Yes, one stereotype most can agree on is that in Paris, we like to wear black.
Well, I can confidently confirm this commonly held belief as TRUE. And it’s not just Parisians, but you can find pretty much everyone living in and around Ile de France dressed to the hills in that slimming, classic, versatile, but definitely morbid color.
I like to think that city people are kind of like chameleons- blending into their surroundings. Between the rain, clouds, fog, and pollution- Paris is a pretty gray city. And dirty. Let me tell you- wearing light colors in the metro never did anyone any good.
Naturally, when I first came here, I stuck out like a sore thumb. With my denim jackets, bright pastel sweaters, sports shoes and jeans- not to mention my natural *ahem* blonde hair and funny accent, I might as well have had the sign TOURIST written on my forehead.
Within a few months that was taken care of though. Not that I had a choice in the matter. When I went shopping I had three options: white, black, or gray. Sometimes there’d be a few token burgundy or cobalt blue pieces thrown in, but nothing flashy.
So I got used to draping myself in foggy grays, dark browns and blacks. Now that I’ve been living here for a while it’s become second nature.
So I guess you could say fitting into the Parisian color scheme is pretty easy:
No bright colors
No smiles (unless you’re looking to flirt)
No socks with sandals
Try to stay away from fanny packs
No sneakers (tennis shoes, running shoes etc) or the creepy shoes with the holes in them
Take my advice and you should just melt into the dreary landscape like every other walking dead J
Have a great weekend everyone!