Parisian chic is one of the most enviable looks. Effortlessly cool with a famed laissez-faire sensibility, the city of love has an infectious affair with long coats, messy hair and designer heels. Here’s a list of must-follow Instagram accounts to spark ideas
Words James Pidduck
Caroline de Maigret
Top French model and current fashion muse to Lancome, Caroline de Maigret is an icon for the flawlessly French look and a past trailblazer for many trends. Crammed with throwback fashion shoots, globetrotting adventures and arty shots of Paris, Caroline gives a behind the scenes insight into the fashion capital that is hard to come by. Look out for her infamous tousled locks that seem to suit any attire.
A distinct editorial flair brings together Sarah’s profile, boasting shots of architecture, art and fashion. An emerging fashion presence with an undoubted creative eye, this is a moodier and darker look at French fashion.
All things cute and colourful – including Alix’s adorable daughter, Iris who has a starring role in many posts. Her posts are the place for food, florals and fluffy animals. Favouring beautiful scenic views interspersed with a collection of her favourite mini dresses, the shots are notably clean and crisp, providing a refreshing picture of Paris life.
Fashion blogger Kenza is the Parisian it-girl we all want to be. Beautifully brunette with a natural French sophistication, Kenza loves summer-wear paired with shades and dabbles in denim; but features a variety of looks with a seemingly endless wardrobe collection. Posting self-styled modelling shots against city backdrops, she features links to her blog so you can get the look too.
Endearing and fun, Adeline takes fashion-forward shots captioned with personality to give her profile a friendly feel. Showing off her sharp sense of style, usually kept in place by a tight waist, follow Adeline for a celebration of female friendship and occasional offbeat pieces.
Lovers of treats and travels, look no further. Illustrator and blogger Tokyobanhbao documents a Japanese girl’s adventures in Paris and sees a fusion of Eastern recipes and influences. Her Instagram is a pallette of bright, fresh-feeling colours with an accessible style that leans towards tucked-in blouses and stripes – all teamed with a Paris-friendly ruffled bob that may have you considering a snip.
Part-time poet and full-time fashion enthusiast, Audrey is a cheerleader for designer labels. She mixes up her wardrobe with more affordable alternatives too. A lover of the well-executed pose, Audrey’s feed flits between casual and evening wear with a high-end look throughout. We particularly love her artful aerial shots of her favourite belongings for some shopping inspiration.
Former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, Carine is a fashion heavyweight who now runs her own publication, CR Fashion Book. With a profile that peeks at big brand campaigns and celebrity cameos, Carine’s Instagram page is the hub for high-end and sees a penchant for a black-and-white filter.
Founder of online fashion boutique Rouje, Jeanne describes her style as “sober sophistication meets assertive sensuality”. With striking red lips that take centre stage in many of her pictures, she champions floral dresses and high-waisted denim to embody the classic Parisian look. A reminder as to why the look is so universally admired.
With the perfectly dishevelled look, Camille is an edgier alternative on the Paris scene. Unpredictable and exciting, her updates feature an array of poses, filters and camera shots with a cool theme throughout. With a recently launched documentary series on well-being for British Vogue, she’s a name to look out for.