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Style Advisor: Lessons From Paris

Style Advisor: Lessons From Paris

Whilst it may be a cliché that the French have superior style, what you see on the streets of Paris at Men’s Fashion Week is anything but. We’ve been taking notes and have discovered a formula for nailing style courtesy of Balmain, Givenchy and Saint Laurent. Below are our findings.

STYLE BEFORE FASHION

There are a few things the French do well. One of them is style. They understand the nuances of good design and appreciate the power of timeless, elegant pieces that can be worn time and again. That doesn’t mean you have to completely relinquish your love of fashions current obsession – the logo. Just wear it with subtlety. A neutral colour palette and classic staples by Balmain and Moncler will help you achieve that much sought-after je ne sais quoi.

SOPHISTICATION IS PARAMOUNT

Whilst here in the UK the term ‘chic’ isn’t necessarily one you’d readily apply to a man’s style, it is greatly valued by a certain class of Parisian gent. This means that even when they’re channelling urban-athletic street trends, it’s still carried off with finesse. Sports-inspired luxury designers do this best – try Givenchy and Pierpaolo Piccioli's new Valentino for sporting staples.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ISN’T DEAD

A fact well known by the stylish inhabitants of France’s capital. Avoid making the grunge aesthetic look kitsch by wearing the odd playful applique with beautifully cut designer pieces. Keep things nonchalant. No Breton stripes or berets here.

LESS IS MORE

Minimalism is a calling card of Paris’ sartorial elite. Lanvin, Paris’ oldest fashion house still in operation, knows this well. They basically invented it. Opt for a monochromatic colour palette and classic silhouettes in the most understated styles you can imagine. You’re half way to being a Parisian. In the style stakes, anyway.