The first (and only, I’m not that cool) time I was in Paris, it was the middle of July, but the mornings were rainy and cold and I had my army green J.Crew jacket (which never failed me until it gracefully bowed out of service last year, when an ENTIRE arm came unmoored from a small rip and fell off — it was majestic and also very sad) slung over me most of the time, until the sun burned away the clouds around 2 pm. When the sun finally made its scheduled appearance, the Parisians turned full-on summer mode — shoulders shook loose, legs appeared like stars winking into existence, and sunnies slid onto waiting noses. The point of this ~poetry~ is that they really know how to dress for the heat over in the city of lights. Here’s how to cop the styles, one outfit formula at a time.
Shoulder Baring Top + Straight Leg Jeans
I love a good shoulder in the summer — the sun hits them perfectly and gilds them into a nice gold (or if you’re me, a slightly pinker pale but whatever) and they make the most casual of jeans seem sexy and dressed up. PLUS no underarm sweat stains if there is no material under your arms, can I get hellz yeah okay bye.
White Tee + Low Heels
Never stop stoppin’ for a classic white tee. The contrast between a causal slouchy top and toe-baring, low slung sandals — bonus points for a red lip and layered gold jewelry — means you’ll be prepared for any situation from a patio drink n’ flirt to casual Friday at the office.
Floaty Dress + Delicate Gold Jewelry
I don’t know about y’all, but in the hotter months I have a thigh-chafe-sweat situation that only the breeziest of dresses can solve. Because there is nothing worse than encasing your legs in full-length pants when it’s eight billion degrees outside.
Tank + Midi Skirt
Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, ice cream and glow up included. Prepare to float up some picturesque steps while Gregory Peck teasingly follows.
Breezy Button Down + Shorts
Summer whites will make you feel like the chicest bish in all the land, until you inevitably spill triple espresso down your entire outfit (confirmed with experience). Until then… *kisses tips of fingers* perfection.