What to Wear in Paris this Spring

by HiP Paris

Parisien Salon - Fashion Essentials for Spring

Text by Je Ne Sais Quoi for Parisien Salon

In Paris, the bitter temperatures are finally subsiding and the sun is trying to shine through the seemingly endless grayness.  That means one thing: spring is quickly approaching, and heavy down jackets and wool scarves will be replaced with flirty skirts and blouses. But there’s no need to be in Paris, or any other big city, for that matter, to work Spring 2010 trends into your wardrobe. Here’s what you can expect this season.

Lace and Sheer PiecesParisien Salon - Fashion Essentials for Spring

Time to get a little revealing! Having a little lingerie or bra strap show through your outfit is no longer taboo. In fact, inner-wear will become outerwear. Dresses made of satin or any other sheer fabric will do the trick and can be accentuated through draping and layering. These sheer pieces are feminine and delicate, a departure from the sex-kitten trend of the 90’s. French sweetheart brand Heimstone perfects the trend with their selection of sexy and feminine black dresses.

Color and Patterns

The color palette is definitely more vibrant this season, with pink, coral and teal – light and bright hues which are meant to carry us through spring and summer and capture a more youthful tone. Aside from the more romantic, breezy colors, there will also be a prevalence of greens from olive to eucalyptus. The brighter colors seem deliberate by designers who wanted to lean more toward optimism in their collections, and leave behind the dismal state of 2009.

Parisien Salon - Fashion Essentials for SpringAs for patterns, the looks we’re seeing are full of Liberty fabrics. The flowery print on dresses, skirts and accessories is the perfect way to ring in the new season and satisfy your inner femininity. The brand that meets both trends dead-on is Belgian designer Lallou, who combines flirty designs and flattering silhouettes for women of all shapes and sizes. Mix the liberty print with pieces that are more rock and army inspired to dramatize the look.


The trend has been slow to pick up speed in Paris, but all that will change this spring. Oversized, embellished bows, the cutesy accessory we all coveted as little girls, are back and made for women. We saw bows and headbands with attitude on the Spring 2010 runways of Marc Jacobs, Luella and Temperley. There are many brands around that are pushing this must-have accessory so that women everywhere can add it to their look this season.

The Faithful TrenchVogue Daily Spring 2010 Gaultier

The ultimate basic is constantly being revived and this season is no exception. Stay classic in khaki and beige or ultra-feminine in light pink. We’re also seeing a lot of studs and leather finishings to create a revamped trench that fits with the diverse styles of 2010. For a less classic look, try incorporating the military jacket (veste d’officier) with its shoulders adorned with fringe, jewels or just padding into your look!

The Carrot PantParisien Salon - Fashion Essentials for Spring

The aptly named carrot pant (pantalon carrotte) should definitely be added to any woman’s spring collection this year. Usually about the length of capri pants with pleats in the front, these trousers are comfortable and a good fit for women of all sizes. Save the black for winter. You’ll be seeing them in warmer colors – nudes, mustard yellow, beige, even pink. Pair them with a t-shirt or silk top and a structured jacket since they aren’t form fitting. Top off the look with flats during the day and heels in the evening for a look that is instantly dressier.

What’s great about these trends is you can appropriate them to your look, whether it be more conservative, vintage, or edgy. Go on, embrace the blossoming flowers and warmer temps with Spring fashion!

You can get the spring Paris look by shopping Je Ne Sais Quoi online at

Find the original version of this article on Parisien Salon. Images: provided by Je Ne Sais Quoi and Courtesy of Vogue Daily. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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3 comments on “What to Wear in Paris this Spring

When you visit Paris, you have to go to Colette!!! The store is awesome and I saw this amazing cargo bike..It seems to be a Dutch brand named Johnny Loco. You need to check it out when you visit Paris!

My husband hasn’t even seen me in such transparency…I guess I’ll save it for Paris 😉

My hero/heroine! I’m going to Paris for two weeks in May, and I have NO IDEA what to wear, and I’m fashion conscious about what’s in style when I’m studying abroad. This site is awesome, and it’s going into my favorites so I can keep checking up on it!

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