People worldwide admire the Parisian women's sense of fashion. The french;s minimalist approach while maintaining chic and classy looks make them icons in the style spotlight.
The French maintain a simple and clutter-free wardrobe, preferring to focus their attention on few statement pieces, they make the investment to spend money on buying quality clothing for more frequent wear.
Many women find themselves staring daily in to a mess of a closet, packed with clothes they never wear, and calculating just how much cost went in to creating this clutter in the first place. Often times our closets grow, but we routinely pick the same dependable articles of clothing for frequent wear. If we are going to re-wear the same handful of outfits, why not splurge on some fantastic pieces, statement clothing that look and feel great, that can be dressed up or down with accessories, and not only rid our closets of the countless shirts, blouses, pants, and dresses, most of which we haven't worn in ages, but also rid ourselves of this notion that we actually need all of this excess.
I'm not saying we should never walk in to a store we love and buy a top just because it's calling to us. I'm talking more in the grander scheme of wardrobe compilation. It's about ridding our closets of the unnecessary, about adopting versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. There is a reason we have always looked to the French for fashion advice, why French women seem to maintain constant as the epitome of style. They don't give themselves the opportunity to stand knee deep in clothing, frantically pulling a plethora of unworn shirts off their hangers wondering why they have nothing good to wear.
Dressing parsian chic is simple if you follow these basic rules:
1) Choose 7 or 8 timeless pieces that your wardrobe will center around. A trench coat, a fitted pair of jeans, a blazer, a cashmere sweater, a little black dress, a white or cream
colored blouse, a pair of black dress pants. Add a couple pieces for layering: a white tank, a few t-shirts, a colorful cardigan... Essentially you want to be able to mix and match your items for re-wear. You want each piece to easily complement another. Many French women are seen wearing neutral colors. Black is key. Creams, nudes, whites; these are all colors that can be dressed up or down depending on your desire. This is another reason to avoid complex patterns. Shy away from the psychedelic paisley printed top you might love today, in favor of the striped or simple small polka-dot top you will love for years.
2) Don't over-label or mix-labels. Ideally you would want to avoid the advertisement of labels on clothing entirely. Let's face it, we all wanted that Louis Vuitton or Coach purse at one time, but how many of us wore it on our clothing. The french are indeed the most designer savvy among us, and often choose to purchase higher end clothing, but the rationale is for fit, and durability, as opposed to the Americanized appeal of sporting outward brand labels on every piece of clothing/accessory we have. Buy your Michael Kors wallet or Balenciaga bag, but keep the label-appeal to your accessories, if anywhere, not your clothing.
3) Use natural fabrics. Polyester rules your wardrobe? Wonder why your clothes have rips or tears, are misshapen, and need to be replaced far too often? It's all in the fabric. Here is where you'll likely spend a buck or two extra, however here is where your clothes will also last.
4) Accessorize, but don't wear all your jewelry in one sitting. Add flair to your outfits with accessories. A bejeweled cuff, a pearl necklace, beautiful earrings, all of these are crucial to adding oomph to your new wardrobe, however simplicity is important when it comes to accessories also. Don't over-do it or you can easily turn from chic to cheap. A staple accessory in every French woman's wardrobe is most definitely a scarf. The French know how to rock this look. Scarves are how a Parisian woman expresses herself. Here is where you want your colorful prints and bold patterns. Throw a couple scarves in to your wardrobe for a truly French feel.
5) Fit and cut. This last one is key. Do not shy away from a tailor. If your pants need to be hemmed, hem them. Choose items that can fit you, that you don't have to adjust and pull at throughout the day. Find the correct size, and opt for classic silhouettes. Boyfriend sweaters may be very much in style at the moment but it doesn't mean your closet needs to be littered with them. If you love a certain style, always go for it, however the basics of your wardrobe should have the ability to transcend every new trend. A French woman rarely looks slouchy or worse, carries a muffin top. I'd like to be a dress size or two smaller, but I won't deny that vying for the correct pant size does wonders in making me look better than trying to work myself in to some too-tight pants.