How To Dress Like A French Woman

Bonjour mes amis!

I’ve been saying this for years, but I’m living in the wrong city. This is my first time visiting Paris and it feels like an old friend that I haven’t seen in ages but we haven’t skipped a beat. Except for the fact that I can’t quite catch the French language quick enough and the only thing I can say confidently is “Bonjour!” (hello), “Merci!” (thank you) and thanks to Alex, “mon français est très mauvais!” (my French is very bad!).  But it doesn’t quite matter because these street feel familiar and I’ve jumped straight into the Parisian lifestyle and especially how to dress like a French woman!

Sabrina and I have been here for a couple days now and we have explored the 1st arrondissement of Paris (where we’re staying) and a little bit of Le Marais. Leonie, Josh and a handful of our friends will begin to arrive today and Paris Fashion Week begins! Although I haven’t planned to attend any of the shows, Sabrina will be street scouting for her fashion photography outside of the shows and we aim to join her for a little bit between discovering more neighborhoods. The shows are scattered throughout the city and run from the morning to late night.

I’ll be doing a full post on my time in Paris with where to stay, explored, what we ate and drank and most importantly, where we shopped! I’m not a shopper when I travel but there’s something about Paris that it almost feels rude not to. Almost like you would be missing out on an experience not shopping in one of the fashion capitals of the world. You should just see the men and women here… without trying they exude a certain, je ne sais quoi. Their tussled hair, minimal makeup and sleek outfits really spoke to the “I woke up like this” attitude. We’ve noted a few consistencies among the Parisian women and how they dress so here is a quick 5-point list on how to dress like a French woman.

  1. Keep it simple – From the hair to the shoes, woman in Paris keep it simple with minimal hair styles, makeup and not a lot going on with their outfits. This is more for the everyday style and not so much for a special event, etc. but it’s the look we’ve seen for weekdays and weekends.
  2. Neutral shades – Black is king with French fashion! Women here embrace the all black outfits and do it very well. If not black, then grey, nude and white have taken precedent and not a whole lot of colour.
  3. Flat shoes – They say that French women always wear heels but we’ve noted the opposite. This could also be that the trend right now is more towards flats and athletic styles.
  4. Dress up – In keeping with the simple outfit ideas, women here refuse to go out in their athletic clothing or sweats. Riding bikes and running errands doesn’t stop them from wearing blazers, belted trousers, button up blouses and some seriously special items that women in North America tend to wear when they “dress up”.
  5. Wear it with confidence – The women here are so confident in their looks that they don’t need a lot going on to compensate. A white tee, blue jeans and dirty runners look just as great on them as a little black dress.

Being in Paris and around these women make you want to dress your best. I’m so happy that one of my Paris outfit purchases before I left was this Frank & Oak blazer that I can also wear as a dress. I feel like it has every element of a Parisian woman’s guide to dressing all wrapped up in one piece. You can get it for 15% off with the code SEPTEMBER548 HERE.

Keep an eye out for my full Paris itinerary coming soon and keep up to date on my day-to-day in Paris on my Instagram Stories at @RandaSalloum.

Frank & Oak blazer worn as dress | Aritzia button down blouse (similar)
Sonya Lee Yuliana bag | Frye boots (similar) | Brixton Fiddler cap
Assorted rings

Fashion photography by Street Scout Me. 

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