I Live in Paris, and French Girls Are Definitely Not Wearing These New Trends

But they are into some key alternatives…

Being a British girl living in France has definitely shaped my personal style choices. Since moving from London to Paris in 2013, my wardrobe has changed irrevocably. However, as an outsider, I still have the advantage of being able to hone in on what's happening from a distance. This means that I'm still removed enough to see how Parisian women are adapting their vibe every few months. I can spot what they're adding to their classic repertoires and I can see which styling ideas head towards style Siberia. I can also tell when a trend that's taking off back in the UK really isn't going to cut la moutarde with my French fashion comrades.

With Paris Fashion Week drawing to a close, every European person with a heart that beats for clothes and accessories has started focusing on autumn. For French women (as you'll no doubt have gathered by now), this seasonal shift does not spark a wild closet clear-out or complete sartorial turnaround. Many will be digging out their trusty favourites, but don't be fooled into thinking nothing new is allowed to enter the mix. Would the world of retail really thrive if no one here was buying an updated piece or two?

I've gone through the A/W 18 list of trends and cherry-picked what will and won't be adopted by the girls in the City of Lights. This not only offers you a cheat sheet to looking more French this year (you're welcome), but it also serves as a good indicator of what's worth investing in, because goodness knows Parisian ladies choose items that are well worth the money.

On Marissa Cox: Stand Josephine Jacket (£247); Weekday jeans; Chylak Shoulder Bag (£319); Loeffler Randall boots
On Marissa Cox: Stand Noemie Jacket (£270); Miista Carlota Boots (£265); Nico Giani Adenia Mini Bag (£315)
On Marissa Cox: Mango coat; Deitas dress; Miista Carlota Boots (£265); Nanushka bag
On Marissa Cox: & Other Stories Belted Trench Cape (£129); Me + Em Belted Denim Jacket (£229) and Pocket Detail Flare Jeans (£149); Miista Carlota Boots (£265); Leo and Violet Violet Bag (£310)
On Marissa Cox: Tibi Paneled Printed Silk-Twill Dress (£900); Nico Giani Adenia Mini Bag (£315); Pierre Hardy boots; Vince Shadow Checked Coat (£735)

Be sure to check out Marissa's latest work and fashion adventures over on her Instagram account @ruerodier.

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