A Parisian ad that's everywhere throughout the city... and very Paris chic' fashionable bien sur!
Typical couple: she's in a stylish black outfit with large handbag and he's in what seems to be the Parisian male "uniform" of jeans and a black shirt
Layered so nicely here and again, the large handbag ever on the arm it seems
A terrific military-styled a-line wool red coat paired with military look tall black boots and another guy with the jeans and black shirt look going on
On the one hand, classic black ensemble' and on the other hand, two more-artsy outfits
It was so much fun this week to espy fashion interpretations along the streets of Paris! For the most part, it is overwhelmingly black, black and more black 24/7 around this city. Black is also paired with dark gray, light gray, brown and cream as well. Occassionally there's a color shot via usually a long scarf worn straight down or wrapped around the neckline. Every once in a while, a bold, true red evidenced itself which was neat to see- mainly in tailored wool coats.
Leather riding boots are everywhere- I've never seen so many worn all around a place. Black reigns here of course but the boots' heels run the gamut from completely flat to riding boot practical to higher heels. Silhouettes overall are quite form-fitting and structured with the main difference being in pants: Americans wear their trousers and jeans much looser and boot cut as well whereas Parisians (and the myriad of Italian tourists here) wear their jeans super-tight and their trouser pants just a bit less tight.
Accessories wise, one's handbag is either huge or a classic quilted and chain-strapped Chanel. Tote bags aren't seen much at all unless they're leather and nicely styled. Scarves are all over the place with everyone wearing them: women, men and children. Jewelry as far as I can tell is fairly classic with opera length pearls being popular. Occassionally I have seen jewelry layering or a statement necklace but it's been the exception rather than the rule.
Hair styles are neat, makeup minimal excepting either a smokey eye look or bright red lipstick but not both at once it seems. No one that I saw wore any nail polish at all and fingernails were short. One thing I really liked about Parisian women is that they seem to age gracefully and not be trying to remain ever-youthful; their elegance far outweighs the wrinkles and gray hair in evidence. A definite testimony for bypassing Botox and plastic surgery! Another thing I noticed is that most of the women I saw were modestly attired even for an obvious evening-out. Their subtly sexy looks left more nicely to the imagination with just a tiny hint of cleavage or short slit on the leg- very surprising but also very classy. This even went for the young girls as well. Funny that the greater skin-baring I noticed was with groups of Italian or English girls who were obviously "on holiday" and partying it up big time: spilling out of their tops and wearing the shortest skirts possible. Next to the subdued French girls, these touristas looked a little too tarty. Less is more unless it's less-fabric eh? "Bien sure," say the Parisians it seems.
Overall, I was very impressed with the classic nature of Parisian Street Fashion. There were precious-few Preppies around but a whole lot of Continental Classics who would make Coco Chanel very, very proud...