Parisian style is legendary. More than clothes, it's state of mind. With winter on the approach, take a look at how I styled my looks during my last visit in Paris. Most Paris men have moved on from the beret and pencil-thin moustache, but some classics like the Breton tee, rollnecks and well-cut blazers remain. Not forgetting the refined bohemian who still wanders the cobble-stone streets in silk, linen and some floppy type of hat. Key tip on how to dress like a Parisian? They are big on neatness (no hipster beards here) and impeccable fit, wearing clothes that highlight the silhouette, more so than big statement prints and look-at-me colours. Active wear is big in the French capital too, mixing with traditional tailoring that changes with the seasons: tweed in winter, cotton in summer. But the coolest truc of all for how to dress like a Parisian, is the simple way they work the basics – effortlessly donning a bomber, jeans and tee.
If you’re not used to low temperatures, Parisian winters can be tiring. Sunrise is late, sunset is early and sunlight is rare. It’s likely to be rainy with cold winds that will no doubt freeze you as you explore the city on foot. The weather might cause low morale and maybe even a bad mood. That being said, we want you to have a great experience in our city! We’ve therefore gathered some morale-boosting advice to help you fight off the cold temperatures and truly enjoy wintertime in Paris.
1. Dress appropriately
The first thing to do before stepping outside is to get the right set of clothes. Ideally this includes boots, a scarf, gloves and a hat or earmuffs. Keep in mind that you’re in a major fashion capital, so you’ll need to look fancy if you want to blend in with the locals! Being fashionable while staying warm is not that easy to achieve, so don’t hesitate to take some time to observe how Parisians dress. For instance, you’ll notice that bright colours aren’t very common and that many people wear black, especially in winter. There’s no real reason to explain why Parisians have such a passion for black clothes. Maybe it has something to do with their gloomy mood!
2. Take good care of yourself
Exercise is an excellent way to fight off the low temperatures. An economical way to get your heart rate up in Paris is to run in one of the city’s numerous parks. Getting motivated can be difficult, but you’ll soon discover that you’re not alone and seeing other runners will motivate you even more. You’ll feel healthier and your body will be better armed to brave the cold. Eating quality food is also important for staying in good condition. Another Parisian local listed the top 10 markets in Paris, including several excellent food markets offering fresh products. Lastly, the extreme temperatures repeatedly attack your skin, especially your face and hands. Luckily you can find many high-quality skincare and dermatological products in local shops and supermarkets.
3. Seek refuge in cafés
Cafés are great shelters when the cold is harsh and when it’s raining. Fortunately, there are many of them in the French capital. Brasseries, cafés, coffeehouses and tearooms enable you to have a break and warm up during your long escapades through the city. Cafés are typical meeting places for French people. It’s not unusual for Parisians to spend an entire afternoon at a café chatting with friends. They are also great places to taste French pastries. Don’t feel guilty – there are good reasons to treat yourself: 1) your body needs calories to store energy and 2) it’s not every day you’re in Paris! For the gourmands, we’ve created a sweet tooth’s guide to Paris so you can discover the city’s best pastries. If you’re more into warming yourself up with a hot drink, check out our guide to the best places for hot chocolate in Paris.
4. Enjoy the winter cityscape
The Paris cityscape is extra special in winter. The brown colour of the Seine is very different from summer. Time seems to stand still. Parks are much quieter and more atmospheric. The frozen environment is an invitation to reveries and romantic strolls. Sometimes snow disturbs the quiet environment and creates great bustle. It doesn’t snow very often in Paris, but when it does, it can be funny to observe what’s happening around you. People tend to use their cars more and create huge traffic jams. Many inhabitants wear shoes that aren’t designed for snowy conditions, so they slip on icy pavements. Even during these cold and difficult periods, you’ll notice that many Parisian’s don’t give up on style!
5. Do what locals do
When the weather isn’t nice, many Parisians prefer indoor activities. They go to exhibitions, museums, theatres, cinemas and concerts. Many cinemas screen films in the original language, so if you don’t speak French, you can still watch movies in English. Parisians also shop a lot and enjoy the winter sales. In 2015, the winter sales take place from January 7th until February 17th.
You can also keep warm at home – invite your friends over and prepare a great dinner for them! This is a great opportunity to complain about the cold weather. French people are known for being grumpy. They (we) complain about many things – it’s part of the culture. The weather is a common topic to complain about. Embrace this philosophy and grumble!
Better yet, you can stay at home under your comfortable quilt.
If you’re like most people who visit Paris, you probably want to make sure you don’t miss the must-see sights. Seriously! Who takes their first trip to Paris without seeing Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower? But, at the same time, I’m sure you also want to go beyond the basics and find the best non touristy things to do in Paris. That’s why first-time visitor articles and tips for Paris are just as popular as reads about off the beaten path Paris or Paris hidden gems. So, if you’re visiting Paris for the first time, use my cheat sheet linked above. But then, sprinkle in a few of the top non touristy things to do in Paris for a trip that’s all your own.
1. Paris by Vespa
What’s more quintessential than riding around Paris on a Vespa accompanied by a local who knows where to go and how to get there without GPS or a map? Why not add a local twist to your sightseeing plans with one of Paris best kept secrets? Ride ‘n’ Smile offers visitors the chance to ride on their very own Vespa past popular spots like Notre Dame and the Louvre. Along the way, you’ll drive through several arrondissements discovering Paris off the beaten path including historic streets, markets, and tucked away cafes and shops. Choose whether you want to tour the city by day or all lit up and sparkling at night. If you’ve already visited Paris’ main sights, Ride ‘n’ Smile is happy to customize your tour around specific arrondissements or themes. This is perfect if you want to focus on a specific figure or period of time in Paris history. Even better still, let the guide show you alternative things to do in Paris!
2. Visit a local market.
Paris’ historic food, vintage, and antique markets offer the opportunity to stroll with the locals while searching for that perfect bite, specialty item, or bric-a-brac object telling a story of Paris past. One of the best non tourist places in Paris is the Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves. It’s easier to access, smaller, and less overwhelming than the larger Marché aux Ouces de Saint-Ouen. But, both will have you digging deep looking for that amazing antique find, like a 19th-century chandelier or a vintage flapper dress. Marché Saint Quentin is one of Paris’ covered food markets. You’ll find everything from fruits and vegetables to meats, cheeses, and specialty food items. Eat while you’re there or buy for later. If you’re in the Marais, don’t miss the Marché des Enfants Rouges. It’s Paris’ oldest covered market dating back to 1628. Find stalls selling gourmet food, but the real highlights are the stalls cooking up bites in nearly every cuisine for market-goers to munch on. Chez Alain’s crêpes draw a never-ending line and vegetarians, like me, will love the Moroccan cous cous dishes at Le Traiteur Marocain.
3. Spend time with a local expert
Whether you’re interested in cooking, history, or art, put your guide book away and plan time for an authentic experience with a local expert. In my opinion, these experiences are always one of the most memorable parts of a trip! Context Travel offers small group (no more than 6 people) walks led by an academic versed in a particular topic, like my Hamilton NYC Tour. Not only will you learn about non touristy Paris, your guide will undoubtedly share Paris hidden secrets. Walk through Montmartre and learn about the artists and writers, like Picasso and Hemingway, who once called this Paris neighborhood home. Or taste your way through the Left Bank with a local chef to discover the history and flavors of French cooking
4. Get Quirky
Did you know that Paris has somewhere around 130 museums? Or that Atlas Obscura lists over 100 places where you can explore Paris off the beaten track? The Louvre, of course, is a must. But, it’s overwhelming.In contrast, the sculptures and the garden at the Musée Zadkine, located near the Luxembourg Gardens, highlight the works of this Russian sculptor in the studio where he lived and worked. You’ll appreciate the ambiance and will develop an appreciation for the pieces on display in a way that’s very difficult to do among the crowds surrounding the Mona Lisa.Or really go deep and discover 2 unusual Paris attractions. Take a tour of the catacombs or visit the Musée des Egouts de Paris, French for the Paris sewer system museum. Take a tour through either and discover a maze of tunnels, the remains of more than 6 million people, and how these underground places figure into the history of Paris. What’s more, the Musée des Egouts de Paris is one of Paris most secret spots. Yes, they’re both a bit spooky, but you’ll come away with interesting stories to tell and a different view (literally) of Paris.
It’s no secret that sometimes the most obvious idea is the best. Exploring on foot is hands down the best way to discover non touristic places in Paris. For the most fearless among you, just wander is a simple thing. However, I know not everyone feels comfortable doing this in a new place. So, here are some points on the map to get you started.Don’t just go to Montmartre for the Sacre Coeur. Zig zag your way through the tiny streets and you’ll find some of the best non touristy places in Paris! Not only might you stumble upon the best meal of your life or that perfect scarf, you’ll get a feel for the culture and daily life.
This is my Paris,
No-one sees what I see ~
It belongs to me.
This is my sky,
These are my clouds,
I belong to no-one;
Paris set me free.
Paris is as I mentioned a true love to me! I try to come back once per one or two years. This city inspires me every single time that I am here. I enjoy strolling around the city taking pictures and sketching amazing views.
The camel coat is always a good idea if you want to stand out and dress up yourself. I founded mine shopping online in Massimo Dutti. The price was good enough and the materials super fine. I wore it with a total black outfit and I felt comfy and stylish to walk around all day long in Paris.
Paris may be the city of love and one of the most romantic places in the world but today I’ve been having a little romance with the city itself. It turns out I LOVE Paris.
I spent the day wandering among some of the main attractions, stopping for café lattes and macaroons, shopping in the boutique stores and generally loving every corner of this gorgeous city.
My first night in Paris, I slept with my curtains open so once again woke up to that incredible view. Waking up to a pinky sky and the Eiffel Tower was an absolute dream come true and I had to tear myself away to go for breakfast. After a breakfast of croissants and fresh fruit I took the short walk to the Eiffel Tower. I wandered around taking photos while doing my very best to avoid all the scammers and touts. I decided not to go up the tower because the queue was so long and I had so much I wanted to see. I headed to the Palais de Tokyo for a quick look around on my way to the Musee Galliera. This is also known as the Musee de la Mode, or the fashion museum. Of course, I went inside and loved it. My first day in Paris was just amazing.
GDM presents the latest collaborative work between Dior Homme and Paris based artist Nicolás Santos. A series of collages, pasting silhouettes, juxtaposing images and motion pictures with pieces from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Explore more at the official dior site www.dior.com
Corentin Renault fronts the Spring/Summer 2015 campaign of Issey Miyake.
Hello guys! I am back with something new and fresh. I am back and for this post my partner in crime is no other than Tommy Hilfiger! Check out the photoshoot i did in Paris and let me know what you think.
The Hilfiger Denim Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Heartland, is inspired by an All-American road trip across the United States. Heading off the beaten path, the collection travels from desert and mountain terrains to stunning coastal vistas – visiting some of the most picturesque, unique and quirky spots in the country. This exploration of America’s midland embraces the outdoors to the fullest, resulting in surplus, maritime and military influences combined with Hilfiger Denim’s signature rock ‘n’ roll twist.
From the entire collection this blue suede bomber jacket really stood out to me and i had to have it. It's the perfect combination of style and sophistication! I can wear it during day and night and never be out of style! Check the entire collection and my feature at Tommy Hilfiger's official site here.
Today in collaboration with one of the most well known fashion bloggers and a true friend, Henri-Nicolas De Preux from ManOfAKind we have the opportunity to share with you some italian menswear aesthetics by Tods. We both fell in love with the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, so we decided to create some images together featuring pieces from the collection. We got the opportunity to shoot under the light of the talented photographer Julien Thiverny on the stunning terrace of Le Pavillon de la Reine Hotel in le Marais Paris.
The Footwear collection includes a big variation of loafers in monochromatic shades to colourful ones of red, yellow and blue. Bags are stately and masculine in beige and blue leather and come as carryalls or plumper briefcases for work. Finally, belts, bracelets and wallets conclude the leather goods in more shades of blue. For more information visit now the official Tod's site and find out more masterpieces.
Owning a Louis Vuitton item might be a luxury in itself, but to have a piece customized is really something special. The French fashion house has recently launched the “Mon Damier Graphite” personalization tool in their retail stores, finally allowing buyers to personally brandish their favorite pieces – from small items such as wallets or passport holders up through the largest Bandouliére Keepall 45. Experienced staff at each retail location are also walk interested parties through the varying color swatches, patterns, and pairings possible, ensuring that the design truly represents your vision. The “Mon Damier Graphite” personalization service is now available at select international locations – including one in the Munich.
During Paris Fashion Week i had the opportunity to shoot my new favorite pair of shoes. And its nothing else than a pair of classic monk shoes by Santoni. The style that i went for was minimal, modern and classic at the same time. Visit now www.santoni.com and find your favorite pair. Take a look at the photos below and let us know what you think.
Paris is never a bad idea. Luckily i had the chance to attend Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015-16 and to see incredibly fashion shows like Maison Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela, Dior & Yves Saint Laurent. Take the chance you guys and visit Paris as soon as possible you can and feel those Parisian magic vibes.
Bag: Oppermannlondon/ Sweater & Parka: H&M/ Trouser: Maison Martin Margiela/ Hat & Shoes: Topman
Saint Laurent unveiled its Spring/Summer 2015 “Psych Rock” lookbook, photographed by Hedi Slimane.
Kris Van Assche presented his Spring/Summer 2015 collection for Dior Homme during Paris Fashion Week
Hermes unveiled its Spring/Summer 2015 collection during Paris Fashion Week. Check the entire collection below.
Alessandro Sartori unveiled his Spring/Summer 2015 collection for Berluti during Paris Fashion Week.