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What Paris Taught Me About Style

Regan Kirsch is a student at Indiana University and an ISA Photo Blogger. She studied with ISA in Paris, France.

Everyone in Paris is naturally chic.

Everyone in Paris is naturally chic.

There’s no doubt that Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Packing for this chic city may seem daunting, but here’s what I learned this summer that may help.

Keep It Simple

Trying to ‘blend in’? A neutral wardrobe may be the best route to take. It is true that Parisians usually wear black and other neutral colors such as gray, navy, and beige. However, it is not entirely true that they never wear any bright colors. A scarf or a cardigan with a pop of color can really mix up a neutral outfit. Also, don’t pack specific outfits; pack single pieces that can easily be combined to create many different outfits.

My friends Liv, Katherine, and Emily (respectively) rock at channeling their inner Parisian.

My friends Liv, Katherine, and Emily (respectively) rock at channeling their inner Parisian.

Don’t Overdo It

The most important thing I learned about style this summer is that I honestly did not need a blow dryer or half of the makeup I brought. The scary thing about Parisians is that they are so naturally beautiful. Depending on the ‘arrondisment,’ it may not be common for someone to leave the house completely made up with perfect hair. I became comfortable in my own skin and learned that my curls are just as beautiful the second day.

Parisians can be intimidating because of their natural beauty. But don't be intimidated, you have it too!

Parisians can be intimidating because of their natural beauty. But don’t be intimidated, you have it too!

Be Confident, Be Yourself

In the end, no one is going to take time out of their busy day to judge what you are wearing. They will not bat an eye if your hair is not perfect or if you didn’t cover up your breakout. If you are confident with what you are wearing and how you look, no one has a reason to second guess you. Paris taught me to be comfortable and confident with how I naturally look. It was an unexpected lesson coming from a city full of beautiful people.

If you are confident and having fun, what else matters?

If you are confident and having fun, what else matters?

Ready to gain confidence in one of the world’s most fashionable cities? Begin your adventure in the City of Light here!