life of boheme

parisian chic on a budget

If there’s two things I happen to know a great deal about it’s: luxury shopping on a super small budget and emulating parisian chic style exceptionally skilfully. When you’re a broke binch like me consignment stores are your BEST FRIEND. I mean that both literally and figuratively - I can’t afford to be having drinks & brunch with friends when I’m this strapped for cash. If someone gave me an ultimatum between human interaction and preloved designer goods, catch me watching youtube alone in some vintage Prada.

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espadrilles

I remember when I was ten years old my favourite outfit was a pair of espadrilles with flared jeans and a lime green crop top. I thought it was the funkiest get up of all time. A binch was living in 2018 while everyone else was stuck in 2006.

Espadrilles are the perfect summer footwear - they allow premium breathability AND make day-to-night transitions super simple. Opt for a pair with a wedged heel for comfort and formality.

Pair your espadrilles with a long skirt or straight leg jeans with a button up blouse for optimum Parisian vibes.

Ah the versatility of a simple white blouse. The cornerstone to trans-seasonal layering; you’ll definitely get your bang for your buck with this piece. Layer over the top of your favourite turtleneck in winter, use it for coverage by the pool in summer.

above L-R: Catherine Malandrino blouse ($76 aud), Ralph Lauren blouse ($51 aud), and Elizabeth and James long sleeve blouse ($66 aud)

polo shirt

I’m slowly beginning to understand and appreciate the beauty of the humble polo shirt. So simple to style, yet such a big statement. This sun-safe bad boy is sure to become a staple in your French aesthetic wardrobe. Pair it with your beige trousers or a pleated skirt next time you head out for croissants and coffee - you’ll feel extraordinarily Parisian, I promise.

above L-R: Maison Kitsune polo ($109 aud), Dolce & Gabbana polo ($76 aud), and Sandro polo ($66 aud)

beige trousers

This is the one Parisian style staple I’m almost too daunted to try. Although their versatility speaks for itself, I feel as though it takes a certain amount of confidence to pull off. The way I intend on approaching this challenge is to pair it with my favourite items I feel super comfortable and confident in.

above L-R: Nehera Pyro pants ($91 aud), Red Valentino pants ($36 aud), and Helmut Lang pants ($43 aud)

black lingerie

The best thing about lingerie is it adds extra oomph to your outfit even if it’s not visible. The confidence you’ll feel when you know you’re sporting it underneath is unparalleled. Catch me getting ready for every night out in black lingerie, listening to Drake.

You’ll never have to worry about translucent garments when you’re armed with cute black lingerie.

above L-R: Dolce & Gabbana slip ($148 aud), Agent Provocateur bra ($211 aud), and Vivien Ramsay bodysuit ($66 aud)

gold bracelet

Parisian girls are minimalists at heart. When doing your best French imitation favour simple jewellery, such as a singular, signature bracelet. Gold arm candy is the go-to for our favourite Frenchies - it pairs perfectly with a crisp white blouse and straight leg jeans.

above L-R: Miansai bracelet ($127 aud), Stephanie Kantis bracelet ($109 aud), and Eddie Borgo bracelet ($127 aud)