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5 Parisian-inspired looks for spring

The key to dressing like a Parisian is mastering their sense of the universally understated, finished with local touches. There’s inspiration to be found on both sides of the Seine, from Yves Saint Laurent’s laid-back Left Bank to Coco Chanel’s ultra-sophisticated Right Bank.

So to help inspire you, we’ve mapped out five iconic Parisian looks inspired by the city’s most famous areas. Vive la chic!

The key to dressing like a Parisian is mastering their sense of the universally understated, finished with local touches. There’s inspiration to be found on both sides of the Seine, from Yves Saint Laurent’s laid-back Left Bank to Coco Chanel’s ultra-sophisticated Right Bank.

So to help inspire you, we’ve mapped out five iconic Parisian looks inspired by the city’s most famous areas. Vive la chic!

1. Lady of the Louvre

We feel sweeter than a macaron in this upscale sherbet shift. Reminiscent of Raf Simons for Christian Dior, this ensemble is pared down Right Bank elegance par excellence. We keep the vibe as easy and elegant as a stroll through the park. Our accessories are as selective as a Louvre curator, finishing the look with only a demure navy wedge and single bracelet.

Short orange dress

2. Left Bank Luxe

It doesn’t get more classic Left Bank than sailor stripes. Side-stepping the French caricature, we lose the beret and toughen up the look with beat-up jeans and workmen boots. It is 2015, not 1915, after all, and one need not be a Picasso or Hemingway to rock expat chic at the famous cafés and brasseries of St. Germain des Prés.

Stripe cardigan and jeans

3. Mademoiselle off-duty

Take an artsy cue from trendy Le Marais, home to many of Paris’ hip art galleries. This graffiti-scrawled tee proclaiming the mantra ‘Très Bien’ dressed down with skinny chinos puts us in the mood for perusing galleries and funky shops. We round off the look with a cobalt blue leather holdall, glossing that off-duty cool so particular to Parisians à la Isabel Marant.

Blue top

 4. La Vie En Bleu

Taking our cue from the Right Bank, we keep things as clean as the architecture of the Élysée Palace with this simple look inspired by a stroll down the boulevards-Champs-Élysées or your local high street. The clean-cut midnight trouser teamed with a dainty porcelain print top echoing Valentino recall the timeless elegance of Avenue Montaigne, the destination for designer fashion.

Blue and white print top

Finish off your French-inspired fashion fête with a sensual nod to the city’s crown jewel: La Tour Eiffel. The crisscross straps of this négligée are as architectural as the lines of the famous landmark itself and the trompe l’oeil “vie en rose” print whispers of stylish seduction. Because when the sun goes down, it is l’amour, ultimately, that is the chicest look of all.

5. Femme Fatale

Finish off your French-inspired fashion fête with a sensual nod to the city’s crown jewel: La Tour Eiffel. The crisscross straps of this négligée are as architectural as the lines of the famous landmark itself and the trompe l’oeil “vie en rose” print whispers of stylish seduction. Because when the sun goes down, it is l’amour, ultimately, that is the chicest look of all.

Lingerie