If there’s one thing Parisians are renowned for it’s their elegant and simple style. They move with the times while retaining that edge of sophistication and je ne sais quoi.
So if you’re heading to Paris this weekend, how do you achieve this same fabulous look without looking like you’re trying too hard?
Here are some outfit ideas for every occasion.
Leather Jacket and Denim Jeans
When you’re embarking on a day of sightseeing, a Paris river cruise or other more casual events, you may want to opt for the effortlessly chic black jeans and a black leather jacket.
Although this fashion influence arguably comes from across the pond, the Parisians have brought their own twist to this retro American look. There’s no over-the-top hardware and the jackets (and the overall look) are incredibly sharp.
Follow a monochrome scheme by teaming your jeans and jacket with a simple white t-shirt and add those all-important finishing touches in the form of boots with straps or buttoned t-shirts.
For evening dining, a trip to the Moulin Rouge or a date with your loved one, a tailored blue and black suit will do the trick.
Yes, that’s right – many Parisian men go where no other dare go – they mix navy blue and black to create a dapper get-up.
This look is super suave and is complete with splashes of white (i.e. in the shirt or a handkerchief in their jacket pocket). But to really nail the Parisian look, you’ll want to get rid of the shirt in favour of a black polo-neck or a slim-fit t-shirt while losing your socks and belt for a more relaxed, refined look. If you’re feeling confident, you might also want to add to this with sunglasses or a beanie for ultra-French accessories.
If you want to channel your inner artist as well as the Parisians do, you’ll need to invest in some relaxed menswear. By this, we mean earthy colours, lightweight linens and a few splashes of colour to lighten up your pensive look.
If you want to channel your inner artist as well as the Parisians do, you’ll need to invest in some relaxed menswear.
Accessories that look great with these outfits include natural fibres, i.e. straw, which you can add in the form of a hat. Other key must-haves include two-toned brogues, pleated trousers and unstructured blazers – all of which help create this bohemian style with ease.
It’s All About the Layers
Finally, if there’s one thing you remember about your wardrobe for Paris it’s that layers will win the day.
Parisian men know all about using layers, mixing various pieces to create unique, sophisticated attire that’s a sight to behold.
Parisian men know all about using layers, mixing various pieces to create unique, sophisticated attire that’s a sight to behold. For example, if you want to keep things pretty casual as you tour the city, team your trainers with some light cotton or denim trousers (cropped, if possible), a simple t-shirt and a leather backpack or satchel for the perfect finishing touch.