The Ten Never-Ending Trends of Parisian Shoppers

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

Tory Henwood Hoen is a former Paris resident who now lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, The Arc, is available in bookshops near you and online View Tory Hoen's Website

22 comments on “The Ten Never-Ending Trends of Parisian Shoppers

Can anyone help? I was in Paris several years ago now and bought a pair of French leather slip-on flats(i think they refer to them as driving shoes – like popping into a open car for a whizz around the the Rivera). I purchased them in a completely nondescript women’s shoe shop some near to the Rue de Rivoli as I remember coming out looking around and seeing the Louvre. They seem to come in a array of colours and are so comfortable. But now i don’t have my pair and am desperate to find on line to purchase again over in Australia. Any help much appreciated! Thanks Susan in Australia


“When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.” – Betty Friedan

Keeping these tips in mind as I pack for Paris right now to leave tomorrow!!!

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

I love this post – it’s so true. I need an Hermes scarf…it’s decided…

Fashion rules to live by! In Paris or (almost) anywhere.

Yes, and quality not quantity. I remember the lines for Tod’s in Printemps…all those women craving comfortable shoes on the cobble stones.
Mary Ann

Ah, yes, the Frenchies and their ‘timeless classics’. I’m always shocked when I see younger people wearing such conservative clothes though, like the girl in white with black pumps. It’s pretty common and pretty boring, tbh.

Oh and I am adding to my collection of scarves, constantly taking better care of my skin, simple yet exciting accessories to brighten a tired outfit!

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Art by Karena

To respond to Nicole’s comment – you do see some of this, but mainly among the older female generation and in certain neighborhoods – 6th, 7th, 8th, 16th and 17th! But I agree, this is also how outsiders view French style – the youth DO follow certain trends all the while remaining faithful to the above staples. It’s all about mixing tradition with trend.

Clearly I was French in a former life since these are all my favorites!! My sartorial dream is to own a YSL Le Smoking – so classically chic!!

I so enjoyed reading this post! I last went to Paris about five years ago and all I can remember is those gorgeous Parisian women and how perfectly they pulled off their out of this world scarves. I felt so “unchic” in their presence! All I could think was, if only I looked that dreamy and stylish!

Oh my, what a surprise and delight to find this lovely article featuring some of my photos. Love your list. Merci mille fois 🙂 Camille @ Paris in Pink

I agree wtih the list above but the photos posted represent what North American women think Parisian women look like. I lived in Paris for years and the only women I ever saw dressed in Hermès with red lipsticks and funny hats were North Americans. The photo with the girl with the black pumps and white shirt is a little more representative of a true Parisian women in her 20’s.

All great classic choices! But say please say ‘non’ to fur.

Great advice – thanks! So hard to keep in mind when faced with a REALLY GOOD DEAL, though. (Then I make myself remember how many really good deals are either still sitting in my closet after one wearing, or are in the box to donate to charity.)

Alas, I’m still searching for the holy grail of the perfect black pants.

(1)… so true. I love the way men use scarves in France.

A Plum By Any Other Name

I love this list: and couldn’t agree more. As it’s often said that the Italian way of cooking is to let the ingredients shine through, the French do they same with style. One or two elements to enhance what you have. (Flaunt what you’ve got!)

You are right! It’s too bad some of these are rarely on sale. Hermes scarves, the classic Burberry trenches and the classic bags are never part of the sale. Ballerinas and pumps, however, can always be found.

An impeccable and wonderfully compiled list! Thank you!

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