The Fashion Girl's Guide to Parisian Street Style
French-girl fashion 101: Here's how to nail it like these street style stars seen at Paris Couture Week.
There's not many a place in the world that showcases even everyday fashion quite so boldly or immediately as the streets of Paris, France – and at no time are the latest trends in fashion more in vogue than when on display during the seven inspired days of Paris Couture Week.
This high-powered, fashion-forward week is dominated not only by high fashion and of-the-moment designs strolling down the catwalk in long-legged, dazzling couture, but the streets are brimming with models and attendees all dressed to the nines – and determined to look as if they rolled out of bed that way.
The only difference is that when it comes to French-girl street style, these trendsetters may very well have woken up looking JUST like this. Here are 8 rules of thumb to stick to when looking to nail your street style game like these stylish stars.
Never underestimate the power of a statement coat.
It's pretty clear by now that cheetah print is going nowhere, honey. This cat-eye lover wears hers with effortlessly fitted high-waisted denim in a casually light shade, along with a sweet boxy Chanel clutch under her arm. Oh, and can we talk about those booties?
Pair timeless color combos.
When all else fails, look to what's worked in the past for a color combo that has timeless elegance written all over it. Gold-accented details don't hurt either.
Mix textures and prints the Palermo way.
Have some fun with it, a la Olivia Palermo; because if there's anyone who knows effortless French-girl fashion, it's this stylish socialite.
Opt for a ladylike skirt.
This is one trend that we'll never tire of. A fuller skirt never fails to lend classic detail to an already sleek outfit; and if there's one thing we've seen at Paris Couture Week, it's attention to detail, shape and silhouette.
Do not fear the fluff.
Going for easy elegance? A striped, structured coat will take your look that extra fashionable mile when paired with simple separates, like dark denim and a basic black top. Rinse, repeat, and finish off the 'fit with your favorite pair of perfectly worn-in combat boots.
Don't forget the fringe.
Make the fringe work for you. Instead of throwing it on as an afterthought, showcase your love of this bohemian fashion 'do and center your entire look around it. Try belting a fitted fringed vest for a totally fresh take on the trend.
Match certain pieces of your outfit, rather than the whole thing, for a look that's fully cohesive yet not over-the-top. A flawlessly executed example, the above-pictured Fashion Week attendee has styled her booties to match the strip on the brim of her hat, then ties it all together by wearing a camel coat in similar tones. She balances out the look with a pair of cropped leather trousers.
When in doubt, work the cape.
Make a serious statement by adorning yourself with this of-the-moment darling of Parisian trends – the cape.