Crystal here checking in from Paris (French pronunciation please) to bring you the first edition of the #EuroBlogSeries. I’m bringing you the best of street style and my favorite shopping spots from the most fashionable cities in the world: Paris, Rome, Florence, and Milan. Get inspired with me!
Parisians’ fashion aesthetic reflect their culture of relaxation, leisure, and effortlessness. You can often see women wearing a middle pleated skirt and a simple white top. Yes, it is just like the movies. Here are my top 3 takeaways while in Paris so far.
• Hot? No problem! - It’s super hot here right now (like, 85 - 90 degrees hot). Men are wearing full on suits and looking suave, and the ladies are wearing flowing dresses that move effortlessly through the summer breeze - it’s picture perfect. The youngsters are taking a more “street look” with their skateboards and matching shoes (of course), even though they have an alternative style, they are keeping the fashion alive. But if I had to pick a favorite it'd be the all black chic romper, hair pulled back, solidified with a nice pair of #sunnies. It’s amazing how people are just walking around like it’s not a big deal to wear that much clothing in the hot sun. When it comes to fashion, the weather doesn’t stop them from looking good and staying stylish. This is the Parisian way.
• Biking in my DRESS - I really thought this was a myth. In movies, they often show the girl in a flowery dress with a basket in the front full of baguette (plus de beurre s’il vous plait)! Um, it’s real! There are so many people that wear long skirts on bikes. Seattleites have no excuse. No one needs to roll their pants to look cool and maybe gain a little more function. The new solution? Wear a skirt. I’m also a proponent for replacing the messenger bag with baskets full of baguette…just sayin’.
• Truly Effortless - Apparently Parisians take a long 2 hour lunch break even though they only work 4 times a week. On Sundays, most shops are closed and you just have to deal with it. I often see people gathering around the table, drinking, eating, and socializing for hours! They have so much leisurely time, it shines through in their effortless, beautiful style. Maybe that’s why this is the hub art and fashion…people work to live, not live to work.
I’m headed to Rome next and can’t wait to share what’s happening on the streets of Italia!
Until next time, au revoir!