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Parisian Chic Staples

Parisian Chic Staples

For years, I have heard and read about the legendary Parisian chic woman. It I were to describe their style succinctly it would be: effortless elegance. Elegance alone implies a level of work. The Parisian woman has an heir of effortlessness to what they put together. Yet it’s all so well pulled together and, well…elegant. There is attention to detail, but never anything over the top or heavily branded. A blinged out necklace? Maybe. Paired with a white tee shirt, jeans and flats. I did glimpse the occasional Parisian wearing heels, she always looked as though she was late for an important event.

Paris has even tighter living quarters than New York (which means even smaller closets), so all of their wardrobes are built around important staples and investment pieces. A Parisian woman could wear the same pair of denim every day of the week and make it look completely different and equally chic each time. Here are the Parisian chic staples I observed while on my trip:

Ballet Flats
Sweet and comfortable for walking the uneven streets of Paris.
Tod’s Bow Ballet Flat

Ankle Strap Leather Thongs
Comfortable and feminine.
K Jacques St. Tropez Picon Sandal

Straight/Pencil Leg Jeans
A timeless denim silhouette.
J Brand Pencil Leg Jeans

Large Tote
Practically every other Parisian woman is carrying one. A necessary when your life revolves around walking and public transit.
Vanessa Bruno Sequined Tote

Large Face Watch
A versatile essential, for casual daytime or an evening out.
Michael Kors Rose Gold Chronograph Watch

Tuxedo Blazer
Google French Vogue’s Editor, Emauelle Alt, and you will understand
Helmut Lang Tuxedo Blazer

Knee (not thigh) Length Trench Coat
No matter the time of year, it always rains in Paris.
London Fog Trench Coat

Structured Shoulder or Crossbody Bag in a Basic Color
A ladylike essential.
Lauren Merkin Saddle Bag

Navy V-Neck Sweater
Paired with jeans or a variety of skirts, under a blazer or army jacket.
Equipment Navy V-Neck

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