What Parisian Girls Actually Wear? 5 Ultimate Wardrobe Pieces

What Parisian Girls Actually Wear? 5 Ultimate Wardrobe Pieces

You know for certain that what is fashionable today will look outdated tomorrow…  But who can totally escape from fashion trends? They influence the way we get dressed every season and some of them are here to stay for long.

The 5 clothing « must-have » I focus on in this post were adopted for ’80sfew years now and still are part of the Parisian wardrobes. They slightly evolve every year. Here is an updating.

(left to right on cover picture: Maje, Valentine Gauthier, Maje, Sézane, Des Petits Hauts )


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1/ High waisted pants and jeans

Sorry for the low waist pants that show up our extra pounds and our bellies… this is it! High waisted pants are coming back from the 80’s! Jeans or classic cut pants, tight with a belt or not, they nicely underline our hips and our bottoms. And we like it!

How to wear it the Parisian way? Tuck your tee, your shirt or your sweater inside the pants.

Jeans from Maje


High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Pant Banana Republic



They also aren’t as skinny as they were before, wider cuts as boyfriend, flare and boot cuts are coming back.

The black Boyish (Gap)


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High Rise Flare (Gap)

80s Worker High Rise Wide-Leg (Gap)

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2/ A romantic something

Usually long dresses or long skirts with flower prints, they come in fluid fabrics and vintage-like cuts…. Or it can be Victorian-style dresses or blouses… It’s a strong trend seen everywhere in Parisian streets.

How to wear it the Parisian way? Add a pair of low-boots or urban sneakers: you want to look fresh and romantic, still, you don’t want to dress Brontë sisters total look…

Boden dress


Boden skirt

La Redoute x Balzac Paris



Blouse La Redoute Collections



La Redoute Collections



Castaluna Plus size


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3/  Men’s tailor style clothes

These elegant and noble patterns so widely used among kings and princes are to embrace all Parisian women this winter and the next ones. You’ll see it on jackets and coats of course but also on dresses, jumpsuit pants, tops…

How to wear it the Parisian way? Without taking it too seriously… Mix it with jeans, vivid colors, a fun tee, sneakers or boots.


Soeur Coat available on Smallable.com

Officine Générale Coat available on Smallable.com


Checkered Jumpsuit Maje

Mix wool skirt Chloé Stora


Poncho coat Maje


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4/ Ankle boots

With or without heels, they came in different shapes and different colors and remain a very strong staples in the Parisian wardrobe.

How to wear it the Parisian way? With roll edge pants, midi skirts or long dresses. Or anything that shows your ankles.

(Wedge heels, buckles or lace-up boots are not the most favored at the moment)

They can be rather classic

Rivecour black Chelsea ankle boots



Cognac suede boots Anthology Paris



Or more rock-n-roll style…

100 % leather Python boots Anthology Paris










Brown Python Leather Ankle Boots Rivecour



The « Gaucho » or cow boy style is coming back too


Camel Suede boots Anthology Paris











Honey suede leather boots Sessun











Burgundy leather Tucson boots Roseanna


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5/ The chunky knit sweater and the cardigan

Comfortable and cozy, the first one gives this relaxed and nonchalant attitude that Parisian love above all.

How to wear it the Parisian way? Twist it with a business skirt or pants. Or mix it with something that comes in a fluid fabric.

Suzie Winkle jumper



What to wear in ParisSweater Close, picture from MSR


Both, Bonton jumpers



More feminin and sophisticated the cardigan is an important wardrobe piece easy to wear to warm up a dress or a skirt. They tends to be more vintage or grand-ma style…


Cardigan Sézane


Urban Outfitters cardigan


Cardigan La Redoute


Castaluna cardigan


Balzac Paris x La Redoute cotton cardigan


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2 commentaires

  1. Love this post!! All the clothes go together so well! My problem is at 62, I feel to old to wear these styles:( But, that said I still get great tips from your posts.
    Thank you,

    • Thank you Jennell! But please could you tell me why you feel like you can’t wear these styles anymore? I would love to know what is stopping you? What would make you feel uncomfortable?

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