Paris may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world and its residents are equally as stylish. Parisian dressing is simple, understated and effortless, and while it may not scream for your attention, dressing like the French is something of an art form.
Packing for a weekend of Parisian culture can be a tricky task. But a combination of clean lines, muted colours and classic design should ensure you look the part. Most importantly, avoid in-your-face branding – this is not a place to brag about your wardrobe, instead let the quality of design speak for itself.
Here are ten items which would look at home on the streets of Paris:
Combining clean lines with a casual style, this regular fit blazer from Paul Smith Jeans has a classic, masculine look. Treading the line between casual and formal, this jacket can adapt to wherever you’re heading – from a boat trip along the Seine to dinner at La Tour d’Argent. Pair with jeans for a relaxed look, or chinos to meet that elusive ‘smart casual’ dress code.
Visit Paris in classic British style with this tailored jacket from Barbour’s Lifestyle Collection. Made from Mallalieus ‘Woven in England’ herringbone wool twill, the jacket features twin buttoned-flap pockets and stylish elbow patch detail. To complete the look, there’s a full tartan and silk lining.
For a sleek and bold silhouette, this mid-length Stone Island jacket certainly delivers. In a classic muted navy, this military style jacket works well with brown, white or pale pink – ideal for any occasion in the French capital.
Made in signature Stone Island style, the jacket is constructed from a special double-face fabric with diagonal weave. The end result is wool on one side and a wool, cotton and polyester blend on the other.
A well-made white shirt is as much a Parisian staple as artisan bread and the Eiffel Tower, and this poplin cotton design from Fred Perry is a colourful twist on an age-old design. With multi-coloured buttons adding a hint of colour, this stylish white shirt features other classic design details such as a pointed button-down collar. Perfect with a pair of chinos or a classic navy blazer, this shirt is a real winner.
Other than white, pastel shades are great way to create a sense of understated style. This shirt from Paul & Shark is a classic design with a button-down Kent collar, full button placket and a contrasting check trim inside the collar and cuffs. Wear this shirt with deep, muted colours for an effortlessly stylish look.
It may be a bit stereotypical, but the Breton stripe is essential on streets of Paris. With bolder, wider stripes, this sweater from Lacoste is ideal for days out in the city – whether you’re relaxing in a cafe or strolling down the Rue de Rivoli. Made from pure new wool, this casual design features a ribbed crew neck collar and a subtle textured knit.
When packing for a weekend away, it’s important to pick trousers that go with everything – and what could be a safer choice than black? These black, stretch denim jeans from Paul Smith Jeans are a slim fit to create a sleek silhouette. This design features tonal embossed buttons and the branded leather patch to the rear, making it an ideal day-to-night jean.
On Your Feet
For a smart yet casual approach to footwear, suede desert boots make the perfect Parisian companion. From Barbour’s Lifestyle Collection comes these dark brown chukka boots, which would look great with a pair of chinos or jeans. Little details like a metal Barbour tab to the rear and a tartan interior gives these boots an understated style.
If you prefer the look of leather, these polished Hudson Chelsea boots are a classic design and can add a smarter edge to a casual look. Made from high quality, smooth leather, these boots have a slim sole, small heel and a detailed punched toe rose.
In the bag
No city break would be complete without a stylish piece of luggage. This functional bag is the perfect size for a weekend getaway. With a classic black design and Armani branding throughout, this bag allows you to travel in style. Plus the design is packed with pockets, making it extremely practical and hand luggage-friendly.
If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, this Paris Pocket Guide could be just what you need. With stunning photography and interesting nuggets of Parisian history, this guide is the ideal ‘holiday read’.
The Parisian style is often copied but rarely perfected outside the streets of Paris. It’s hard to dress in a way that looks effortless, without the nonchalant French attitude that goes with it.
However, we can take inspiration from our European neighbours – cleans lines, a slim fit and understated colours look great, wherever you are in the world.
What would you wear to Paris? Share your ideas below.