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How to Dress Parisian Chic

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Dress Parisian Chic

If a city has been, is and will be, a point of reference in the fashion world, it's undoubtedly Paris. Elegance, beauty, style and modernism are some of the concepts that stand out in Parisian women who undoubtedly dazzle with very accomplished and captivating looks. If you want to add a chic touch to your wardrobe and dress in the purest French style, this article is for you. We explain how to dress Parisian chic while retaining your personal style in OneHowTo.com. Discover which garments are essential for achieving an equally elegant and modern look like a real Parisian. You'll feel très chic!

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Elegance rules above all else. This is the major premise that you must follow if you want to dress Parisian chic. You should always wear your best clothes every day, because you never know what will happen during the day. Search through your wardrobe and only keep those clothes that really make you happy, that you truly love. For a total Made in Paris look, you need to adopt the concepts of smart casual and timeless casual.

As you can see in the picture, a trench is a staple garment that all Parisian chic style follower should have in her wardrobe.

How to Dress Parisian Chic - Step 1

Combination of garments. The Parisian chic look is based on having a wardrobe full of clothes that you can wear for any occasion. So, you need clothes that combine well with each other so you always achieve a fresh, new look but with the same garments. You can organize your wardrobe by tones, colors or styles so it makes it easier to combine multiple combinations every day. Remember it's not what you wear but how you wear it.

How to Dress Parisian Chic - Step 2
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As we've already mentioned, the Parisian look is based on an elegant but natural style. You don't need not to overload yourself with accessories or makeup, but rather you should have a sleeker and more casual style. When someone else sees you, they shouldn't be able to tell you've spent so much time fixing your hair or finding the ideal outfit. This is key.

For example, wearing a loose hair bun (even partly-dishevelled) or loose hair combined with a winter hat or a ribbon in summer, will give you the ideal touch. Bohemian braids are also very chic. You should appear fresh, clean, natural and casual whilst giving off an air of pure 'dishevelled' elegance. Try it!

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If you want to look like a real Parisian, you must be very careful with your makeup and don't use too much, especially during the day. Wear a little foundation, a slight blush on the cheeks, a thin line drawn on the eyelids, mascara to accentuate and enlarge the eyes and a light lip balm. These are enough to appear natural, fresh and radiant, in true Parisian style!

In this OneHowTo article we explain how to apply natural-looking makeup.

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Essential accessories. As discussed above, the basic idea is to show off a Parisian chic look that's smooth. Any details should be sparse but enough. For example, avoid anything sparkly or exaggerated, so just you are the center of attention and not your accessories.

How to Dress Parisian Chic - Step 5

Heels? Yes! Parisians express their femininity through wearing mid or high heeled shoes. It's very common to see women walking through the streets of Paris wearing them. If you want to contour your figure and look more Parisian than ever, opt for leather boots and black heels. If you'd rather opt for flats, don't look any further and go for ballerina pumps or moccasins. Perfect!

How to Dress Parisian Chic - Step 6
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Simplicity reigns in Parisian wardrobes. Parisian women generally opt for colourful palettes rather than prints. Neutral colors (such as beige or cream) dominate French chic style, not to mention the simplicity (with a beautiful pearl grey) and elegance of the eternally, quintessential black which is a basic staple of any wardrobe and is always useful.

What's more, remember thatclothes should be sleek to a large degree. Parisian looks don't usually opt for loud prints, but rather combine easily-matching garments for any occasion. However, sailor stripes are always a feature of Parisian fashion. When combined with a single garment, they can make you look fantastic and are a must in any wardrobe.

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Other essential items for a completely Parisian style include blazers, as well as tuxedo-style jackets, that you can always combine with any type of trousers and which will look perfect with any outfit. Men's suits are also a safe bet, especially if you work in an office.

Other classics are cigarette (or dress) trousers, pencil or tube skirts, a simple white shirt or blouses in neutral colors and dresses above the knee. For a good trench, there's nothing better than a trench coat worn with a beret or a nice hat to complement the 'Made in France' look.

How to Dress Parisian Chic - Step 8
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These tips will help you dress Parisian chic from head to toe. Don't forget about the basic rules: neutral, simple, elegant and natural. Remember that it's not what you wear but how you wear it. Feel comfortable in the clothes you choose and show them off every day. You'll feel like a real Parisian.

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