Friday, June 13, 2014

The How To: of Parisian Chic- Street Style of Rue Saint Martin & the Marais




Diana Vreeland once said, 

"To have style you have to be born in Paris."

and after my latest trip I feel there is truth in this quote.  
How DO Parisians achieve this laid-back, effortless style????  

I have complied a short list of how to achieve this très cool frenchness.
•  Minimal Makeup & Natural Hair
•  Minimal Accessories- Less is More
•  Navy and Black is a very 'French' color combination- so chic to wear 
instead of all black
•  A Stripe Tee
•  Flats & Flat Sandals are worn by true french gamines- Parisians walk everywhere!
•  Low Heels- never sky high, always with a sense of elegance and practicality
•  The Trench- EVERYONE owns one in Paris
• A Scarf- worn by men and women
•  Ride a bike!

The husband and I spent a beautiful Sunday in Paris exploring the canals of Rue Saint Martin and indulging in the cafe culture of the Marais.  Sunday is a true day of rest for Parisians.  Everyone was out; walking the flea markets, shopping, drinking and eating.  Chic relaxation at its finest.
Here is some of the style we saw:

photo courtesy of madison-to-melrose.com
She is french perfection.  Beautiful, minimal, elegant and on a bike!

photo courtesy of madison-to-melrose.com
Love his pattern mix.  Très cool yet effortless.

photo courtesy of madison-to-melrose.com
The scarf!  Or should I real say, The crossbody bag!!!

photo courtesy of madison-to-melrose.com
Elegance.  Men do it so well in Paris.

photo courtesy of madison-to-melrose.com
The quintessential chic couple.  His shorts and her accessories were coordinated.  Incroyable!

There is so much more to share from our travels.  
I hope these pics get you planning your own trip to Paris.

Happy Friday!
Mx

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