Oh my god, Parisians are stylish. Every lady I saw on our recent 3 day trip to Paris, appeared to be the most chic, beautiful, elegant, and hip person ever. It didn’t matter if they had a pretty face or skin, but their clothes and the way they carried themselves was so a la mode and fashionable. Instead of looking at the buildings or monuments, my eyes were always focused on the people. Hands down, the best people watching city in the world. In any case, it came down to the Parisian styles. AND DAMN, those ladies know how to look good! They are truly my fashion icons. I don’t want to be like Gwyneth Paltrow, instead I want to be like the average Parisian woman.
The top trend I noticed was that all the women wore Stan Smiths! Yes, the adidas simple white sneaker. They all had them on. Take a look at these (bad photography) shots of 3 women I saw in a span of 5 minutes at one gathering (the Fiac Art Show). I was / am amazed at the simplicity, ease, and style of the one pair of shoes. They were ubiquitous!
Apparently, the Stan Smith trend has been well documented here and here and here. I am quite aware of the overall sneaker trend in the US, but the Stan Smiths are even more specific, cool, and easy. Both Ken and I rock the Rod Lavers, and it now appears that I am hopping on the S.S. bandwagon as well. Just bought them online and I hope that it makes me more French. Truly my aspiration!