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Parisian Dressing

How to dress in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

How do I dress to fit in among the Parisians in Paris?” is one of the most common questions I get asked here on the blog and of course there’s not one right answer to this questions since Parisians dress in a million different ways (just like anywhere else), but I thought I could share how I usually dress to blend in among the chic women here in Paris with you guys. Please bear in mind that I’m far away from being any kind of fashion expert, I only dress in the items I find appealing.

A safe colour to start with is always black if you want to “fit in” in Paris so I usually use that as my base. I wish that I would use more colour in my wardrobe but for some reason that never happens. Although I love to add a pop of colour in the form of accessories; like a handbag, a necklace or shoes. When the weather allows it I’m always in my ballet flats. They’re comfortable, easy to wear and perfect for a city like Paris. I pick a jacket depending on the temperature outside but during springtime I’ll most likely wear my classic beige trench coat or a similar jacket to the one you can see above.

Of course I think you should dress the way you feel the most comfortable! Paris isn’t that different from most other cities since everybody has their own personal style. Although I would say:Β please leave those training sneakers at home!

Jacket: BB Dakota – Top: Massimo Dutti – Pants: Acne – Necklace: Lulu Frost – Bag: Chanel – Shoes: Local find in Paris, H&M, Zara.

  1. lavinia    March 19, 2013

    love this post! Inspiring, nice, new!

  2. I love the outfit with the nude shoes! That`s just perfect!

  3. fleaingfrance    March 19, 2013

    Great stop action short and a perfect way to show your wardrobe!

  4. Conny    March 19, 2013

    Compared to my home, I think Paris IS different – exactely because of what you said. Everybody wears what they like, but always look so chic with it. You really seem to have got the Parisian way of style during your stays there. Where I live at the moment, a smaller city but not a village, people will keep staring at you if you’d walk by in high heels. They’d keep staring and shaking their hads, as if you’d just ran by naked or if you were a ghost. I loved during my stay in Paris the feeling about fashion and all those chic women who looked amazing no matter what they were wearing because they felt comfortable in it and they had this amazing attitude!

    • Vanessa    March 19, 2013

      I cannot agree more! I live in a smaller student town in Germany, but I am originally from Frankfurt/Main which is an international bigger city. Doesn’t matter where I am – if I dress up wearing heels or in a chic way like Parisian women do people would stare at me and give me dreadful looks literally! Many people here often don’t have any sense for (Parisian) fashion or chic styling whatsoever in my opinion…This is why I am looking forward to move to France finally!

      Anyway, I really like this outfit – we dress in a very similar way! Great minds think alike πŸ˜‰

      • Well, as I said above that’s not always the case. I think many people have this image of that all women in Paris as so super chic and stylish when that’s not the case all the time. But I think that it’s perhaps easier to dress up a little bit more over here and still blend in. Although that again, really depends on where you are in the city!

        • Vanessa    March 20, 2013

          You are right about that. One cannot generalize and quite a few times I was not that impressed by the people’s way of styling. But as you said it is much easier to dress up in a chic way while being in Paris because dressing up is not that exceptional there and more common than somewhere else πŸ™‚ I am very often in Bordeaux, I have been to other cities in the South of France, and I have to say that dressing up and wearing chic clothes is not a rule that only applies to Parisian folks which I personally like a lot πŸ™‚

    • I understand what you mean but I think you also have to consider that Paris is extremely different depending on which neighbourhood you visit. Sure, the city centre is filled with “chic Parisian women” but I’ve had similar experiences to what you explain here in Paris as well, just in a different area to the Paris most people know as “Paris”. I think it’s very easy to forget that Paris is so much more than just the very centre… Hopefully you’ll understand my point πŸ™‚ But I agree with you that it’s very easy to “dress up” a little bit more in the city centre where people are so stylish and chic.

      • Conny    March 20, 2013

        Ah, well, I think you have a bigger experience than me. I’ve lived only for 2 months in Paris and I had an appartement near the OperΓ‘, and my language school was in the 6 arrondissement, so I think I’m not able to say anything about the areas that are, let’s say “outside” the peripherique, and I’ve spent the most of the time in the centre indeed!. πŸ™‚

  5. Love this post!

  6. Paprika    March 19, 2013

    I love the picture, it’s really nice to see what people like wearingxx

  7. please show me how to do gig files like that! love ! xxx

  8. Loved to read this item and I love the Parisian fashion style! It’s so simple but chic!

  9. I’ll be in London early summer and looking for a good trench – any recommendations? Love the cute photo montage as well – so fun!

  10. Such a cute collage or how should I name it? πŸ™‚

  11. Cristina Landi    March 20, 2013

    Loved the tips! I will remember them the next time I`m in Paris. Your collage was really so original!
    Cristina (guest blogger for

  12. Carin, I wear sneakers almost every time we hang out…are you telling me you’re not a fan of my style?! πŸ˜‰

    • Haha, you’re the exception to my rule of course πŸ˜‰ And I’ve actually worn them during the last week as well. But shhhhh! Don’t tell πŸ˜‰

  13. Alyssa M    March 20, 2013

    Do you speak French? Or know the language when it’s spoken? Just curious since you write in english and I myself want to live in France but have no knowledge of the french language. ha!

    • I spoke a little bit of French last year when I lived here but once I moved back home it went away due to lack of practice. Now that I’m back I understand most of it but it’s harder to speak… But almost everyone speaks English here!

  14. love how you made those flats walk across the floor haha!

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