How to dress like a Parisian

Parisian styling

Parisian style is so timeless and French women always look amazing. One of the best things to do in Paris, is to sit outside a cafe people watching and soaking up the whole atmosphere. It’s one of my most favourite places in the world visit. Typically whenever you think of French styling, it will be  classic, minimal and just effortlessly cool. 

Karl Largerfeld once said “You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian” and this was a pretty generous statement from him as in my opinion the French have that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi‘ that the rest of us can only dream of, but I do have a couple of tips to help you master a Parisian inspired look.

Keep it simple

Simplicity is key. Parisian women never over accessorise. Instead, they tend to add one or two accessories per outfit only, such as a silk scarf, or a fabulous hat and jewellery is often kept minimal and chic. Think a classic string of pearls or a pair of chunky gold hoop earrings.  Coco Chanel said herself “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” and this is a key tip to French styling.

Try Missoma for a great selection of simple gold jewellery that would work well for a Parisian inspired look.

Be discrete with labels and logos 

Parisians tend to keep away from clothing that is covered in logos or large branding as it’s seen as slightly tacky. They will choose their clothing from brands that focus on high quality materials, that are well tailored and fit the body well. They will spend more money on these quality pieces also with the knowledge that they will last and stand the test of time as well as being able to style them in various ways. If you think about it, this is actually a really sustainable attitude to dressing.

Stick to a uniform 

The Parisian woman is not interested in trends or fashion fads. Instead she will focus on classic, chic clothing that she knows suits her and feels comfortable to wear. They will tend to stick to a more basic colour pallet such as black, white, camel and grey which can be worn easily every season. You won’t find any neon yellow in their wardrobe even if it is the latest colour to be seen in, and you won’t see them investing in the latest jean silhouette that will look dated the following year. Instead, they will stick to a classic style formula that works and oozes style consistently.

Mix dressy with casual

Parisians are the masters of mixing casual clothing with an item that is a little bit more dressy. Like a classic shirt and cigarette trousers paired with a more glamorous evening bag, a pencil skirt with ballet flats, a leather jacket with masculine trousers and a sequin sweater, or even an evening tuxedo with sneakers. They love combining a casual element with a special piece – in a paired back way – not too fussy, or overthought. 

Items you will never find in a Parisian’s wardrobe

  • Huge logos or designer labels on show
  • Cheap materials – so no Nylon, Polyester, or Viscose in sight
  • Joggers or sweatpants
  • Anything too blingy or covered with rips
  • Skimpy tops with too much flesh on show
  • Fake designer bags or clothing

My top 6 French brands

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT

Kooples

Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING

Maje

Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag

Sandro

Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits

Chanel

Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back

Links to shop the above brands –Isabel Marant, Kooples, Maje, Saint Laurent, Sandro, Chanel

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If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also like to read my tips on buying luxury fashion HERE

Trend Report: Mini handbags

Jacquemus mini bags

image @ Jacquemus Instagram

Mini handbags are having a major moment. They are all over Instagram, were spotted being worn at the recent fashion weeks, as well as making numerous appearances on the red carpet. In a world where mobile phones are turning into the size of laptops, and sneakers are getting chunkier by the day, I wonder, what is it about these teeny tiny handbags that is getting everyone excited, and is it worth spending the money on something that doesn’t actually have enough space to carry anything?

The Jacquemus effect

French designer brand Jacquemus were responsible for bringing this trend back and in a big way. Simon Port, the designer behind the brand is known for his use of bold bright colours and structured simple silhouettes. Jacquemus had every model carrying a mini bag for their AW18 show, which led to his bags being spotted on celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Rihanna.

Jacquemus mini bags

image @ Jacquemus Instagram

The Le Chiquito bag was then introduced which was even smaller. These mini bags can be worn across the body as well as with the top handle feature. At just over 4 inches wide though, the £450 price tag is a little eye watering. This particular style is consistently selling out and has everyone trying to get their hands on one. These have become THE stand out piece that you will instantly recognise as Jacquemus and have really elevated the brand into the accessories spot light.

Jacquemus mini bags

Jacquemus mini bags

image @ Jacquemus Instagram

Mini bag mania

We are starting to see other brands incorporating similar mini items into their range. Chanel have bought out a classic flap handbag which has a mini coin purse attached, as well as a waist bag with 2 mini purses which are just gorgeous. Louis Vuitton have their own version with the latest ‘muli pochette’ bag which is a body bag with a detachable round coin purse.

Chanel Flap Bag & Coin PurseChanel Waist Bag & Coin Purse

Although mini bags are not entirely practical, they are a cute addition to an outfit, and perhaps it’s a good way to stop yourself from carrying around everything including the kitchen sink. Just a bank card, your keys (possibly your phone but unlikely) and you’re good to go! Carrying large heavy handbags is really bad for the posture after all.

I can definitely see why celebrities are loving this trend as they will have a team of people in the background carrying the real items that they need on a daily basis.

Mini handbag Edit

Here are a few of my favourite mini handbags available at the moment.

Chanel Clutch With Chain
Chanel Clutch With Chain
JACQUEMUS Le Chiquito Micro leather tote @ MyTheresa
JACQUEMUS Le Petit Chiquito leather tote @ MyTheresa
JACQUEMUS Le Bello leather belt bag @ MyTheresa
ASOS DESIGN micro grab bag with curved flap and detachable strap
GUCCIBroadway crystal-embellished elaphe tote
JACQUEMUSLe Porte leather pouch @ Netaporter
And Other Stories Beaded Handle Mini Leather Bag
Boohoo Faux Snake Mini Lock Grab Bag
Zara 2-PACK OF MINI NEON BAGS
Zara Animal print mini crossbody bag with scarf
Topshop – CINDY Lime Mini Cross Body Bag
Miss Guided diamante buckle mini bag
Topshop Half Moon Mini Grab Bag
Topshop Cow Print Grab Mini Bag

Personally, I do like a small handbag but feel that the mini styles are a bit of a step out of my comfort zone. Sometimes with designer items, it seems that the smaller the item, the higher the price becomes and I would rather invest in a classic designer handbag that I know I will get a lot of use out of for seasons to come. I don’t like carrying a load of stuff around with me but I at least expect my bag to hold everything that I do need for every day use!

What do you think of the mini handbag trend?

Are you loving them or do you think they are a bit of a pointless fashion trend?

Leave me a comment below xx

Prêt-à-Portea: The Dior couture collection

Back in early March, I went to the Christian Dior:Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A museum (you can check my blog post about it here). So when I discovered that The Berkeley hotel in London were hosting a special Prêt-à-Portea that was inspired by the exhibition I just had to go and complete the set!

The venue

The Berkeley hotel is based in the heart of Knightsbridge and is the ultimate luxury venue. They are well known for their legendary afternoon tea experiences too. They have 2 collections per year that are inspired by the world of fashion to reflect the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs. Previous collections have seen them teaming up with other designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Manolo Blahnik.

This special collection focuses on the iconic designs of Christian Dior, transformed into beautifully decorated biscuits and miniature cakes. Each piece is inspired from Diors’s fashion history which I absolutely love!

The afternoon tea is held in the Collins room which is a really peaceful space, decorated in soft lilacs, silvers, marble and mirrors. There is also a garden room section which has a lovely light feel with the surrounding windows.

A high tea to remember..

We arrived at the hotel feeling excited about the afternoon ahead. From the moment we arrived, the service was fabulous. We were shown to our seating area and our server started off explaining to us the idea around the collection, as well as information about what we could expect from our tea experience. We started off with drinks and there are so many varieties of tea that you can choose, from a selection of different white, green, yellow, black, tisane, and oolong tea options.

The savoury selection..

First to be presented to the table was a plate of beautifully cut finger sandwiches, each with individual flavours, fillings and breads. Alongside this, there was a selection of beautiful canapes. They almost looked too good to eat! I loved the presentation of these and it was fun to try all of the different options.

The sweet selection..

But let’s be honest, we all know the best part of a high tea is the sweet section! Following the savoury section, out came the stunning three tiered display of the Christian Dior sweet treats. Christian Dior cakes – isn’t this just every fashionistas dream combination?!

On the top tier we had a rose pink Miss Dior perfume bottle shaped cake. This was lychee and raspberry flavour and was topped with a gorgeous silver bow. Also on the top tier were 2 iced biscuits – a single J’adior slingback heel and the iconic bar jacket. I have been lusting after these heels for a while now and am thinking that I have to add them to my collection! Well they do say things come in threes after all…

On the middle tier, we had a pavlova and raspberry jam cake that was inspired by a dress design. We also had the Junon gown fromage blanc and cassis jelly encased with scallops of white chocolate and it was sprinkled with edible glitter. They were like little works of art – just stunning!

The bottom tier had the classic Lady Dior handbag which was so delicious. It was red chocolate sponge inside with an iced outer casing and it looked just like the real thing! Also on this lower tier was a pretty little coconut marshmallow cake which was decorated with a white sugar bow.

Overall verdict..

I love spending an afternoon having a high tea and this is one of my favourite experiences. I have wanted to try the Berkeley afternoon tea for a long time as always love to see the latest fashion inspired collection that they come up with. Their collections always look so fabulous and so being able to attend this special Dior inspired one, after visiting the exhibition was like the cherry on the cake..see what I did there 😉

Jokes aside, it was such a lovely afternoon and I highly recommend it. I’m never a huge fan of the sandwiches but these were nice and not so much that you couldn’t then enjoy the sweets section which you can sometimes find with afternoon teas. The sweet selection was just perfect and I enjoyed every item from this selection.

If you want to make a reservation for the Dior Prêt-à-Portea collection, head over to the Berkeley hotel website here 

Prices start from £60 per person.

What would Carrie Bradshaw be wearing in 2019?

Carrie Bradshaw was my original style icon and Sex in the City is one of my all time favourite series. I’ve had the box set for years and I will still get it out and watch old episodes on a chilled out Sunday.

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha each had their own individual sense of style but Carrie was the real fashionista of the show. Granted, she didn’t always get it right, but it was the fun and bold approach that she had with styling that I really loved! I couldn’t help but wonder, what she would be wearing in the year 2019?

It was always so exciting to see what latest outfits she was wearing on each episode. It would be hard to imagine her wearing the head to toe beige trend of the moment and she wouldn’t be seen dead in a pair of chunky Balenciaga trainers, but I could definitely see her in a tie dye sweater, cycling shorts and a sassy pair of heels!

You can read my recent Tie Dye trend report here if you would like some inspiration on this latest look for SS19!

SATC can still make me laugh out loud and it was such a ground breaking show of it’s time. It taught us as many things from friendships to relationships and how things were changing with the rise of the modern woman in society. It was also, of course, renowned for fashion. They made us covet things that we didn’t even know we needed. It made us all dream of having a shoe closet like Carrie Bradshaw and a beautifully furnished apartment like Charlotte. Who could ever forget that famous scene where Samantha is desperate to get her hands on an Hermes Birkin handbag and was told it would be a 5 year wait!

The show also pushed forward designer brands into huge stardom such as Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik and made women across the globe rushing out to buy the latest designs.

Since the show was on in the late 90s to the noughties, its funny to see certain brands and fashion styles that have actually come back around again. Fendi baguettes and Dior saddle bags were a staple fashion piece back then and these exact styles are now having a resurgence in 2019. I had a monogrammed Dior saddle bag when they first came out as I fell in love with the one that Carrie was wearing in the episode when she first met Aiden in his furniture store. I had that bag for years and wore it literally to death. They were around the £400 price point back then but today they are around £2000!

Here are some of the looks from Spring Summer 2019 that I think Carrie would definitely be wearing whilst strutting around the streets of Manhattan.

Isabel Marant asymmetric, ruffle printed dress – £875Netaporter

Dior houndstooth slingback heels – £720Christian Dior

Adriana Degreas shell bra top – £425 Netaporter

“It’s a Baguette”

Fendi Purple Sequin Baguette – £2790Fendi

Prada Tie Dye Shorts – £790 – Netaporter

Burberry Dalmatian print skirt – £850Burberry

Sophia Webster Chiara Sandal – £450Sophia Webster

Alexander McQueen knitted lace dress – £4860Alexander McQueen

Image: Vogue

Who was your favourite Sex in the City character?

What was your favourite episode or outfit from the show?

Goddiva: Pretty occasion dresses and the new Vicky Patterson collection

If you are looking for a fabulous sequin dress for an event or a special occasion then you need to head over to Goddiva.co.uk You will be completely spoilt for choice! There is a wide selection from pretty short styles, to sparkly or embellished designs, right through to full length ball gowns.

The perfect party dress  

I wore a Goddiva sequin and chiffon dress at an event recently (as pictured) and I have to say that I was so impressed with the quality. Their dresses are at a slightly higher price point than some online retailers, but the quality definitely warrants the pricing. There’s nothing worse than buying something just because its cheaper, to then find out that its see-through or the quality is poor. Goddiva dresses are beautifully made and the attention to detail is instantly noticeable.

This dress jumped out at me immediately and I was so excited to receive it through the post! It’s decorated with champagne coloured sequins which are in a gorgeous ombre shading effect. It’s a fitted style with a zip up the back so I recommend going up a size. The skirt section is pleated and moves beautifully when walking or dancing. I also really like the length of this style – it’s just the perfect length for an event and would be a great choice for a wedding or special occasion where you want to feel elegant.

The new Vicky Patterson collaboration

Vicky Patterson is Goddiva’s latest celebrity ambassador and has recently launched her new collection with them.

Vicky’s debut occasion dresses range with the brand has a theme of Fluorescence, which is the perfect fit for the strong 2019 neon trend that is so popular right now. There is a style to suit everyone also which I really like. There are flirty, floaty dresses, structured body con designs, chic jumpsuits and some really stunning full length silhouettes in this range.

The extensive collection showcases a stunning zesty bright palette in cerise, lime, flame orange, cobalt blue, nude, black and navy. In classic Goddiva style, the dresses all have gorgeous details such as back bows, pretty embellished buckles and elegant side splits.

The Goddiva Collection by Vicky Pattison is available at www.goddiva.co.uk now and prices start at £45 to £95.

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