Sophisticated, chic, and effortless. These adjectives come to mind when we think of Parisian women and their sense of style. Considering that fashion has long been an important cultural export of France since the 17th century, it makes sense that ladies around the world look to the city of lights for sartorial inspiration.
To truly emulate the styles of these belle femme, it’s important to know that French women typically adhere to a set of fashion rules. For starters, they avoid sky high heels and keep their makeup to a minimum. They also prefer having a few well-made, high-quality, and long-lasting pieces in their wardrobe.
Unsurprisingly, Paris boasts a smorgasbord of reputable designers and brands to cater to these style mavens. One standout label is Longchamp, which is known for luxurious leather goods. For its Fall 2017 apparel collection, the French luxury brand has introduced pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in the wardrobe of a Parisian woman in the 1970s. Featuring sleek designs in warm colours, the collection consists of everyday essentials tinged with glamour.
We looked through the collection and have put together a list of 6 pieces you’ll want in your wardrobe — to achieve the quintessential Parisian look yourself.
This sensual, fluid dress works for a glamorous Parisian look. It is crafted with a deep V-neck, which is adorned with a Longchamp horse brooch for additional character. The long, loose-fitting sleeves paired with the flared skirt create a wonderfully light silhouette every time you move.
RM2,290, shop here.
Volume and movement are the names of the game in this high-waisted skater skirt, which creates a beautifully light and feminine silhouette. It’s 100 percent made from jersey-bonded velvet lambskin, and we’re loving the versatile, classy camel colour. Accessorise it, as seen on the runway, with the La Parisienne belt knotted in front.
RM5,800, shop here.
Longchamp has always created a diverse range of shoes to meet the multiple needs of the modern man and woman. For a relaxed Parisian look, leave your heels at home and go for these moccasins instead. This pair is Longchamp’s take on a classic, feminine and refined version of loafers. Crafted in sumptuous, glossy calfskin, it’s accentuated with golden-tipped tassels.
RM2,475, shop here.
Visually powerful and captivating, the silk blouse is printed with Longchamp’s Vibration motifs to show movement. It is decorated with a refined black satin bias around the neck before running all the way to the bottom of the garment for a graphic feel. Wear this to work and you will surely turn heads.
RM1,475, shop here.
This feminine and streamlined rectangular clutch is ideal for every occasion. It has a removable metallic chain shoulder strap that allows you to carry it in several ways – across the body for a more casual style, or by the hand for much-needed elegance at night events. Match it with a dress or a trouser suit, and you’ll move like a baroness through the Parisian night.
RM2,445 shop here.
Parisian ladies wear minimal accessories, making this key ring the perfect subtle option to complete your look. It is fashioned in leather and embellished with small, whimsical charms. Add it to your favourite bag, and you’re all set for the day ahead.
RM845, shop here.