this is how the parisians do it
photo by: Hanneli Mustaparta
So France is obvs famous for its couture – Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, Gaultier… – but what’s really intimidating about Parisian girls is their absolutely effortless chic, so different from the involved and sometimes over-the-top style of Barcelona, London, or Rome. The girls in this picture embody the simplicity of style I’ve come to admire so much here: a navy sweater (that she might have picked up at a vintage shop in the Marais or at Agnès B.) with sleeves rolled up over grey leather, a worn-in Barbour jacket, a clean wide-brimmed black hat contrasting with her undone, air-dried waves, natural face, casually-chipping dark nails.
It’s a little tougher to pull off this bedheadedly feminine sexiness as a girl with a crop, so I’m left to shoot for a sort of androgynous, Tao-Okamoto-like charm.