five basics that each wore and I thought I would share them with you.

  1. Sunglasses – usually in black or tortoiseshell and oversized.  Not the oversized that makes you look like large bug eyes, but oversized like Jackie O.

  2. Trench Coat – I had seen women in London wearing trench coats last June when I was there and have wanted one ever since.  The French women also have a trench in their closet and they wear them so well!

  3. Jeans – this goes without saying.  Jeans are a staple of women everywhere! We saw mainly skinny or straight leg jeans and some with the frayed hem.

  4. White runners (aka tennis shoes) – Adidas and Superga were spotted most frequently as we strolled around Paris.  They were being worn with jeans, skirts, dresses – essentially with any outfit!

5.  Scarf – this was the one accessory that we saw on almost every woman and a lot of the men.  Scarves were being sold on the street corner under a tent, in every store and we happened upon a neighbourhood in the Marais that had stores 100% devoted to selling scarves.  Any colour or size works.  We must have been in there for an hour and we each bought 3 scarves to take home and add to our collection.


Packing for this trip was probably one of the easiest I have ever done and my friends also felt the same way.  If you get a chance to go to Paris in Spring, or anytime – don’t forget these five items.  You will instantly look and feel like a Parisien!  If you need a little more inspiration, I found these two blogs had plenty of ideas on how to incorporate a French wardrobe into everyday life : Gamine & Stripes and Classy Yet Trendy

Au revoir!

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11 thoughts on “How to dress like a Parisien – 5 must have items!

  1. Nancy April 8, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Well thank you for these tips! Are Parisian woman really more stylish then other woman?

    • Colleen April 10, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Good question Nancy! I think they have a classic style that seems effortless and timeless. Maybe that’s why there are so many posts and pins about French style. That said, I think any woman who takes the time to put together her outfits in a way that she loves is also stylish. I get inspiration from everyone!

  2. Jessica April 12, 2017 / 9:30 am

    I truly enjoyed reading your post about these items in Paris. You mentioned the scarf! I slowly have been adding them and have the rest of whats mentioned. Too cute about all of your friends wearing similar attire! Sounds like classic clothes never go out if fashion!
    Thanks for linking
    Jess xx

    • Colleen August 19, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      Yes, I think classic clothes are the way to go and then to add in the trendier items as you need them.

  3. thecapeonthecorner April 13, 2017 / 9:01 am

    i was super stressed about packing for paris, and i was shocked to see people wearing everything. i thought there’d be no color, there was color. i thought it would be stripes, it was florals. i saw people in clunky sneaks and backpacks, and they were speaking french, they weren’t americans like people expect us to look like we’d stick out.

    • Colleen August 19, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      There is a little bit of everything in that amazing city!

  4. curlycraftymom April 13, 2017 / 10:31 am

    Love this post! I so want to go back to Paris. I need to get a pair of white sneakers asap!


    • Colleen August 19, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      The white sneakers (or runners as we call them in Canada) definitely have staying power!

    • Colleen August 19, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Hoping I can finally get a trench this Fall. Wish me luck!

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