Parisian Style: A Study in Opposities – Blending Soft and Hard, Masculine and Feminine

January 20th, 2010


Strolling down the streets of Paris, I spotted a woman whose style perfectly embodied the playful relationship the French have with fashion and gender roles (recall Yves Saint Laurent’s le smoking - a tuxedo suit designed for women).  Mixing a tough moto jacket and buckled boots with a prim blouse and full skirt, she had outfitted herself in a blend of soft and hard, masculine and feminine that’s quintessentially French.  What made this outfit work?  The blend of textures and styles, her impeccable accessories, and her attitude.  

Zippered Snap Moto Jacket | $32.80 at Forever 21

Parisienne Sailor Blouse | $55 at Topshop

Rosette Dotted Skirt | $29 at Twelve by Twelve

Cobweb Snood | $32 at Topshop

Washed Leather Conical Stud Shoulder Bag | $135.98 at ASOS

ASIA Leather Lace Up Ankle Boot | $110.48 at ASOS

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits,Women

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sally  |  January 20th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I’ve been drawn to Parisian style for ages, but never really heard anyone outline the formula so simply and effectively!

  • 2. Twisted Tina  |  January 20th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Great look, and yes isn’t the contrast the key to style? It looks all pulled together, and yet it’s the opposites that cause the second look. Well played!

  • 3. Alice  |  January 20th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    That is ehat I love about Parisian style – nonchalant but elegant, rraw yet sophisticated, it is all about the opposites.

  • 4. bob  |  January 22nd, 2010 at 5:53 am

    love the leather coat

  • 5. Lena  |  January 22nd, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Love that bag with the short and long straps!

  • 6. Sandra  |  January 27th, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I’ve been seeing a lot of these bucket shaped bags, with chain detailing lately.

    Look out for this shape for spring summer, especially ones that are candy coloured.

  • 7. Judy  |  May 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Black leather Jacket looks cool!

    Carrying big size bag with leather Jacket looks fabulous.

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