We'll Always Have Paris
Fishnet socks, oversized sweatshirt dresses, undersized bandage skirts, the great Birkenstock revival - however exhilarating, trends are fleeting (even when they circle back). That is why the Classically Chic Style Archetype is so damn alluring. No matter the year, the country, your age - there is something to be said for a outfit formula that stands the test of time.
There are many variations on Classically Chic Style. Think: Seersucker, equestrian boots, a sleek black pencil skirt and pumps. For me, the most endearing (and Pinterest celebrated) is French Girl Chic. Je ne sais pas, there is something about Paris.
The (Classically) Parisian Chic Outfit Formula
After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down the 5 ingredient recipe for nailing Classically Parisian Chic.
Parisian Chic Essential #1: Flat Shoes
Besides being too terribly cool to wobble on cobblestones in heels, French girls have a practical reason for foregoing pumps: faire de la bicyclette.
SHOP FRENCH FLATS
Parisian Chic Essential #2: Slim Ankle Pant
Slim pants are a given (note I said slim, not tight), but the real secret to looking French girl (and boy) cool is to show the slightest hint of ankle skin between your pant hem and shoe.
Sorry. No socks allowed.
SHOP ANKLE PANTS
Parisian Chic Essential #3: Striped Top
SHOP STRIPED TOPS
Parisian Chic Essential #4: Classic Jacket
Choose your own Parisian outerwear adventure: Shrunken denim, fitted blazer or classic trench. Look at these as investment pieces and shop accordingly. Add to wish list.
SHOP CLASSIC JACKETS
Parisian Chic Essential #5: Silk Scarf
You know how I feel about my Hermes scarves. Aside from the beautiful craftsmanship, brilliant colors, iconic, whimsical patterns and endlessly versatile styling options - each scarf was a gift from my husband and remind me of our honeymoon. In Paris.
Now, you don't need an Hermes scarf to nail the Parisian Chic look (wish list), but I am going to have to insist on silk twill.
SHOP SILK SCARVES
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