A Parisian’s Guide To Parisian Style Clothing

I can’t have a blog on French lifestyle without talking about classical Parisian style clothing! Paris is the fashion capital of the world thanks to its iconic designers and the Fashion week that is followed from around the world.

You have probably always wondered how to have the Parisian style and what are the basic pieces to buy first? I’ll answer in this article! I was born in Paris and I lived there for 23 years so I can definitely tell you how to easily copy the Parisian chic style!

parisian style clothing

Little black dress

The little black dress is a must-have of Parisian style clothing. What is practical with this dress is that it can be adapted according to the occasion! If you are going to a chic dinner, it’s perfect with high heels and a trench coat. If you want a more casual look, you can put it on with a denim jacket and a pair of Converse!
My pick: This gorgeous (and cheap!) dress.

parisian style clothing

Straight leg jean

Straight leg jeans are my favourite! Especially high-rise, I love it! It instantly gives a look that is both chic and casual. Match it with a t-shirt or shirt tucked into pants and low boots. You can also make it look even more Parisian with a blazer, lace top and high heels.
My pick: This bleach wash jean.

parisian style clothing

Classic Trench coat

The trench, my favourite coat. You can have one for each season, and different colours. I love the light beige trench coat for autumn and spring, paired with blue light jeans and ballet flats. For winter, I have a grey Zara trench coat that I love! For a typical Parisian style, wear it with a winter dress, black tights and high boots. Parisian chic look guaranteed!
My pick: This beautiful boyfriend trench coat.

parisian style clothing trench

Black Blazer

The black blazer is one of the most iconic pieces of Parisian style clothing. Like the little black dress, it is versatile and provides perfect looks effortlessly. At work or at a fancy restaurant, I pair it with black pants and high heels. For a more casual look, I like to wear jeans, a simple t-shirt and comfortable sneakers (like Stan Smith) with the blazer.
My pick: This Stradivarius blazer.

parisian style clothing black blazer

Oversized sweater

I love oversized sweater because it goes with so many different looks! For a Parisian style, opt for a long skirt and mid-high boots. You can also have wide legs pants that hide your shoes. My favourite look is wearing a dress that is a little longer with an oversized sweater over the top. Add a small shoulder bag, tights and high boots!
My pick: This gorgeous pink oversized sweater.

parisian style clothing

White tee-shirt

The white t-shirt is an essential of all wardrobes in my opinion, not just Parisian style ones! The neutral colour allows it to match any style, and it gives a slender look when it is tucked into the pants. Perfect with flowing pants or a high skirt, it will become your favourite piece when you don’t know what to wear.
My pick: This cute organic cotton top.

parisian style clothing white teeshirt

Leather jacket

What to say about the leather jacket that has not already been said… It is one of the essential fashion pieces and instantly gives style to any look. Whether you opt for a casual, evening or feminine look, the leather jacket does the trick! For a Parisian look, go for an all-black outfit or a mini skirt with a t-shirt tucked into it and flat shoes.
My pick: This traditional smooth leather jacket.

parisian style clothing leather jacket

Knee-High boots

Knee-high boots are my favourite shoes because they give a classy and flawless look. I love to wear them with an oversized sweater and a mini skirt. You can also wear them with a trench, a midi dress and a beautiful scarf! I buy a lot of shoes from Andre, an affordable French brand with shoe models for all tastes.
My pick: These premium suede knee-high boots.

parisian style clothing boots

Maxi dress

The maxi dress is perfect for Parisian summer and spring days. Comfortable and fluid, the dress adapts to each look and accessory: high or low boots, with or without a jacket… I love the versatility of this garment. For a Parisian style clothing look, choose a flowery print, lace, or both!
My pick: This & Other Stories floral print maxi dress.

parisian style clothing maxi dress

What do you think of this essential list of Parisian style clothing? Do you own some of the clothes mentioned and transform them into Parisian outfits?

I know that for me living in Australia, it is difficult to find the same clothes that I used to wear in France. I left most of my “Parisian” clothes in Paris, and anyway, the Australians do not dress the same at all so I adapted a little! It’s more flip flops and summer dresses here hahaha.
But I love the Parisian style that I wore for so long. Each time I come back to France, I rediscover the joy of creating looks that are both classy and personal.

Check out my article about 7 affordable French clothing brands you can buy online to get your Parisian style clothing wardrobe today!


  1. Maria says:

    I love parisian style! I love all the mentioned pieces and I need a trench coat!💖💖

    1. Stephanie says:

      Love hearing that 🙂 Yes, a trench coat is a must 😉

  2. Claire says:

    I’m not always aware of what “Parisian style” is, but I’m glad to see that as a Parisian, I’m 100% following this xD !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Haha, love that 🙂 You’re a true Parisian, dressing effortlessly 😉

  3. Alice says:

    Totally on point and I’m guilty of owning almost all of those items!! But I agree fashion is totally different in Australia and I had to buy a lot of new stuff over there!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Haha, a true Parisian 😉 Yeah totally depends on the country and their culture!

  4. Vicky Beaney says:

    I love the Parisian style, it’s so chic!

    1. Stephanie says:

      It sure is 🙂

  5. Denelia says:

    I want to go to Paris so bad. It’s been on my travel list for forever and this fashion is just making me want to go even more.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hopefully, you can go soon!! Where are you from?

  6. Kendall Alexander says:

    OMG I love this style!!

    1. Stephanie says:

      So glad you like it!

  7. Chenée says:

    Love this list! I need some really good straight leg jeans. So classic!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! Yes, they are a must-have and so cool to wear 🙂

  8. Al says:

    Ugh I miss André! I used to buy so many shoes there and Minnelli when I lived in France 😍

    1. Stephanie says:

      Ahah same! Those two are the best to buy trendy and affordable shoes 🙂

  9. Jessica says:

    Enjoyed this article- thank you😊

    1. Stephanie says:

      Happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  10. Olga says:

    I love your article! After two months at home, I miss pretty clothes so much. The Paris style is lovely.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thanks so much! It is 🙂

  11. Danielle says:

    Love your style! Amazing fashion tips, and so simple too!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! Yes, they’re easy to follow 🙂

  12. Hazel says:

    I love all these suggestions! Would love to visit Paris someday and dress like a Parisian 💖

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you! You can dress like one now 😉

  13. Brooke says:

    I have no idea what I am doing style wise, but I have most of these pieces in my closet. I should just look at your pictures before I get dressed for inspiration.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Ahah that’s perfect! You can definitely do that 😉

  14. Bri says:

    I love this style so much, it’s exactly what I’m aiming for this spring. Thanks for some much needed inspiration!
    xxo Bri

    1. Stephanie says:

      Glad you like it 🙂 I love when I’m able to inspire people! x

  15. When I visited Paris I loved the fashion of ladies in the 8th, it was beyond chic! One evening, I saw a mom in all-black with a blazer, skirt and heels wearing stilettos carrying Prada shopping bags in one hand and her young son in the other!

    1. Stephanie says:

      The 8th is really rich and chic! Wearing all black is definitely one rule of the Parisian style! That mom sounds like the typical Parisian girl! 😉

  16. Sarah says:

    Il me manque plus que les bottes montantes 😉

    1. Stephanie says:

      Elles sont en avant dernier dans la liste 🙂

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