Francophile Fridays Parisian Style

Paris is one of the chicest cities in the world.  It’s the epicenter of high fashion.  An hour spent “people watching” while in Paris is fascinating -even the every day just walking down the street folks seem to have such flair and polish.

I’m not an especially fashionable person.  I clean up pretty well, and I have a specific aesthetic – but I’m not trendy or edgy or fashion forward.  I dress pretty much the same as I did in high school – just a little bit more polished and pulled together (and my skirts are longer).  When packing for this trip, I knew I wanted to be really comfortable, but not look like a “schlumpadinka“.  I opted for a few pairs of dark jeans, nice heavy weight cotton Ts in colors like black, white, red & tan.  I also packed a few scarves from my last trip to Paris.  I packed one little black dress, but never wore it.  I also brought a simple black trench coat for when it was wet or cold (we were really lucky and it was rarely either of those things during our entire 2 week stay).

In addition to keeping comfort top of mind, I knew I wanted any photos of me from when I was in Paris to be kind of “timeless.”  Nothing worse than having a great photo taken, but you’re wearing something super trendy so that in 5 years you’re like “OMG what was I thinking.”  I think I pretty much pulled this off.

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Cousin Sarah and I at breakfast one day.  Red lips and aviators for me, neutral makeup and pearl studs for her.

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Later that same day, at dinner with the entire family.  This is the ONLY photo of the three of us I have from the entire trip.  Thanks for snapping it Sarah!  We’re all dressed in black, which is kind of funny because we didn’t plan it.  But – I think we’ll still enjoy this photo for many years to come.

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After dinner, Sarah dressed up her simple black dress with a floral scarf.  Look how expertly she wears it.  You can tell she’s a full time European now.

Enough about my Waspy Family’s style… time for some actual Parisian Style Spotting!

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This guy looked like the just wandered over from a Jcrew photo shoot.  His man purse is spectacular, and he is just the right amount of disheveled.

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This guy is the ULTIMATE stylish wasp.  Sweater over a crisp button down, an ascot, and a plastic cup full of red wine.  Digging his glasses too.  I noticed a lot of old 60′s looking glasses on both men and women while I was in Paris.  I think I’ll investigate this trend with my next glasses purchase – I have the nose to pull of pretty big frames.

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This woman was amazing.  I was actually quite far from her when I took this picture, and I zoomed in my lens all the way.  I don’t really go for the “leather look” myself, but this woman was ROCKING it.  Those jeans are painted on, but she doesn’t look like a hussy.  Ok, now I need you to look closely at her face.  This woman is not 25.  She is at least 60.  I’m serious.  That is the body of a 60 year old Parisian woman.  I can prove it – here she is with her companion….

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Not all the fashion observations I made were inspiring.  Take this guy for example:

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Yeah, I’ve got nothing in the way of explanations for this.  Perhaps it was a performance art thing?

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4 Responses

  1. I think you look absolutely lovely are dre perfectly dressed! What a fabulous trip!

  2. ignore the dre in there. Not sure where that came from!

  3. Barbie says:

    I thought I was over your Paris trip – the dogs, the fabulous way Parisians enjoy their breakfast, the great architechture, doors & chairs, the Eiffel Tower & lovers fence w/the pad locks … and then you go and highlight Paris fashion! I’ve got to get to Paris. Like RIGHT NOW! Great post Anderson. p.s. I miss SS. ;)

  4. Michelle says:

    mission accomplished: you look incredibly chic, effortless, and timeless! your cousin is quite elegant as well and i am in love with the darling man wasp avec red wine you captured.

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