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10 Paris Street Style Looks We Want to Copy
03.17.17
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Over the course of Paris Fashion Week this month, we published a slideshow of street style photos every morning. This meant that every evening from February 28th to March 8th, between the hours of 8 and 10 p.m., a fresh expletive would escape my mouth as I combed through the newest batch. I kept badgering Leandra, Amelia and Leslie: Is Paris street style always better than New York street style? Holy shit, does everyone always look this good there? How? What’s happening!!!

Each responded in a similar vein: Paris street style tends to veer more honest; people dress for it the way they dress for any other day. Which is to say, very fucking well. As I clicked through, their words rang true. Nothing feels put on nor thrown on. While the more than 500 photos cover a vast array of styles, the set as a whole sits at this satisfying equilibrium of thoughtful, authentic and personal. That means that, just as in life, there’s a little something for everyone.

Below, I’ve broken down the 10 that whispered sweet nothings to me specifically. If you happen to spot me wearing thrift-store versions around Bushwick this spring, you’re not allowed to judge.

1. A Canadian skirt tux with two different-colored boots

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The moment I laid eyes on this photo, my shoulders felt vulnerable to the elements and my shoes felt disgustingly identical. I have yet to board the denim-skirt train due to my high school ghosts, but this sold me.

2. A structured tea-length skirt with white ankle boots

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I’ve never wanted to drink tea with a modest ankle peek more. Unfortunately, I don’t own anything resembling any of this. And my disgusting white ankle boots (which I wear multiple times a week, much to the chagrin of my colleagues with eyes) very much do not count.

3. Bumble-bee chic

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A cropped jacket buttoned all the way up over roomy white trousers and under a blazer strikes me as a very easy way to both overeat and look very rich — all at the same time.

4. Tearaway pants with heels

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Can you imagine going home with someone in these pants? Coolest hookup ever.

5. Hoodie + blazer

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Why haven’t I ever worn an exorbitantly large hoodie under a blazer before? This is next-level high-low. Plus, imagine how easily I could wipe down a table with those sleeves.

6. An XL trench with OTK boots

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I actually have a pair of over-the-knee boots and every time I put them on I feel like a middle-schooler dressing up like Kim Kardashian. This is the first time I’ve seen them styled in a way that feels more emotionally manageable. Need me an XL trench.

7. A vintage T-shirt with jeans with cat eyes

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I mean this is so cool. LOOK HOW EASY! I’d just stand on a corner somewhere in this exact position to make sure everyone saw me.

8. A million red things at once

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When I see outfits like this, I ask myself why I ever mix colors. I’ve done Kim-K-style monochrome before and I’ll do it again. Watch me.

9. Cropped jeans with pink mules and a pink Tneck

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I didn’t know I needed pink mules so urgently until this very moment. Plus a pink turtleneck and pink earrings and a pink jacket. Pink pink pink more pink please.

10. A wool sweater tucked entirely into wide-leg trousers

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I actually gasped when I saw this photo and immediately sent it to Leslie and waited for her to gasp too. “Everyone in Paris is tucking their sweaters into their trousers,” said Leslie. I immediately tucked mine in.

Photos by Simon Chetrit; follow him on Instagram @simonzchetrit.

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  • Nat Ch

    I always feel sorry for the other people in the back of street style photos of fashion events that are wearing interesting stuff but didn’t impress the world enough so they didn’t become the subject of the photo :'(

    Emotions aside, I loved the all red one, and the tucked-in sweater!

    • BuffyAnneSummers97

      dun b sad my fren 🙂 When I used to visit The Sartorialist, one of my favourite things was seeing people in their own photos who I had previously seen in the background of someone else’s!

  • Ashley Steenson

    Pink Valentino coat in last photo?

  • Lanatria Brackett Ellis

    No lie!! I swear my outfit I posted today looks like a mesh of these looks.Clearly I’m on this site too much or God is telling me I need to be a fashion editor.I’m gonna go with the latter.
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    • Hellbetty666

      You look FABULOUS (although I hate GnR). You just need a hoodie under that jacket for another box ticked (plus, more layering options is always A Good Thing in my opinion).

      I support your fashion editor objective.

  • BScrivner

    The ankles above the pink mules look like their owner has insect bites.

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  • Catherine Mardosa

    the tucked-in sweater is very farmer-chic! we do this as a way to keep the cold wind off your lower back when you’re crouched or leaning over in the garden.

    • Sarbonn

      count me in

  • Rebecca Sandell

    I love the Miu Miu jacket suggested and I want to wear it with the cherry bomb t-shirt that I’ve been contemplating for a while now. Sadly I can’t afford the blazer and whilst I can justify the t-shirt, I can’t help but feel it will be a little lonely by itself.

  • Toronto street-look I saw … 2 different colours of high-top Converse.

  • Hellbetty666

    I feel you’ve never worn a hoodie under a jacket, you haven’t lived. My favourite tweed riding jacket looks approximately 76% cooler with a hoodie underneath.

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  • Marta Millere

    Hmm. That’s a lot of color for Paris, no? I prefer Emmanuelle & co’s uniform dressing <3

  • Sarah Jane Schneider

    um love #7 except- is that not a giant hole in the crotch of her jeans?? ha

  • Holly Laine Mascaro

    “A million red things at once” lol

  • Line

    Who is the girl with the blazer and orange hoodie?
    Love her outfit and basically have a need to follow her on Instagram!

  • Rheanonn Perez

    i saved like half of these to the “inspo” folder on my desktop thanks so much

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