The Paris Effect: Nail January’s easiest trend in 7 simple steps
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It’s that particular je ne sais quoi.
If you’re about to overhaul your wardrobe for 2020, there is one failsafe trend to be inspired by in the first months of the New Year.
Just before the City of Lights starts to bloom again after a long, grey winter, a uniquely chic Parisienne aesthetic is sweeping the rails.
1. THE DRESS
At H&M, they’re nailing the trend in every conceivable way. This season complement monochrome with all-over polka dots – this calf-length crêpe dress is a steal at €27.99 for a look straight out of the movies. Team it with fresh trainers and a belt for a ‘street’ take.
2. THE SHIRT
At New Look you can change your spots for the approaching season with a chic buttoned shirt (€19.99). Roll up the sleeves and tuck the hem loosely into your jeans for ‘undone’ French girl style.
Minimal make-up and tousled hair will complete the look so it’s a handy one to have in your arsenal on mornings when you’re short on time.
A crisp white shirt is a key element in any French wardrobe.
You can take it a step further by investing in an over-the-top version, like this fun puff-sleeve broderie anglaise beauty from River Island (€50).
3. THE BOOTS
A classic pair of everyday boots are an essential part of the Parisienne look. Topshop’s MARGOT leather mid-heel boots are just the thing. They’ll even look better when they’re a bit bashed up, plus they’re currently on sale at €60.
4. THE TOP
Ever since Brigitte Bardot wore the iconic Breton shirt in the 1950s, the simple cotton basic is a staple in French fashion.
This long-sleeved boat neck version (€24.95) is one of GAP’s best sellers. Team with jeans and ballet flats or wide flares and heels.
5. THE SUNNIES
Hide a monster Bordeaux hangover behind a pair of chic shades by the French luxury fashion house Balmain (€239 at Specsavers, Opera Lane).
6. THE STYLING TRICK
Pick up a patterned satin scarf to knot loosely around your neck (€7.99 at H&M, Opera Lane) or tie it under your chin to protect your ‘do on a windy morning.
7. THE BAG
A simple, compact bag is essential for toting a red lippy.
Topshop’s CAM Black Half Moon Cross Body Bag (€34) fits the bill. It’ll add some zip to your jeans and button-down shirt combo for the weekend.
With a few fast, easy additions, you’ll be a bona fide Parisienne before spring.
Ooh là là.