We think it’s fair to say that American women, no matter how stylish, can never compete with the French. After all, there’s a certain essence to their approach that is effortlessly cool…like, at all times. We’ve peeked into the sartorial choices of the women of Brooklyn and the ladies of Los Angeles, and now we’ve turned to Paris. And spoiler: Even though Europe is in the midst of an unprecedented heat wave, the fashion is still très cool.
6 Things Everyone in Paris Is Wearing Right Now
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The very hot weather in Paris this summer (it's regularly over 100 degrees) hasn't gotten in the way of the minimalist, tailored style we associate with this French capital. A button-front khaki vest worn as a top with matching trousers or Bermuda shorts is a look that's fresh, cool and classic.
2. Oversized Clutches
Made of big folds of leather that fit under your arm, the oversized ruched leather clutch bag is having a moment in the City of Light. In a rainbow of bright hues and earth tones, this bag has a way of making every outfit look a little more chic—perhaps it's the way that tucking it under your arm makes you look a little sleeker, and we love that styles like this force us to pare down our usual everything-but-the-kitchen-sink purses.
3. Khaki Dresses
Loose, flowing and neutral, done in cotton or linen, the khaki dress is trending in Paris. In a button-front or smock silhouette, it's a great backdrop for bold shoes and jewelry, or to pair with your usual basic black accessories. It's a summer uniform, in the best and breeziest way.
4. Crayon Brights
Think of this as antidepressant fashion. Colorblocks of neon orange, vibrant red, electric green and intense blue are showing up in dresses, shorts sets and jackets, and the effect is one of effortless style. Keep accessories simple when wearing this look.
5. Wide-Leg Pants
Cool French women are staying that way by wearing loose lightweight cotton and linen pants. But these aren't the baggy, elastic-waist pants you might know and love—Parisiennes look crisp even when slightly wrinkled by wearing oversized trousers and palazzo pants in light monochrome tones, with or without a matching blazer.
6. Giant Square Sunglasses
In every gathering from fashion show crowds to teen meet-ups, you'll find a pair or two of large square sunglasses shading the eyes of trendy dressers. The shape of the moment is overtaking round and cat eye frames as the freshest look around, especially when rendered in white or light-colored materials.