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Nov 22nd, 2008, 12:25 PM
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What to Wear in Paris - Photos

I was in Paris a few weeks ago and took photos of the trends I saw on the streets.

Sweater dresses are big - women of all sizes and ages are rocking the sweater dress. I saw sweater dresses belted with boots on Moms in the park, and black sweater dresses with heels and funky belts were "the fashionista uniform" at the Kong bar on a Saturday night.

Riding boots with tights or skinny jeans tucked in are still in style, although wider pants are beginning to make a come back.

The hottest purse on the street in the Vanessa Bruno sequined bag. Sitting in cafes around Paris, I lost count of how many of these purses I saw. At first look, I thought that the bag looked kind of cheap and I expected to find it in Monoprix. Then, I noticed that many of the women carrying this bag were definitely not wearing designer "knock-offs." My last day in Paris, it made sense when I stumbled into Printemps and found a huge display of these bags from Vanessa Bruno starting at 70 euros for canvas and over 300euros for suede/leather. I don't think they sell these in the states - if any one has a link to a site selling them, please send it to me.

Here's the photos link: http://www.parisescapes.com/paris_we...09_photos.html

Here's some more info on trends that I saw by age group - http://www.parisescapes.com/paris_wear_winter06.html
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Nov 22nd, 2008, 12:54 PM
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Hi, I just found this website which seems to deliver overseas
http://tinyurl.com/66mhgo
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Nov 22nd, 2008, 01:00 PM
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Thanks Coco...that site is perfect.
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Nov 22nd, 2008, 06:42 PM
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love your pics (and your website too!) i ALWAYS click on the "what to wear in paris" posts. thanks!
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Nov 22nd, 2008, 11:33 PM
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Any info for us gents?
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 04:57 AM
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OMG! White sneakers in Paris? They'll be declaring war on us for that.
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 05:04 AM
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The problem is not white sneakers - the problem is ugly white sneakers which do not match with the rest of the attire.
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Spaarne,

Try this page for info on what men wear in paris:

http://www.parisescapes.com/paris_wear_men.html

The main trend that I noticed on the streets this year was the color "pink." Lots of pink dress shirts and pink ties. Still lots of jeans on men, but paired with a wool blazer for a more classic look. Scroll to the bottom of the photo page I linked to above for pictures of men on the street.

When traveling with my husband, we scope out the color of the season, then go to one of the department stores and pick up a fitted shirt and a knock-off of the designer ties on the street outside of Galeries Lafayette/Printemps (5 euros for a silk tie). It's easy for a guy to be fashionable in Paris without spending a lot of money or planning before hand. Lucky men
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 12:52 PM
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these are the sneakers the French like. There's a shop in Paris and one in St Remy where I have bought them. They also make other styles and special editions.

http://tinyurl.com/56hf79
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 01:33 PM
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I'm enjoying taking pics of all the ugly clothing choices seen on people just to show the myth. That's just me. Whatever
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 02:00 PM
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Great photos. I'll be leaving for Paris next Saturday and have been wondering if I should take fur. I read that Lindsay Lohan was attacked (albeit with flour), for wearing fur.

While I'm hesitant, my husband, who works in Paris, tells me that he sees women in fur all the time and that I'm crazy not to wear mine.

Despite the controversial issue, do you think it is "safe" for a woman to wear fur in Paris this winter?

Thanks.
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 02:10 PM
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Lots of women in Paris wear fur. Many wear coats with a fur lining. I don't know what you are worried about. You certainly aren't Lindsay Lohan and are not going to draw that kind of attention to yourself.

You probably won't even be noticed.

You can wear whatever you want to in Paris. Nobody cares. You can go into Hediard in a hoodie and sneaks and they won't even care as they want your money. Buy a bottle of Champagne and two pounds of coffee and they won't care if you are naked.

All that matters is what your credit card looks like.

Miss Thang au Lait de Gin
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 02:35 PM
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Hey Cries, where is your Paris report?
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 02:38 PM
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It will take some time to put together, Mimi. I am very tired.

Paris was exhausting for moi, but lots of fun.

The Countess de Billy sends her regards. And your Louis Vuitton postcard should be arriving any day as I sent it out on Thursday.

T
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 03:41 PM
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I wish I could find some bensimon shoes here in LA. I really like the style, I bought some years ago in Paris and wore them out.
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Nov 23rd, 2008, 03:59 PM
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http://thebensimongirls.blogspot.com...-nymagcom.html

I'm looking to buy more of the special editions. I have three of the tennis and one with the elastic and two with cross straps.

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Nov 24th, 2008, 05:28 AM
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Miss Thang's observation of Paris fashion:

Pour le homme: lots of long scarves wrapped around the neck. Many scarves were striped. Orange, pink, and purples stripes were very poplar. Most men wore dark wool or cashmere dress coats. Almost all men wore shoes, not sneakers. Even men in the parks with their kids wore shoes with jeans. If I did see sneakers, they were the black Chuck Taylor's (VERY popular with the students at the Sorbonne) or the white leather Lacoste-style sneakers with Velcro closure and pointy toe.

There was a huge difference between the way older men and younger men dressed. The younger men--under 30--wore American-style clothes. I overheard two mecs in a store saying how they want to go to US next summer so they can go shopping at HOLISTER and ABERCROMBIE/FITCH.

Most men carried some type of bag.

Parisian men LOVE cologne. You couldn't get near the cologne dept. at Galleries Lafayette. MOBBED!

Pour Madame:

Sweater dresses where very popular and worn with tights and boots. Most boots were black and mid-calf. Lots of black motorcycle boots in shop windows. Other women wore ballet flats and other types of flat shoes.

I saw almost NO WOMAN wearing high heels on the street. Parisian women may wear towering Manolo's, Louboutin's, or Jimmy Choo's to restaurants and clubs in the evening but they DO NOT wear these types of shoes on the street. I sat at an outside cafe on the Rue Rivoli near Angelina's and I didn't see one pair of heels go by in 30 minutes. Almost every woman was wearing a sensible shoe.

JEANS JEANS JEANS. Both men and women wear jeans in Paris if they are not in their work clothes. On Saturday almost every single person I saw in the area around Galleries Lafayette/Printemps/Madeleine was wearing jeans. Even older men and women in their 60's and 70's.

I saw women coming out of Lanvin on St. Honore wearing jeans. I saw people entering Crillon in jeans. I saw men wearing jeans in Rolex on Rue Royale.

Most women carried some type of leather bag. The slouchy bucket bag seemed to be very popular. I did see some women with the Vanessa Bruno tote as mentioned above.

As for Louis Vuitton bags, the classic "doctor bag" seemed to be very popular. And of course, the Chanel navy blue quilted bag with chain handle was also popular.

Parisians DO NOT like to wear sunglasses on the street like the Milanese or Athenians.

And finally, the Parisians may go to Laduree for some macaroons but they are THIN.

Your old friend,
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Headed to Paris in a month. Bookmarking, thanks for the suggestions!!
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Nov 24th, 2008, 06:12 PM
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Parisescapes,

Just caught up with this thread today - thanks for putting up all the pictures. Will you be posting a trip report?
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Nov 24th, 2008, 06:14 PM
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Thanks Thinny, I said long ago jeans were all over and ballet flats but no one believed it.
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