It’s funny. So many people love travelling to Paris (or they would love to travel there someday). And while they are in Paris they are more than happy to take in the big name tourist sights.
Yet (unsurprisingly) no one wants to actually look like a tourist.
It’s the big dilemma – how can you look like a local in Paris?
Well, let’s be really honest here. It can be kind of difficult to look like a local in Paris all the time. Chances are at some point you will need to display some tell-tale tourist paraphernalia like a camera, map or guidebook. Or you will open your mouth and the English language will come out – without a sexy French accent.
But, for short, dreamy bursts of time you can achieve this goal – if you choose to wear the right clothes. Here are my top seven tips.
- Wear your trench coat. Although beige is a traditional favourite, black is very popular in Paris. We stayed in a very residential part of Paris on our last trip and I was fascinated by the number of trench coat wearing Parisians I watched heading into their apartments of an evening – mainly because it was summer! The trench is definitely a staple all year round.
- Carry a well made handbag. Parisians are famed for their love of world class handbags and you see bags by Hermès, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Longchamp absolutely everywhere. Typically travellers handbags are functional rather than beautiful and you can see the difference. Note that your chosen handbag doesn’t have to be expensive but ideally, it would be structured and classy.
- Pop on a scarf. Easy. Authentic.
- Wear flats or low heeled shoes. Local ladies don’t tend to wear heels far in Paris – a fact I had confirmed when I spent the day with three amazing Parisians. You are more likely to see tourists in high, high heels.
- Lean towards wearing darker colours. Blacks, greys and blues always seem popular in Paris.
- Wear ‘normal’ clothes. What do I mean by ‘normal clothes’? Well, if you wouldn’t wear it at home, don’t even think about wearing it in Paris. Wear your favourite, slightly dressy yet comfy outfits.
- Finally – a few from the ‘what not to wear’ category. No berets, no high visibility safety gear and no exercise gear (unless you actually happen to be exercising).
Over to you now. Do you have any tips to look like a local in Paris? If so, please share in the comments below.
And until next time – au revoir.