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What to Wear to Paris

• 08 January 2009

Word on the street is that everyone in Paris, {like everyone} is wearing black, black, and more black...and maybe a touch of grey. I guess when in doubt, revert back to the classics, right? Since the French like to remain inconspicuous (they greatly dislike us "loud" Americans on the Metro) it makes sense to dress in very muted tones. I must say I like "black" too, although lately I've been good about branching out and adding color.

If considering a future trip to Paris and you're wondering what to wear, read this little article and this one too. Needless to say, I won't consider wearing my yellow blazer to Paris anytime soon :) The article is short and sweet and may give you a few ideas if you're curious. I hear that skinny pants worn with tall, black, flat-heeled riding boots are the hot ticket for the Parisian women these days.


  1. Oh my she looks amazing. I'm not a huge fan of all black...too depressing. That skirt is to die for!

  2. In my young teen years I thought I couldn't wear black because it would bring out my under eye circles. ;o) Now at 30 I have to stop myself from buying every shirt, coat, and jacket in black. I love it!

    When I clicked on the link I saw the cool photos. Was there text to go along too? I want to know what to wear to Paris.

  3. Hi Susan,

    Sorry about the linkage problem :) It's fixed now, and I added another ditty!


  4. I'm going to Paris in two weeks and will unfortunately be the loud American in said nasty parka. No time to shop. But I guess I'll just have to be happy that I won't understand them when they dog my outfits.

    The Italians had no problem making fun of my husband and I last time though. I think they called him Pinnochio. It must have been because of his colorful attire since he has such a petite nose.

  5. My sweet fiance was living in Paris when we started dating. I went to visit him wearing a sporty orange zip up jacket.

    Most people treated me like I'd forgotten my helmet or served us quickly like I was Rupert from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. By the end of the trip I had a very chic black coat...

  6. I would have about 2 outfits to wear to Paris. And about the same number of shoes. How boring! I will get me some of those flat black boots, though. I'm still searching for the perfect ones (and hoping that when I wear them with jeans I won't have to get them taken in with my skinny legs--I just got some brown boots from jcrew taken in 3, yes 3 inches)!

  7. Imagine my shock when I clicked on the link to your first article and saw a photo of my darling younger sister unknowingly portraying the "French Girl." She spent a semester in Paris studying and apparently had her photo snapped while she sat in a park journaling. The poor author of this article might be disheartened to know that his French girl is, in fact, very American. It did make my sister's day when I sent her the link. Who wouldn't want to be mistaken as French (when speaking of style, of course).


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