The Best Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week You Can Actually Wear

by: Rosie Dalton | 2 years ago | The Edit

We’re well into the throes of Paris Fashion Week right now and, while some of the runway styles have been incredibly beautiful, we’re feeling much more inspired by the ways that different stylists, fashion editors and bloggers are wearing their own looks on the runway of life (aka the streets). Fortunately, street style has become increasingly exciting over recent seasons as well, meaning that the focus has finally turned back towards individuality and personal expression.

More and more now, we’re seeing fashion week attendees shed their penchant for peacocking in favour of a more practical styling approach that also happens to feel far more wearable for us mere mortals too. So far, one of the things that we have loved most about Paris Fashion Week street style this season is the fact that many of the standout looks don’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but do offer compelling ways to breathe new life into old classics.

Like through a statement coat that will steal the show when tossed on over well-worn favourites, for example, or with creative ways to extend the lifecycle of certain pieces like versatile accessories, or even your latest piece of activewear. So while New York Fashion Week was all about minimalistic classicism on the streets, Paris felt even more creative. Which naturally, makes us feel inspired to get creative too. So with that in mind, here are some of our favourite takeaways from the streets of the European fashion capital.

1) Opt for a statement coat

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One surefire way to inject a bit of playfulness into your well-worn wardrobe staples is to toss a bold statement coat on over the top. And we happen to think that Shiona Turini, Contributing Editor for The Cut, totally nails this look in a multi-coloured coat, while keeping things fairly colour-blocked and minimal underneath.

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2) Use your scarf as more than just a scarf

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We love the idea of using your scarf as a corset-style belt (as seen above), but even more so of taking this to the next level by knotting your oversized scarf as a top and pairing it over the top of crisp white jeans. It’s a nineties-era throwback that we’re totally into again, as the weather finally starts to warm up.

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3) Implement colour to really nail the dress-over-jeans look

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We’ve seen many incarnations of the slip-dress-over-jeans look, so it’s really refreshing to see a more dramatic take on the style. Here, Evangelie Smyrniotaki makes a case for choosing striking silhouettes and opulent textures when pulling off the dress-over-jeans look. Better still if you can implement a bold colour like red to offset the essential comfort (and casual vibes) of blue denim.

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4) Reinterpret the power suit by breaking up matching separates

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In the 1980s, the power suit was all about sharp tailoring and oversized shoulders in a classic blazer-and-pants combination. But today we can feel a little freer to take some liberties with this idea — conveying strength instead with the incorporation of matching separates, as seen at Paris Fashion Week. Taking inspiration from the streets then, we’re loving the idea of layering a white shirt underneath an interesting, matchy-matchy top and skirt.  

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5) Mix a touch of activewear with your chicest daywear

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If you know anything about us, you’ll know that one of the best ways to make us feel inspired about being active is with styles of activewear that can also double as daywear. We don’t want to look like we have literally come straight from the gym though, so feel it is important to mix these styles with chic details like a luxe silk dress. And what could possibly be more unexpected than pairing a silk dress with an active style of leggings? Here, stylist Ursina Gysi nails the look on the streets of Paris.

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