When it comes to style and fashion, Paris is a city of reference, and it\\\\\\\'s no coincidence that it has its own look! Chic and casual, elegant and sober, simple and sophisticated, classic and innovative: the Parisian look never gets old! Here are 10 must-haves for a Parisian.

Moins est plus. A few simple and versatile items make up a wardrobe in perfect French style. A dark sheath dress, ballet flats, a jacket, a well-cut shirt, a pair of jeans, to be mixed and matched without going overboard.

1. Jacket. Ideal for setting the tone for a casual look over a simple T-shirt or that touch of glam to complete a little dress: it saves on any occasion. Perfect for mid-season as a single coat or in winter under a coat.

2. A white shirt is absolutely a basic item that should not be missing from a girl s wardrobe. It s better if it s oversized because it adapts more practically to different styles and seasons. A shirt that suits us well makes us immediately elegant. It is ideal for the most formal and elegant occasions, with high-waisted skirts and trousers, but can easily be played down with jeans, dungarees or jumpers.

3. Jeans. Among the basic items, it is the one most used by all Parisian women. Among the thousands of models and colours, it\\\\\\\'s best to opt for a slim, dry and close-fitting model, not too tight.  The only colour of denim that counts is indigo, in a shade of blue without excess.The best with trainers, loafers, heels, blazer or maxi sweater... in short, perfect with everything.

4. White t-shirt. A basic item that is perfect on its own or under a blazer. Elegant with a suit or a high-waisted skirt. Casual with jeans or trousers.

5. Ballerina shoes are a passepartout, as they easily adapt to both elegant and casual looks. For the day, they are perfect with skinny jeans. For a more bon ton and formal look, also suitable for work, pair them with ankle-length capri trousers. For evening and elegant occasions, you can wear them with dresses and skirts.

6. Beige trench coat practically, the coat that goes with everything. You can find it in any shape (double-breasted, single-breasted, oversize, fitted) and it is a perfect garment. In short, one of the few truly evergreen garments!

7. Marinére. The classic mariniére, the absolute symbol of Parisian style. The striped T-shirt is perfect with a pair of ankle-length jeans and total white sneakers, but it can also become the key piece to make even the most classic navy jacket and trousers outfit instantly cool.

8. The little black dress should be accessorized according to the wearer s personality: it is perfect with classic dark pumps but also with ballet flats. It goes well with a smart jacket but also with a denim jacket, parka and trench coat.

9. The cashmere V-neck jumper. Perfect with any outfit, from jeans to the classic pencil skirt, with the right accessories it can be worn from morning to night.

10. Sneakers are comfortable, simple and very popular. Shoes created for those who simply walk a lot but want to feel good, without posture problems. White, they are the absolute bestsellers and are a must-have for any Parisian.

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Charlotte - Style & fashion

Bonsoir, my name is Charlotte. My mother, ex-model for Saint-Laurent, is American but I’ve lived in Paris since I was 4 years old. Since my mother was often abroad for fashion shows, my French grandmother, a dressmaker for Chanel, taught me the way to become a real Parisian. Today, I’m a wedding-planner and my husband directs a famous fashion magazine. I don’t have to tell you that I have a front seat at all of the fashion shows and I’ve developed a good general culture about fashion. Although I’m the personal shopper for my friends, my strong points are marriage and elegance.

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Edita da RIZZOLI, Sophie la Parigina è una guida di stile moderna su PARIGI. Illustrata dai disegni di Alessandra Ceriani, completata da un elenco degli indirizzi preferiti dalla parigina e arricchita di ricette gastronomiche.


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Published by RIZZOLI New York, Sophie the Parisian'sis a modern life style guide about PARIS. Illustrated with color drawings, complemented by a list of Parisians' favorite locations and enriched with gastronomic recipes.

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