During a brief foray into Parisian fashion, I discovered something: Parisians are not trendy (insert shocked gasp here). They are classically and effortlessly fashionable, but they do not follow trends, and they will look down on you if you come to their city dressed like a trendy American tourist.
Here's how to go to Paris dressed like a Parisian (alternatively, if you want to stand out or don't care what they think, then hey, do you!)
Parisians love their black and white stripes. Wear a nice striped shirt and you'll be effortless.
2. Subtlety is key.
Colors in Paris tend to be subtle. They favor blacks, browns, and greys. To spice it up, often a "pop" of color is worn, like a purple scarf or red shoe.
3. Dress for comfort.
This means that you don't have to wear your heels everywhere. In fact, you'll look like a fool for it and your feet will end up hating you (pray they don't murder you in your sleep. I've seen it happen). Nor should you wear white sneakers because the French frown upon that and you will be instantly recognized as a tourist (Although Parisians do favor Converse and Pumas). Wear a pair of ballet flats in the summer or comfortable boots in the winter. Save your heels for a night out on the town when you're not walking too much.
4. Scarves are a must!
Parisians love their scarves. Try to buy a few in different colors. You can dress up any simple outfit just by throwing on a cute scarf.
5. Dark wash, slim fit jeans.
In the past, jeans were not acceptable, but now they're en vogue. Parisians still like their jeans chic and stylish though. Aim for dark wash jeans in a skinny fit if you can pull it off, and a slim leg if you cannot. Note* jeans are usually saved for those in their early twenties or younger.
6. Wear knee length skirts or trousers.
Parisians frown upon mini-skirts and shorts. Leave those home (especially if you want good service in restaraunts).
Here are a few example outfits:
And how you can rock the Parisian look here in the States: